Griffin: St. Martin's. (Stage Dive, Bk. 2). Aug. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781250052377. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466854239. EROTICA
Rock and roll romance triumphs again in this perky sequel to Lick. Scott has succeeded in creating another fun, relatable protagonist in the form of Anne Rollins, friend of Lauren (Ev's warm-hearted best friend from the "Stage Dive" series debut). Anne finds herself alone, broke, and imminently homeless when her user roommate Skye ditches her and their apartment but not before taking most of her things. Anne attends a party, at Lauren's insistence, hosted by the prominent band Stage Dive, and it's there that she meets Mal Ericson, the eccentric drummer for the band who makes messes more often than he makes sense. The two end up entering a false relationship in order to clean up Mal's image but quickly find out that the hardest part of the deal isn't coping with the lies; it's handling the truth. Though the premise is rocky (Anne comes home one day to find Mal moving into her apartment, with no prior discussion and extremely faulty logic that includes a drunken exchange qualifying as a promise of courtship), the novel is an enjoyable enough ride that it doesn't really matter. Scott has a special skill for crafting humorous, genuine characters, with great rapport and sizzling chemistry in the bedroom. Readers should note that this title veers toward the side of erotic romance, with a handful of sex scenes that might qualify as tame, or "vanilla," in comparison to most erotica.
VERDICT Though a bit over the top and less plausible than its predecessor, this is another fun title in a great series. Recommended for fans.
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