Lick by Kylie Scott Book Review

Lick by Kylie Scott Book ReviewLick by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #1
Published by Pan on July 1st 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary, Urban
Pages: 214
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Also by this author: Play, Lead, Deep, Dirty


Just when you start getting weary of New Adult, along comes an awesome, satisfying read like Lick. I happened to see a few positive reviews and thought I’d give it a shot, though I was still a little skeptical. Fast forward to 2am when I’m struggling to stay awake but don’t want to stop reading. But at the same time not wanting to rush through the book! The last time I stayed up late reading a NA book it was Easy by Tammara Webber, so yay for another addictive NA book, and the first book in a series no less!

The set-up in Lick is that Evelyn (Ev) wakes up in a Las Vegas hotel room after a very drunken night celebrating her 21st birthday. And she’s not alone.  Also in the room with her is David, a tattooed guitarist from the massively successful rock band Stage Dive. Ev has a bit of amnesia about their night, and certainly doesn’t recall getting married- though she wakes up with the huge diamond on her finger (and David’s name tattooed on her rear) to prove it. So, how did they get here?

It makes sense to get an annulment since obviously it was one drunken night in Vegas, right? But maybe there’s something there and the pair can work backwards to see if they do in fact have a future.

What sets Lick apart from other rock star romances is Kylie Scott’s writing. The premise seems kind of cliché and hard to believe, but Scott really sells it and got me quickly caring about these characters. I’m not one to shy away from angst and there is some drama in this one, but it fits well in the story and is not overdone.

David and Evelyn on the surface don’t fit. They have such different lifestyles – Ev is on the architect career path, and David has the rock star thing going on.  Neither have the best track record with love, and yes there are skeletons in his closet that need to be dealt with. But the pair is a totally root-worthy couple. I really liked their getting to know each other scenes.

Lick is told from Evelyn’s perspective. She is overwhelmed with it all, but pretty funny too. I like dual POV and wouldn’t mind getting inside David’s head, but I still felt that I understood his character pretty well. He remembers everything about the night in Vegas though and I was curious about what he was thinking about it all. The slow reveal was cool though also.

Lick is the first book in the Stage Dive series. Each book will be centered on a different member of the band. The other band members in Stage Dive did make an interesting first impression, and I especially thought Malcolm (Mal) was really funny and charming in his way.

You know that feeling you get when you connect with a book and can’t put it down, but you don’t want it to end? This book has kind of ruined me for other rock star romances. It was just so swoony, entertaining and witty. I highly recommend Lick for the emotional connection, chemistry, romance, and humor. I’m definitely interested in trying out Scott’s Flesh series next- post-apocalyptic erotica- wow!


11 thoughts on “Lick by Kylie Scott Book Review

  1. bookgoonie says:

    SOLD! I almost passed by, but I saw the 4.5 & then followed by as good as Easy.

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    That sounds like a familiar, predictable story but if it’s done as well as you say it is, that wouldn’t bother me at all.

  3. Adina says:

    Great review. I thought that Lick was awesome too 🙂

  4. Rory says:

    This sounds interesting, I have a soft spot for tattooed rock stars. Flesh…I don’t even know where to start with that one, but I am very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

  5. Oh, I absolutely cannot wait to read this one! I have it sitting unread on my Kindle and I purchased it the second I heard of it as I adore books that are set in the music scene! I’ve always had a soft spot for tattooed, bad boy rock gods.

    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Lucy 😀 That gives me high hopes for it as well.

  6. squee1313 says:

    I read it based on one of your posts and because it was cheap. It wasn’t my favorite of the many N.A., tattooed bad-boy books I’ve read lately (like Beautiful Disaster or the Marked Men series), but I didn’t hate it either. David was initially sympathetic because he put his heart on the line for Evelyn, but then he could be an unbelievable a**hole and manipulative. Still, it was worth the $2.99 I paid for it. It had some very good intimate scenes!!

  7. I totally like this one! I wish the cover and title were different, because I think they give off a vibe that this book doesn’t really have at all. I mean, it was sexy, and I get the music reference with the title, but it sounds/looks kind of disturbing, and this book just so WASN’T.

    Anyway, I’ve been reading a lot of NA/romance lately, and this one actually does stick out as a really well written book where I loved the characters and the plot.

  8. fishgirl182 says:

    ooh i haven’t heard of this one. the plot sounds like something out of a movie but your review makes me want to read it. and i totally have had that feeling where i want to finish something so badly but i also don’t want to rush it. i am putting this on my to read list right now!

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