It brought the book up a notch. I had read the ebook before I purchased the audio version.
Brian. Because he was searching for the real thing. He finally found it in Myrna.
The song, Tangled Up in You by Staind came to mind with the scene of Brian and Myrna making love in his bunk. Not the universal bedroom. The scene was more intimate in his bunk with the curtain drawn.
No. I did not want it to end.
Loved the different characters that made up this series
I love a good romance. I love a good erotic romance. I love a good, steamy sex scene. I love it when a book has several good, steamy sex scenes.
I feel like I need to get that out there off the bat so no one thinks I'm a prude. I'm not a prude.
But this "story" is just...bad. Or, at least, it's not well developed. It's one sex scene after another, with very little in between to connect the characters and give them life. The sex could have been really hot, if there had been any discernible connection between the two main characters, but there isn't. They meet in a hotel bar, he goes to the bathroom to puke because he's drunk, and then they're all over each other in her hotel room (and he never even brushes his teeth first, which is just eww), even though they've barely said 3 words to each other. Yes, the reader is told that he's hot, and they have great chemistry, but none of the action or dialogue supports that until BOOM, he's kissing her. What little dialogue there is doesn't advance the plot (is there even a plot?), There is some internal dialogue and a little bit of description, which is not my favorite method for plot advancement. I'd rather feel the chemistry between two people through their dialogue than just to be told, "their chemistry was incredible". The lack of connection made both of them feel very one dimensional.
The heroine is a professor of human sexuality, yet she keeps having flashbacks of her ex husband calling her a whore for being adventurous in the bedroom. I'd think someone with a degree (doctorate?) in sexuality would have already dealt with those sorts of issues.
The narrator could be okay in another book, but in this one, she's just too slow and...mature sounding, for lack of a better word. Yes, the heroine is 35, but the narrator makes her sound 50. Speaking slowly and clearly is a good thing, but this narrator takes it to the extreme, speaking too slowly, with really long pauses between every thought. I appreciate the attempt at inflection, but taking a long pause at every single comma just makes it drag on and on.
Obviously, a lot of people disagree with me, so maybe I'm just picky. I love romance, but I also require good writing, a solid plot, and three-dimensional characters to really enjoy a book. I generally enjoy the "rock star romance" genre, and I consumed the "Stage Dive" series in a matter of a couple of days because I couldn't stop listening. This particular book, though, just didn't do it for me. Especially when paired with this particular narrator.
I you like uninhibited down and dirty sex, this might be a book for you. I found it to be over the top even though I generally like erotica. I guess it might not be too much of a stretch for the life of a rock star, but it is very raw.
**This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.**
Backstage Pass was exactly what I want in an erotic romance! I don't read much erotica, but when I do I want a solid story and complex characters to tie all the steaminess together. Backstage Pass delivered all that, with only one minor irritation for me (knocking it to four stars).
Myrna was really a great character to read. She's full of contrasts. She wears a suit, with garters. She has a PhD, in human sexuality. She gives lectures at conferences, using guitar rifs from rock bands. She doesn't drink, but she'll hang at the bar with a rock band. Myrna is complex and I loved discovering her layers.
Then you've got Brian. Master Sinclair, lead guitarist of The Sinners. He's your hopeless romantic, stuck in the life of a rock star. Not that they can't be hopeless romantics, just that the lifestyle - with the groupies and fan girls can make it hard to find anything real. And Brian wants that.
What I liked about Backstage Pass was the way we get thrust into this rock star world but aren't drowned by the stereotypes. I mean there is drinking and lots of crazy, hot sex (erotica remember!). But there's also distinct personalities, friendships, and struggles. I loved the engagement with a fantasy - I mean who doesn't dream of hot sex with their favorite rock star/movie star ? - but also the reality that kinda smacks you in the face. Life on the road, no privacy, driving all night, etc.
Here's the one thing that bothered me. Myrna was burned by a past relationship, badly. And that added a great dimension and complication to the story. But goodness gracious, I got tired of the way she kept lying to herself about how she felt about Brian. It didn't match the strong, confident woman. I believed it to an extent, because even the strongest person can be deeply scarred by emotional abuse. So it wasn't a deal breaker at all, it just irked me at times.
Oh and the narration was fantastic! Justine O. Keef did a great job with all the voices - male and female alike. The only thing that could have made the audio better in my opinion, would have been actually hearing some of the music - but I think that's an unrealistic want ;)
If you're looking for a steamy read with a good story to propel you between scenes, Backstage Pass is a must read.
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Loved this book. Got it due to the reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. Mommy porn at its best. Look forward to the next one.
I couldn't even finish it. Names were bad, story was bad, sex was bad, cheesy, unbelievable.... and the mention of a loogie in a beer can almost made me puke.
This book shocked me, I couldn't put it down. I was an emotinoal reck by the end of the book. I laughed and got turned on all in one breath. This book has lots of sex but the story-line is captivating and it draws you in. This was my first Olivia Cunning book, and I have since then purchased book 2 in the Sinners On Tour Series...... yes I'm hooked. I also bought the whole series on my nook, I think its a must have in every readers library.
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If you want nothing but sex ... with no story line this book is for you!
Anything but this series!
I think her performance was the only redeeming factor of the audio book.
As an editor this book would not have been published as it stands now.
So not worth a buy or a credit. So not worth it even if its free!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. Brian and Myrna were both good characters that I wanted to see get together. This story has mild BDSM elements (mostly bondage, toy use and a bit of spanking/paddling). Also, there is one m/f/m menage scene. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm already planning to read more of the series.
Myrna is a psychologist that specializes in human sexuality. She teaches as a professor at a University in the Kansas City area and likes her job. Myrna used to be married but he was an abusive jerk that left Myrna scarred both physically and emotionally. She divorced him and when he wouldn't leave her alone he ended up in jail (after almost killing her). Myrna moved to a new town, changing her name and making sure to leave no leads that could be used to find her again.
Brian is the lead guitarist for the popular rock band, Sinners. He and his friend, Trey (the rhythm guitarist for the band), started the band when they were kids and struggled for years until they got their first record deal and then more until they actually made it big. Now things are going great for them but Brian is a bit of a romantic and tends to fall in love easily and gets his heart broken quickly. When the story begins, Brian is drunk from drowning his sorrows over another girl screwing him over (by sleeping with the lead singer, Sed).
Myrna has just given a lecture at a conference about her teaching methods for her human sexuality class and just wants to go to her room and to bed when she spies some men in the lounge that aren't like the normal attendees of the conference. The men look like rockers and considering that men like that turn Myrna on she takes a closer look and realizes it's none other than her favorite band, Sinners. She loves the whole band but Brian is her favorite as she loves his playing. The band is bored and so they're happy to have Myrna sit with them and she has to fend off a couple of advances (from band members other than Brian) but has fun sitting and talking with the band. When she decides to retreat to her room, Myrna makes an offer to Brian that he misunderstands (which is kind of funny) but it gets them spending more time together. They end up spending the next day together and Brian is happily surprised that when they're having sex, he starts to compose music in his head. Considering that Brian has had writing block for months and hasn't been able to write any new songs he's thrilled and so is the band. Brian gets Myrna to stay with him through the weekend but eventually they have to split up so Myrna can go back to work and Brian can continue on tour. They're apart for about a month when Brian decides he can't take not seeing her and he calls Myrna, asking her to come see him. Myrna has missed Brian too so she happily agrees.
While on the way to visit Brian, Myrna gets the news that a grant proposal she put in for (about the sexual behaviors of groupies) had been accepted. She'll need to find a band to travel with for 3 months to do the field research and she's hoping that maybe Brian and the band with be ok with her coming along with them. Considering her ability to act as Brian's muse, the band is all for her coming with them and Brian is thrilled to have the time with her. The main issue becomes Myrna inability to accept love or be constrained by a relationship. Her Ex used "love" as a weapon, trying to control her and get extra chances he didn't deserve by using the word love. Also, he tried to keep her from divorcing him so she felt tied to him in a bad way so now she freaks at the idea of marriage to another. Brian falls quickly for Myrna and is convinced it's true because he couldn't get over Myrna quickly like most of the girls in the past. Brian wants to win Myrna and get her love in return but he quickly realizes there will be problems there. Brian can't use the L-word with Myrna and she refuses to see their relationship as anything long-term, even when she eventually allows him to call her his girlfriend. Myrna has feelings for Brian in return but she's too scared of repeating her past so she has issues even admitting the feeling to herself, let alone anyone else. Brian tries to be patient and does pretty well for the most part. Myrna and Brian have to work past her issues as well as a few other problems that arise but they get through things alright and end the story starting their HEA.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Myrna and Brian and rooted for them to get together. I got a little frustrated with Myrna's issues, they were understable to a point but sometimes I felt she hid behind them a bit much so I was very glad she got her head on straight. Overall, I liked the story and was happy that Brian and Myrna found their way to each other in the end. I'm planning to read the next book in the series ASAP. I'd recommend this book. :)