A review by emilinkaa
Lead by Kylie Scott

dark emotional hopeful
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Stage Dive book #3 is all about the main singer, Jimmy, who we've seen in the previous two books as a side character. After loving David and Mal in the first two books, I was a bit hesitant for book #3, because I wasn't a huge fan of Jimmy. But, since I was looking for a easy and (sexy filled) read while still in isolation, I went for book three. This book tackled the heaviest topics so far. Jimmy is a rock star, and in exactly the ways we think of rock stars. He's coming out of a PR nightmare and a (too) short stint in rehab, determined to put his life back together. Good for him, right? But he's been required to have an assistant or sobriety companion by the label, and he's scared them all off. Until he meets his match in a tiny firecracker of a woman who takes no shit from him. Lena keeps him in line and manages not to kill him (a miracle, honestly). But one day, an invisible line is crossed and things get blurry. And then later, another line is crossed, and Lena leaves. So of course, Jimmy does what any rockstar would do, and the book ends happily. A bit cliche, but some heavy topics given some good coverage, and it took one of my least favorite characters from the earlier books and made him loveable.

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