Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: Play ( Stage Dive #2 ) by Kylie Scott

Play by Kylie Scott

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?




I jumped into Play without finishing with Lick. I know, don't throw stones at me for not sticking out with David and Ev. I have a rough idea what Book 1 is about, but I didn't finish it. Dear Mal, the drummer, of course made an impression. That man was like a puppy on steroids.

One thing I don't like about rock stars stories is when the heroine getting all starry eyed and starstruck. Anne was exactly that. She had a big girl crush on Mal since her teenage years and when she met Mal in flesh for the first time during one of Evelyn's party, she was getting all gooey eye at him.

I was unimpressed by Anne at first glance, but I just can't stop reading because once Mal made his presence, he was a force to be reckoned with. 

"You're totally thinking of me with no pants on. Whatever you're imagining, it's bigger. I'm serious. It's basically a monster."

After their brief getting to know each other, Mal came up with a scheme of getting Anne to be his fake girlfriend for reason we have yet to find out. He basically move in without her prior knowledge and barged his way into her life. Since Anne's roommate bailed on her, she needed the money and Mal was kinda an awesome guy, she gave in to him quite easily.

"We are going to be the best fake couple ever, pumpkin."
"Please don't call me that."

I felt like everything that Mal's said was worth highlighting until my Kindle was glowing from it. He was crazy, sweet, charming, fun, loving, and totally over the top and in your face.

The most epic scene ever, the vagina talk.

"Hello, Anne's clitoris. It's me, Malcolm, your lord and master."

Let's talk about Anne. She had issue with her mum who neglected her and her sister, Lizzy when they were young. Currently, she working in a bookshop with Reece, the town player. She was smitten with him for years and was waiting for him to settle down, with her. Well, her plan went to the drain once she starting to know Mal more intimately. 

I like Anne and Mal's fake relationship and the subsequent real thing. Is simple, uncomplicated and fun.

"I want you. You want me. Let's fuck."

I grew to liking Anne later on. She know the best way to handle this man-child, which is to just simply roll with it. A big salute to Anne for her ability to deal with the epic craziness of Mal.

I'm also loving the David and Mal's bromance. 

"Davie says communication's important.
When are you on the rag? Davie said to find out if you want cupcakes or ice cream."

It seems like David was his personal counselor or hotline. I just burst out laughing when Anne asked him to stop talking to David about her.

Meanwhile, it was apparent that Mal was hiding something from his friends and everyone was worried about him, especially David and Ev. There were times that Mal was getting easily irritated and channeling his anger to the drums.

Overall, this was a really awesome fun read about Mal, the crazy drummer of Stage Dive. I don't feel like this is an epic romance, but definitely worth the read for the comedy value. We also got to catch up with David and Evelyn. I wonder is there a built up for Jimmy and Lena somewhere? I'm hoping to see more of Mal in future books. I feel like I'm missing him already.

"Life's a song, Anne. Let's play."

Rating 4/5