Deep by Kylie Scott
(Stage Dive #4)
March 31, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance 18+
Contains: sex and strong language
Source: eARC for Honest review
Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.
Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
I absolutely loved Lizzy and Ben's story and blew through the pages. Truth be told, already knowing from the blurb that Liz would be pregnant with Ben's baby, I wasn't sure how the storyline would go. But with Liz as our hormone-loaded narrator, I was endeared to anything she was going through, and Liz was a fantastic heroine to follow. I really enjoyed the pacing and the way the author developed Liz and Ben's relationship throughout (which includes some awesome texting... and sexing... but not sexting that I remember, but the texting is still great).
The true foundation of this series, however, is the amazing character base that Scott has created. Liz was introduced in Mal's book as Anne's sister (Anne being Mal's sweetie). Whereas we only got bits and pieces of Liz before, here we get all of her, and I loved her. Liz is funny and sincere, spunky and down-to-earth, understanding and brave, loyal and fierce. The age gap was not an issue for me, because Ben and Liz together, working out all they had going on, they became such a great team and couple. And Liz truly brought out the best in Ben. She was the perfect match for Ben.
Ben was a total wild card to me. We've known him since the start of the series, though we really didn't know him well at all. He's such a big, broody, quiet guy, so I didn't know what was happening on his end. Which made this a great read. I actually loved that it was not a dual POV and that Ben's thoughts were very mysterious. But as Ben's heart and mind are revealed, there's no doubt how great he is underneath and there's a reason Lizzy was so drawn to him from the start. But while Ben's size and attractiveness may draw anyone to him initially, Liz's friendship and beyond with Ben is what makes him even more wonderful in the end. I loved Ben and Liz!
Plus, we get lots of the Stage Dive family. There's so much love, laughter, and lunacy. Mal alone brings so much to the story. I loved being back with this group, seeing where their relationships are at now, how they are handling the new drama, and falling in love with them all over again. And that awesome epilogue! Liz and Ben and their bundle of joy are in good hands with this gang. I love each and every couple in this series, and look forward to re-reading their stories over and over again. And, hey, if Kylie wants to surprise us with another book, I'm all for it!
"C’mon. How have you been, really? What’s been going on with you?” he pushed. I frowned at him and he frowned right back. “Liz, please.”
I groaned in defeat. "All right, I suck."
"Why do you suck?"
"So very any reasons." I pushed my hair back from my face - no more hiding.
"Pregnancy sucks. It's natural, my ass. I finally stop throwing up, but I'm tired all the time. Giving up coffee was horrendous. None of my clothes fit right because of these stupid breasts, and they ache constantly. I have to pee like every thirty seconds, and then to top it off, I cry every time the Health Hound ad comes on. It's ridiculous."
Little wrinkles appeared either side of his nose."You cry at a dog food ad?"
"Yes. The puppies jump all over each other to get to their mother and it's just so beautiful, with their cute little tails wagging and everything."
He just stared at me.
"I know it's psycho, Ben. Believe me, I'm well aware of this."
"Hey, it's fine." He covered a smile with his hand. Too late, the bastard.
"You try dealing with all these hormones going apesh-t. Crap. Apeshoot."
"I'm trying not to swear," I explained. "You want the first word our child comes out with to be something bad?"
"No. Gotcha." The man was incredibly bad at hiding a grin. "No swearing."
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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.