Mar 30, 2011

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Review: Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning (Sinners on Tour #2)

Contemporary Erotic Romance
April 5th 2011
Trade Paperback
448 pages
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Sedric Lionheart
Kick Ass Chick – Jessica Chase

From Goodreads
“An ultimatum can break your heart….
Every night lead singer, Sed Lionheart whips thousands of women into a frenzy with his voice alone. But the stage is the only place Sed feels any passion since he lost Jessica…
If you’re not willing to break all the rules…
It shattered her heart, but law student Jessica broke off her engagement to Sed, determined to be successful on her own terms. But no other man can ever hold a candle to Sed…
Then a chance meeting and tortuously close quarters lead to uncontrollable flares of passion and rediscovery of their unique penchant for public encounters. Now, in addition to the risk of mutual heartbreak every time they get together, they’re in danger of truly scandalous public exposure…”


The Sinners are back in Olivia Cunning’s second book in her ‘Sinners on Tour’ series, Rock Hard.  I have been looking forward to this book ever since I closed the cover on book one, Backstage Pass.  I loved that book.  In fact, I loved it so much it made my Favorites of 2010 list!  The chemistry and camaraderie amongst the band mates was exceptional.  You can’t help but fall all over these guys.  And you can’t help but want each and every one of them to get their own Happily Ever After.

Rock Hard centers around the Sinners lead singer Sed.  In book one, Sed was a bit of an asshat.  I felt some love for him and I wanted him to eventually find happiness.  But yup, he was an asshat.  Rock Hard helps us understand him a little better.  He doesn’t mean to be bossy.  Okay, yes he does, but he means well.  He does end up putting his foot up his rear more than anything though.  Poor Sed…  His need to ‘help’ everyone is what ultimately shattered his relationship with Jessica a couple years back.

Jessica and Sed have an interesting relationship.  It’s very hot and heavy, but they don’t talk things out!  They are both headstrong people, but they really need to learn to communicate – they have strong chemistry but they need to realize that words are needed too if they want to be together in a mature and healthy relationship.  This book is about how they learn that lesson.  I was okay with Sed and Jess, but for me they weren’t the highlight of the book.

For me, it was the other guys.  I love the other guys.  Sed is fine and all, but he’s my least favorite.  Why?  Dunno really lol.  I felt that way after reading Backstage Pass and still feel that way now.  I enjoyed seeing Brian and Myrna and witnessing their relationship grow even more.  They are so cute together, it’s sickening…in the very best of ways.

Trey was in this book…a lot.  I was surprised by how much of the story revolved around him.  And I liked it.  Even though some of his storyline was ‘whoa, wait what?!’, I like Trey.  He needs hugs, lots of hugs, and I’m totally willing to volunteer to be the one to hug him.  I know, I know.  I have such a big heart…  😉

But what I think surprised me the most was Jace and his scenes with Eric.  Those were some of my favorite scenes!  Jace is SO FRICKIN’ CUTE!  I don’t want to go into it more than that because I don’t want to spoil it for you but really, Jace is adorable.  Even if he likes to tie women up and make them beg.  Yeah…he’s still a little puppy dog to me.  His book is next!  Very excited about it now, especially since we got a little peek at his HEA!

I have to say that there were some part of this book that seem to have come out of nowhere and others seemed a little rushed.  And one part made me go “Seriously Sed?!  You are such an idiot-slash-jackass!”  But overall, it liked where the story ultimately went and I enjoyed spending time with the guys again!  Now I wait, while drooling, for the next book in the Sinners on Tour series, due out October 6 2011.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“She turned her head to look at him, a smile on her lips.  ‘Bath Boy,’ she said in a haughty British accent, ‘my breasts are filthy.  You are neglecting your duties.’”
Sed turned and stalked back toward the stage.  He found Jace standing center stage, his face the color of cranberried, telling knock-knock jokes.  Surprisingly, the crown seemed to be enjoying his extreme discomfort.  Especially the young women, who were practically swooning over his uncharacteristic interaction.

‘Knock knock,’ Jace whispered into the mic.

‘Who’s there?’ the crown yelled.

Jace noticed Sed crossing the stage.  ‘Oh thank God, Sed’s back.’  Jace passed Sed the microphone and made a beeline toward the drum kit to hide.”

  1. Great review. Thought this book sounded right up my street but then read everyone’s reviews yesterday and now I’m not sure but I plan to buy book number uno sometime during my summer holidays, which start in May! But your review made it sound not so bad so thanks 🙂

  2. I am getting very curious about these sinners 😉

  3. Ally – I am very curious to see what you think of the first book. I mean, all those yummy rock stars…can you handle it? 😉

    bloedeudd – As you should be. 🙂

  4. You know how much I lurved BP! I wanna read this even though I’m with you, Sed is like the only “sinner” that I don’t really care that much about. Can’t wait! Thanks for the great review

  5. Great review! And I so agree, communication would have really been a plus for these two. Thankfully though, I enjoyed book 2 better than book 1 and I’ll be standing in line for book 3!!

  6. Fabulous review! The more you talk about this series the more I really want to read it. I am so happy you really enjoy almost all of the characters and that even though you didn’t like the main man in this book that well you still gave it a 4/5. That’s saying a lot about the authors writing and the other characters present in the book. 🙂

  7. Jess – You gotta read it for the guys! I think you’ll be surprised by what happens in this one. 😉

    VampFanGirl – And I’ll be standing in line right beside you!

    Deanna – They are durty boys…but great fun! You’re right – Olivia writes her Sinners very well. 🙂

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