Review: “Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour” by Olivia Cunning

May 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

So I have been terrible updating this last week–Sorry! But in my defence it is my final week of COLLEGE and so I mean really, I have things to pass and papers to procrastinate on and other important things to think about doing but then put off until I feel like screaming at the sky.

However, while I have not been posting, I have definitely been reading!  So in honor of my last day of college classes–and my last day studying sin as a religion major–I give you my review of Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning, the tale of Myrna Evans, a sexy college professor and her steamy romance with rockstar Brian Sinclair. Oh the sin!


Stuck at a stuffy conference, Human Sexuality professor Myrna Evans doesn’t expect to have any fun. Surround by “stuff-shirt geeks,” her weekend looks pretty dull until she unexpectedly runs into her favourite heavy metal band, Sinners, at the bar of her hotel lobby. Unable to resist lead songwriter and sinfully skilled guitarist, Brain Sinclair, Myrna embarks on a weekend fling to end all flings.  But can the couple turn their few nights of passion into something more meaningful?  Or will fame, distance, and her obsessive ex-husband keep the two apart?


Okay, so I mean I got this book free from Amazon for my Kindle, so I was like, “Why not? Sin can be fun.” And in the book, the sin is definitely fun.

Positives: let me just say that Myrna and Brian have some steamy scenes in this book (fans self), but the strength of the book–for me at least–was the band, the supporting characters in the Sinners.  I was completely infatuated with Jace–the super-cute, boy-next-door bassist who behind his calm exterior and quiet attitude lies a bag of bondage toys–and the tortured lead singer Sed who at first comes across as being a right bastard but whose vulnerability as the story progresses really endears him with the reader. Plus, for the most part the sex was pretty epic–some odd voyeuristic moments but… epic.

Negative: Ok, so you know in a book when there is that element of suspense–the crazy stalker, the maniacal killer, some dangerous edge–that hunts our fearless heroine? Well, this book has all of the bones of a great romantic suspense.  We have the crazy ex-husband, the mysterious secret admirer flowers, the threatening messages, the fear of him finding her.  But while all of the elements are there, the suspense falls flat.  It fizzles out, especially during the climax of the book.

The “suspenseful” showdown between Myrna, Brian, and crazy stalker ends with a whimper.  It’s not that dangerous moment when the hero realizes he can’t live without the heroine, and the heroine realizes that she really does love him.  Yeah, that doesn’t happen.  We get a threatening call, the ex-husband makes his move, Brian rushes into the rescue–having been cued in by Myrna that somethings about to go down–only to find his lover struggling in the arms of another man.  Proper response? Save the day and order that jerk to unhand the woman. Followed by a scene of mutual saving where the hero and heroine work together to defeat the bad guy.  This book? Hero spends a few pages mentally accusing his lover of having an affair and doing nothing.  Hello!?! She is being attacked by her obsessive ex-husband, HELP HER.  Lord.

I was just like, “Dude, I know you have some insecurity issues, but can we please not be stupid here?” Thankfully, it all turned out okay.  But I still found the climax dissatisfying, which took away from my overall reaction to the book.  But if you are looking for some rock band hotties and a lot of steam then ignore me and pick this up!

Final say? It was an okay  read, but not one that I would have paid for! I like my climaxes to end with a bang…no pun intended.

2 Stars


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