Closer by Kylie Scott Blog Tour & Book Review

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When a stalker gets too close to plus-size model Mae Cooper, it’s time to hire some muscle.

Closer, an all-new standalone novella in the fan favorite Stage Dive Series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott and 1001 Dark Nights, is available now!

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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…

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’sa bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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“Your keys and security alarm code please, miss?” he asked, hand held out waiting.It might have just been me, but we seemed to be standing awfully close together. It almost seemed weirdly intimate. Almost. No, my bad. Ziggy wore his usual professional façade with nary a hint of emotion on display. His gaze was shuttered, his bearing military rigid. It was definitely just me and my overactive imagination. Being vaguely attracted to your bodyguard was kind of a pain in the ass. Not that I couldn’t use the distraction right now.Ziggy continued to stand there patiently waiting.“Keys. Right.” I rummaged inside my Balenciaga City bag. Designer goodies were not only a weakness of mine, but a happy perk of being in the industry and achieving some small fame. “Ah, just a minute. They’re in here somewhere.”I pushed aside my purse, a cashmere shawl, tampons, a candybar, some loose change, my small Chanel cosmetics case, a power bank, hair ties, pepper spray, a copy of the latest Sarah MacLean book, mints, a spare charging cable for my cell phone, the cell phone itself, Chapstick, Prada sunglasses case, my grandma’s rosary, dental floss, deodorant, a couple of pens, Kleenex, ear buds, water bottle, a USB stick, reusable straw,condoms, nail file, some old receipts, a travel size umbrella, hand sanitizer, lotion, a pair of pearlearrings, tweezers, Advil, a hair band, and some bobby pins.“Sorry about this,” I murmured. “I know I put them in here when we left.”He said nothing. A whole lot of nothing.“Huh.” With a great sense of victory, I held up a bottle of nail polish. “I thought I’d lost this.”One of his dark brows crept upwards.“I’ll have you know this color was limited edition. Little Death at Midnight by Oxley. You can’t buy it anymore.”
His lips did not move, but that damn eyebrow arched even higher as he leaned forward a little and took in the contents of my bag. I swear his eyes widened.“Don’t you judge me. All of these things are necessary for my ongoing existence.”“Of course they are, miss.” The man was so judging me. Bastard. “You carry a koozie around with you, I see.”“It pays to be ready to party, Mr. Thayer.”

About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, 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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 [I received a digital copy for an honest review]

I love Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series and if you a fan like me than you’ll want to grab this novella.

Plus size model Mae receives a threatening package in the mail and her good friend convinces her to get hire private protection until the sicko is caught. That job is provided by Ziggy, former military man who takes his job seriously. Only after a few days his job goes from professional to personal, and he would rather be in her life as more than her bodyguard.

“Being vaguely attracted to your bodyguard was kind of a pain in the a**. Not that I couldn’t use the distraction right now.”

These characters were so great, I feel like they would have been better for a full novel rather than a novella. Mae is a down to earth, stress baking plus size model. There’s also the bonus that she is best friends with Lena, Jimmy of Stage Dive’s wife, so at one point in the book she goes to a get together and the bands all there 🙂 .Ziggy is a hot bad a** bodyguard that I really wish we got to know more of on a personal level, we just got a peek and it wasn’t enough for me. I loved how Mae would say things just see him try to not smile. The chemistry between them was great and it could have had the potential of a great slow burn romance.

“Much better than regular old Mae who slums around in old T-shirts with her hair in a messy bun, huh?”
“I wouldn’t say that”

Overall, I really enjoyed Closer but I just wanted so much more which is always bound to happen with novellas. I still think it’s a must-read for any Stage Dive fan !

“Can I kiss you?”
“Sweetness, you can do whatever you want with me.”


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