Outsider by Olivia Cunning
Erotic Rock Star Romance. Read Double Time first.
The Sinners On Tour Series by Olivia Cunning is hands down one of my top all-time series. But the last time I read Double Time for the second time was in 2012. Though Outsider is part of the Exodus End series, it is even more a sequel to Double Time, with the main characters being Trey (Sinners), Reagan (Exodus End) and Ethan, the third in their polyamorous relationship. I am so glad I decided to listen to the Double Time audiobook to refresh my memory before reading Outsider so I remembered all the dynamics of their relationship.
Outsider basically runs concurrent with Insider at the beginning and takes place right after Double Time. Reagan is struggling with her temporary status in the band and she never feels like she is truly part of it.
“In her mind, no matter how much the band showed her she’d been accepted into their fold, she was an outsider.”
When the tabloids start trashing her as cheating on Trey with Ethan it gets even worse for her. Trey wants to tell the world the truth about them, but Reagan doesn’t want her father to disown her, and doesn’t want to be branded even more of a slut in the media. And Ethan is not ready to come out to all of his homophobe half brothers and stepfather.
The paparazzi was killing them. There were always cameras. Fans were screaming ugly things to Reagan about cheating. Instead of focusing on her talent, she’s accused of sleeping her way to the top. So Reagan, who I really liked in Double Time became a whiny self-centered bitch for a lot of Outsider. She was constantly feeling sorry for herself. I mean really? An unknown female is touring with the biggest metal band? Selling out stadiums, and all she does is complain about the tabloids and the things the manager makes her do. I wish I saw more excitement from her about her new life.
The threesome was AMAZING in the bedroom. Damn, we all know that Olivia writes HOT, and Outsider continued the tradition. But it really went into the dynamics of a relationship that must be difficult. Each one of them had doubts. When they were having sex, there were no doubts, but otherwise each one of them felt like an outsider at one point or another.
The biggest problem though, was that Reagan and Trey could be together in public, but Ethan had to remain “the bodyguard”.
An easy kiss had never been so daunting. A simple kiss had never been so complex. He had to trust that Trey would understand why he couldn’t grant his small request.
“I’d die for you, Trey,” Ethan told him, squeezing Trey’s arm so he’d know how much he meant it. “I’d die for you.”
“Dying is easy,” Trey said. Living with who you are is the hard part.”
There were a lot of great moments, and I love hanging out with both bands. I really enjoy the three of them together when they work, but there was just so much doubt and jealousy between them, it made me wonder how a long-term 3-way relationship could last. But then you also see how great it is at times.
- Holy hot threesome sex!!!!
- I loved Trey’s family. Dare is an amazing big brother, and his mom is awesome.
- I loved finding out more of his past with Brian.
- Ethan’s mom was fantastic, and his brothers were pretty OK too.
- There were some funny times, especially with the blow up dolls and the love ewe. (See photo below of Olivia with the Love Ewe at Wicked Book Weekend).
- Visiting with all of the Sinners and Exodus End.
- The cello.
- Great epilogue.
- Reagan was basically miserable the whole book (except during sex) and only cared about herself.
- The book was at least 100 pages too long. It started to drag and get repetitive with Reagan’s obsession with the tabloids.
- The mystery of who is behind it all never really went anywhere and was kind of unnecessary unless it plays more into the next book.
- 3rd person.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4 stars, 5 Heat
Purchase Outsider (Exodus End World Tour Book 2) by Olivia Cunning
Exodus End Series: (You don’t really have to read Insider first, but it will help)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to read Sinners on Tour first
or at least Double Time