Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour Series #1)

Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour Series #1)

by Olivia Cunning


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"These guys are so sensual, sexual, and yummy. This series...will give readers another wild ride..." —Night Owl Romance, 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick

It's all about sex, love, and rock'n roll for the Sinners. When uninspired guitarist Brian meets sexy psychology professor Myrna, he may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius.

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners to study groupie behavior, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But the lead guitarist is the only one she wants to get her hands on...

Brian Sinclair has been grappling with a creative block—unable to compose music for months, until he makes love to uninhibited Myrna, and hears exquisite guitar riffs and finger-burning solos in his mind in the midst of their passionate embraces. He grabs a ballpoint pen and composes what will be blockbuster new songs, writing them all over her body and leading to all sorts of sex play...but how is he ever going to convince her that he wants more than just one tour?

The two lovers' wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory...and sin...

The Sinners on Tour Series:
Backstage Pass (Book 1)
Rock Hard (Book 2)
Hot Ticket (Book 3)
Wicked Beat (Book 4)
Double Time (Book 5)

Praise for Backstage Pass:
"Olivia Cunning's erotic romance debut is phenomenal." —Love Romance Passion
"A sizzling mix of sex, love, and rock 'n' roll...The characters are irresistible. Can't wait for the second book!" —DforDarla's Definite Reads, 5 Stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402244421
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Sinners on Tour Series , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Raised on hard rock music, award-winning author Olivia Cunning has been known to travel over a thousand miles to see a favorite band in concert. She discovered her second love, steamy romance novels, as a teen-first, voraciously reading them and then penning her own. She lives in Hastings, Nebraska.

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From Chapter 1

Brian, lounging in the center of the table, vocalized a riff, while playing masterful air guitar on his back. Myrna recognized the series of notes at once. She used it in her class discussion on male sensuality, because no one on earth played a guitar more sensu­ally than Master Sinclair. Hold the phone! Could that be...? Nah, what would the rock group Sinners be doing at a college teaching conference? They were probably just fans of the band, though the name Brian made her lead guitarist senses tingle. Wasn't Sinners' lead guitarist named Brian Sinclair?

One of the men seated in the booth turned his head to scratch his chin with his shoulder. Despite his mirrored sunglasses, she in­stantly recognized vocalist Sedric Lionheart. Her heart rate kicked up a couple notches. It was Sinners.

"I am so fucking drunk!" Brian yelled. He rolled off the table, knocking over several empty beer glasses, and landed on the laps of two of his companions. They dumped him unceremoniously on the floor.

Myrna snorted and then glanced around to make sure no one had witnessed her produce such an unladylike sound. She had to go talk to them. She could pretend she wanted to meet them because of her seminar. In truth, she loved their music. They weren't too hard on the eyes either. The definition of exactly her type. Wild. Yes, please. Guaranteed to give her exactly what she needed after the day she'd had.

Abandoning her plan to hide in her room, Myrna skirted the low wall that separated the lounge area from the corridor. She paused in front of Brian, who was struggling to crawl to his hands and knees. She set her lumpy laptop case on the floor and bent to help him to his feet. The instant she touched his arm, her heart skipped a beat and then began to race.

Animal magnetism. He had it. Hello, Mr. Welcome Diversion.

His gaze drifted up her legs and body, his face slowly tilting into view. He had features a sculptor would love: strong jaw, pointed chin, high cheekbones. Would it be presumptuous of her to examine the contours of his face with her fingertips? Her lips? She forced her attention to her hand, which gripped his well-muscled upper arm.

"Be careful with this arm," she said. "So few guitarists have your skill."

He used her support to stagger to his feet. When he stumbled against her, she caught his scent and inhaled deeply, her eyes drifting closed. Primal desire bombarded her senses. Did she just growl aloud?

His strong hands gripped her shoulders as he steadied himself. Every nerve ending in her body shifted into high alert. She couldn't remember that last time she'd been instantaneously attracted to a man.

Brian released her and leaned against the back of the booth for support. He blinked hard, as if trying to focus his intense, brown eyes on her face. "You know who I am?" he asked, his voice slurred.

She smiled and nodded eagerly. "Who doesn't?"

He waved a hand around theatrically, which set him even further off balance. "Every stuffed-shirt geek in the whole damned place, that's who."

He snarled at a gray-haired woman in a heavy cardigan who sat openly gaping at him. The woman gasped and turned her attention to her ocean blue cocktail, slurping the blended beverage through a tiny, red straw as nonchalantly as possible.

"Brian, don't start shit," Sed, the group's lead singer, said.

The acidic look Brian shot at Sed could peel paint. "What? I'm not starting anything. These people all have fuck-king staring problems!"

True. They were staring. Most of them at Myrna now. Probably wondering how to best rescue her from enemy territory.

"Do you mind if I sit with you for a while?" Myrna asked, hoping to become less noticeable by sitting. She tucked the lock of hair that had escaped her hairclip behind her ear and smiled at Brian hopefully. He stroked his eyebrow with his index finger as he contemplated her request. She knew what he must be thinking. Why would a stuffy-looking chick in a business suit request to sit with five rock stars?

Sed scooted over in the semi-circular booth and patted the empty expanse of forest green vinyl beside him. She tugged her gaze from Brian to look at Sed. Sed's boy-next-door good looks contrasted his bad-boy, womanizing reputation. She didn't follow the personal lives of the bands she admired, but even she knew Sed's rep. His smile, complete with dimples, could ice a cake, which was likely why he covered it so rapidly with a scowl. A quick veil of indifference returned his cool status. Those darling dimples didn't quite fit his image.

Myrna slid into the booth next to Sed, wiping her sweaty palms on her skirt as she settled beside him. Okay, I'm in. Now what?

"Are you some kind of business woman or something?" Sed leaned back to examine her professional attire.

Myrna didn't mind his twice over. "Or something. Actually, I'm a stuffed-shirt geek. A college professor here at the conference."

"No shit?" She recognized the speaker, who sat across from her, as Eric Sticks, the band's drummer. "If I'd have known college pro­fessors were hot, I might have considered an education."

Myrna laughed. She glanced up at Brian who still leaned against the booth next to Eric's right shoulder. Her heart gave a painful throb. God, he was gorgeous. "Would you like to sit down, Brian?"

Myrna scooted closer to Sed, her knee settling against his beneath the table. Brian collapsed on the seat beside her, lodging her between two of the sexiest and most talented musicians in the business. She'd died and gone to heaven. Play it cool, Myrna. If you start spazzing out like a fan girl, they'll tell you to get lost. And she certainly didn't want that.

Brian leaned forward and rested his forehead on the table with a groan. It took all of Myrna's concentration not to offer a soothing touch. She knew who he was, but he didn't know her from Adam. Well, hopefully, he could tell her from Adam, but, uh...

She took a deep breath to collect her scattered thoughts and forced her attention to Eric. She could look at him without getting all giddy, but found she couldn't stop staring at his insane hairstyle-half-long, a center strip of short spikes, the rest various lengths and just plain strange. A crimson, finger-thick lock curled around the side of his neck. Rock star hair. She stifled an excited giggle.

"So what do you teach?" Eric took a sip of his beer, his pale blue eyes never leaving her face. Well, maybe he checked out her chest a little, but he mostly kept his gaze above her neck.

Myrna winced at his question and lowered her eyes to the table. Any chance of her earning their respect would evaporate the moment she revealed what subject she taught. "Do I have to say?"

"Come on."

She sighed heavily. "Human Sexuality."

Eric sputtered in his beer. He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. "Fuck me."

"Well, yeah, I guess that is my subject matter," Myrna said, with a crooked grin.

The guys laughed. Except for Brian. Unmoving, his head still rested on the table in front of him. Had he lost consciousness? Wasted didn't come close to describing his current condition.

"Is he okay?" Myrna asked.

"Yeah, he's just a little fucked up," Eric said.

"He's a lot fucked up," said Trey Mills, the band's rhythm gui­tarist, who lounged in the booth next to Eric.

"Shut up," Brian murmured. He turned his head to look up at Myrna. He held one eye closed as he tried to focus on her. She had an inexplicable urge to straighten his tousled, jet-black hair, which fell just below collar-length and stuck out at odd angles all over his head. "What's your name, Professor Sex?"

She smiled. Maybe he was interested. "Myrna."

He chuckled. "That's an old lady's name."

Or... maybe he wasn't. She hoped she hid her disappointment well.

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"Backstage Pass is a great debut novel, for what promises to be a fantastic new series, by Olivia Cunning. " - Seductive Musings

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Backstage Pass 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 312 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not good i could not finish this book. I had to stop at page 58. Waste of money. If you like reading about a professional that comes across a band and is sexually abused by this band ,then this is your cup of erotica. This was flat out nasty and disrespectful to a woman and her values. This woman was not normal in the head as this author writes.
missy168 More than 1 year ago
Great book if you are interested in a love story with great sex scenes !!! can not wait to start the second book:)) enjoy enjoy enjoy !!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
So once again, I've hit a book that is almost too much for my poor brain to wrap around. I am on sensory overload. So I am going to break this baby down into two segments: the story and the sex. Sound good? Let's do this! The story. Myrna is a sexual behavior professor at a conference. She happens to see members of her favorite band, Sinners, having a great time drinking in the hotel. She introduces herself to the band, and quickly becomes acquainted with them. They would all love to get down with her, but she has her eyes on Master Sinclair, lead guitarist. Brian "Master" Sinclair is actually the master at getting his heart broken. He repeatedly falls for his girlfriends, only to have his heart stomped on when they cheat, usually with his bandmates. When he meets Myrna, Brian is immediately smitten. He falls hard for the beautiful professor with an exciting sexual appetite. The problem is, Myrna doesn't want love. She only wants right now. So Brian sets out to win Myrna's heart. To give her a reason to stay with him. Forever. BACKSTAGE PASS was a terrific story. I love a great romance with a strong, secure female lead. Myrna is a force. She knows what she wants, in life and in the bedroom. Her lack of naivete was a welcome change from what I typically see in romance novels. Brian was beyond wonderful. I'm a firm believer that there are fewer things in life sexier than rock stars. When you add the fact that Brian is a hopeless romantic, a one woman man..well, that just seals the deal for me. I absolutely loved him. The road these two take, in getting to really know one another, the give-and-take that transpires as they slowly build a relationship, was gorgeous. I loved that author Olivia Cunning really took her time with Brian and Myrna. Stories like that make the payoff so much sweeter. Now for the smexy times. *rubs hands together* This is one. hot. book. HOT! Listen, you know how I just said that rock stars are the sexiest things ever? Scratch that. Rock stars who hear music when they're making love and use their lover's body to write the notes on are the hottest things ever. Ever. I brain wants to 'splode when I imagine it. Hot. As for the adventures of Myrna and Brian. Talk about wild. I totally felt like I should take notes while I was reading. Myrna is determined to explore every naughty fantasy she's ever had. Brian is more than willing to share them with her. I have to admire her, the woman knows what she wants and has the cajones to say it. I won't go into all the naughty bits, and there are a lot. Let's just say I will never look at cherry suckers the same way ever again. *falls over dead* It would be an epic understatement to say I really liked this book. BACKSTAGE PASS is a book I shall re-read many times, probably when I need a good pick-me-up. I am ridiculously excited to read book two, ROCK HARD. I already have book three, DOUBLE TIME, on pre-order. Olivia Cunning is now an "auto buy" author for me. So if you like hot guys, strong women and sexy times, this series is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$8+ for less than 300 pages?!? Rethinking purchasing the others in this series after i look at the info of kilabytes. Fool me once.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish it because it grossed me out. It wasn't even the sex that got to me or the cussing, (heaven knows I cuss). There were just certain aspects, I couldn't get over. There was one part where the two main characters were doing it while one band mates watched. And the words that were used to describe their body parts weren't very flattering either. Maybe I'm a prude but can't consider this book sexy.
Yvette_C More than 1 year ago
It was ok. Maybe my opinion is based on the fact that I don't really like erotic novels. I honestly didn't know this was one until I bought it after reading the sample. It was a good story line and it would have been better if there was more of the background story w Jeremy. Myrna made him sound like this complete a**hole, and in the end he was a cowering little punk. Less sex and more drama would have made this book better, but of course that's my own opinion. Myrna - a complete slut imo. Walking around naked infront of the rest of the band and then letting them touch her because she sooo lost to the sensations Brians giving her.....yes Jeremy was correct you are infact a slut. Brian - GROW A PAIR!! he was a sweetheart but too much of a sweetheart Sid - not enough words in the vocabulary fo this guy. How did brian not punch him before when he stole his past girlfriends?
RVABooklover More than 1 year ago
To be clear, this is an erotica novel. Except for the abundance of super hot sex, though, it doesn't read like most erotica at all after the first 10 percent of the book. There is an actual plot, and the characters have depth. There is a connection between the main couple that goes beyond the next orgasm. I will admit to having serious doubts about the validity of the positive reviews at the beginning of the book. The scene detailing the initial meeting between Human Sexuality professor Myrna Evans and The Sinners seemed stilted and forced, not at all realistic on a lot of levels. But once Myrna decides to travel with the band for the summer, the story started to grab me and by the time I was halfway through, I didn't want the book to end. I am so delighted that each Sinner is getting his own story! Brian is a beta hero to die for. He is looking for love, a connection, something permanent and real. After we meet his parents, his motivations become more clear. He wants Myrna from the first, and is way more invested in their relationship than she appears to be. Myrna is harder to get to know and like. We get her motivation in the form of inner dialogue that regurgitates her experiences with her stalker ex husband, but the lady has some deep seeded issues that make her kind of hard to like. That said, the reader can understand why Myrna is the way she is, and when she tells off Brian's father, she redeems herself mightily. The boys in the band are well drawn, with surprising depth. Again, I am looking forward to each one of their books. Especially Trey. The good - Characters. Sex. Ms. Cunning writes realistic men. They act like guys, not like women think they want guys to act. The not as good - Myrna is tough to get to know and like. Also, the story requires some suspension of belief. Back in another lifetime (late 80's, early 90's), I knew a lot of local band folk, and knowing how they acted made it hard for me to buy in to certain parts of the storyline. The partying, the drinking, the sex - very realistic. The guitar god going for a 35 year old in a suit? Who wants them to clean their tour bus? Not so much. And to her credit, the author addresses the age issue. Small, nitpicky issue that probably would not bother your average reader, but kept pulling me out of the story. Some parts of the story were not really resolved. There is a menage scene that had heavy emotional impact, in which a plot twist was alluded to, but nothing came of it. This was the most intriguing scene in the entire book for me, though. Lots of potential for angst, and I am sure we will hear more about the issue that was uncovered in an upcoming book. All in all, I was won over by Backstage Pass. I was impressed with the depth of the characters, especially Brian. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I really liked this. It was a different type of romance. Everyone was very sexually uninhibited. A lot of lines are blurred. I really like how they're all super 'guy guys' and super open at the same time, two traits that don't often go together. I'm definitely ready to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, where to start? Unbelievable heroine... Hero who's both jealous of her sexual favors, yet shares her. I found this story rather cheesy and crude. Not erotica, but porn posing as erotica.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great way to meet a group of men and want to know more about each of them. I am definately a Sinners fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book just gives you everything you desire in an erotic passionate lustful story! Brian and Myrna are so great together! I have read this book and Rock Hard, which is also great, but this is my favorite thus far. I am currently reading book 3, Hot Ticket which is Jace's story and its already starting out amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring, predictable, and incredibly unrealistic. None of the characters had any likeable traits. The plot was completely unbelievable - a college professor studies the behaviors of groupies, but never realizes that she's doing exactly the same thing? I have no desire or plans to read the other books in this series.
bluedragonfly81 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great start to what I know is going to be one of my favorite series! I LOVE the Sinners and I am definitely a groupie ;) I was sad when I was finished because I wasn't ready to leave the characters. I am soooo looking forward to the next books!!
K_Milner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is smoking HOT!! The fact that it is about touring with a rock band and endless sex should be reason enough to pick up this book. However, the storyline is excellent. The way the author weaves back stories about each character throughout the book makes you like each member of the band. The sequel Rock Hard is equally appealing. This series leaves me wanting more. I'm eager to read about the other members of the band. EXCELLENT READ!
avidbookaholic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Myrna appears to be your average buttoned up professor, but underneath she has a bit of a wild streak. While at a conference, she meets the popular rock band, Sinners, who are just the ones to bring out her wild side. More specifically, Brian "Master" Sinclair, the legendary guitarist for Sinners.Right from the beginning of this book, Myrna and Brian were hot and heavy. It was sex, sex, and more sex, which is to be expected from a rock band. Brian is getting over heart break when he meets her and believes that she, like all the other females he encounters, wants their lead singer Sed. But Myrna has her sights set on Brian, because it's just something about a man and his guitar.Brian's feelings for Myrna progressed rather quickly, whereas she was just wanted to live out the fantasy of being with a rock star. I did like Myrna, especially when she stood up for Brian to his father. That won major points with me.This is the first book in a series by newcomer Olivia Cunning, and looks to be promising.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are many words I can use to describe this book but I'll refrain myself and keep it to a minimum. This book was way Hot, Sexy, Hot, Smokin', Hot and yes, Sexy! Backstage Pass is the first book in what is to be a 5-part series. In it, you meet The Sinners- Brian "Master Sinclair", Sed, Jace, Trey and Eric. When I first opened this book I was a little intimidated. For one, it's erotica, and erotica (although I've read it before) is just not something I read a lot of. But I was intrigued to read the story since it dealt with Rock Stars... and what else can I say other than Rock Stars are hot! Well I am happy to inform that Ms. Cunning did a superb job in creating not only two main characters that you grow to love throughout the story, but you are also introduced to the four other band mates that are also just as intriguing and loveable.Brian is The Sinners lead guitarist and songwriter. Myrna first catches sight of him while drunk in her hotel bar. He's the hopeless romantic in the group - but he's also funny, sweet and kind. He finds a muse in Myrna and quickly finds himself wanting more from her than just a "good time."Myrna meets The Sinners after she gives a conference at the same hotel they are staying at. She's a professor and has her doctorate degree on Human Sexuality. After meeting the band, having some intimate moments with Brian and attending several of their shows, she asks for a grant to do research on the bands groupies. She wants to learn more about their infatuation with these rock stars - which also means she gets to go on tour with them.Now, I will say there are many (many, many, many) sexual scenes - but even though there are so many (many, many, many) of these sexual scenes, I also thought the story played out very well. Myrna had issues with trust and accepting her feelings towards Brian. She came from a messy divorce and the L-word was just something she was avoiding. Brian was basically the total opposite of her. He wanted commitment from her, to feel loved by her - I mean the man wanted to whisk her off to Vegas for a quick wedding every other chapter (le sigh). Their chemistry sizzled and I'm not just talking about during their many (many, many, many) sexual scenes. They had great dialogue, romance, and interaction with the other band mates, roadies and groupies. My favorite parts were when Myrna was on tour with the boys. It was sweet to see how they all respected and came to love her. I loved the dynamics between each and every character - it really gave a lot of detail into their pasts and how they formed the bonds that they shared today. One other thing that I found very interesting was that Myrna was about 7 years older than Brian - I mean she was only 35, but still it was something that you normally don't see a lot of. Call me a groupie if you must, but I cannot wait to read more of The Sinners. This is the beginning of a very promising rock and roll series. The story was addictive, had me blushing every couple of pages, but was also sigh-worthy. If you're looking for a HOT and spicy tale of love - this is the one I'd recommend you pick up.Next book in the series is scheduled to release April 2011 titled Rock Hard and it is Sed's (lead singer) story. Yikes!
waxlight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So, I've been known to have a few weaknesses, and Rock Stars figuring prominantly into well written erotica may happen to be one of them. The author manages to hit my buttons when she describes a proficient guitar player, and alludes to what else those proficient fingers may work on.The author also does a damn good job of not letting the plot overwhelm the sex scenes, and vice versa. Other than the extremely unlikely notion being picked up by your favorite rock band, having one of those members fall in love with you, and riding around on tour with them.. she actually manages this feat seamlessly, and almost plausibly.The real test with me and erotica, though, is if it manages to turn me on. This one has, more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Brian fell hard for the women in his life. The normal groupie sex held little appeal. When Brian meets myrnah sparks fly. This time the whole thing feels different for bo5h of them. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves the truth of the rock star world
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
I love all The Sinners but Brian and Myrna will always be my favorite couple. I think I have a soft spot for Brian because not only is he a sexy, famous musician, he's also not afraid to put himself out there in hopes of finding something real. I love the idea that Myrna is Brian's muse even if they stumble upon it unconventionally. I just adore Myrna's character and what she stands for. She tried to be practical in her attraction to Brian and where their relationships could or couldn't go. Due to her past I think she had some characteristics real women can connect with especially the self doubt that can be planted after a disastrous relationship. Last but not least...CHAPTER 32!!!
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AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
So. This book. If you're wanting something hot and schmexy and super steamy and dirty, freaky, naughty, this would be it. Holy WOW with the off the charts hotness Batman. *fans self* I thought the story was great, it had a decent build throughout. Not a lot of drama but enough to keep you interested as well as bits of emotion and interesting characters. I loved Brain. I liked Myrna. This girl had some issues but I liked how open and uninhibited she was. However, some of her issues started to get a little warring and drawn out to me, so by the end I just wanted her to straighten her head out and get on with it, after a while her issues just felt repetitive. Brain, so sweet and sexy, a romantic at heart but a total sexual being. He had his heart pretty much on his sleeve, and Myrna's battle with herself creates a decent push and pull between the two. I liked it a lot.There were some more tender moments and I loved getting to see them more vulnerable but it didn't happen as often as I would have liked. I thought all the guys in the band and were great and am excited all their stories are available. There were some highly entertaining parts throughout. Bits if light and funny which was great because there was a lot of sex so it helped balance it out. I'm not kidding about the sex, there was a TON. It's erotica so I was expecting it but some things are way adventurous… hello kink and the afore mentioned dirty, freaky naughty. I felt like this was pretty fast paced and I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to know what would happen next and couldn't wait for Myrna to get a clue... I kept turning the page because I wanted my HEA! I'm happy with how it all played out. The Sinners are something else!
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