Old Review: Backstage Pass by Olivia CunningBackstage Pass by Olivia Cunning
Series: Sinners on Tour #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 1, 2010
Genres: Contemp Romance
Pages: 344
Format: Paperback
Source: Courtesy review copy
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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...

I got this book for review, and it turns out it’s one I’ve read before! It looks like Sourcebooks is repackaging this series. If you like rockstar romance, I want to say this is the book that sort of kicked off that subgenre a few years ago.

I also want to say that once I realized I’d read this, I didn’t re-read it, so I”m not sure how it would hold up to my tastes now, 5 years later. Sometimes books really hold up well, sometimes they don’t. But here’s my original review from 2011 that was posted on the old Demon Lover’s Books & More site.


My original review:

I won this is a Goodreads first reads contest! Woot!! Happy dance!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw all the wonderful 4 and 5 star reviews for this book as it’s not my normal fare.

Let me tell you what to expect from this book:
*expect super hot, steamy, and naughty sex in the first few pages.
*expect a real plot, you heard me, A REAL PLOT
*expect a direct look into the lives of the Sinners
*expect more hot, steamy, naughty sex
*expect humor, that’s right, this steamy bit of naughty goodness has some of the best scenes. My favorite (what does this say about me? lol) is where Brian and Myrna haven’t seen each other in about a month, and they can’t make it out of the airport without a steamy sex scene in a bathroom stall…interrupted by the guy in the next stall farting. OMGsh I laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks!

Another awesome example is that due to the random bathroom guy, they couldn’t finish so Myrna gave Brian a hand *wink wink* on the ride back to his tour bus, but used his lucky hat to cover what she was doing. His lucky hat became his get lucky hat and he gave it to his buddy….ummm…without wiping it out! You know that scene in There’s Something About Mary, where she asks “Is that hair gel?” and uses it on her bangs? That is what I though of everytime I saw a scene with the lucky hat!

So, now you’ve seen the big points in this book that I would never had though to see in an erotic romance.

Moving on to the plot-quick review: Myrna is a human sexuality professor who loves the Sinners. Brian is the very drunk guitarist who she has a crush on. Myr wants a one night stand with her crush, Brian falls in love. How on earth will this work out?

The only thing I didn’t like was the threesome scene. I don’t mean the way it was written because I think it was soo sexy, trust me, Olivia Cunning can write. It’s just that it was so far into the book-it was towards end, by that point we know Brian and Myrna are in love and it ruined it for me. I expect that in the beginning and middle where it’s still new and has less chance of ruining a relationship. But I also know it will not bother most readers, it really is just me. However I think we needed the revelation that happens during that scene-I’m hoping some of those loose ends will be used throughout the series.

I wish more had been done with the abusive ex husband. I loved the end scene with the taser (evil grin here-but I won’t spoil it for anyone else).

The fact that Brian and Myrna hit it off so quickly was awesome, but I felt that the little things like Myrna cooking for the guys, and helping out Brian’s relationship with his dad- So many touching scenes really made me feel that there was more than just smokin’ hot sex between them.

I can’t wait for the next book Rock Hard and I can’t wait to see what happens now that Myrna knows Trey’s secret. Olivia Cunning is an amazing new talent in the erotic romance field and I will read anything she writes.

***ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca

****Original book was a Goodreads First book