From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…
When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.
As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.
Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
STRONG is book 4.5 in the Stage Dive series and also part of the 1001 Dark Nights ongoing collection. It stands alone so jump right in!
Martha has moved back home from New York to help out her brother, Ben, who just happens to be part of the super successful rock band: Stage Dive. She’s her nephew’s temporary nanny until she decides what to do next. What she doesn’t need? To be distracted by the totally hot bodyguard for the band, Sam.
I’ll admit that it’s been awhile since I’ve read this series but reading Sam and Martha’s story got me revved up for a re-read! As with most of the books from the 1001 Dark Nights, this one is just a taste of the yummyness that Kylie Scott graced us with in the Stage Dive series. We get a glimpse into all of the characters lives from Martha’s rather stilted POV. I mean, let’s face it, she’s not the nicest person in the room. But it was fun to watch her mature and own up to her past mistakes while still maintaining that certain level of bad assness!
I adored Sam. I pictured him in my head as the Rock aka. Dwayne Johnson! How does an alpha male pull off serious and silly at the same time?!? But that’s also what was lacking for me. I SO wish that we got some of Sam’s POV. I know, I know…it’s a novella, not enough room for a full arc, blah,blah, blah! (See, I can be bratty like Martha too!) 🙂
Overall, I really enjoyed this sexy short and I’m ready to snuggle up with the Stage Dive gang again! Told entirely from Martha’s POV with a happy ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
“Ooh, busted,” said Lizzy. “The bodyguard caught you looking.”
“Shut it.” I inched my chin up a bit, trying not to frown because frowning gave you lines. “Sam and I have known each other for years and nothing has ever happened. You’re completely wrong about this.”
“Yes, there’s nothing between us.”
“So that’s why you were staring at him?”
I chose not to answer that. “And you know he prefers to be called executive protection officer instead of bodyguard.”
At this, Lizzy burst out giggling, a malicious glee in her eyes. No wonder I liked my sister-in-law these days.
Ben shot us both an irritated glance. We both ignored it.
Of course, I’d known Sam would probably be here. Rock stars going out in public could be a delicate thing. People had a tendency to get overexcited. And while one person wanting an autograph wasn’t a problem, twenty or thirty of them suddenly swarming definitely could be. Having once been part of the entourage, I’d seen it happen to Ben and his fellow Stage Dive band members enough times to be wary. And you couldn’t get by with ordinary security. Rock stars needed protection from their over-zealous fans, but on the other hand they didn’t want the fans roughed up or hurt in any way. It required a delicate balance: control, experience, and a whole gamut of scary physical skills. Hence Sam.
Still, Portland seemed generally less crazy than the good old days back in LA. All of the guys seemed calmer and more settled away from the constant craziness of the party scene. Not to mention the effect of all of the wives/partners and various offspring. The biggest rock band in the world had officially been domesticated.
It was kind of cute. Or sad. I don’t know.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to stir you,” she lied. “What do you think of your brother’s new musical bromance?”
On the small stage set up in the corner of the room, a young man wailed his heart out while playing an acoustic guitar. Much angst about a girl who only called him after midnight. Trust a rockster to turn a simple booty call into a heartbreaking ballad. The song was damn good though. He had talent. If only I hadn’t had my fill of the type when I was younger. The kid looked to be in his early to mid-twenties. Lanky with lots of tattoos. Your typical rock ’n roll Prince Charming. Gag. These days my type ran more toward…actually, what I needed or wanted in a male was a total mystery.
And my gaze did not stray back to Sam. That did not happen.
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/