SERIES SPOTLIGHT – Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning

“It’s all part of my rock and roll fantasy.

It’s all part of my rock and roll dream.”

I need to start writing down how I find some of the books I find. Someone clued me in to the SINNERS ON TOUR series by writing something online like “Chapter 4 of BACKSTAGE PASS…OMG!” and I, like Pavlov’s dog, was there drooling on command. I’m not proud. I consumed all available books in the series in a reading binge earlier this year.

A warning (or a promise, more than likely). These books are FULL OF INCREDIBLY HOT SEX. Like, on every 3rd page. Rock stars having amazing, no-holds-barred, “Oh My God, did he really just do that?” sex. Here’s the rub (pun intended)…they’re love stories. Every single one of them. The most delicious, sweet, candy-coated love stories set against the gritty, excessive, sinful world of rock and roll. Sweet and salty…yum!

Over the course of the series we meet some pretty awesome women. No groupies or Band Aids here. No hookers with a heart of gold. No innocent virgins. Nope…smart women and hot, talented men working their way through the minefields of relationships. Myrna, a college professor, Jessica, a law student, Aggie, a professional dominatrix and artisan, Rebekah, a sound engineer, and Reagan, a musician. Cool, professional ladies. Not typically the types associated with rock musicians. Okay, maybe the musician. Maybe even the dominatrix. Maybe…

The woman each man falls for is someone who’s perfect for him. It’s lightning in a bottle 5 times in a row, and highly satisfying to boot.  Doubt is the most common problem they have to overcome. These people are pretty jaded for a variety of reasons. To lesson the pain,  they have sex. SOOOOO much sex. It’s not sex for the sake of sex, though, and I have to give credit to the author for this one. Sex is part of the story, the discovery, the mistakes, the makeups, and the healing of this bunch of fairly wounded people. Unlike so many so-called romances, the sex scenes compliment the the other scenes, which are where the majority of the plot unfolds. The sex is like the icing…not the whole dessert. Let’s be honest, though. Cake is good without the icing, but we all know the icing is what makes the cake.

Enough metaphors. On with the lineup. Olivia Cunning has beautiful pictures of each band member on THE SINNERS’ official website. There are some BACKSTAGE PASS spoilers on this page if you’re new to the band, so avoid the text if you don’t want to know Brian’s outcome. In the meantime, you can view their beautiful faces now.

sinners bannerphoto credit:  Olivia Cunning

from left to right:

Brian Sinclair – Lead Guitarist, Composer

Sedrick Lionheart – Lead Vocalist, Lyrics Composer

Jace Seymour – Bass Guitarist

Eric Sticks – Drummer, Composer

Trey Mills – Rhythm Guitarist, Background Vocalist

The following is the official reading order, which may be helpful because they weren’t published in said order. Don’t look for a reason on the internet…you won’t find a satisfying one. The official line from Olivia Cunning is

As for the other question I get on a daily basis, “Why did you release them out of order?” I did not. That was the publisher’s decision.

The good news is, if you’re a late adopter to the series, you can experience them in the proper reading order now. If not, I assure you that WICKED BEAT, even out of order, definitely completes the series as well as DOUBLE TIME will for late adopters. It’s all good…

backstagepass-236x360 4.5 stars

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…

rockhard-236x360 4.5 stars

An ultimatum can break your heart….

Every night lead singer, Sed Lionheart whips thousands of women into a frenzy with his voice alone. But the stage is the only place Sed feels any passion since he lost Jessica…

If you’re not willing to break all the rules…

It shattered her heart, but law student Jessica broke off her engagement to Sed, determined to be successful on her own terms. But no other man can ever hold a candle to Sed…

Then a chance meeting and tortuously close quarters lead to uncontrollable flares of passion and rediscovery of their unique penchant for public encounters. Now, in addition to the risk of mutual heartbreak every time they get together, they’re in danger of truly scandalous public exposure…

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There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil.

Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart.

When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.

wickedbeat-236x360 5 stars

From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible–exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her. A woman who gives as much as she takes, Rebekah makes Eric feel like a total stud–exactly what he needs after surviving a decade of watching the incredibly talented members of Sinners from the wings.

doubletime-236x360 5 stars

Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan’s sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience–and love–with the two men she wants the most.

Sinners at the Alter 4 stars

Even Sinners need love…

Sinners at the Altar
 includes four complete wedding stories, each about a different member of the rock band Sinners. These novellas are intended to be read after the Sinners on Tour series as each story is an epilogue to a different book in the series and thus riddled with major spoilers for not only individual books, but in some cases, the entire series.

When Sinners tie the knot, things don’t always go as planned.

Appetite for Seduction – Epilogue to Backstage Pass
Lead guitarist Brian Sinclair may have finally won Professor Myrna Evans heart and her consent to wed, but being part of a high-maintenance band might just ruin his long-anticipated wedding day and steamy wedding night. Will the couple ever find a moment’s peace or are some things more important than a night of uninhibited love-making?

Sweet Love of Mine – Epilogue to Wicked Beat
Drummer Eric Sticks is determined to marry sweet and sassy soundboard operator, Rebekah Blake, on the spur of the moment. But can he really offer the love of his life the wedding of her dreams in a small, unplanned ceremony? And can Rebekah offer Eric the one thing missing from his life that never realized he wanted?

Patience – Epilogue to Rock Hard
Lead singer Sed Lionheart never really wanted a big fancy wedding. He just wanted the girl. But his hot-tempered fiancee, Jessica Chase, has her heart set on a memorable ceremony and she is determined to persist through the aggravation to have the wedding of her dreams. The ceremony turns out to be memorable, all right, but not necessarily in the way they’d planned. Can the stressed-out couple recognize what’s really important on their wedding day, or is the honeymoon over before it even begins?

November Rain – Epilogue to Hot Ticket
Professional dominatrix Aggie “Mistress V” Martin is madly in love with bassist Jace Seymour, but she’s not in any real hurry to marry him. She’s not really the wife “type”. That all changes the moment she lays eyes on the perfect place to say “I do”. With more than one obstacle in their path to wedded bliss, will these two ever make it down the aisle or will everything fall apart at the whim of others?

 

There are a few non-candy-coated reasons to love this series. The evolution of The Sinners is downright endearing. Not to give away any of the plot points, but the maturity level of each band member grows exponentially with each novel. The love of a good woman (and for one band member, a good man, too) makes characters that could have been shallow caricatures of rock stars into men you root for and grow to love in spite of their shortcomings. They’re terribly human in the very best way. Almost like you could meet one…and have your very own rock and roll fantasy.

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