Monday, September 27, 2010

Review: BACKSTAGE PASS First In A Hot New Series

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



Backstage Pass
By: Olivia Cunning
Product ISBN: 9781402244421Publication Date: October 2010
Available formats: Trade Paperback, Adobe ebook, ePub.

Backstage Pass Blurb:

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... EXCERPT: Adult or PG-13
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Dr. Myrna Evans, a Human Sexuality professor, had been talked into presenting her work by her boss to a “group of professors in her field [who] wouldn’t know an innovative idea if it stood on its head and sang The Star Spangled Banner.” As one of her colleagues told her, “Who would ever think to use guitar riffs in discussions of human psychology?” Pompous Ass.


Myrna decides rather than hide out in her hotel room she’d seek a diversion, which happens to literally fall at her feet in the guise of Brian Sinclair, Sinners’ sensual lead guitarist.


“Hello, Mr. Welcome Diversion.”


I loved this story for several reasons.

One:  Olivia Cunning is superb at creating sexual chemistry between Brian and Myrna. The sex is hot, creative, and frequent. It’s also well written but doesn’t have the feel of gratuitous filler.

Two:  Backstage Pass has a very strong, well-put together story of the romance between the two main characters. Well-paced and realistic with clearly defined character conflict; Myrna is looking for hot, no-strings-attached sex and Brian Sinclair is looking for something more permanent than a one-night stand. Ms. Cunning also uses a liberal amount of humor in telling the story and I found myself chuckling and laughing as I read.

Ms. Cunning flawlessly weaves into the story the members of the band so each is a distinct personality and very real. She shows the close-knit relationship between this group of wild and rowdy men but she doesn’t gloss over the natural conflicts, which come from close quarter living months on end. The guys are raucous, can be a bit raunchy, but they’re also a lot of fun and by the end of the book you fall in love with them all.

Three:  Ms. Cunning’s love and knowledge of rock bands and their music give an authentic feel to the story. It makes you feel like you are in the presence of a real rock band—the grueling tours, the groupies and sex, and the partying. You see it all, but you also see the hot men behind the rock personas, including their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths.

This is not your average erotica romance; it’s oh SO much better. This series is going to be a big hit with readers who like strong stories, hot sex, and a wild ride to their happily ever after!

My rating: 5 stars

Friday, October 1st, you'll have a chance to talk further with Olivia and learn much more about Brian "Master" Sinclair.


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.


Upcoming authors: Wednesday, Cherish D'Angelo Lancelot’s Lady
Friday, Olivia Cunning, Backstage Pass, Monday, 10/4, Christina Phillips, Forbidden
  






15 comments:

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

This one sounds good Sia! Hot rock and hotter romance! I'll have to add Olivia Cunning's Backstage Pass to my next book binge... several books already there...

Dottie :)

tonya kappes said...

Oh....always wanted to be a groupie! Sounds fantastic Sia!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not a romance reader, but I applaud the setting with the rock band!

Elle J Rossi said...

Sounds like a great one, Sia. And since I was in a band for several years, I think this is a must read for me!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, it really is a fun story. It's romance but Olivia writes well when it comes to the guys.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Elle, that's right you were in a band. You'll appreciate the setting and story. I really enjoyed it and as you'll note above, I have both the *adult* and the *PG-13* excerpts.

VA said...

Definitely dee-lish sounding. The setting seems tailor-made for a little, hot R&R. Loved the excerpt, sexy and smart.

Congrats, Olivia. Thanks, Sia for being my personal reader :)

sherilynwinrose said...

I've had the privilege of getting a sneak peek at this particular gem, and can I just say, "HOT HOT HOT". Add to that a cast of characters who jump off of the page and straight into your heart.

This will pull in even those who profess to not like Romance.

Elle J Rossi said...

Sia,

Just read the "adult" excerpt. That was fun and sexy!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I'd be glad to donate my body to music if Brian was doing the, um, writing, lol!

Kat Sheridan said...

Great review, Sia, and I can't wait to get my hands on this one! And wishing every success to this wonderful new debut author!

Helen Ginger said...

Well-developed, believable characters, true-to-life setting, music, romance. Sounds like a great book.

~Sia McKye~ said...

And I'm jealous of all the *sneak peaks* you get, Sherilyn.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Speaking of feverish, I'm thinking I need to rest up a bit.

Be sure to stop by on Friday for a fun post about the Sinners and the woman who writes it. We'll also get a glimpse of some of the other guys in the band. If the groupies get a little out there, I'll have Myrna take care of them. :-)

oliviacunning said...

Thanks for the fabulous review, Sia. It does an author's heart good when readers get their stories. Brian and I are looking forward to causing a ruckus over here on Friday.