Play by Kylie Scott Release Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Book #2 in the Stage Dive series Number of pages: 304 Kindle Source: Warren Library Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 6/9/17
Holy cow, I love Mal. I’ve loved him since I met him in Dirty from the Dive Bar series and was compelled to read this series so I could get his whole story. Well, he was awesome in Lick and I was so excited his book was next in line. So when Mal shows up being his usual fun-loving and kooky self but there’s the weird manic undercurrent I knew I was in for a ride.
Mal did not disappoint. When he meets Anne he really sees her although he tries to play it all off. Nobody ever seems to realize all Anne does for them. She is taken for granted a lot. Mal reads that within 5 minutes of overhearing a phone conversation because he is just that spectacular. At the same time, he made my head spin with his drastic changes in conversation and moods. I don’t know how Anne dealt with it all!
As much as I love Mal, he also pissed me off because I came to love Anne, too. They both held so much back from each other, but Mal always seemed to run when things got hard. He didn’t like Anne holding things back and he didn’t like seeing her sad, but he was doing the exact same thing! I can understand why her friends weren’t so sure if this was a great thing for her. Mal was dictating that relationship a lot. It was forgivable because he did make the concessions she would as for as things went along. Especially the longer things went on. And I absolutely adored that Anne was able to speak her mind with Mal in ways she wasn’t able to with other people in her life. As much as she seemed unsure of her status with him, she must have realized on some level that it was safe to ask for what she wanted or just say no.
Along with enjoying the time with Mal, I was happy to get to know Ben a bit more and to see Jimmy in a much better place. Stage Dive really is like family and I like their dynamics. From laughing and joking to fighting giving each other crap. I don’t know why I never found this author previously but I’m sure glad I have found her now!