Review: Play by Kylie Scott

(Stage Dive #2)
by Kylie Scott
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: March 25, 2014
Genre: Romance

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?




To say that Mal is a bit extreme would be sugar coating it. I honestly thought it was going to be revealed that he was bi-polar or had some sort of mental thing going on because he was over the top. I mean, the extremes he went through reminded me of my niece when she was 5, not a guy in his late 20’s. However, I overlooked it because I really liked the story itself. I mean, could you imagine having taped a guy’s TeenBop (or whatever magazine is out nowadays) photo to your walls as a teenager only to meet him as an adult and have him give you the time of day? Not only does he want you to be his fake girlfriend, but he also wants to move in with you. Like I said, he was a bit over the top.

It was really cute seeing these two interact with each other. Anne has just been dealt a crappy hand and is in need of cash immediately in order to pay her rent. Which leads her to take up Mal’s offer to play pretend girlfriend in exchange for him paying her rent. Of course, like all good romances, the fake relationship turns real for both of them before they even realize what hit them. It was fun getting to watch them stumble through this new development. Neither of them are relationship material. Anne has had all but one boyfriend her entire life and Mal is more of a one-and-done kind of guy. So, when they realize that there’s something more going on, it was interesting to see them tread new waters.

Play was a great addition to the Stage Dive series. I loved not only getting to see Ev and the guys again, but it was great getting to “meet” Anne and watching Mal mellow out with her. She had this sort of calming affect on him that really grounded him and allowed him to drop the exuberant act. I can’t wait to see Jimmy and his handler pair up next. You saw hints of the two of them together during Play and I just know their story is going to be a good one. Not to mention the bass player, Ben and Anne’s little sister Lizzy steaming up the pages in the fourth book. Yeah. I’m already dying to get my hands on the next books.



Favorite quote…

“The drummer was nuts. He’d always been riding the edge of needing immediate admission to a nice, soft, padded white room. And for a while, it had even been kind of charming in an offbeat fashion. But now he’d officially lost all semblance of control.”

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7 Thoughts on “Review: Play by Kylie Scott

  1. Yessssssss! I loved this one. It’s kind of OTT but I loved it (& Mal) anyway!

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  2. Great to have another good one in the series! it’s an author I still need to try

  3. Going to have to try this one out, I like the fake relationship books haha

  4. Lauren Becker on 15 May, 2018 at 8:25 am said:

    Glad Mal’s extreme nature didn’t deter you from enjoying the book. I do like the whole fake romance turned real trope. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  5. That sounds like a book that I might like and a new author for me.

  6. bookwormbrandee on 15 May, 2018 at 2:28 pm said:

    I love this series! You’re right about Mal but I enjoyed him anyway and I loved how Anne made him more zen. Well sort of. 😉 I look forward to seeing what you think of the next books! I’m trying to decide which was my favorite…

  7. Aaaah it does sound fun. I love that set up. But oy on the extremes. I’ve read some like that and kept waiting for the explanations.

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