30 September 2018

Review and Excerpt Tour - Strong


Strong - A Stage Dive novella for 1001 Dark Nights
by Kylie Scott



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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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I love any excuse to read more about the Stage Dive guys and girls, even if it means embracing former villain Martha. It was going to take a lot to make me forgive and forget everything she did to Ev and the girls, but Kylie Scott used her writer magic to redeem Martha and make me hope she'd get her HEA.

It was great to get more of Sam and to see him take centre stage (sorry I couldn't resist the pun). Sam is determined and very clear about what he wants; Martha. He's not put off by her moaning or less than sunny attitude. He probably has more influence over her than any other character, even Ben.

Martha's moved in with Ben and Lizzie to help look after Gibson so there's no avoiding Sam or their super hot chemistry. Strong is about redemption and taking the opportunity to go after what you want.

It's a Stage Dive story so of course we get to catch up with our favourite divers and their families (don't worry, no spoilers). The highlight for me is always going to be any part with Mal. Oh Mal, you lovable rogue! #teamMalfortheWIN

Martha is definitely the same character we all love to hate, but she's matured and wants to do something useful. Most of her nasty mean girl attitude is a persona or front to keep people at bay. She is also kind of a snob and diva but I actually found it entertaining this time and found myself being slowly won over. Sam is hot! Who knew behind that brooding protector exterior was such a strong and nurturing, devoted guy who will do anything for those he loves.

More please!!

4 Stars in my Sky!


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.






Author Spotlight:



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 here:


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