Lick, A Stage Dive Novel Audiobook by Kylie Scott

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Review of: Lick, A Stage Dive Novel Audiobook
Kylie Scott

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On February 28, 2014
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Lick, A Stage Dive Novel Audiobook

By: Kylie Scott

Narrated by: Andi Arndt

Published by: Macmillan Audio 02/24/2014

Lick Audiobook Cover _ Hot Listens


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Stage Dive Series, book 1

8 hrs and 37 mins

Contemporary Romance logo

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas’ plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

©2013 Kylie Scott (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

Lick, A Stage Dive Novel Audiobook First Chapter

My thoughts

More times than  I’d like to admit I buy audiobooks just because I loved the cover, such was the case with Lick. I never saw a review or heard anyone mentioned it before, so I took a shot…. And once in a while I get pleasantly surprised.

Lick is the first novel in the rockstar series Stage Dive. In this entry Kylie Scott lets Evelyn tells us her romance story, and how celebrating her 21th Birthday, in no other place than Las Vegas can lead to a lot trouble, specially after a few too many tequilas.

Waking up to find that you married a stranger is not an extraordinary tale, even if that stranger turns out to be a sexy lead singer for a super popular band, but when the author infuses it with humor, likable characters,  and sprinkles the story with some angst and a heavy dose of sexiness, she sure has a winner.

Some stories are captivating because the world is amazing, or the drama is so intense it won’t let go, or the action is non stop, and it  hardly gives you time to  breathe – and others, like Lick, are  captivating for its simplicity, and the sheer joy of enjoying an uncomplicated but fun romance.

I can’t say they weren’t some plot holes that made me think for a little, but I  really liked the characters and the author seduced  me enough into  to overlook them,  I was able to enjoy the story in spite of its flaws. I liked it enough to finish the audiobook in less than a day.

I liked Evelyn;  she’s a nice girl, strong yet vulnerable enough to be credible without being irritating as some young girls seem to be in some of this type of novels.

David, the sexy lead in Lick is surpassingly simple (not a lot baggage to contend), a nice guy with very few “rock star” egomania moments  and yes he’s HOT!

I enjoyed the secondary characters – they bring some of the humor in the story.

So if you enjoy a sweet, uncomplicated, light, fun , with  likable characters, and a little bit of angst to keep you involved  I recommend Lick.
This is just an enjoyable popcorn listen 🙂 My first by Kylie Scot, but definitely not my last.

The Author

Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott

Lick, A Stage Dive Novel Audiobook Narration

Another first for me with Lick was my experience with a new to-me  narrator Andi  Ardnt – another pleasant surprise I might add! She does a great job with the protagonist, and since the story is told from Evelyn’s point a view, she’s  got more than half the battle won.

I also enjoyed her male voices, not that they were particularly  male, but I have come to appreciate an effortless performance, and a variation in tone that conveys their  masculinity.

She’s good with the humor in the story, and she certainly lets you appreciate its cuteness, not to mention the smexiness  in the story.

All in all, Lick is a well performed  fun little listen for those days when you don’t want to get into anything deep, and just want to get lost in a fun and sexy story.

Narrator Andi Arndt


Andi Arndt _ Hot Listens

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  1. You’ve convinced me to give this one a go. 😉 I was wary it might be too formula & just going for the cheaper sexy angle.

    • I hope you like it Amy, I’ll be on the lookout for you thoughts, I had no expectations and it worked for me.

  2. OOo yeah the cover on this one got me too. LOL And on the next one (Play?) very sexy. Glad to hear it’s enjoyable. I’ll have to move it up my read list 🙂

    And a popcorn listen? I love that!

    • Yeah, it will fill you as much as popcorn can… But once in a while it can be just what we crave…LOL
      How can they think covers are not important?

    • I didn’t think I’d like a rockstar romance, but then I read and then listened Backstage Pass and I loved it, so now I don’t shy away from the theme. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it go 🙂

  3. Glad this was a good read Loupe! I’ll be adding it to my list. Sometimes simplicity can be a good and endearing thing in a story. I can’t get enough of that yummy cover!!!

    • I did Lori, I just had finished a couple deep listens so it was a nice change 🙂
      First time I like the cover of the audio more than the printed book (on Goodreads) Maybe they are wising up about covers, because I used see some the worst covers on audiobooks…LOL I didn’t want to put them on the blog..LOL

  4. Um, yeah, I wouldn’t mind giving the dude on the cover a lick. 😀 I’m totally adding this to my tbr; it sounds like a lot of fun!

    • Hehe.. Don’t be shy Christy, tell us how you feel..LOL You right, that cover is licking good!
      I hope you like it, I’m totally aware that reading might be a totally different experience, I just hope still is a good one 🙂

  5. I like the cover too..LOL I am glad it turned out to be good and I adore this trope. I have not ventured into sexy time on audio and I’m sure I am ready to do so…LOL

    • LOL Kimba, I have friends that cannot do sexy times on audio, I’m curious to see where you fall. I can’t do much erotica to be honest, if the book has more than 20% sex scenes I don’t like them on audio.
      This is not naughty at all, there’s some sexy times but I’d say less than 10% of the book.

  6. I’m glad you liked this book, I read it last year and also liked it, a lot. Now I’m waiting for Mal’s book.

    • YAY! I’m glad you enjoyed too 🙂 I was wondering if this was a good read too, and I say that because the interpretation of the Evelyn by the narrator had a lot to do with my enjoyment, and I wondered if it’d have been the same with my inner voice.

  7. I normally love rock star romances, and I did like this one when I read it last year. I just wished that Evelyn showed a bit more spine in the front part of the book. She did stand up for herself more as she gained confidence, and I LOVE the waking-up-in-Vegas-married-to-a-stranger part (ESPECIALLY when the stranger is a rock god, right?!). Anyway, I’m glad you liked it!

    • You know, that’s when I think that the narrator has a lot to do with your take on a character. If you think about it, the way (tone) a line gets delivered can change the whole attitude behind the line, and that’s one of the reasons I like the narrator here. She delivered a pretty balanced character – I didn’t get frustrated as I can easily get with young leads. I really don’t know if I’d had felt the same way if I had read it instead.

  8. Sounds like my kind of read. You know me well. I’ll add it to my list. XOXO Ang

    • Hehe Angela, I saw that cover and I thought of you right away..LOL

  9. The plot, those tattoos, LV, sounds like a PARTY! I’m not a big rockstar romance reader and with the plot holes you mentioned, I might like this less than you. Maybe the second book will convince me to try it out if ever.

    • I completely aware that the reading experience could be totally different, and that a decent performance of an audioboook can make you overlooked some the flaws that otherwise would turned a book into a roll of the eyes party….LOL I really do think that narrator help a lot with my enjoyment of Lick. I’m planing to read the next, well’ see 🙂

  10. Ahhhh, I saw this on my home page and ignored it (after admiring the cover)
    I usually pass on ‘rock star’ books because they all usually seem to carry the asshole and womanizer gene, but you really have me wanting to try this one out! Just added this to my wish list. Love the review 🙂

    • I found the whole first chapter posted by the publisher (up top), so maybe you should take a listen, and see if it grabs you. I wish we could do that with all the audiobooks before we buy. I think I pass on a lot books because the 5 mins samples are simply not enough to get a feel for the audio.
      If you do get it, I really hope it turns out to be a pleasant listen for you too 🙂

  11. One of the best Series ever!!

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