I think everyone knows by now how much I adore this series. Actually, all the ladies at FV do. The first book in the series, Lick, was good, but then came Mal. OMG Mal, how I love thee, let me count the ways. We did a WTRW for wonderful Mal. Then came Jimmy’s book, Lead. I wasn’t too sure about Jimmy, because you know… druggie, asshole. But I’m pretty sure I loved Jimmy and Lena even more than Mal and Anne. Actually, I loved Jimmy because of Lena. Lena was the shit. So now we’ve come to the end of the series and Ms. Scott finally gives Ben his love story. If you haven’t caught on by now, Anne’s sister Lizzy is who he’s been secretly texting in the background all this time and they have quite the complicated relationship.
So I’d been knocked up by a rock star.
Deep breath. Okay.
Yes, that complicated. If you’re wondering how in the world the book opens with Lizzie realizing she’s pregnant, or haven’t read the previous books in this series, don’t worry. Through a series of flashbacks Ms. Scott takes readers back through their courtship. Or should I say non-courtship? Lizzie has the hots for the bearded rocker almost immediately, but Mal has a strict ‘hands off’ rule for Ben regarding his lady love’s kid sister. But then Lizzie begins a texting campaign that he just can’t resist and, you guessed it, next thing they know they’ve had a night in bed. And while it was smoking hot, Ben is trying to forget. Only he can’t, because BABY.
I’m pretty sure most readers are going to be frustrated to the extreme with Mr. Rock Star’s push and pull, can’t make up his mind, absentee behavior for the beginning part of this book. I know I was. I wanted to hit him over the head so maybe he would finally fucking take responsibility. Not in a distant “I’ll be there when I can” way, but in a present at all times way. Does that make sense?
Thank goodness for Jimmy.
“She’s the girl you put a baby in, asshole. And if she’s been going through half the shit Lena’s been dealing with, then you are just about the lowest cunt I’ve come across in a long time for making her do it alone.”
See, I knew I loved Jimmy for a reason.
I will have to admit things do turn around and Ben does make changes. I get why he was all confused, it was believable to me, but damn. What the hell, Ben? Then there is Lizzy. Lizzy who just found out she is having a baby, who feels all alone, who is confused and who’s hormones are going apeshit crazy with lust and maybe a tad bit of inadequacy. She wants Ben, she wants him to be there for her, she even still wants to jump his tatted up, bearded bones all the time, but she is totally willing to do it alone if she has to. How can you not sympathize with that?
Deep wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. There seemed to be more drama and less humor, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. Mal is his usual quirky yet charming self and he is loyal to the extreme to his girls. Through everything he has Lizzy’s back and pretty much makes Ben dig in deep and prove himself. I could have done without Ben’s ridiculous, mean spirited sister, but she did bring about Lizzy finally drawing a line in the sand. Of course, the HEA was beautiful, very sigh-worthy. I think my only real issue was that it took awhile for them to get to the point where I even believed they had feelings for each other that weren’t because of the baby.
It kind of makes me a little sad to see this series end. I have to wonder if Ms. Scott will somehow create a spin-off series of some kind with a few of the characters from Deep. Maybe Vaughan? I have a feeling the sister will show up later, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. All in all, I did enjoy the ending to the Stage Dive series. Not my favorite, but still a very good read. Final Grade- B
“You can have my time, and you can have my attention,” he said, words slow and deliberate. “Sweetheart, you can have whatever the fuck you want, I promise.”