Review: Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning

Format read: ebook purchased from Amazon
Formats available: Mass Market Paperback, ebook, audiobook
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Series: Sinners on Tour #1
Length: 378 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date Released: October 1, 2010
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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…

Sex research clearly isn’t as much fun as actual sex. And boring academics are the same everywhere, no matter what the focus of their research.

In fact, Hell probably consists of sitting in an endless conference, listening to people read their Power Point presentations. (I am NOT kidding about this)

Myrna Evan’s topic is male sexuality, and her examples are rock stars. (Anyone who does not think a guitar is a phallic symbol, just take a look at this picture of Bruce Springsteen)

Her favorite example is Brian “Master” Sinclair, lead singer and guitarist for the hard rock band, The Sinners. When she finds the entire band seemingly slumming in the bar of the same hotel as her terminally boring conference, she takes her courage in both hands and brazenly goes to their table and introduces herself.

The guys are all astonished, respectful, and turned on as hell. Especially Brian, who falls into instant something. Maybe it’s love. It’s certainly lust. However, Brian has a habit of falling hard, and often, for every woman who catches his eye.

Myrna, who has some serious issues about love and commitment thanks to one of the skeeviest ex-husbands ever, gets caught up in Brian’s spell. And definitely vice-versa.

And in spite of suffering a seriously long case of writer’s block, sex with Myrna unblocks Brian’s song-writing talent in a major way. He wants to keep her around as his muse. And more.

Myrna is scared of commitment, but she’s got an idea for a fantastic research project. One that might get her academic contract renewed for another year. She can research the promiscuous behavior of band groupies!

It gives her the perfect excuse to tour with the Sinners all summer. Thinking up the project has nothing to do with how much she wants to be with Brian. Not at all.

Can Brian convince Myrna that they have something real? Or will her commitment-phobia ruin the best thing they’ve both ever had?

And where are the flowers coming from?

Escape Rating B: Backstage Pass is steamy, sexy and absolutely screamingly fun. Brian and Myrna’s love story, and it is definitely a love story, has just enough romance to keep you reading to find out how Brian is going to convince Myrna to give the whole thing a chance, but she is skittish for a good reason.

She is being stalked by her ex. That side-plot was obvious, but seeing him finally get his just desserts was absolutely worth it.

I also liked it that Myrna was a bit older than Brian and the band. She’s going to be taking charge of a lot, so it made sense in the story. It was great how Brian handled it, that he loved her and didn’t care a bit. But Myrna’s taking on a lot with Brian, the band, the groupies, and her own career. It worked for her to have some history.

Read Backstage Pass if you’re looking for something absolutely smoking hot to pass a chilly winter’s night.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning

  1. Great review, Marlene! I am going to have to start this one soon. I actually won a copy of this one and the next one in a contest, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet.
    I like the psychologist aspect of it. 🙂
    Men do love their guitars, don’t they? 😉

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