Strong (Stage Dive #4.5; 1001 Dark Nights #88) by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #4.5
Also in this series: Deep
on September 25, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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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The Stage Dive series is one I need to catch up with. So when I caught wind of a standalone novella on the horizon I was ready to 1-Click as soon it went live. After having enjoyed Dirty, the first book in this series so much I went into this book with high expectations. Little by little I came across minor aspects that got under my skin.
My pet peeve is being called ‘love’. In the majority of cases I find it condescending and in the same ilk as “The Misses” or “The Little Woman”. So poor Sam blew his chances with me early on. Then he began to sound more like a butler than a bodyguard. All minor niggling details that really shouldn’t have bothered me but there you go!
What I did appreciate was the gentle patience Sam showed toward Martha. He always let her believe she was in control, when it was evident he was the one firmly steering them towards the relationship he envisaged. Sam could always see two steps ahead of where they were heading and graciously guided Martha to be his partner.
A lot of the scenes were set within earshot of children. Their presence meant they were increasing their vocabulary with words not meant for little ears. Once or twice was amusing, but it began to wear thin after that.
I let a few other eye rolling moments slide because they were on the humorous side. At the end of the day I believe my high expectations along with not connecting with characters impacted on my enjoyment. If you’re a fan of the Stage Dive series, I think this novella is worth reading but if you’re new to the series, I highly recommend you start with the first book, Dirty.
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