Series: Stage Dive #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin on October 11, 2013
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Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.
Evelyn Thomas's plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.
“Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful … Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you.”
This book has been sitting on my Netgalley account for a long while and I finally felt in the mood for a rocker romance.
Evelyn Thomas never thought that her 21st birthday would be so wild—that is, until she wakes up in the morning with a brand new tattoo and a brand new husband. One that she doesn’t remember marrying, much less meeting. Uh-oh. And turns out that her new hubby is part of Stage Dive—a popular rock band. Of course, Evelyn freaks (like any sane person) but David isn’t happy that she doesn’t remember. She goes home, gets mobbed by the paparazzi, and you cue the drama! Lick was an entertaining read, most certainly. The two characters’ dialogue were funny and the supporting characters were very well written. The plot, for the most part, was well paced. It kept me interested and invested in how Evelyn and David’s story would turn out.
Evelyn was an okay character for the most part. I thought she was particularly sane up until the half point of the novel. She then proceeded to get a tad bit needy, out of the blue, and it got a bit annoying from then on out. But that was, most likely, a result of the insta-love that I will talk about later in this review. Besides that, she was an interesting character to read, I suppose. She possessed a set of morals and she was pretty humble. She had to deal with a lot of stuff and dealt with it well.
David was a mystery to me. My first and foremost question: why would he marry a girl after one night? That, at first, gave me the impression that he was some sort of crazy. I mean, come on! But the more that I read the novel, the more he opened up about his life. And, not surprisingly, he had some emotional baggage. Scratch that. A lot. Typical, but it was okay for me. I think I’m used to it my now, with all the NA contemporaries that I read.
“All day I’d pondered the problem of us. The only thing I’d come up with was that I didn’t want our time to end. I didn’t want to sign those annulment papers. Not yet. The idea made me want to start puking all over again. I wanted David. I wanted to be with him. I needed a new plan.”
The romance was a bit off-putting because it was an insta-love. And you may be thinking: well, duh! They got married after one night! No. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the six day span in which they fell in love. It moved fast—way faster than I was hoping for. I mean, it was a given that they probably would fall in love. I was not expecting it to happen so quickly. They went strangers to lovers real quick. And of course, there was a fair dosage of ex-girlfriend drama. What NA contemporary wouldn’t be complete without it?
The thing that I probably enjoyed the most was how well-written and developed the side characters were. My favorite in particular was Mal. He was super funny and nice and supportive and just an overall great guy! I am so excited to hear his story. There was also Jimmy, who brought on some drama. He was an extremely complex character, maybe even more so than David, and I liked the complications that he brought to the plot. I started off hating him and ended up loving him and I’m excited for his story as well.
Lick wasn’t that bad of a novel. Although it had some off putting qualities such as the insta-love and slightly crazy characters, it was still and entertaining read with fabulous side characters, whose stories I cannot wait to read in the rest of the Stage Dive novels.