Romance Books

Book Review – Play by Kylie Scott (Stage Dive #2)

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?

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I loved Mal in that book.  For the first 50% of this book, I was like “what the hell am I reading and who is this Mal?”  The guy in this book was nothing like the Mal in the first book.  And quite frankly, I almost gave up.
I am glad I didn’t give up.  The last half of the book was much better and Mal redeemed himself.  Anne is Lauren and Ev’s neighbor, whom they bring to a party with the band. Mal is instantly drawn to Anne.  She doesn’t put up with his shit. Their relationship moves at Mach speed though.  It seemed a little unbelievable.

Anne was a tough chick.  I really liked her, though she was a bit of a pushover.  She had to grow up really fast and take care of her younger sister when her mom flaked on them.  She is a lot like Ev in that she wants to do things her way and not rely on anyone, which is commendable.  I just really loved how loyal she was to Mal so quickly.

I didn’t love this story, but I’m invested in the characters, so I will keep reading.  I would recommend this series.

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