Play (A Stage Dive Novel)
*welp* I’ve come to the conclusion that Kylie Scott can do no wrong. I apparently love everything she writes, and Mal’s book was the best one yet. An easy FIVE stars from me, my friends!!!!!!! And not just that. I five-star LOVED book #1 (Lick), too, but you know what? I LOVED this one even more.
And I’m gonna be honest. While I absolutely love this author’s other books, I didn’t expect that this one would end up being my favorite of the bunch. Oh… I knew I’d be reading it ASAP, but it was THIS recommendation (by my fellow book-bud) that made me move it to the top of the list:
Celeste: “O.M.G. Play was even better than Lick. I absolutely freaking LOVED it. I only wish it had been longer. I devoured this book.”
Better than Lick??!!!! OMG I HAD to read it right away. And yep. She was right.
I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting, and giggled my way through it, with glee. But don’t get too comfortable with the “funny”. This one has a good dose of romantic angst, just the way I like it.
So why didn’t I think I’d connect to this one as much? Well… *sigh*. I know I’m not very “cool” to admit this, (’cause I know SO many loved Mal from the start). But Mal… well… initially, he just wasn’t really my thing, ya know? I enjoyed his character in book #1, sure. Mal was right “out there” from the start, and book #1 pretty much showed us this side of him. Cocky, arrogant, and a total goof.
I did indeed have a bad feeling I was being played again. However, not maliciously this time. Mal didn’t seem like he’d harm a fly. But he might accidentally trample one.
Yep!!!! Perfectly said.
I knew what I was getting into, but, even in his rock star bad-boy hotness, he just didn’t seem so much like “my type”. <— I know… *shakes head* I’m ashamed to admit this, now. BIG TIME!
You know me… I like ’em brooding and serious, with moments of silliness only once you get to know ’em (and only let loose to a select few). But Mal was so obviously a happy-go-lucky extrovert.
“How about her?” Ben pointed to a sleek blonde who smiled and preened in response. “I bet she’d like to meet you.”
“Ooh, she’s shiny.”
“Why don’t you go ask her what her name is?” suggested Ben, patting him on the back.
“Do I need to know her name?”
“I’ve heard it helps.”
“Maybe for you,” Mal scoffed. “I just call out my own name during sex.”
*snort* He’s such a goof!
Hehe. Oh I found the humor in it, all right. 😉 But I didn’t quite connect to him as much at first. <— KEY word, ’cause OMG I fell for him HARD! BUT!! I wasn’t the only one that was hesitant about Mal:
Nikee: I liked Lick, but I didn’t really care that much for Mal in it. Think I’ll like him here better?
Carol: I enjoyed Licked to, but Mal is hands down a more dynamic character than David. I can’t even describe him….he is seriously one of a kind.
Jean: Yeah took me a while to warm up to Mal, but I did!
Missy: Finished today and I loved both characters. I gave it 5 stars.
Maryse’s Book Blog: Nikee, I wasn’t huge on Mal either, in Lick, and it took me to about 25% to “get him” and truly like/believe him, in this one, but you’ll get there, and then you’ll love him.
Apparently my type comes in all sorts of personalities, ’cause as long as they’re “awesome” I’m in. And Mal is a whole lotta that!
I went from getting used to “Mal’s” outrageous extrovert personality and being overwhelmed by it…
… it was him as a whole that blew my mind. The parts meant nothing without the amused realm in his eye and the hint of a smirk. God, I hated people who smirked. Apparently, I also wanted to lick them all over because my mouth started watering.
“I’m Mal,” he said.
“I – I know,” I stuttered.
His smirk heightened. “I know you know.”
Huh. I kept my mouth shut.
…to quickly finding him (and his adorable texts) endearing.
Maryse’s Book Blog: Mal is just soooooo cute, I wanna cuddle him. I’m on chapter 6 and his “I’m bored” texts are so… “Awwwwwwwww”
Lindsay: I lurve mal !!! After anxiously awaiting plays release …. I read it in less than a day !!! So good !!
Kathy Vittitow That’s how I felt. I loved Mal!! He was so adorably funny and yet still sexy.
Tina: Just finished that last night! Love me some Mal!!!!
Kim: Love Mal….I’m thinking my lead guitarist obsession has switched to a drummer
Pamela: Just finished this one today. Soooo good. I laughed so much! Plus it packs emotional punch too. Yay! Can’t wait for Lead.
Val: I loved that book. He is really close to the top of my boyfriend list. Love Mal. He is so funny.
Renate: Just finished today, Mal was so cute…the texts are adorable….LOL in a few scenes. Need to hug him!
Kirsten: Ok Maryse’s Book Blog (Paranormal & Urban Fantasy) because it’s you I’ll share Mal, BUT I really claimed him as my own when reading Lick.
Kristy: Love Mal and his quirky energy!!
Jennifer: Finished it at 1am this morning. A rare 5-star read for me!! (I’m picky.)
Carol: I enjoyed this book better than the first! Mal was great.
Linda: Im right there too!
Maryse’s Book Blog: OMG I can’t stop laughing!! I wasn’t finished that whole text part and it just cracked me up even harder. That co-dependency comment killed me!! I wanna be Mal’s fake girlfriend so bad.
Angie: Just finished this…..I never laughed so hard while reading a book!!!!! Loved loved Mal!!
Karen: I read the book in one day. I was laughin out loud at him. Love Mal.
Maria: I JUST LOVE MAL….HALF WAY THROUGH,,,LOLOLOL…THE TUB SCENE..LOLOL
To crushing on him. To pining for him (even though we made a promise not to get attached while we “faked” being boyfriend and girlfriend). I mean… Anne and him. Right riiiiiight… I wasn’t in that deal at all. *hrmph* 😉
A deal was a deal, but I… er… I mean, ANNE couldn’t help but develop a crush. With a gorgeous, sweet, hilarious guy like Mal, it was simply inevitable.
And then I was FUMING at him <—- oh did I FUME!!!!!!!!!
Sarah: Uh oh! Naughty Mal!
Polly: Think i may know. The book took a turn for me there
Melissa: I know!!!!
What did he do? Lemme just say that I was drowning in jealousy, and it was my own!
But we soon discover that Mal isn’t all “life of the party” and as Mal and Anne develop their friendship, she soon discovers a whole other side to him, and it just made me wanna cuddle him hard. Malcolm, Malcolm, Malcolm. You literally rocked my world!
So what’s it about?
Anne is friends (and used to be neighbors with) “Ev” (the heroine in book #1 who is married to the guitarist). After coming home one day to finding her roommate suddenly gone (with her money), and her male best friend (that she’s been pining for) still so obviously in “friend-mode”, she accepts an invitation to a rock star party (that of her most favorite band, and hoping to catch a glimpse of “Mal”. Her biggest rock star crush).
Not only does she catch a glimpse of Mal, but after overhearing her slightly sad phone conversation, he pretty much insinuates himself into every aspect of her life. At first she thinks he’s just messing with her, and then she thinks he must be drunk… but she soon realizes despite his brand of “crazy” he’s actually quite serious.
“Whatever you want is great.”
“That is the correct answer. We are going to be the best fake couple ever, pumpkin.”
*giggle* Let the “rock-star fake relationship” fun begin!!!
This book is a must read, for those that love good ol’ fashion rock-star infatuation romance. Lots of sweeeeeeet laughs, a HUGE crush, and boy is it steeeeeeeamy (even though it’s kind of a slow burn at first <— which makes it THAT much better the whole way through). Oh. And plenty of angst in so MANY ways. I’m telling you, my heart felt it all.
Maryse’s Book Blog: OMG LOL!!!!!!!
“It’s a sign of affection. You think I salivate on just anyone?”
“You… I can’t even.”
“There are women who would kill to have me licking their face. You do not even begin to appreciate just how lucky you are to have my spit. Now lick me back.”
He pointed to his jaw, demandingly.
“Anne, Do it. Do it now, woman, before I get offended.”<— eeewwwwww!!!! 😛 Tee heeeeeee!
I *heart* Mal. He’s gonna be such a heartbreaker. I just know it.
Kim: *heart* THEM! This book made me laugh so hard
Jennifer: He is great the entire book! He has such a way with words!!
Melissa: I just finished it! Loved it!!!!
Jo: He’s my husband, you know….
Maryse’s Book Blog: Jo… Them’s fightin’ words!
Jenn: I was cracking up!!!
Sasha: Omg, when he struck up a conversation with her *spoiler* I DIED.
Milissa: I laughed so hard at that book!!!
Sharna: Hubby was looking at me strange a lot when I read play as I was laughing an giggling and grinning loved. Play!
Candace: Mal is my baby daddy I swear
Sali: Baaaahaaa OMG I LUV MAL !!!!!
Jaime: Reading this right now! Loving Mal. Funny and sexy. Best combination!
Cindy: Lol ew…
Hang: MAL is AMAZING!!!
Tina: Just finished!! Loved it!
Heidi: HAHAHHAHA. OMG AND WHEN HE STARTED TALKING TO HER UNMENTIONABLES. I CAN’T EVEN.
Kristen: I’m loving it even more than Lick
Sara: If we could only clone a Mal, there would be no divorce.
Lindsay: I could not agree more !! I have seriously loved the first two books so freaking much !! They are a total mind body and soul experience !! Seriously I’m a wee bit obsessed 😉 tee hee !
Tell me you don’t already love him like crazy!??
This book is another example of why I love reading as much as I do. It had EVERYTHING I want in my reads. It made me laugh like crazy, made me swoon, made me fume, made me fall SO hard… made me tear up so bad. Just the right amount of everything, too. So well paced, the emotions were just spot-on for me. *squeeeeee* I fell in love!!! Guilty pleasure romance read perfection!
P.S. Here is the Stage Dive Series Reading Order