Lead by Kylie Scott Release Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Book #3 in the Stage Dive series Number of pages: 318 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 7/25/17 – 7/31/17
It probably won’t surprise readers of this series that I was never a fan of Jimmy’s. He’s not really the nicest guy, even to those he’s closest with. I thought maybe we’d see his lovable side in this story. Yeah, not so much. But by the end he still got under my skin and made me care about him.
Sometimes I have a hard time figuring out if certain books aren’t engaging enough or if I’m just too busy, tired, and/or distracted for anything to engage me. If you follow my blog you know my youngest son was on leave from the Army and in town for his wedding. His “simple” backyard wedding that I baked about 11 dozen cupcakes for as well as many other things. So yes, I’ve been all of the above: busy, tired, distracted. So although this story did not have the jump-start I’m used to with other Kyle Scott books I’ve read, I think I was the problem on the being engaged front – not the book. It took me longer than usual to read but I still enjoyed the story immensely.
The back and forth between Jimmy and Lena sometimes felt a bit much, but on the other hand it seemed realistic. The same with Jimmy’s mood swings, for lack of a better way to describe his attitudes. They sometimes got on my nerves and I wanted to scream “Enough already!”, but then I’d think of how important it was for the reader (me) to see how messed up Jimmy really was.
Lena’s situation broke my heart. I wish there was a little bit more closure with her family toward the end though. She is such a strong character in so many ways. Yet her heart makes her weak in certain situations.
This was probably my least favorite book by this author so far but, again, it was still great. Maybe it was a bit too gritty and raw for the mind frame I was in at the time I was reading the book. Either way, I’m looking forward to Ben’s book. I really love this series and this author.