I am pleased to once again welcome Olivia Cunning to Fiction Vixen. You may recall her fantastic guest post on The Top Ten Reasons Lead Guitarists Make Good Romance Heroes. It was one of the best guest posts we’ve had here at Fiction Vixen and today she is back with a top ten list to tell us why lead vocalists make good romance heroes. Take it away Olivia!
Top Ten Reasons Vocalists Make Good Romance Heroes
My name is Olivia Cunning and I’m addicted to rock stars. Ever notice that there aren’t very many books out there about rock stars? I did. So I wrote one called Backstage Pass. Every author is excited when they get their first book published. They don’t want to be told that rock stars don’t make good romance heroes or that books about rock star don’t sell. Last October, I told the story of how I first learned that romance books about rock star heroes don’t sell. I won’t reiterate. Bad memories are best left in the past, but I did promise to remind everyone why rock stars DO make good heroes when my second rock star erotic romance, Rock Hard, was released. Guess what? It’s been released. It’s true that rock stars aren’t typical romance heroes, but then, that’s sort of the point. Welcome to my rock ‘n’ roll fantasy.
Now for the top ten reasons why vocalists make good romance heroes.
Number 10: Vocalists can drive a crowd of thousands crazy.
Rock Hard pg 263
At the end of Brian’s intro, Sed raced across the stage, his low growl increasing in volume until it broke into a loud battle cry. The crowd screamed when the lights suddenly went bright and they recognized he’d entered the stage. God, he loved these people. All fifteen thousand of them.
Number 9: They can drive you even crazier.
Rock Hard pg 278
Jessica’s fingers curled into his naked chest. “Then why don’t you do something about it?”
Sed lifted her off the ground by her ass and she wrapped her legs around his waist, her arms around his neck. She stroked his silky soft hair and kissed him while he carried her down the corridor and out into the warm night air behind the stadium. She was vaguely aware of camera flashes going off on their way to the bus, but she really didn’t care at the moment. She just wanted her man to take her. The sooner the better.
Number 8: Vocalists wear leather.
Rock Hard pg 91
She found Sed leaning against the bus. His wide-brimmed hat was tilted low over his brow, his pretty blue eyes hidden behind a pair of dark sunglasses. He wore black leather pants, a white t-shirt, and a long leather duster.
“It’s pretty warm out here for a coat,” Jessica said, an eyebrow lifted at him.
“I’m willing to suffer for style.”
Number 7: And sometimes, they don’t wear leather.
Rock Hard pg 195
“What am I supposed to be thinking about?”
He peeled his shirt off over his head and tossed it aside. “Me.”
Like she could think of anything else when he was shirtless. “You just ate, Sed. You can’t come into the water for at least twenty minutes.” Despite her teasing, her appreciative gaze roamed the hard contours of his naked chest and stomach. Beautiful man. About time he got down to business and gave her what she really wanted.
Number 6: Vocalists sing to you at appropriate times.
Rock Hard pg 100
“This is a beautiful song,” Sed whispered.
“Yeah.” She forced her eyes open to watch the arcing water, moving in time with the music. “Celine Dion.”
“Yeah.” He sang the romantic lyrics into her ear, two octaves lower than the famous diva. The sound of his incredible voice in her ear, singing words that would make any girl’s heart melt, was almost as spectacular as having his *censored* buried inside her in public. Almost.
Number 5: They sing to you at inappropriate times.
Rock Hard pg 234
“Sing to me.”
He grinned, grinding his *censored* against her again before withdrawing. “Do you have a request?”
“Then nothing Sinners,” he said, laughing. He continued to possess her with a consistent and relentless tempo.
“G-goodbye Is Not Forever is…oh, oh, I’m getting close again. Harder, Sed.”
“Nope. This is all you get.” He sang to her though as he kept the same slow pace, his *censored* rubbing her *censored*, his *bleep* filling her deep.
“Tomorrow was my second chance to make things right but it never came. I’m sorry I never treasured the time we had for those regrets I take the blame. You gave everything you had. I took without giving back.” Sed paused in his song, feeling ridiculous for singing it to her while they made love. “Baby, you realize this song is about Trey’s dead dog, don’t you?”
Number 4: Vocalist write lyrics about you. (Not sure if that’s always a good thing!)
Rock Hard pg 205
He pulled his lyrics journal from under the cushion of the bench seat and started to write. It would help to get these feelings out of his head, where they churned incessantly.
He labeled the page: Used.
He then scrawled beneath the title, in barely legible script:
You don’t see me.
Blind to the real me.
I’m not who you think I should be.
But I can’t be someone I’m not.
He paused, chewing on the end of his pen.
I’ll try to be who you need,
what you need,
I fail again
tear me, cut me, make me bleed
if it opens your heart to me.
Just don’t leave me with nothing.
Less than nothing.
Like the last time.
It’s better than existing without you.
Number 3: They have lackies to run errands for you (or not)
Rock Hard pg 287
Trey set his guitar aside and climbed to his feet. “I’ll be right back. Anyone need anything?”
“I do.” Jessica stepped forward. “Just a few feminine products. Tampons, maxi pads (the overnight ones), panty liners, a disposable douche, body wax. You guys will probably appreciate me having some Midol on hand and—”
Trey winced. “I’m not going to buy all that girl stuff for you. Get it yourself.”
Jessica huffed with annoyance. “Fine. I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s not like the clerk is going to think it’s for you.”
He opened the bus door and Jessica followed him. “I’d end up getting the wrong thing and you’d send me back in there for more.” He shuddered.
She laughed. “Probably.” Well now she had a legitimate reason to be in the store with him. She just hoped the aisles were arranged properly for eavesdropping.
Number 2: Vocalists have lots of money (but should probably work on their delivery)
Rock Hard pg 28
“If you needed money, you should have asked.” He set her on her feet and reached for his wallet. He pulled out a wad of cash and held it out to her. “Here. There’s a couple thousand bucks here. I can get you more. Whatever you need.”
“I don’t want your money, Sed.”
“Why, because I’m just giving it to you? Fine. What do you charge for an hour of your time? A couple hundred? I’ll buy you for the night. Or the week.”
Smack! She slapped him so hard he tasted blood. He winced, tonguing the cut on the inside of his cheek.
And the Number 1 reason why rock stars make good romance heroes: They’re all well hung.
Rock Hard pg 228
She broke the kiss and looked down at him, grinning. “Is that an anaconda in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”
“Why don’t you check it out?”
She slid down his body and reached for his belt. “If this turns out to be a big, thick snake, I’m going to be very upset.”
Have I convinced you yet? Do you think rock stars make good romance heroes? I don’t know what it is about then, but I find them undeniably sexy.
ROCK HARD BY OLIVIA CUNNING – IN STORES APRIL 2011
A Sinners on Tour Novel
Sinner’s lead singer, Sed, had his heart shredded when Jessica left him to pursue her dreams, so when she dances her way back into his life, he’s not sure he’s ready for her brand of pain, or pleasure, again. When she convinces Sed to engage in a benefits with benefits relationship, things seem to be going his way, until one of his fans catches their explicit public display of affection on film and posts it all over the internet. Will Jessica ever trust Sed again? And has Sed become the man of Jessica’s dreams or is he just posing to get what he wants?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Raised on rock music from the cradle, Olivia Cunning 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. She discovered her second love, romantic fiction, as a teen–first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. Her first Sinners on Tour novel, Backstage Pass was named a Top Read of 2010 by Love Romance Passion, Alpha Reader, The Fiction Vixen, Loves Romance and Smexy Books. She currently lives in Nebraska, where she is working on her next book! For more information, please visit http://oliviacunning.com/.
Thanks to SourceBooks I am able to giveaway two copies of Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning!! To enter answer Olivia’s question:
Have I convinced you yet? Do you think rock stars make good romance heroes? (Tell her why or why not)
Because the prizes are mailed directly from the publisher only US and Canada mailing addresses please. Giveaway is open until April 15, winner announced soon after. Good luck!!