I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Strong by Kylie Scott
Published by Amazon Childrens Publishing on 25th September 2018
Source: the publisher
Buy on Amazon US, Buy on Amazon UK
Anyone who has read the stage dive series would already be aware of who Martha is and how much of a messed up character she was. She’s one who those characters love to hate character. It has been some time since I reread the stage dive series, which I adored so I was very excited to return to their world!!
Martha Nicholson is the sister of the Ben, the bass player for the Stage Dive band and the girlfriend of David and Sam Knowles is the ex-SEAL provides security for the band. Martha has now returned home to help out with her nephew which means being around the band and the people that really hurt with her past actions.
Martha and Sam are complete opposites of each other. Sam has wanted Martha for 10 years now and being the great guy he is, I was very happy that he finally got his happy ending. Martha and Sam had some great chemistry (to no one surprise if you’ve read Kylie Scott before).
I loved seeing the band again, it was a such a treat! I believe if you have enjoyed the series, then you should really give this a go, give Martha another chance and see her and Sam get their HEA.
There were a few pacing issues but its a short book so it’s too be expected. Overall, its a pretty quick read about a couple that had been wanting each other for a decade and a treat for the fans of the series to catch up with their favs!
“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.”
“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.