WHY I READ IT
I’ve been a fan of the Stage Dive Series from the start and have been waiting for the bearded wonder to get his turn.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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?
”So I’d been knocked up by a rock star. Big deal.”
Ben and Lizzy have a sizzling connection from their very first meeting, but she’s a lot younger than Ben, and besides, Ben has been warned to stay away from his best friends “little sister.” Over time, Ben and Lizzy begin to develop a friendship, sharing parts of their day with each other, until it becomes clear that Lizzy’s feelings for Ben take a turn and unfortunately, he just doesn’t feel the same way. That’s when Lizzy clings to the all or nothing approach. She is too attracted to Ben to just stay friends, and she successfully avoids him, until they are together in Vegas for Mal and Anne’s wedding. That’s when we find out that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t necessarily stay there. Sometimes, it gives you parting gift.
It’s no secret that Lizzy is pregnant, but the scene where she figures it out, as does the rest of the gang, is fantastic. Scott writes fantastic group scenes. Everyone gets to shine in these scenes and it’s one of the many things I have loved about this series. You get to hang on the sidelines of this group that love each other fiercely, and with that love, sometimes butt heads. There is an abundance of fabulous dialogue in this book.
Discovering she is pregnant is a wakeup call for Lizzy…for Ben? Not so much. Ben never imagined he would be in this situation. He loves his transient lifestyle and a baby will throw his entire future out of whack. Plain and simple, Ben is just not ready to grow up. He wants to keep Lizzy close, but pushes her away whenever it all starts to become too real for him. It wasn’t over the top, but there was much more angst in Deep than in the other books. My heart would break time and time again as Ben gave Lizzy hope, then ripped it away. I wanted to smack that sexy beard right off his face often. He was just so damn stubborn. I do think the book would have benefitted from his POV, but without it, we are in the trenches with Lizzy, not knowing if she’s going to have an equal partner in this, or will be raising this baby alone.
“I don’t trust you, Ben. I’m sorry. I wish I could feel differently. But I keep trying to do this with you, and thinking you want it too, and…”
“And I keep fucking it up.”
There are many laugh out loud moments in Deep, as with all the books in the Stage Dive series. Scott writes witty banter that just keeps you coming back for more. As usual, Mal stole every single scene he was in. He made me want to go back and reread Play. Lizzy’s inner ramblings are hysterical. She is one funny girl and it helped bring lightness to the reality that she just might be doing this alone. Lizzy is one of my favorite heroines. She is self-deprecating, but confident. She knows her worth and won’t settle for less. Lizzy may have struggled in the beginning, but she resolved to stay true to herself and not allow Ben to determine her happiness.
While Deep had Scott’s signature funny moments, it was also very sweet. Watching Lizzy deal with the certainty that she was going to be a mother, before she really had her life together, was touching. In his own way, even Ben had his moments. He would be so alpha sometimes, not wanting any man to touch her, or carrying her out of clubs over his shoulder, and then just indifferent the others. He ran so hot and cold, you just never knew what the next page would bring.
I am sad to see this series come to an end. Watching these couples come together has felt like watching your best friends fall in love. I look forward to what Scott brings to us in the future.