Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning (Sinners on Tour #2)
Erotic Contemporary Romance
March 29, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
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..
My first thought when I finished reading was – there is too much sex in this book. Now before you start hissing at me and you take away my smut card, let me explain! There was just as much sex in book one, Backstage Pass and I loved that darn book. But – I also loved the hero and heroine who had a much different relationship (and found that book to be much more humorous than this one). Where as Brian and Myrna first meet in Backstage Pass and start their love affair fresh and new, Sed and Jessica have a messy past. When Jessica breaks off her engagement because Sed won’t let her have her independence to pursue law school, they don’t speak for two years. During this time she takes to stripping to make money to pay for law school, and this is where Sed finds her – and literally drags her off the stage. They then start this fling – both refusing to admit to a relationship. Jessica repeatedly states she only wants a physical relationship, they are not dating. But if any fan even looks at Sed with lust in their eyes, she completely flips out. But then on the other hand, she lets Sed and other people walk all over her. Her character flip-flops throughout the whole book and I just didn’t like her.
Sed on the other hand is very temperamental. He has a very hard edge to him. I felt like he loves to protect his band mates (which I adore) but sometimes felt like he didn’t have the same type of feelings for Jessica. He is very abrasive and gruff. And going back to my original statement, they have so much sex, after awhile I wanted more focus on getting the two of them to a better place in their relationship rather than between the sheets. This wasn’t the fun, playful banter as in book one. These characters are more damaged and sex can’t solve their woes.
I still love this group of guys. I’m such a sucker for male camaraderie – especially males who are comfortable with their sexuality. I adore the time we spent with the band on the tour bus. Trey has a nice storyline in this one. He gets injured very seriously during the scuffle with Jessica at the strip club. His recovery, and the way the band subsequently acts is done very nicely. I want Trey’s book so bad I can’t stand it!
I didn’t enjoy this one as much as book one. But I still have my eyes on these Sinner boys and look forward to book three.