Kylie Scott – Strong | ARC Review| Excerpt

PSX_20180924_173548Title: Strong (Stage Dive #4.5, 1001 Dark Nights)
Author: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: September 25, 2018

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

The Stage Dive Series… The OG… The reason I fell in love with rocker contemporary romance! The Gang is back!!!! David, Jimmy, Mal and Ben are back with their significant other….
I admit I was a little apprehensive about reading Martha’s story…after all, she did leave a bad taste in our mouth after the tantrums and epic drama-rama she tends to pull whenever she was around the group… BUT…I just had to read it too. I mean come on, Sam… The every faithful, the ever confident, the ever loyal Sam was to be the love interest for the Queen B aka Bratty Martha?! I was eager to read the magic of Kylie Scott’s writing.
I will say this, everyone needs a Sam Knowles in their life. He is the calm to the storm, the shoulder to lean on…the complete opposite of Martha. I am really surprised by Martha in this book. I guess age does make one wiser because Martha … I honestly felt bad for her in this book …which is saying a lot. Behind all that catty, spoilt, bratty exterior…Martha is a little insecure, a little lost yet at the same time she is a force to be reckoned with. Martha is a shrewd business woman, has a wicked sense of fashion and what do you know… a shit ton of patience.

Sam and Martha make the most unlikely pair at first glance but somehow they really go well together. She is the wildness that Sam needs in his life and likewise he is the calm she needs in her ever present drama filled life. hahaha

I really enjoyed reading this beauty of a novella. Fast paced with just the right amount of love, angst and epic cameos by secondary characters. Strong is a must read by everyone especially all you Kylie Scott fans out there.



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“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.”
“Am I?”
“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.

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from

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