Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning

February 20, 2015 Reviews 16

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Backstage Pass by Olivia CunningBackstage Pass by Olivia Cunning
Narrator: Justine O. Keef
Series: Sinners on Tour #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc., Tantor Audio on December 31, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 344
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance...

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

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the 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...

Backstage Pass was exactly what I want in an erotic romance! I don’t read much erotica, but when I do I want a solid story and complex characters to tie all the steaminess together. Backstage Pass delivered all that, with only one minor irritation for me (knocking it to four stars).

Myrna was really a great character to read. She’s full of contrasts. She wears a suit, with garters. She has a PhD, in human sexuality. She gives lectures at conferences, using guitar rifs from rock bands. She doesn’t drink, but she’ll hang at the bar with a rock band. Myrna is complex and I loved discovering her layers.

Then you’ve got Brian. Master Sinclair, lead guitarist of The Sinners. He’s your hopeless romantic, stuck in the life of a rock star. Not that they can’t be hopeless romantics, just that the lifestyle – with the groupies and fan girls can make it hard to find anything real. And Brian wants that.

What I liked about Backstage Pass was the way we get thrust into this rock star world but aren’t drowned by the stereotypes. I mean there is drinking and lots of crazy, hot sex (erotica remember!). But there’s also distinct personalities, friendships, and struggles. I loved the engagement with a fantasy – I mean who doesn’t dream of hot sex with their favorite rock star/movie star ? – but also the reality that kinda smacks you in the face. Life on the road, no privacy, driving all night, etc.

Here’s the one thing that bothered me. Myrna was burned by a past relationship, badly. And that added a great dimension and complication to the story. But goodness gracious, I got tired of the way she kept lying to herself about how she felt about Brian. It didn’t match the strong, confident woman. I believed it to an extent, because even the strongest person can be deeply scarred by emotional abuse. So it wasn’t a deal breaker at all, it just irked me at times.

Oh and the narration was fantastic! Justine O. Keef did a great job with all the voices – male and female alike. The only thing that could have made the audio better in my opinion, would have been actually hearing some of the music – but I think that’s an unrealistic want 😉

If you’re looking for a steamy read with a good story to propel you between scenes, Backstage Pass is a must read.

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Olivia Cunning

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians. Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. Growing up as the daughter of a career soldier, she’s lived all over the country and overseas. She recently moved to Galveston, Texas.


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16 Responses to “Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning”

  1. mary

    Hi, Good morning today, all the people of the planet will love joy and love for the days of Beckham and the overwhelming surprise.
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ve been wanting to read this series – I did read a novella from her One Night with Sole Regret series (Try Me) and really enjoyed it. My issue with it was that it was a novella (it’s called “One Night” for a reason) and I wanted more. Anyway, I’ve always been curious about the Sinners series. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. The complex characters and story mixed with the hot sex is my kind of thing. 😉
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lexxie! Oh I really think you’d enjoy this one – I was thinking of you and Brandee actually when I finished this one 😉

    • Berls

      Thanks 🙂 I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would and agree the narration was spot on. I plan to read more of thus series soon.

    • Berls

      Same here – this is my first rockstar book and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Definitely recommend the audio!

  3. Stormi

    Not big on Erotic reads either but I do agree I need a solid story to go along with the steamy! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one!

    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona:) complex characters are really the most essential thing for me. Otherwise, I’m pretty forgiving of other elements.

  4. Red Iza

    I read it 2 years ago, but remember Myrna : she kept doing things she thought she shouldn’t be doing and often whined about it, and there is this moment when Trey thinks her crazy ex is better for her than himself ! Ah, not my cup of tea. That said, the sex was absolutely steamy 🙂

    • Berls

      Hahah yes, the sex was definitely steamy! I don’t remember the part you’re referring to, but it would have rubbed me wrong too. Must have missed it.

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