I have a very special place in my heart for the Sinners on Tour Series by Olivia Cunning. They were the first contemporary erotic books I read, and I freaking loved the first two when I read the first two in 2011. Hot, sexy bad-boy rock stars with all kinds of kinky sex that is really hot, but never too over the top? Yes please. Then I waited a year for the next to come out…but it wasn’t the 3rd in the series, it was the 5th(Double Time)!? Huh? This was a publisher decision, but you can’t help but let it effect your feelings about Hot Ticket (The third in the Sinners on Tour series, published 4th, after book 5). I knew the end, I knew a major part of it. While that was a little disappointing, I just tried to look at it like a prequel, and I still loved the book.
The timing was strange anyway, because Hot Ticket took place at the same time as Rock Hard (book 2). Some of the scenes are the same, but they are from Jace’s point of view, which I found interesting, and kind of liked. Jace wasn’t a big fixture in Rock Hard, because he tended to keep himself as the “noob”, and disappeared a lot. In Hot Ticket, we find out why he felt he never fit in, and where he was going when he took off.
Jace is “little man” to the band (though he’s not little where it counts). At 5’6″ Jace is shorter, with a boyish face that he keeps a nice layer of stubble on. His bleached spiky hair and his motorcycle complete the gorgeous bad boy look. (This photo is from the Sinners website)
Jace is the Bass player for the 10 year old band, The Sinners, but has only been with them for three years since the previous bassist was thrown out for drugs. Jace never felt like a real part of the band…more like he was a poor substitute. Though he knew he was a better player, he continued to play the previous players licks instead of rocking the boat and doing his own. He also kept to himself, had no family, and felt totally alone in the world.
He’d been with them for almost three years and they felt like strangers.
One night he and the band are at a strip club. While Sed, the singer, finds his ex dancing and tries to pull her off stage, (as seen in Rock Hard) Jace sees Aggie (aka Mistress V) and hires her immediately for a private session.
“I want you to hurt me.” He drew a deep, shuddering breath into his expanding chest. “Hardcore.”
Aggie is not a big fan of men. She isn’t gay, but she has come across so many messed up guys in her career as a domme that she doesn’t have that kind of interest much anymore. Until Jace. He presses all of her buttons. Jace isn’t a submissive like her other clients, but he needs pain, and a lot of it. Aggie does not have sex with her clients, but soon Jace is no longer her client and he becomes the guy she’s having amazing hot sex with on the floor of her kitchen.
She understood him the way no one ever had, and accepted his need for pain. Aggie was a bit of an amateur psychologist, which I think you have to be a bit in a profession like hers. But she just understood Jace, and because she is a Domme, she never let Jace get away with anything. She helped him find the reasons for his internal pain and let them go so he can accept love instead of just pain.
“Whatever it is that’s eating you alive, you have to let it go,“ she murmured. “Let it go, Jace”
He shook his head slighty. “I’d rather be gutted alive”
Jace had a REALLY crappy childhood, and felt he wasn’t deserving of love. He always felt like a stand-in for the previous bass player, especially after getting hurt and having the asshat (Jon) replace him temporarily. But Aggie helped him see how much the band loved him, and she did too.
Sometime in the long moments that he held her, she realized she needed this as much as he did. He gave her something no one else ever had. He gave her a reason to live— a future to look forward to and someone to love. With everything she was or dared hope to be.
- Olivia Cunning writes sex scenes like nobody else. Completely, totally hot and descriptive, without being too descriptive. There is never an “eew” moment, and lots of “ooooh” and “mmmmm” moments.
- This was by far, the most emotional of the series.
- There was no misunderstandings or separations of the couple. Aggie wouldn’t let Jace push her away.
- The way we find out how Jace’s path crossed both Brian and Eric’s in the past.
- There was still a lot of humor in the band’s interactions, especially Eric. (I can’t wait for his story!)
- Hot 3-way sex, with some funny moments too. “Your balls are touching mine, Jace said between clenched teeth. “What’s a little sac connection between friends?”
- Aggie was a really likable, strong character.
- Aggie lost a little too much of her Domme persona.
- The timeline was a little wonky, I felt deja vu a lot. (the reason for the 1/4 star removal)
Rating: 4.75 stars, 5 Heat
I can’t get enough of The Sinners! Any time I have someone ask me for a hot book recommendation, the first series I suggest is this. It has everything, bad boys, rock stars, romance and super hot sex with lots of different non-vanilla variety. Hot Ticket brought even more to the table with deep emotion, letting people in, friendship, letting go of the past, and opening up. We got to know Eric so much more in this book, and now I’m counting the days until his book is released in August, he deserves a great girl. (I volunteer!)
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(I recommend you hold off on reading book 5 until after book 4 comes out, if you can)
*Thank-you Net-Galley for an early review copy of this book!
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