Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-03-25
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
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Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.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?
Be prepared to laugh when you read this story as Mal has some of the funniest lines and most outrageous thoughts that just spill forth from his lips at the most inappropriate moments. All is not rosy on his path to love but he lucks out and finds the perfect woman for his insanity which in turn leads to the most stable relationship his unexpected lover has ever had.
We meet Anne in a really bad place with a roommate that has taken off with not only furniture but without bothering to pay back past due rent or providing any sort of notice. As Anne lives paycheck to paycheck it hits her rather hard and this is a woman who is used to everything being difficult but she always soldiers on to make the best of a bad situation. Her only constant is her love for her sister and her male friend who she wouldn’t mind having as something more if he wasn’t such a man whore. She’s basically allowed herself to become a doormat because of her innate need to please and help people but a chance encounter at a party she’s persuaded to go to puts her in the path of Mal. He pushes her buttons and she ends up not only finding her inner strength she also finds her sense of self again. As she gets pulled in to his orbit she discovers the man behind the image and finds out that they are a lot alike in their tendency to push people away to handle things on their own. I loved how she didn’t put up with his crap and while she didn’t have a backbone before they met she found one rather quickly where he was concerned. She is a great counter to his manic personality but he pushes her to expand her horizons and not take being second best. He pushes her to finally believe in herself and her own worth which was painful but needed.
Mal… sweet adorably inappropriate Mal… I loved him in the last book but seeing him on his own made me laugh but also made me cry for him. He meets Anne and decides without telling her that he’s moving in. He’s overheard her troubles and he needs help from her to show that he’s in a relationship. The reasons he needs this aren’t explained until later in the book and he’s pretty adamant that this is to be a surface thing only but as he spends more time with Anne things don’t work out the way he thought. He’s pushed to be more open with her but even as he fights her we see that he really does want her but his secret is eating him alive. I won’t reveal the secret but as you see more of his interactions with Anne and the band you get to see a man that really is hurting but covers everything with jokes and antics. His moments with Anne in both the bedroom and outside of it were not only humorous but heartwarming as his inner sweetness is exposed. He’s vulnerable with her as neither expected to find love or home in this faux relationship but when push comes to shove the heart speaks volumes. My heart broke with him as things began to unravel and come out but where he ends up was worth the journey.
I can’t wait to see more of this series and hope that Ben’s HEA is who I think it is… (not saying but would be awesome in a lot of respects). Jimmy is next and dude he and Lena should definitely spark!!