Stage Dive #4
Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
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 Lizzy are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
Is it really over? This can't be the last of Stage Dive, can it? I want more!
One thing I've greatly enjoyed throughout this series is the dynamics between the Stage Dive guys. Ms. Scott brilliantly conveyed the deep bond between David, Jimmy, Mal, and Ben and I loved it. I was sad that Mal wasn't around as much in Deep - he may not have been as present in Lead either but I felt it more acutely in this one. I certainly - well, I don't know if enjoyed is the right word but lacking a better one - I enjoyed getting better acquainted with Ben. He's an interesting guy - just living life as it comes, floating free. He likes his unfettered life and it suits him. However, his attraction to Lizzy was something he didn't expect nor did he know how to deal with it. But deal with it he must when he finds out she's pregnant.
Lizzy's been pretty determined in her pursuit of Ben. There's just something about him that trips all her triggers. I've always liked Lizzy. Knowing her back story and how she held it together, appreciated all Anne (her sister) sacrificed in order to give her a decent life and made the most of those sacrifices, made me admire her. She was set on making something of herself and I admired her motivations. I also admired how she dealt with the blow of an unexpected pregnancy. It showed her maturity.
Getting to be along for the ride as these two worked things out took me on an emotional roller coaster. Why did it take so long for Ben to realize what everyone else could see? How could Lizzy stand putting herself out there over and over again, knowing Ben might break her heart? Love is the answer. Love is always the answer. :)
Despite how pleased I was with Ben and Lizzy's story, I felt like the ending was a bit rushed. I didn't want any more angst but I would've liked seeing more of them dealing with things as a couple. Overall though, I can't say enough good things about this series. The stories were riveting and Andi Arndt's narration was spot on. I'm thrilled I took the recommendation from several bloggers and dove into this series. I'm only sad there's not more. Luckily, Ms. Scott has other offerings.