Review: BACKSTAGE PASS by Olivia Cunning

Review: BACKSTAGE PASS by Olivia Cunning

For him, life is all music and no play...

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on he scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius...

She's the one to call the tune...

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on...

Then the two lovers' wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory...and sin...
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Single Title/Series: BACKSTAGE PASS is Book One in Olivia Cunning's Sinners On Tour series.

Cover Thoughts: The cover perfectly conveys the tone and setting of its inner contents. Love it!

Why I Read It: I received an Advanced Review Copy from the publisher.

My Review:

Myrna Evans has spent the last couple years rebuilding her life, changing her name and relocating all with the hopes of disappearing from her abusive ex-husband. Sexually repressed and facing the very real possibility that she'll not receive the necessary funding to continue her research and teaching position at a Kansas City University, Myrna seizes the opportunity to have a quick fling with Sinners lead guitarist, Brian Sinclair. But when the hours they spend enfolded in each other's arms yields an indescribable passion that threatens to consume every faucet of her being, Myrna's distrust in men and herself has her denying that these feelings have anything to do with love but everything to do with disaster.

Famous for his genius guitar riffs, Brian "Master" Sinclair is a man who finds love easily enough but infidelity always manages to get in the way of his Happily Ever After. Miraculously enough this doesn't dissuade Brian from his belief in love nor does it crush his inner hopeless romantic. When a sexually explosive weekend with Myrna inspires his music on a never before experienced degree, his heartsickness at her leaving hurts worse than any pain he's suffered in the arms of the love professing liars of his past relationships. When Myrna joins Sinners on tour in an effort to gather research for new grant project focusing on the behavior of groupies, Brian relishes the opportunity to spend every moment with her but as he slowly peels away her mysterious layers, Brian finds a woman who fears love on a severe level forcing him to proceed emotionally at a much slower pace.

For Myrna, love is a dangerous and manipulative sentiment that guilt's and enslaves. The very words "I love you" makes her physically sick and truly, she can't believe that anyone, let alone Brian, can honestly love her. What she wants, what she convinces herself and Brian to believe, is that their relationship is merely a no-strings-attached fling and virtually ignores the feverish intensity that rages between them chalking it up to lust and lust alone. Fighting at every moment to resist her feelings for Brian, Myrna does a good job convincing herself and Brian that she doesn't love him. In fact, her self delusions are so strong and her refusal to believe otherwise nearly destroys the bliss she's found in Brian's arms.

In the background of this love war is the Sinners. Each with emotional baggage of their own, Brian's band mates shine brightly in their respective spotlights. Each are easily recognizable amongst a genuine crowd of secondary characters for it doesn't take long for readers to distinguish each different and distinct personality from the other. Sed, the consummate ladies man who sheds woman as often as he changes his clothes, is the Sinners' lead singer. Trey, extremely enigmatic with a bisexuality that will have your toes curling, is the band's rhythm guitarists. Jace, playing bass, is the most quiet of the group but also the band mate with the most controlling bedroom antics. You'd never know that Jace's soft-spoken veneer shielded a dynamic dominate. And finally Eric, the band's drummer with an explosive mouth kicks himself daily for not finding Myrna first. Each one of these guys plays a role in Bryan and Myrna's relationship, serving to strengthen as well as test its boundaries at every turn.

My Final Thoughts:

BACKSTAGE PASS is a sexual explosion! I'm surprised that the pages didn't combust from the sheer force of the sexual fire released in this read. It's been a while since I indulged in an erotic romance and after the scintillating time I spent with Brian and Myrna, I think I've met my quota for the month. Yet while I enjoyed the lush eroticism of this read, I felt that in some cases the scenes felt forced and a little out of character mostly on Myrna's end. She's supposed to be a sexually repressed woman but no sooner are we introduced to this heroine before she's participating in a three-way and parading naked in front of the entire Sinners band. The scenes were hot but slightly uncomfortable given Myrna's nature.

With further thought, I've come to the conclusion that Myrna just in general rubbed me the wrong way. She's a stubborn character and while I sympathized with her plight, I also felt that she was harsh with Brian's feelings and heart throughout the entire read. Here's a man that puts his heart out there only to have it squashed time and again and the fact that it's only in the last three pages of the book that Myrna finally declares her love, I didn't really believe her reasons for her sudden about-face.

For readers looking for a read with a serious spice kick, hot rocker guys, and emotional intensity, BACKSTAGE PASS is a must read. Enjoy!



Blodeuedd said...

I have sure heard that the pages catches fire as you read it ;)

Have I been totally blind or have I just forgotten that there is a dragon on on your banner...weird

Artemis said...

Great review! But the last three pages! Come on.... I can read smut just about any where. Like you, I need more from my heroine.

VampFanGirl said...

LOL! No worries about you missing the dragon Blodeuedd. ;)

And yeah, this book is just one spark short of an inferno!

Hugs, VFG


Thanks Artemis!

Ugh, so disappointed with the last three pages. I'm not a fan of this heroine but the series is promising. Definitely not writing it off yet.

Hugs, VFG

Johanna R Jochum said...

I read the book a few weeks ago and I really liked it except for Myrna. I could not exactlly express what I felt for her but you nailed it! As you said she was supposed to very repressed then she is walking around naked in some kinda sexual daze! I was not sure if I should throw the book out the window or just laugh it off. I just was not buying it! I thought she was very wishy washy with Brians feelings too! I am however looking for the next book Rock Hard! It sounds like a very sexy read and I'm hoping I'll like the heroine a little bit better!

VampFanGirl said...

Hi Johanna!

Glad to read that I wasn't experiencing discomfort with Myrna all on my own. :)

And YES! I still so want to read Sed's book. His character resonated with me and hopefully, HOPEFULLY, his heroine is better.


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