Oct 26, 2012

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Review: Double Time by Olivia Cunning (Sinners on Tour #3)

Contemporary Erotic Romance
November 1 2012
Trade Paperback
384 pages
Sourcebooks
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Trey Mills
Yummy Man – Ethan Connor
Kick Ass Chick – Reagan Elliot

From Goodreads –
Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this menage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.

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.

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Double Time is the third book in Olivia Cunning’s awesome Sinners on Tour series.  This book is Trey’s book and tells us how he finally finds himself the perfect people for him to give him his much deserved happily ever after.

Double Time, as the rest of the books in this series, is a character driven book.  Sure there are little sub-plots here and there and there is a stalker-mystery sub-line too but ultimately, this is a character book.  And that is one of the reasons I liked it so much.

Trey…what to say about our Trey?  He is definitely the most damaged of all the rockers in the band.  He is a bi-sexual man who honestly can’t see how he can ever be completely happy.  He’s been in love with his best friend and fellow band-mate Brian forever.  Problem is that Brian has found his HEA with Myrna.  In fact, we read all about their road to happiness in the first book of the series.  Trey knows there is no future with Brian but can’t seem to get over his feelings.  Then there is the fact that when he is in a relationship with a woman he feels like something is missing and when he is in a relationship with a man he feels like something is missing so really…he’s screwed.  Trey goes through a wonderful transformation in this book.  I was actually sort of proud of him at times while watching him overcome some of the things he needed to face.  And I didn’t feel like he was throwing himself a pity party which was good too because honestly, the pity party could easily have made an appearance if Trey let it.

Trey ends up with two mates:  Reagan and Ethan.  Reagan…is awesome.  I like how she felt real.  She is a really talented guitarist and lands a gig in Trey’s brother’s band (who are bigger than the Sinners and who I can’t wait to read more about in their own series…I hope).  Not once did she cop out attitude.  She was full of real emotion and didn’t overuse it.  I liked watching how she overcame her her struggles.  She is feisty and can definitely keep up with Trey.  She wants to make him happy and does quite a few things during this story to make sure he is…even though they would not necessarily be her first choice initially.  She grows well into her situation and in the end, it all fits.  For her, for Trey and for the other love in her life.

Ethan almost comes out of nowhere but once he’s in the picture, oh my.  He has been in love with Reagan for ages but he knows that he needs more because of his bi-sexual nature.  So he leaves her believing he’s gay and watches as she falls in love with Trey.  When the truth comes out and Ethan realizes that Trey is into him too, he does not waste time.  Trey’s chemistry with Reagan is great but Trey’s chemistry with Ethan is scorching.  And Trey’s chemistry with Reagan and Ethan when they are all together on the page is electric.

I have to admit that when I saw that Double Time was to be a story of how Trey finds two life-mates, I was a bit scared.  Don’t get me wrong; there really wasn’t any other way that Trey would be happy but still…  The thing is I have never read a three person life-mate-sort of relationship that made sense to me.  The woman involved is always so whiny with her ‘woe is me…I love two men and I have no idea who I am going to choose…wha wha wha’.  Heroines like that just p*ss me off.  Or the men!  One is usually straight and one is gay/bi but suddenly the extra-manly straight man become bi-curious out of the blue and wow that totally solves everyone’s problems!  Gah!  Drives me nuts.

With that said, I should never have doubted Olivia because she wrote the BEST three-person relationship I have ever read.  It’s actually believable and I can see how it could work if these three people were in fact, real people.  We have one woman and two bi-sexual men.  Genius!  The men need each other to fulfill certain sexual needs that the woman alone can’t satisfy but they also adore and need her to fulfill the rest of themselves – and not just sex.  Honestly guys, it works.  I was so gosh-darned proud of Olivia and how she wrote this.  I wanted the three people involved to end up together because it’s obvious that there was no side-line jealousy or crazy possessive antics as you so often see in these sorts of relationships in erotic books.  These three make a perfect match.

Now this next part is sort of a rant and is aimed at the publisher – not the author.  When this series was first planned, book three was going to be Jace’s book.  Book two even sets it up.  In fact, it sets it up so well that all of my friends who read that book were saying “I can’t wait for Jace’s book!!!”  Then we find out that the publisher decided to change the order and make book three Trey’s book.  They thought Trey’s book being next in line was what people wanted.  Um…what?  We wanted Jace’s book because his was supposed to be next in the series and book two prepared us for it!  I was confused when I heard about the switch, and I felt bad for Olivia and how they were changing her vision, but I eventually thought that whether it be Jace or Trey’s book… *shrugs*  As long as we get a Sinners book out of it, right?  I had assumed that the story would be changed, the book re-written.  But nope.  In Double Time, Eric and Jace have already gone through their stories.  That’s right.  Eric and Jace are there, on the page, chatting with the others while their mates are right alongside them, chatting too.  So nope, we will not be surprised by Eric and who his HEA is because we have already met her in this latest book!  What.  The.  Hell?  Not only that, but Double Time reads like a last book in the series!  I don’t mean that as a bad thing necessarily – it’s a good book and it left me feeling a sense of completion and the ending gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling – but that is a bit of an issue because that feeling usually doesn’t occur until the very end of a series.  And this book is no longer the last book of the series!  If the publisher is forcing the series to take a new direction, why wasn’t this book changed to match that direction?  Why just publish the books as they were originally written but in a different order, throwing the series off completely?  I just found that very odd and I really did not understand the publisher’s thinking here.  At all.  Double Time is a solid book and I really enjoyed it, but while reading it I felt like something was off.  I never felt lost or confused at least, but I felt off.  I felt like I was reading a finale, not a book three.

There you go.  Now that that’s finished, let’s talk about the sex.  Holy whew this book was H.O.T.  But really that is not surprise considering the other two books in the series are some of the hottest I’ve read.  Olivia pushes things a bit in this book but I didn’t find myself thinking “really?” and turning the book wondering how this was all going down.  (*snort* going down…)  I did think “I wonder if that hurts as much as I feel it would” but I never felt the sex was just there to say it was there.  The scenes fit the characters and the story very well.

If you love erotic stories with strong characters (and especially yummy rock stars), I really recommend this series.  Hot Ticket, Jace’s book (for real this time ;)) is releasing April 1st 2013.  He is a total mystery and I can’t wait to see what makes that man tick.

As I mentioned earlier, I really did enjoy Double Time.  The pacing was great and the story was good.  I love these characters and I think Olivia gave Trey the perfect happily ever after.  I found Reagan and Ethan not only perfect for Trey but also perfect for each other and for the series.  They just fit.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’What’s your condition?’

‘That we spend the entire day together on a completely platonic level.’

‘That’s a sucky condition.’

‘No sucking either.’

He laughed.  ‘Okay, fine.  Platonic.  I can do that.  That’s where we hold our breath, try not to come for a really long time, meditate and stuff, right?’

She laughed.  ‘No, baby, that’s tantric.’

‘I was hoping that was what you meant,’ he said, a devilish grin on his handsome face.

Books in the Sinners on Tour series –
Backstage Pass
Rock Hard
Double Time
Hot Ticket (April 2013)
Snared (September 2013)

In Canada or the US and interested in giving this series a try?  Go here to enter to win one of two Sinners prize packs!

  1. I loved the first two books, I read them back to back, I’m a little nervous about this one 🙁
    I’m on the fence about the “3” factor.
    Great a review, a good point about the order of the series.

  2. Lupdilup – DO NOT worry about the ‘3’ factor. It’s done perfectly. And it’s hot! lol

  3. Fantastic review Julie! I LOVED this book!! smiles…

  4. Fantastic review Julie!! I’ve been wanting to read this series forever but with all the other books I have waiting for me I keep putting them off. 🙁 Now I wish I hadn’t. However, seeing as to how the 4th book is coming out in April I might read books 1 and 2 and then 4 followed by 3. If that’s the order Olivia really wanted them to be read then I might do that depending on what you say about book 4 in April. I’m happy that the book made a 3-person life mate situation work so well and that makes me even more excited to read it. 🙂 Thanks for another great review Julie, and another kick in my butt to get this series picked up and read!!

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