We are beyond excited to be celebrating this release from Kylie Scott with you today by participating in the blog tour! CLOSER is part of her Stage Dive series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. Check out an excerpt from the book below.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…
When a stalker gets too close to plus-size model Mae Cooper, it’s time to hire some muscle.
Enter former military man turned executive protection officer Ziggy Thayer. Having spent years guarding billionaires, royalty, and rock n roll greats, he’s seen it all. From lavish parties through to every kind of excess.
There’s no reason some Instagram stylista should throw him off his game. Even if she does have the most dangerous curves he’s ever seen…
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Kylie Scott takes a quick dip back into the Stage Dive universe to bring us the story of Mae, a confident, down to earth plus-size model, with a stalker problem.
Enter her newly hired, stoic, ever vigilant bodyguard, Ziggy. His thousand-yard stare is a tough nut to crack, but that doesn’t stop Mae from trying. And staring.
Told in the first person POV of Mae, I understood why the enigma of Ziggy was intriguing. His quiet self-assurance and attention are alluring. I would have loved to get inside his head a bit more. Unfortunately, in the end, he remained a bit out of reach for me. As for Mae, she was likable, relatable, and unpretentious—one of the reasons I love this author’s heroines so much.
With a quick pace and cameos from some of my favorite stage dive characters (Mal!), this novella scratched that itch for more Stage Dive. While this can be read as a standalone easily, I recommend starting with Lick, the first book series.
His gaze narrowed, lines furrowing his brow. “Why don’t you let the police deal with that in the future, Miss Cooper? You don’t need that sort of shit getting into your head. Excuse my language.”
I attempted a smile. “It’s fine. Swear all you like. This situation makes me want to swear too.”
“There’s a lot of sick and cruel people out there. It doesn’t mean you need to give them a moment of your time.”
“True,” I said. “I guess you’ve seen a lot of this sort of stuff before.”
“Enough to know you’re better off staying away from it and leaving the detective work to the professionals.”
“I know, I know.” My shoulders slumped, my back bowed. My bones felt hollow and weak. Tonight I’d take some Melatonin and try to knock myself out. Actually get some decent sleep. “I just hate being so out of control. Having to put my life on pause because of this asshole.”
Around me were towers of books waiting to be shelved. Romance mostly. Since I had the time, I might as well place them in alphabetical order. His gaze wandered over them with something close to interest. Made me curious about his hobbies. Apart from being a fulltime card-carrying member of the badass club, of course. He probably kick boxed and scaled tall buildings and saved kittens from burning trees. I really shouldn’t have sat down. From this height, he seemed even more imposing. Like a mountain towering over me, taking up all of the view. I’d been around plenty of big-shot actors, sports stars, and business tycoons over the years, courtesy of various events and V.I.P. lounges. Ziggy Thayer had more presence than all of them put together. It’s like he sucked the air out of a room just by generally being cool and existing.
Or maybe he only had that effect on me. If so, I could seriously do without the complication. Dammit.
And I’d been staring at the man again. “I’m sorry, Ziggy. I kind of zoned out there for a minute. Were you saying something?”
About KYLIE SCOTT:
Kylie Scott 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.
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