Backstage Pass: Sinners On Tour
by Olivia Cunning
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Available: October 1, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Human Sexuality Professor, Myrna Evans, wants nothing but a weekend of hot, no-strings-attached sex with Sinners’ sensual lead guitarist, but Brian Sinclair is looking for something more permanent than a one-night stand. Unable to compose music for months, when Brian makes love to uninhibited Myrna, he hears exquisite guitar riffs and finger-burning solos. In Myrna, he’s found his muse.
Reviewed by: Sophia (FV)
An erotic romance about rock stars on tour you say? Yes please. I mean what self respecting child of the eighties *cough* nineties *cough* doesn’t love a dirty, sexy rock star right?
Brian Sinclair is the son of a seventies rock god and a pretty successful musician in his own right. He is currently on tour with his band The Sinners and enjoying the rock star lifestyle. When he falls in love he falls hard and is a one woman man, even surrounded by the temptations and excesses of life on the road. He is going through a slump both professionally and personally. He is the main song writer for the band and he hasn’t written a song in months. He has also just has his heart broken by his cheating ex-girlfriend.
Myrna Evans is a divorced, Human Sexuality Professor and is attending a conference when she realizes one of her favorite bands is in the hotel lounge. Not to miss an opportunity to meet them, she decides to head for the lounge rather than her hotel room. She manages to get acquainted with the sexy band members but really only has eyes for Brian ‘Master’ Sinclair. One thing leads to another and Brian and Myrna spend the night together. When they make love, Brian hears music in his head and his song writing slump is over, he’s found his muse. He’s totally taken with the smart sexy professor and can’t get enough of her. Myrna is pretty excited about Brian as well but is cautious about getting involved.
What starts out as a weekend fling quickly turns into a smokin’ hot love affair. Brian falls hard and fast for Myrna and is so intense in the way he loves and makes love. But Myrna has past relationship issues that make her reluctant to fall head over heals for Brian. She’s up for a casual fling and is excited at the prospect of living out her dirtiest and most erotic fantasies, yet is constantly troubled by her inner-voice that says she’s bad for wanting to be bad. Brian is determined to win her heart, body and soul no matter what it takes. When Myrna comes up with the idea of joining the tour to do research on groupie behavior, Brian is not the only band member that is on board. She is welcomed with open arms by the whole band.
Backstage Pass is hot, sexy and one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while. The romantic chemistry between Brian and Myna is as compelling as their sexual chemistry and the blunt banter and between the characters had me giggling throughout the story. I loved that Brian was so passionate about everything and he completely and unapologetically wears his heart on his sleeve. He is willing to fall head first for Myrna despite their conflicting lifestyles, careers and backgrounds. He follows his heart wherever it leads where Myrna is concerned and is willing to wait for her to realize he is ultimately the one for her.
There are so many obvious reasons to fall for Brain, but because of Myrna’s issues, I had to be more patient look at little deeper with her. Myrna has some fairly serious psychological hang-ups having to do with her past relationship with her ex-husband. I worried that her conflicted feelings about wanting to give into her uninhibited sexual nature and the doubts she surrounded herself in might become tiresome. But Myrna seemed to work through those issues at an acceptable pace making her a very real, likeable heroine. One of the things I liked best about her was that she was a bright intelligent professional woman, eager to explore her fantasies and experience a world completely different from her own. Although she struggles with self doubt at times, she is able to recognize and overcome this. Which brings me to the one thing that disappointed me in this book.
Myrna is a very intelligent woman who is falling for a passionate rock star and has immersed herself in a decadent, wild lifestyle. Still, she makes good stable decisions. But she does something late in the book concerning her ex-husband that is just dumb. Yes, she is human and should be allowed to make mistakes but I feel her actions in this particular area of the book were not inline with her character and the situation could have been handled differently so as not to dumb down an otherwise strong, smart heroine. It didn’t ruin the book for me but I was a little disappointed at this point.
Although this book was about Brain and Myrna’s whirlwind romance I have to mention the band members since their personalities are larger than life and they will each be getting their own book. Through the course of this story Olivia Cunning introduces each band member and gives the reader a little tease of each rock star’s unique personality and a little idea of their personal demons, kinks and what turns their cranks. Each band member intrigues me for different reasons, even Seb, the girlfriend stealing lead signer. His book, Rock Hard will be available in April 2011 and I can’t wait.
Backstage Pass, as expected was a very sexy story with plenty of rock star antics and fun. But what caught me by surprise was the laugh out loud humor and the intense relationships with a few unexpected twists between the characters. The romance between Brian and Myrna was sweet, sexy and had my heart racing hoping for that happily ever after for the rock star and the college professor.
Two Favorite Quotes:
“And thank you for en-bulging me.” Sed muttered.
“Did you just come in my hair?”
Other books in the series:
Rock Hard (April 2011)
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Stop by later today for a really fun guest post about why rock stars make good romance heroes by Olivia Cunning. She will be giving a way a personalized copy of Backstage Pass to one lucky commenter.