Kylie Scott scores big again in book 3 of the Stage Dive series with a very unique story and a complex character in rock-singer Jimmy, a tortured, rude jerk at first. Lena comes to work for him as his assistant, charged with "handling" him and keeping him clean and sober. She becomes a bit of a mother figure to him, caring for him unconditionally (like his own mother never did)but not putting up with his crap. She slowly teaches him how to be polite, to apologize, to feel empathy, to behave as an adult. The process doesn't sound like a recipe for romance, and there is plenty of bickering, hurt feelings, frustration along the way until the pair bond and become best friends. Their dialogue is brilliant, real and so fascinating to read.
Kylie Scott expertly infuses sarcastic humor and genuine warmth into the relationship, making it a very special journey. As Lena prepares to quit, Jimmy forces her to tell him why: she has developed feelings for him. Jimmy can't have that, so he pushes her to date others, resulting in some intense jealousy and very slow realization of feelings of his own for Lena.
I loved how neither of them were with anyone else the entire time of the story, and how Lena slowly broke down his resistance to physical touch. The scene was so tender when he finally let her kiss him. When the inevitable break-up came, I was in tears, a rarity for me. The transformation of Jimmy's character was truly magical to experience.
My beloved Mal, the crazy drummer from book 2, shows up regularly with his puppy Killer for some extra comic relief. Just one more book left in this series--can't wait! -- Added by Bakerlady on 02/01/2015