Blog Tour + Official Review! Strong (Dive 4.5) by Kylie Scott

 

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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“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.”

“Am I?”

“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.

Official Review!

Having only read one book in the Dive series, but loving the characters, I couldn’t wait to jump back in and get to know the handsome, yet silent and a bit surly body guard and find out what makes him tick. Little did I know that it was going to be a younger woman who had been a part of his life for years that would capture his heart. Or that it would be the prodigal sister of one of the Dive band members and I would be as enchanted with her as he was. Kylie Scott writes about a love that laid dormant and unfulfilled for years until the time was right for it to flourish and become all consuming. Sam and Martha are “flash in the pan” hot that continues to burn long after the last page of their story is read.

Martha Nicholson is a young woman who had a troubled past with members of her brothers band so she had decided to run from those problems. Now she is back, years later, apologetic and wearing her heart on her sleeve. Kylie shows us that everyone deserves redemption and can prove that they are worthy of love. I fell deeply in love with this beautifully flawed and charismatic heroine. She kept me intrigued and wanting to discover every facet of her personality chapter by chapter.

Sam had my interest piqued with his bulging muscles and quiet demeanor. I couldn’t wait to get to know this older and stoic hero much, much better. After more of Sam’s inner thoughts are revealed, I could totally see why Martha had been pining for him for years. He treats Martha like the precious jewel that she is, doesn’t hold her past against her, and will do anything to help protect her. Every time he called her “love” and showed her his sexy moves, I melted a little bit more.

Kylie Scott delivers a scorching passionate love story that aged like fine wine. I highly recommend Strong for a romance that shows forgiveness, unwavering love, and redemption. I adore everything about the Dive series from the hot rock stars to the funny family moments and of course the simmering and finally explosive desire. I cannot wait for Kylie to bring us many more stories of these humorous and endearing characters.

 

 

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/

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