Oh, how loooong I’ve waited for this book. Deep is the fourth and final book in the Stage Dive series *cue tears here* and Ben’s story is finally here! Hilarious, wild, exhilarating, and a definite page-turner, Deep will have you sighing (both lusty and frustrated ones), grinning, and swooning until the very last page.
“Fuck you’re pretty,” he sighed. “Make me wish for all sorts of shit I shouldn’t.”
We met Lizzy in Play as Anne’s little sister, and she’s got a bit of a crush on a certain bass player in a certain band. Both Lizzy and Ben feel an off-the-charts chemistry with each other when they meet, but Ben is firmly hands-off Lizzy, since both Anne and Mal would castrate him if he touched her. But after sharing many texts (both sweet and naughty), late-night phone calls, and the like, it’s obvious that something deeper has formed between Lizzy and Ben. And try as they might to keep things at a friendship level, when they go to Vegas for Mal and Anne’s wedding (which is the BEST thing ever), what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas…
So I’d been knocked up by a rock star.
Deep breath. Okay.
I adored Lizzy. Kylie Scott writes her in such a fresh, unique way, and I was able to feel every single emotion she was feeling – and shocked would be an understatement for how Lizzy feels about being pregnant. My heart went out to Lizzy for her fears/hopes about Ben. Ben’s number one priority has always been his music, so how would he fare being a father? As much as she hopes that they could form a long-lasting, loving relationship, Lizzy knows how Ben is. Time and again he’s hurt her, putting his music and band above all others. Even I was starting to resent Ben a little for how he treated Lizzy. My heart was aching so much for all the hurt Lizzy goes through with Ben, not to mention the pregnancy itself, but I also admired her so much for keeping her head held high. She’s a tough cookie, an admirable heroine, and not much can bring her down.
Oh, Ben. Ben, Ben, Ben. I’m still not sure whether I love him or hate him after finishing this book. Probably a little bit of both. Ben has a hard time dealing with change – and what could be more life-changing than becoming a father? When he finds out about the pregnancy, Ben may be able to support Lizzy financially, but emotionally is a whole ‘nother ball game. I think Ben was just a tad too frustrating over the course of the book for me to actually LOVE love him (like I do Jimmy), but like any red-blooded woman, I can still fully appreciate him as a hot, tatted, bearded man. Kylie Scott knows how to write a man, and she knows how to write him right. Ben is all pure, raw, sexual male, and I was freaking fanning myself over him and his highly erotic beard. As many hang-ups as he has over deeper, emotional things, in bed Ben is pure perfection. It takes a while (a long while actually) for that perfection to move on over to matters of the heart, but when it does, you can expect your own heart to be swept away by him.
“Why do you want me to stay?” I asked, my voice ever so slightly pleading. I didn’t even know what for. Fingers wrapped around my ankles, rubbing gently. “Because of the baby?”
“No,” he said. “Because of everything.”
If you’re a fan of the series, you can expect to see a LOT of Anne and Mal, Jimmy and Lena, and Eve and David. I freaking ADORE this cast of characters Kylie Scott has created – they’re an unforgettable group! And all of them together in one room will always have you in stitches. Mal, the goofball that he is, kills me every time – how is he so funny!?!? God, I seriously love all of these characters, and I’m so sad that Deep is the last book in the Stage Dive series.
Ben and Lizzy’s book had my heart all over the place in an emotional roller coaster, hurting one moment, then swooning the next. Deep has so much good stuff going for it – it’s angsty, emotional, laugh-out-loud hilarious, heartwarming, and gut-wrenching. You just won’t be able to stop feeling when you read this book! I do wish that there was more at the end, that the romance toward the end was expanded upon. Deep ends a bit abruptly, though I still adored what happened at the end. Other than that and my frustrations with Ben, Deep is a highly enjoyable, unputdownable end to the Stage Dive series!
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.