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Deep by Kylie Scott
I'm not usually a huge fan of the New Adult label tacked onto romances that aren't suitable for Young Adults (too sexy!) and apparently not right for Older Adults (too little talk about taxes, or something). But I'm now in love with several books with that New Adult label. Most recently I tossed myself headlong into Kylie Scott's series centered on the bad boys of rock band Stage Dive, which concluded last month in Deep with the zigzagging romance of bass player Ben and college student Lizzie.
Being a young twentysomething isn't easy, and it's even harder when you discover you're pregnant after a single night in Vegas with a rock star: "Positive. I reread the instructions, doing my best to flatten out the creases in the pages one-handed. Two lines meant positive. Two lines sat on the test. No, not possible"¦.I stared and stared, but just like the first one sitting rejected by the sink, the answer remained the same. Positive."
Scott's opening lines warn the reader that the title "Deep" is more than just a single-word code for the scorching-high hotness level of the bedroom shenanigans between Lizzie and Ben. Still in college, Lizzie falls hard for Ben when they meet, but despite his own attraction, Ben refuses to catch her: Lizzie is the younger sister of a bandmate's new girlfriend, and Ben has already put enough stress on the band (see Lick). He's not going to do anything that could break up Stage Dive"¦until one night, when he and Lizzie are both in Vegas for a wedding, he does. Their new relationship goes off the rails within hours, leaving Lizzie's heart bruised and trust battered. Fast-forward several months, when Lizzie reveals her pregnancy in the most awkward way possible, and Lizzie and Ben reluctantly embark on a new relationship: prospective parents.
Nuanced, heart-engaging, and dolloped with enough frankly-worded sex scenes to keep readers' libido engaged as well, Deep shines. And if you've been a New Adult reluctant reader like me, Deep and Scott's other Stage Dive novels is a fabulous place to start.