Strong by Kylie Scott
Release Date: September 25, 2018
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…
When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.
As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.
Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.
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“Ooh, busted,” said Lizzy. “The bodyguard caught you looking.”
“Shut it.” I inched my chin up a bit, trying not to frown because frowning gave you lines. “Sam and I have known each other for years and nothing has ever happened. You’re completely wrong about this.”
“Yes, there’s nothing between us.”
“So that’s why you were staring at him?”
I chose not to answer that. “And you know he prefers to be called executive protection officer instead of bodyguard.”
At this, Lizzy burst out giggling, a malicious glee in her eyes. No wonder I liked my sister-in-law these days.
Ben shot us both an irritated glance. We both ignored it.
Of course, I’d known Sam would probably be here. Rock stars going out in public could be a delicate thing. People had a tendency to get overexcited. And while one person wanting an autograph wasn’t a problem, twenty or thirty of them suddenly swarming definitely could be. Having once been part of the entourage, I’d seen it happen to Ben and his fellow Stage Dive band members enough times to be wary. And you couldn’t get by with ordinary security. Rock stars needed protection from their over-zealous fans, but on the other hand they didn’t want the fans roughed up or hurt in any way. It required a delicate balance: control, experience, and a whole gamut of scary physical skills. Hence Sam.
Still, Portland seemed generally less crazy than the good old days back in LA. All of the guys seemed calmer and more settled away from the constant craziness of the party scene. Not to mention the effect of all of the wives/partners and various offspring. The biggest rock band in the world had officially been domesticated.
It was kind of cute. Or sad. I don’t know.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to stir you,” she lied. “What do you think of your brother’s new musical bromance?”
On the small stage set up in the corner of the room, a young man wailed his heart out while playing an acoustic guitar. Much angst about a girl who only called him after midnight. Trust a rockster to turn a simple booty call into a heartbreaking ballad. The song was damn good though. He had talent. If only I hadn’t had my fill of the type when I was younger. The kid looked to be in his early to mid-twenties. Lanky with lots of tattoos. Your typical rock ’n roll Prince Charming. Gag. These days my type ran more toward…actually, what I needed or wanted in a male was a total mystery.
And my gaze did not stray back to Sam. That did not happen.
I loved Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series and when I saw that she was writing Sam and Martha’s story, even though it’s a novella, I knew I had to read it! If you haven’t read Stage Dive series, let me tell you, you’re missing out!
Honestly, I was excited to read about Sam, but I was still holding a grudge against Martha (Yes, David is my absolute favorite) so I was a little afraid that Martha’s personality would ruin this story for me. That wasn’t the case at all, I’m actually a little surprised about how much I enjoyed it. Sam is GOLD! Intense, smart, manipulative, strong, sweet, sexy, he’s irresistible! Martha is not the most likable heroine, she’s definitely different after a few years but she still is herself. She’s still catty, impulsive and prickly, however she did soften her act and she tried to make a few amends. Sam has had feelings for Martha forever and now Martha’s back with her brother, taking care of her nephew and Sam is just biding his time… Martha is hugely attracted to the quiet, intense bodyguard that sees right through her act and this red hot burning attraction is getting harder and harder to ignore…
Sam and Martha are opposites but they complement each other perfectly, I loved their amazing chemistry, the moments we get with David and Ev, Mal and Anne, Jimmy and Lena, Ben and Lizzy and their son Gibson, the hilarious moments between Gibson and Martha are also amazing and I really loved Sam’s straightforwardness.
Strong is a great addition to this series and it made me wish for a, very possible, spin-off.
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
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