In Backstage Pass, the first book in the Sinners On Tour series, Sed was notorious for behaving badly. He openly seduced the girlfriends of his band members without regard for his friend’s feelings and was generally quite promiscuous. It turns out he was suffering from a shattered heart. Jessica left Sed after a brief but very intense relationship two years prior. Now she is back, and through a series of events she is now on tour with the band earning money for law school. The spark that was between them once upon a time is still there and the chemistry is undeniable so they act on it agreeing it will only be for the time that Jessica is on the tour, then they will go their separate ways.
Sed and Jessica are two very headstrong protagonists that clash frequently. Instead of communicating verbally, they work out their frustrations with each other in the bedroom—or out of it as the case may be. There was a lot of really hot sex going on, but when there were words between Sed and Jessica they were occasionally very hurtful. They are both very passionate people but beyond the really hot sex scenes, I had a difficult time with both of these characters.
Sed really rode line when it came to being an ass and a couple of times he blatantly crossed the line. Now I know he’s a natural leader, feels deeply responsible for those he considers in his care and has a heart of gold. That was made very clear and those are certainly qualities I can admire. But he was just so controlling and abrasive at times it really put me off. For all his favorable qualities I still had a hard time forgiving his behavior. Near the end of the book he does something very humiliating to Jessica and I felt at that point in the book his character should have grown enough that he would be able to make his point without humiliating the woman he loves.
Jessica, equally as stubborn as Sed, seemed to let herself be pushed around by him but at the same time she fights him and is constantly engaged in a battle to stand up to him. She’s determined not to let him steam roll her but then next thing we know he’s trampling all over her again. I was pretty confused by her character and never really could come to a point where I understood where she was coming from or even where she was going.
Although I wasn’t blown away by the romance in Rock Hard I still really enjoyed the interactions between the band members and the really fun uninhibited good times this cast of characters have. The chemistry and friendship between them is enviable I have a special fondness for each and every one of the Sinners. Yes, even Sed. He did manage to impress me with an admirable act of friendship toward my favorite Sinner Trey.
For the Trey fans (oh yes, raising my hand high) you may find yourself swooning for him even more than you thought possible. He goes through some very serious trials and tribulations in Rock Hard and his story really tugged at my heart-strings this time. I’m glad he had his friend Sed to see him through a very difficult time. I really can’t wait for his book. I mean it, I can’t wait!
While I didn’t enjoy Rock Hard as much as I did Backstage Pass, this series still remains a very guilty pleasure for me. I impatiently await more uninhibited, rock and roll good times from the crazy, sexy rock gods, the The Sinners.
“If you move from that bed, Terrance, I’ll tell Mom why the last pool boy quit,” Dare threatened.