Published: July 1, 2013
Format: ebook, but I also own two different signed print editions (including the original black self published)
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.
Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.
Oh where to start…
Without a doubt this is my all time favourite romance novel. It has one of the best openings I’ve ever read and right from the word go, I was completely and utterly hooked.
After partying too hard one night in Vegas, Evelyn Thomas wakes up with the world’s biggest hangover – this she expected. What she didn’t expected however was the accompanying 5 caret ring and David Ferris, the lead guitarist for Stage Dive, lying beside her. Oh and did I mention the new tattoo stamped on her arse? Yeah, she’s not too happy about that. But neither is David it seems, albeit for slightly different reasons:
I was not puking in front of this guy. Not again.
He took a deep breath, nostrils flaring. “I didn’t realize you’d had that much to drink. I mean, I knew you’d had a bit, but … shit. Seriously? You don’t remember us going on the gondolas at The Venetian?”
“We went on gondolas?”
“Fuck. Ah, how about when you bought me a burger? Do you remember that?”
“Wait a minute,” he said, watching me through narrowed eyes. “You’re just messing with me, aren’t you?”
“I’m so sorry.”
He physically recoiled from me. “Let me get this straight, you don’t remember anything?”
“No,” I said, swallowing hard. “What did we do last night?”
“We got fucking married,” he growled.
This time, I didn’t make it to the toilet.
Evelyn’s life has always been pre-planned and perfect, so to wake up to that news, well it kind of threw her day out of whack. However Evelyn is nothing if not rational and she knows a quickie Elvis wedding with a rock-star musician is never going to work out, so before the the day’s out she’s heading back home to Portland, with plans to annul the wedding. Naively she thinks nobody will ever have to know; the only problem being that she’s forgotten just who she’s married to now and how quickly Hollywood news travels….
Before Evelyn touches down in Portland the media have swarmed on her house and her perfectly balanced and well planed life is well and truly thrown out the window. Attempting to save her from the media onslaught, David Ferris sweeps in and offers Evelyn the only viable option she has, to come home with him and let his lawyers fix it up away from the media’s scrutiny. And so our story begins.
Kylie Scott originally self published Lick
in 2013, and thanks to the almost immediate fandom and Scott’s incredible talent, was picked up by St. Martin’s Press and Momentum, where she sold the rest of the hugely popular, four book Stage Dive
series into print and ebook internationally.
Admittedly prior to reading Scott’s novels, I’d never been one for rock star romances. I just didn’t get them. I’m completely converted now however, and can not sing these books enough praise. Really, Scott is a master story teller that captures the emotion of falling in love with the wrong man (for you) perfectly. What’s more her novels don’t revolve around the perfect stereotype, where a beautiful woman instantly falls in love with a rock star she’s never met before, for even after being rescued by David, Evelyn doesn’t trust him, and realistically she damn well shouldn’t as she doesn’t know the first thing about David Ferris outside of what the media tells her is true. What’s more, David’s not even her type even as a sexy rock star with a heart, she’s more of a down to earth country music fan.
“Ev … you said you really liked me, but you weren’t that keen on my band.” He fiddled with the stereo, another half smile on his face. Soon some rock song I didn’t know played quietly over the speakers. “You felt pretty bad about it, actually. You kept apologizing over and over. Insisted on buying me a burger and shake to make up for it.”
“I just prefer country.”
“Believe me, I know. And stop apologizing. You’re allowed to like whatever the hell you want.”
Evelyn Thomas is a sweet, but sassy, girl next door kind of girl. Her life has been mapped out before her and she lives to please those around her. But when the news breaks about her marriage all that goes down the drain and she’s left to work out how to pick up all the broken pieces of her life, and unknowingly her heart. Albeit a touch naive about the world, she is a realistic heroine that is both easy to like and understand and thanks to Scott’s writing and storytelling prowess, I was right there with her every step of this story.
David Ferris is the lead guitarist and song writer for the rock band Stage Dive. David is a sensitive soul and really quite romantic, and yet he rebukes the closeness and intimacy of his relationship with Evelyn when she can’t remember a thing. Scarred by past flames, he knows the danger of unequal partnerships, and while it seems like he’s trying to gain the skittish Evelyn’s trust and faith, it is really Evelyn who needs to regain his trust. And so we get this push and pull take on their already fragile relationship where neither character knows the right way to step.
“Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful… Doesn’t mean it isn’t the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you.”
Although there is an obvious attraction and sexual chemistry – they did get married folks – its this almost-but-not-quite-slow fall into their natural relationship and intimacy that really heightens this books narrative. For here are two polar opposites who have been thrust together, in the media spotlight none the less, to work out their issues, while dealing with a volatile (media hungry) and unfamiliar environment that neither can quite comprehend. It’s a passionate, and frankly at times sexy, story that will move you in ways you don’t expect from this type of New Adult narrative.
To put it simply, Lick
is the kind of novel you want to tell the world about. And I did. Many, Many times. People getting refunds at work were told about how amazing this novel was, as were my friends and family. My facebook followers were almost drowned in the praise and the excitement that this series brought out in me – man I STILL get giddy about the series and I’ve FINISHED the ENTIRE series now. Not only is it beautifully written and superbly crafted – that opening is still my all time favourite hook -, but its characters are people like you and me who take you on a journey of a lifetime as they fall truly, madly, deeply in love with someone beyond their wildest dreams. As they learn to trust and let go, and that being together takes a hell of a lot more than just admitting you love someone. It’s equal parts funny and inspiring and I could just gush over this passionate narrative for years… really I could. But for your sake, I won’t. Just go read it. Your hopeless romantic self will love you for it.
So to Kylie Scott, thank you for not only writing this book and the rest of the series, but for having the courage to publish it for the rest of the world to read it. But most of all, thanks for taking us along for the ride in this book!
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