Olivia Cunning’s debut novel BACKSTAGE PASS is erotic decadence from the first word and I couldn’t get enough of it. She nailed the rock and roll scene for me, including the sex, the roadies, the wild crowds at concerts and the wild magnetic streak with the band members. Let me introduce you to The Sinners. The lead singer and uber sexy ladies man Sedric Lionheart. Drummer and voyeuristic Eric Stick. Jace Seymour is the bassist and his kink is BDSM. Then you have equal opportunity lover and Guitarist Trey Mills and last the lead male of BACKSTAGE PASS is guitarist and composer Brian Sinclair. He finds his muse in Myrna and their sexual antics inspire him to exquisite tunes.
If there is one thing that ruled BACKSTAGE PASS then it would be the incorporated topic of the sexual liberation going on with Myrna. I’m talking about multiple partners, casual nudity and the mind blowing, toe curling, down-and-dirty sex play between Myrna and Brian. The romance development was a lighter side of the story yet it never felt fake or under developed. The romance was an ever present underlying current but both Myrna and Brian are two very pleasure driven characters who love to explore, receive and give said pleasure. Even though perhaps half of the story contained eroticism it was always interesting, diverse and heightening the emotional journey of the main couple.
Myrna is a woman in her mid thirties who is intelligent, has an inquisitive mind but also has commitment issues and has struggles with her carnal self-image. While I loved Myrna as a leading female character, how she opposites Brian and handles his life style, I struggled along with her in regards of her sexuality. Myrna’s inner conflict is focused on her sensual audacious attitude, which coalesced with her ingrained believe of her ex-husbands statement she was a whore. So at times when Myrna struggles with her self-image it could opposite with her actions because she would not let her ex-husband win. Myrna is definitely a woman who is trying to take back the reigns over her own life and I can only say that Brian is one helluva a man to do it with!
Brian “Master” Sinclair with his nimble fingers had me from the first introduction. He is a romanticist, wears his heart on his sleeves and gives all of himself. When he is down, he really is down and when he is happy the whole world will now it. His animal magnetism roars and I wasn’t prepared for its effect. From the way he got inspired to compose to his burning love for Myrna, it made him a man I couldn’t get enough of.
Of course the introduction and getting to know each band member, Sedric, Eric, Trye and Jace play a significant supporting role and they proved to be a tantalizing appetizer that only made me eager for more on all of them. They epitomized the heart of rock and roll and the acerbic bantering, including some hefty sexual innuendo going on between them allowed me to experience their bond all the more.
The thing that really brings something unique to my book world is the rock band/tour scene. I think the atmosphere and life of performing, touring, groupie mentality and sex was done with a wild edge yet never became raunchy. There were also moments where personal details, thoughts and feelings showed the human face behind the rock gods each Sinners band member is in the public eye. The mix of characters, storylines and backdrop development was written in a flowing pace that got me reading chapter after chapter in the blink of an eye.
Olivia Cunning gives us a rock band to close in to our hearts with their kinks, flaws, exuberance and their passion for the music. BACKSTAGE PASS is an erotic smorgasbord and I became the latest Sinner groupie, clamoring for more of the band members and their stories.