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    Blog Tour & Review | STRONG by Kylie Scott

    Blog Tour & Review | STRONG by Kylie ScottStrong by Kylie Scott
    Series | Stage Dive #4.5, 1001 Dark Nights #88
    Release Date | September 25, 2018
    Genres | Contemporary
    Format | ARC
    Add to TBR | ADD TO GOODREADS
    Buy | Amazon
    Rating | four-stars
    Synopsis |

    From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

    When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

    As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

    Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

    **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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    Review

    I never knew how much I missed the Stage Dive crew until I read Strong. This series is definitely one of my favorites and Strong was a great reminder of how much I loved them all. And it made me want to do a re-read, ASAP! Of course, I loved this book but my only gripes were that it was way too short for my liking and I wanted more romance between Sam and Martha. It wasn’t quite enough for me to be completely hooked into their story. AND, Martha … well if you’re familiar with this series, she doesn’t rank high with many. So it took some time to come around to her.

    Sammmmm, I’ve always loved the Stage Dive bodyguard and was eager to get his story. He’s a man that knows exactly what he wants and time did nothing to hinder that. And his eyes were set on Martha. I loved how he just sees everything, which probably makes him a great bodyguard, but he constantly has a great read on Martha. It was pretty obvious that they probably had a bit of unrequited love for each other and just decided to wait ten years to do something about it.

    Strong turned out to be a quick and sweet read. I loved watching Sam barrel towards Martha and doing what he can to make her, his. Even with my hang-ups about Martha, she redeemed herself in the end. Even though this was a novella, I’d still be elated if Kylie Scott decided to just add more and make it a full-length novel 😉

    four-stars

    Excerpt

    “Ooh, busted,” said Lizzy. “The bodyguard caught you looking.”

    “Shut it.” I inched my chin up a bit, trying not to frown because frowning gave you lines. “Sam and I have known each other for years and nothing has ever happened. You’re completely wrong about this.”

    “Am I?”

    “Yes, there’s nothing between us.”

    “So that’s why you were staring at him?”

    I chose not to answer that. “And you know he prefers to be called executive protection officer instead of bodyguard.”

    At this, Lizzy burst out giggling, a malicious glee in her eyes. No wonder I liked my sister-in-law these days.

    Ben shot us both an irritated glance. We both ignored it.

    Of course, I’d known Sam would probably be here. Rock stars going out in public could be a delicate thing. People had a tendency to get overexcited. And while one person wanting an autograph wasn’t a problem, twenty or thirty of them suddenly swarming definitely could be. Having once been part of the entourage, I’d seen it happen to Ben and his fellow Stage Dive band members enough times to be wary. And you couldn’t get by with ordinary security. Rock stars needed protection from their over-zealous fans, but on the other hand they didn’t want the fans roughed up or hurt in any way. It required a delicate balance: control, experience, and a whole gamut of scary physical skills. Hence Sam.

    Still, Portland seemed generally less crazy than the good old days back in LA. All of the guys seemed calmer and more settled away from the constant craziness of the party scene. Not to mention the effect of all of the wives/partners and various offspring. The biggest rock band in the world had officially been domesticated.

    It was kind of cute. Or sad. I don’t know.

    “Sorry, I didn’t mean to stir you,” she lied. “What do you think of your brother’s new musical bromance?”

    On the small stage set up in the corner of the room, a young man wailed his heart out while playing an acoustic guitar. Much angst about a girl who only called him after midnight. Trust a rockster to turn a simple booty call into a heartbreaking ballad. The song was damn good though. He had talent. If only I hadn’t had my fill of the type when I was younger. The kid looked to be in his early to mid-twenties. Lanky with lots of tattoos. Your typical rock ’n roll Prince Charming. Gag. These days my type ran more toward…actually, what I needed or wanted in a male was a total mystery.

    And my gaze did not stray back to Sam. That did not happen.

    About Kylie Scott

    Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from

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