I'll take a hefty dose of smut when I'm in a bad mood and this was exactly that. If you are looking for depth this might not be your read, but if you are looking to listen to a book to keep you entertained and make you blush then jump on board with this one.
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.