Summary: 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.
What is it about musicians? Chris Martin, Adam Levine, hell, even Mick Jagger can make women everywhere squirm, sometimes before they even pick up a guitar or approach the mic. It’s hot and it’s sexy. And, it’s made Roll & Roll one of the most popular sub genres in romance novels.
One of the latest R & R series climbing the charts is from USA Today Bestselling author, Kylie Scott. Lick, the first in her Stage Dive series and published by St. Martin Press, starts the mouth salivating as soon as the reader sees the cover. Who can resist that tattooed, guitar holding, brooding…
I’m distracted, sorry.
Lick (it’s almost like the title is commanding you to…never mind).
*pulls self together*
Lick takes the reader on the sexy, funny, heartbreaking journey of Stage Dive’s lead guitarist David Ferris and the innocent and serious college student, Evelyn Thomas. The two meet in Las Vegas on Evelyn’s 21st birthday where an evening of drinking and soul-baring conversation lead the two to the altar. The only problem? Come morning, David is the only one who remembers the events of the night before. Furious that Evelyn doesn’t remember, David storms off, leaving behind a confused wife and the reader’s first insight into this alpha male’s feelings of insecurity and abandonment issues, which eventually emerge as the couple’s biggest roadblock.
With hopes of an easy annulment, Evelyn returns home with a new last name and the paparazzi on her tail because, oops! the new Mrs. Ferris is the only person on the planet who doesn’t know who her husband is. Recognizing that Evelyn is in over her head, David sends Sam, his bodyguard and part-time match maker, to bring her to Los Angeles, where the annulment procedures can continue in private.
Of course, it’s no surprise to the reader, or anyone who spends five minutes with the newlyweds, that these two are meant for each other. Despite outward appearances, both are struggling to find themselves, overcome their past, and surrender to their feelings for each other. To do so, David and Evelyn must follow the rocky road to realization that the night in Las Vegas wasn’t just a drunken fluke, but fate.
There is a lot to love about Lick. There’s the music, the romance, the undeniable chemistry between David and Evelyn, the normal names for every single character (not a single “Sin” among them), and the nicely paced way that author Scott shapes her characters, fleshing them out with purpose. Of course, there’s the clichéd misunderstandings and interfering ex that work to drive the lovers apart, probably one too many times making the reader want to bang some heads together, but this doesn’t stop Lick from becoming an immediate R & R favorite. With a diverse supporting cast of characters that add moments of levity and insight, Lick has all the right notes to kick off the Stage Dive series.