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Review by Best Selling Kindle Worlds Author Michelle Hazen
Summary: 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?
Play is an apt title for this book, because that’s all Mal Ericson seems to do. No matter what scene is taking place, he bounds off the page and into your heart with his exuberant energy, frequently over-the-top sense of humor and sweet good nature. Fortunately, Anne is more than a match for him. She’s grounded without being boring and has a well-rounded back story and realistic lifestyle that immediately endeared her to me. (Bills? She has actual bills to pay? But I thought this was a romance novel!)
I’m frankly irritated with the recent trend of romance novels that feature cardboard cutout female characters with little in the way of personality, presumably so you can imagine yourself as the heroine in question. Fortunately, Ms. Scott spares us this patronizing trope and gives us a real dirty-laundry-and-all heroine to love.
The story picks up quick and rolls along with plenty of quirky banter and adults-only steam that is both down to earth and seriously hot. The setting was a definite value-add. I love a book about musicians and this one didn’t disappoint, with the band members playing major parts in the story and Mal spending a believable amount of time tearing up his drum kit. A bit more detail work would have helped me feel the music in this story more, but I think most readers will be satisfied with the glamour of the setting. The author does fall a little short in the conflict department, so the climax of the story never seems particularly dire, but I was having too much fun right along with the characters to notice.
Sometimes, you just want to watch two people falling in love, without anyone wallowing in the depths of despair along the way. If that sounds like your idea of four bucks well spent, this is the book for you.