Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: eArc received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
This book may be unsuitable for reader's under 17 years of age due to sexual content and/or mature themes.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
Ben is the least known member of Stage Dive. He's not just an enigma to fans, but to us readers as well. In the first 3 books of this series, almost every time he was in a scene he would get up and leave, so I knew next to nothing about him. I had even forgotten that Martha was his sister! But in this final book in the Stage Dive series, readers are finally given the opportunity to get to know him.
Sadly, I discovered that I didn't really like Ben all that much. He was just barely tolerable, and didn't have much of a personality. He wasn't a relationship kind of guy, and I never felt that he was truly emotionally invested in Lizzy and the baby. That really put the kebosh on me wanting them together as a couple. I also didn't like the way he started throwing money at Lizzy to 'take care' of her because he couldn't be bothered to help her himself.
Lizzy was young, naïve, and way too inexperienced. She really got on my nerves at times. She didn't do much other than travel with the band and wait for Ben to confess his love to her. I might have liked her more if she had been able to think and do for herself.
Who would have ever though that Jimmy, of all people, would be the voice of reason in helping Ben to understand Lizzy? Luckily for me, funny and over the top Mal was back. I liked Mal better in books #1 and #4 than I did his own story. Hmph, go figure. Needless to say, this was my least favorite book in this series. I just wasn't feeling the blah story or the underdeveloped characters.
On a positive note, I enjoyed the character of Vaughan and I'm really looking forward to reading the first book in the spin off series, Dirty (Dive Bar #1).
Out of the 4 books in this series, I still love Lick the most. I was diggin' David from the very first scene, and my love for him never wavered throughout the series. And I know the reason why I loved him so much. It was because he was dedicated to Evelyn and wanted to be in a committed relationship with her no matter what. Even though they got married before their relationship ever really started, he was determined to make things work with her. I really admired and respected that about him, and I think he was the most stand up of all the guys in the band.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars