Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Play by Kylie Scott

The second novel in Aussie author Kylie's Scott's Stage Dive series is a sexy, sweet and occasionally hilarious romance about a bad boy rock and roll star and his very unlikely love. Anne Rollins is a nice girl who will sacrifice almost anything for her family and friends, particularly her best friend Skye, who has just bailed and left her in a lot of debt. Mal, drummer for band Stage Dive, is a impulsive and reckless, but he might just have a heart of gold. A chance meeting at a party leads Mal to learning about Anne's debts (caused by a manipulative flatmate who has bailed,) and he offers her some sage advice about standing up for herself. Later, Mal comes up with a surprising proposal for Anne. If she agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month, he'll pay all of her debts ...

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Obviously, it's a kinky book. And there is some damn fine kink in there. But more surprising is that there is a real layer of depth in there, one that is rarely found in this type of fiction. Mal is quite a well rounded character. He is loveable, over the top and often hilarious as he infiltrates his way into Anne's life. And some of the situations (such as the broken bed,) had me laughing out loud. Very few romances have me laughing along for all the right reasons, so well done to you, Kylie Scott. Mal's reasons for wanting Anne to pose as his girlfriend were quite believable. Anne herself has a number of problems, which are addressed in a believable way. I also love the cover of the Australian edition for this one--sexy and classy at the same time. 

This one is highly recommended for anyone looking for a sexy romance with an extra layer of depth.