Kylie Scott
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St. Martin's Press
Release Date
April 2015
Book 4 of Stage Dive
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Don't miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in the USA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible... but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 21, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
139 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "Off Limits = Bean" Stars! Another fantastic addition to the Stage Dive series! Once again the Stage Dive Band proves that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay in Vegas. When that hot passionate night of sinful pleasure also happens to be with Lizzie Rollins, Anne's 21 year-old younger sister and now Mal's sister-in-law, Ben Nicholson, the Stage Dive bass player, stirs up all sorts of new turmoil within the band.

First off, it's worth noting that although this is the fourth novel in the Stage Dive series, it works well as a standalone, as the primary couple's relationship is completely told in this book. So don't fret if you haven't yet read some or all of the prior books. If you have read the prior books, then you will be happy to know that each one of the prior couples continues to play a part in DEEP, further adding to the complexity of the story line.

The night that Anne and Mal (from Play, Book 2) got married, theirs was not the only life that completely changed. Instead, notwithstanding repeated warnings that Anne's little sister, Lizzie, was off limits, Ben and Lizzie finally do the deed that they had been both dying to do, but Ben was too afraid to partake in.

Two months later, Lizzie realizes she's pregnant. The sad fact of the matter is, however, that she and Ben have barely spoken since that perfect night. She knows she will keep the "bean", but just how is she supposed to maintain a lifelong "friendship" with the one man that makes her blood burn with passion every time she is near him?

Ben will do anything for his band. If that means staying away from the girl he can't seem to erase from his mind, then so be it. In any event, he has no illusions of ever settling down, and certainly never plans to become a father, so no good could come of it anyway. When he learns that 1/2 of that ship has already sailed, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. He knows he will do the right thing by both the "bean" and Lizzie--Mal's and Anne's wrath notwithstanding--but the only way he can be sure to not completely alienate Lizzie with his anti-commitment ways is to keep their relationship strictly in the friend zone.

Of course their undeniable attraction makes the friend zone a war zone. Constantly wavering between their chemistry and what Ben considers safe takes its toll. Can there possibly be a happy ending of any sort, much less an HEA, under such hostile conditions? Moreover, will Mal, Ben's best friend, ever forgive him, or will it end up breaking the band?

I love how Kylie Scott weaves in the multiple friend story lines, band life realities and romance all into one package. Having previously read Lick, I felt like I was settling in to a familiar cast of characters, somewhat akin to the 90s TV show "Friends". The underlying romantic tension moreover reminded me a lot of Ross' and Rachel's story from the same TV show. And the hot passion--who knew beards could be so instrumental!--spiced things up to just the right level of heat that I enjoy in my romance reads.

All in all, DEEP was a great way to end a very memorable series. All that said, and the blurb disclosure notwithstanding, I wonder if Ms. Scott will not be surprising us with one final addition. Specifically, it seems like she tee'd up a possible relationship between Sam, the Stage Dive head of security, and Martha, Ben's rather spirited, anger inspiring, sister who was Dave's (the hero in Lick) first love. I, for one, sure hope we will get one more taste of the Stage Dive world; and I can easily see how Martha could inspire one fiery read!
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