Title: Lick by Kylie Scott (StageDive#1)
Genre: New Adult Romance
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.
Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.
As you know I love New Adult books, I feel like they get such a bad reputation from people thinking they are purely about sex because that’s not true at all. Of course they feature sex but it’s part of the story not the main focus. I love New Adult stories because they don’t require me to think too deeply like YA does, I can come home from a day of stressing over university and just lose myself in what will ultimately be a happy book (not always of course). Today my review is on Lick by Kylie Scott, first off the name was a bit weird for me but the story did not disappoint. I have in-fact read one other book by Kylie Scott before and this was called Dirty, for my review please click HERE.
I’m a sucker for a good NA story featuring a band, bad boy and a seemingly innocent girl. Lick doesn’t disappoint, this book features a rock band called Stage Dive. David Ferris is our main character and the guitarist, song writer and sometimes singer and boy is he swoon-worthy. The book follows David and Evelyn after they wake up in Vegas after a night on the town, married. One too many tequila shots later.
The really interesting part of the plot point for me was the fact that Evelyn’s drinking made her forget the previous night therefore she had no clue how they ended up married, but David did. I really liked this because he didn’t reveal what happened, instead he let her memories come back to her by ‘reliving’ them which removes insta-love immediately from the equation. Bleugh, insta-love we don’t like that do we? By them having to relive the previous night and have their first meetings again it also allows us the opportunity to re-experience moments as they do rather than their already being a relationship present. Not forgetting of course, this choice to relive the moments between the couple also offers the opportunity for tension to build between the two and there is definitely a hint there.
As the book progresses you really get a sense of ‘will they – wont they’ with David and Evelyn’s relationship as divorce lawyers are called, trips are taken and of course the paparazzi are always there to watch, snap photos and throw you on the news…But my favourite element of these two characters coming together is the fact they are opposites, David being the rock star celebrity and Evelyn the young girl who doesn’t even really like his band. Evelyn isn’t a crazy fan-girl who sought him out, instead they came together because she was different and the story progresses from this moment as they establish a relationship.
A rushed marriage in Vegas with a celebrity can’t really work out can it?
Alongside the romance element, you have some real issues drawn upon in this book however these aren’t the main focus of the plot but rather secondary through the character of David’s brother Jimmy. I won’t reveal secrets and spoilers but as the story begins we first meet Jimmy in a way where he comes off rude, as the story begins to close we release there is a reason behind Jimmy’s behaviour and there is a somewhat resolution to his problems offered. Jimmy also has his own book in this series so we can move on and find out the bigger details in that book in the future.
Towards the ending of Lick, the drama starts to begin. I liked how this shook up the relationship that had since developed, whilst it knocked the hopeful romance filled me back it also made the couple seem more realistic. However sadly David also became frustrating, he couldn’t just simply offer truths or answer questions instead he basically forced Evelyn away. Kylie Scott must have good writing if I’m this emotionally invested for wanting to shake David silly and knock some sense into him? Not only him though but Ben’s character was also frustrating getting involved, I mentally screamed during this moment like ‘MOVE’.
Whilst I liked this dramatic scene as it shook up the book and added more drama in the story, I would have loved for their to be more drama or more tension between the couple rather than one big shocking factor. Although I never saw the ‘ex’ coming so, I have to give the book props for some unpredictability.
Overall I would give Lick a rating of 4 stars, I really enjoyed the story I just wish there was a bit more build up to the ending sequences which involve David’s ex. Perhaps a few more moments regarding those two. Other than that I had no issue getting into the story, after previously reading Dirty as well as this book I can safely say I am a fan of Kylie Scott’s writing. She is perfectly descriptive for me that I lose myself easily and her plots are far from overly cliche, therefore if you are a major fan of NA books then I think this one will offer you something more outside of the usual tropes! Plus we all like a rock-star bad boy boyfriend don’t we?