Friday, July 10, 2015

Review + Giveaway: Insider by Olivia Cunning

Series: Exodus End #1
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Vulpine Press
Genre: Erotica Romance
Source: From Author for Review
Rating: ★★★

Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock...
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she's reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who've been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He's always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he's not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he's looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

Finally! Exodus End's series is finally here! It really feels like I've been waiting an eternity for this series to finally start. 

I've been a fan of Olivia Cunning ever since I read her Sinners On Tour series. No one writes erotica rockstar romance like Olivia, and the huge love she has for rock 'n' roll really shows in her writing. She totally encompass everything that you could imagine to happen while on tour with a famous band. And she writes some really hot sex scenes. I mean, scorching hot sex scenes. 

Now I won't bore you with everything that happens in INSIDER because this book was lengthy. A lot lengthier than the other Olivia Cunning books I've read in the past. But just in case you didn't read the synopsis here's a mini overview: Virgin girl goes on tour with famous rock band, girl loses virginity to a rockstar immediately, girl does some journalistic stuff, drama happens, girl wins the heart of rockstar. 

Got the gist of the story? Good. Let's move on to our main characters. 

Logan Schmidt. To be perfectly honest, it took me a few beats to warm up to Logan, bass guitar player and resident adrenaline junkie of Exodus End. His fun and playful personality instantly reminded me of Eric Sticks from the Sinners, and while I loved Eric, I didn't want a repeat of that kind of character in this series. But it didn't take long for Logan to quickly change my mind about him. The guy is a total sweetheart, he loves the life he lives, and he totally won me over with his adorable flirting. Logan brings a light heartedness to his band's dynamics and I really enjoyed seeing him joke and mess around with some of the more broody members of his band. And like with all of Cunning's rockstars, Logan has bedroom skills that can get a woman screaming like she was at a concert. 

While Logan quickly set out to win me over, it took forever for me to like Toni. Honestly, I don't know if I ever ended up really liking her. I think I mostly tolerated her just for Logan's sake. I'm over the whole innocent virginal heroine types, and Toni was just too nice, too introverted, too innocent, and too virginal. Her skittishness with kissing, foreplay or sex was supposed to be humorous, but I found it all to be a little maddening and irritating. How can a twenty-five year old woman be that totally clueless about sex in this day and age? There's free porn all over the internet, I'm sure she could have learned what to do when there's a cock on the palm of your hands. Her nativity just didn't seem believable.  

While Logan and Toni's story didn't totally rock my world like I was hoping it would, I'm still really excited to read the rest of the Exodus End's stories. Like I said, I've been waiting years for this series, and I'm determined to finish this world tour with Exodus End. I need that Dare Mills book! Overall, INSIDER was a good read. I loved reading about all the antics of Cunning's rockstars, and I'm dying to see what sort of fun drama she has in store for us in the next book. One of my favorite characters from the Sinners On Tour series is making a come back and it's got me set to squealing like a fan girl. 

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock 'n roll, USA Today Best-Selling Author Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.

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.

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