If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that Olivia Cunning is one of my favorites. She is in a class all her own when it comes to hot, sexy, kinky, rock star sex. In fact, she set the bar, and all other rock star books, to me, are held up to Olivia’s writing. First there was the Sinners on Tour Series. Anytime anyone asks me for a recommendation for a really sexy book with a great story, that is my number one recommendation. (See Top Picks: Books with Hot Sex and Great Stories). Then, lucky us, Olivia came out with another sexy Rock God series…One Night with Sole Regret Series. These sexy novellas all revolve around one hot night with a different member of the band Sole Regret. But it’s not just sex, there is connection in each sexual exploit.
Tie Me is the Fifth in the series and the one I have been waiting for! Oh, tortured Kellen. Kellen is the cuff wearing rhythm guitarist who is into Shibari (the japanese art of rope bondage), and LOVES to give oral. But he also is still completely in love with his late fiancé, Sara, who passed away from cancer 5 years prior. On her death bed, Sara made Kellen promise he would never have sex with anyone else, and for 5 long years, he has stayed loyal, in his own way.
“I won’t forget you, Sara. I meant it when I said forever.”
Kellen is visiting the beach house he rented with Sara when they were happy. He can’t bring himself to go inside, so he tortures himself outside. He is trying to free himself of her hold a little bit by throwing his leather cuff into the ocean. But the stormy sea just washes it right up again. Then, during this stormy night, he hears a piano song, and is drawn to it like a moth to a flame.
“The piano melody built-an inspiring crescendo-soaring higher. Higher. Drawing him out of his darkness. Clearing his thoughts. Freeing his heart. Washing him with elation.”
When Dawn, the Grammy award winning composer rented a beach house to compose her next piece, the last thing she expected to see is a shirtless hunk in a storm coming towards her home.
“You’re Neptune, right?…Lord of the sea who washed up on the beach during the storm? Do you perform miracles? Because I could use a couple of them tonight.”
She invites him in, and there is an immediate attraction between them. One Kellen feels instantly guilty about. He is still trying to be loyal to Sara. She is also the first woman he has been attracted to that was musical like himself. As they got to know each other and worked on the song together, the attraction grew.
“Would she allow him to sample her fluids with his tongue? Permit him to breathe the musk of her arousal while he treated her pussy to the same deep, plundering kisses he craved from her mouth? He wanted to hear his name gasped, moaned, screamed as she came over and over again at the insistence of his tongue, his lips, his teeth”
Whew, it’s getting hot in here! Kellen can do that. He performs oral because Sara didn’t like it, so he didn’t feel like he was betraying her. He also felt that Shibari helped him keep control.
“Do you have any rope? Something soft that won’t damage your skin”
“Not on the bed, on the piano”.
But he just expected to to tie her and eat her…he wouldn’t go further.
“You can’t rub against me like that and expect me to keep my promise to Sara”
But Kellen knows she is different. She is the first woman who he was attracted to that didn’t look like Sara. It was Dawn he wanted. But he is still so haunted by his promise to Sara.
I won’t go past this point, but I do want to talk a little about the relationship with Owen, Kellen’s BFF since childhood. There has been some mutual hand-jobbing between the two guys, and they were both having some confusion over it. The friendship between them is awesome, and Kellen is concerned that he used his friend to get him off because he wouldn’t let a woman.
“He saved me a thousand times over.”
We also see more of Lindsay and the pregnancy issue, which is carrying through from book to book.
- As always, Olivia Cunning can write some good friggen sex!
- Kellen is the most loyal, sensitive, yet seriously hot guy ever.
- I love the sensitive, tortured Kellen, and I’m so glad he is finally finding someone.
- Dawn was a great character as well.
- I love the shibari scenes.
- I love how they bonded over music.
- This was by far the most emotional of the series.
- While Kellen grew a lot in this story, it didn’t happen in one night.
- I hated Sara. Yes, I hated a dead woman, and I feel guilty! But she has been torturing Kellen from beyond with a promise he should never have to keep.
- It all wrapped up a little quick, I’d like to see a part two to this so we can see how much more Kellen grows.
- I’m not a big fan of the Lindsay storyline.
Rating 4.25 Stars, 5 Heat
Tie Me is my favorite of the Sole Regret series so far, I think. This one was about grief, promises and healing, as well as the awesome sex Olivia is famous for. I am hoping there will be another in the series, but for now, the next book is about Gabe again, in Tell Me.
“I won’t forget you, Sara. I meant it when I said forever. I’m so sorry, honey. I just can’t…I can’t center my life around you anymore. But I won’t forget. I’ll never forget.”
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Interview with Adam Taylor
Adam is the lead guitarist for the rock band Sole Regret. He’s stopped by to answer some questions. You can find out more about him in the book Tempt Me—the 2nd volume in the One Night with Sole Regret series (see my review).
How long have you been playing guitar?
Adam: I was around ten or so when I first started playing. I collected cans, mowed yards, and saved my birthday money to buy a decent acoustic guitar and taught myself how to play. I’d play for hours and hours, until my fingers were so tired they refused to move. Music has always been my escape. Listening to music. Playing music. Composing music. When I give myself to something, I’m all in.
How did you become a member of Sole Regret?
Adam: Actually, I founded the band. I played guitar in a couple bands in high school. Those groups weren’t going anywhere, so this drummer named Quint and I decided to start our own band so I could get my friend Jacob to be our vocalist. I really started Desperation Normal just to get Jacob to try singing. He really didn’t have any interest in becoming a vocalist, but I always knew he had a voice that should be heard. Once I got Jacob onboard, then we found our bassist Owen through an ad and audition. Kellen somehow ended up in the band too—if anyone really knows how that happened, let me know. After Quint left, Jacob brought on our current drummer, Gabe, and the rest is Sole Regret history.
How long did you know Shade before you joined the band?
Adam: Grade school. His family lived near mine. We had this tendency to be friends, get in a fight, hate each other for a while, become friends again. It’s not as if things have changed all that much.
Why are you the only member of the band who doesn’t have a nickname?
Adam: I don’t need one. I think Owen wants me to be called “Chains”, since he keeps buying them for me every Christmas. Eventually, those chains are going to stack up so high I won’t be able to see over them to play my guitar.
It’s well known that you had an addiction problem a couple years ago. How’s your recovery going?
Adam: It’s still tough. I didn’t expect being clean to be this tough. I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my counselor. She’s amazing.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
Adam: I have always enjoyed drawing. But what I like to draw best is a secret. And what I like to draw on is a secret too.
Describe yourself in three words.
Adam: Badass lead guitarist
How would other people describe you?
Adam: Badass lead guitarist. And I know a lot of people think I’m stuck-up, but I just have a hard time opening up to people.
Favorite Song (not yours):
Adam: November Rain by Guns ‘n’ Roses
Adam: When I was first learning I’d say Jimmy Page and Hendrix, as a teenager it would have to Slash. Love his work.
Favorite thing to do:
Biggest pet peeve:
Adam: Judgmental people
Favorite sex position/act:
Adam: Missionary with the lights off… That’s a joke. Pretty much the opposite of that. I like to be watched. By a group.
What makes a woman sexy?
Adam: Her ability to love unconditionally. There’s nothing sexier than that feeling of being truly loved for who you are. Wait, Shade isn’t going to read this interview is he? I meant to say tits and ass. Tits and ass are what makes a woman sexy.
Best pick-up line you use:
Adam: I don’t really use lines. That’s more Owen’s thing.
Random confession about yourself:
Adam: I like to draw. If I weren’t a guitarist, I’d probably be a tattoo artist.
How about answering a few questions from the fans?
Adam: Okay, but I reserve the right to plead the fifth.
Melanie asks, Adam why do you keep enabling your father?
Adam: I don’t.
Jessica asks, Adam, do you think you would ask your band mates for advice on how to better please Madison?
Adam: Why, was she complaining? I don’t think so. I make her come so hard her legs give out on her.
Melissa asks, Adam, do you feel you can stay clean and off drugs for good?
Adam: As long as Madison is in my corner, I know I can.
Michelle asks, Are you doing any solo (music) projects?
Adam: Don’t have time at the moment, and I kind of like the band I’m in now. Not sure if any other group of guys would put up with my bullsh*t for this long.
Jill asks, What’s the hardest part about being on the road? And has it changed over the years?
Adam: The easy access to drugs and how so many people think they’re doing me a favor by offering to party with me. The thing that’s changed is I no longer indulge, which has made many things easier, and other things more of a challenge.
thebookhangover76 asks, Do you think that you and Shade will be able to be really tight ever again or is the damage done?
Adam: Shade and I have always had a frenemy kind of relationship. He’s been there for me through some tough times, but he also drives me insane with his constant meddling. So we’re always tight, but we will always butt heads. It’s just the way things are between us.
Michelle asks, If you weren’t in Sole Regret, and could put together your dream band, who would you choose, and why?
Adam: I’d love to be a member of Guns ‘n’ Roses for a night, back in the 80s when they opened up a new world of hard rock and we said good-bye to all those hair-band-knockoffs once and for all.
Tina asked, If the opportunity ever came up, would you ever preform any songs with Sinners?
Adam: Any hour, any day. I’m not sure if Master Sinclair could keep up with me, but if he’s willing to try, I’d take him on. The audience would sure be in for a treat.
Best interview ever! Thanks so much!!!!
Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own.
Olivia’s first book in her Sinner’s Tour Series, Backstage Pass, was published in 2010 by Sourcebooks. Book two in the series, Rock Hard, was published in 2011 and the third book, Double Time released November 2012, and Hot Ticket just released in February. The last book in the series is expected to be out in 2013. Aside from the Sinners Tour that launched her career, Olivia has been hard at work on a few other series and stand alones . . . of course with the music turned up.
~ In November 2012, Double Time made the USA Today Best-Seller List
~ Backstage Pass won the Reader’s Crown in 2011 for both Best First Book and Best Long Erotic Romance
~ Backstage Pass won More than Magic in 2011 for Best Erotic Romance
QUICK FACTS ON OLIVIA
~ Despite the encouragement of her English teachers to pursue writing, she majored in biology in college.
~ Olivia earned a master’s degree in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine. After her beloved grandfather died of a heart attack, she aspired to find the cure for atherosclerosis, but found biomedical research tedious and frustrating, so switched to teaching.
~Olivia loves to attend metal concerts. She regularly embarrasses her college-aged son by headbanging in public and gets accused of not “looking like” a metal head.
~Olivia finished writing her first contemporary series romance novel at age 19. It remains unpublished.
~Olivia has always had a vivid imagination. At age three, she had seven imaginary friends and still remembers the stories she made up about them. One, named Splinter, was a giant talking skunk.
~Olivia is an army brat. She has lived all over the United States and in Germany. She tends to move every three to five years. Her most recent move to Galveston, Texas will hopefully be her last.
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