Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.
Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
This is the first book I’ve read in this series and I didn’t realize until after I finished that it’s actually the last book in the series. So coming at Deep from a stand alone perspective, I thought it held up nicely. Sure, I can see where having some buildup to Liz and Ben’s story from the previous books might have made their story a little more intense. But, as a stand alone, I really enjoyed Deep.
Through a flashback, we go back to the night of Liz’s sister’s wedding in Vegas. Liz has wanted Ben for awhile, but he’s only ever kept her in the friend zone, even worse, they’ve only been in the texting friend zone. But their texts are really sweet and their relationship builds from there. But finally in Vegas, the attraction is too much and they have sex. And one faulty condom later, we also have a baby in the oven. Now Ben and Liz need to figure out not only what they’re going to do for each of their own futures, but now for their baby’s future as well. Liz wants it all, a relationship with Ben and to be a family. Ben…has some growing up to do.
I’ll admit, when I first found out that Ben was 29 years old to Liz’s 21, I thought, ugh, no. But Liz surprised me in a very good way. She’s mature, sure she has her crazy moments, mostly with the crazy thoughts in her head which had me laughing out loud, but from the start she’s willing to do anything to take care of the baby she affectionately calls Bean. It’s Ben who has to make the biggest changes to his life. He’s perfectly happy having no roots, no strings and likes to be able to pick up and go play a gig anywhere and at any time. Oh and party, this guy loves to party and drink. No one, his bandmates or friends, think he’s the long term-relationship guy, but he’s never had a reason to change his behavior before and initially, he doesn’t let Liz and the baby slow him down. Being around Liz more often now that she’s going on tour with the band and her sister, has Ben slowly opening his eyes to the woman in front of him and what his future could be.
Liz was a delight to get to know. She’s young, but I never felt like she came across as immature. She has some great inner dialogue, she’s doing the best she can after finding herself in a very unexpected position, and she was a fun character to get to know. Ben, he frustrated me a little bit at the beginning. He didn’t want to commit to Liz, didn’t want to do anything but what he had been doing for years, but of course that all has to change. I did like getting to know and seeing him realize what was now important in his life and try to prove it to Liz and Bean but for me, this was Liz’s story, she stole the show.
The sexy times were hot and fun. They didn’t overpower the book, but dang, Ben and his beard were hot on page. We are graced with the presence of Ben’s sister – I hated her. But oddly enough, I wanted to see more of her. Why is she the way she is? Will she get a happy ending at some point? And maybe her storyline was told more in the previous books, but in Deep, she’s just a plain old bitch and I wanted to know more.
Deep was a fun, sexy read centered around Ben’s rock band and Liz, the woman who loves him. This was my first Kylie Scott book and I liked her voice on page very much. The dialogue and interaction between the characters was fun and snappy and had a great flow. I won’t hesitate to go back and read the rest of series, only this time in order!
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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