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Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour Series #1)      by     Olivia CunningBackstage Pass by Olivia Cunning. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance…

For him, life is all music and no play…

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius…

She’s the one to call the tune…

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

Then the two lovers’ wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory…and sin…

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.

This is probably the best in the Sinners on Tour books as the series because the ridiculous quotient is so high. Later books strain to capture the same flavor, often devolving into unreadable emo self pity fests. At .99, this is the right price too. Don’t expect much and you’ll be satisfied.

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Obsidian (Lux Series #1)      by     Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. $ 2.99

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When seventeen-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she’d pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up…until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It’s hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he’s an alien. Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon’s touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she’s getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is if she doesn’t kill him first.

This series receives a lot of raves from groups I hang around with on Goodreads and Amazon. The books, however, all end in a cliffhanger so it might be one of those cases where you want to accumulate the copies at low prices and read when the final installment is released, whenever that may be.

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All the Pleasures of the Season      by     Lecia CornwallAll the Pleasures of the Season by Lecia Cornwall. $ .99

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On the first day of Christmas:

Lady Miranda Archer accepts a marriage proposal.

On the first day of Christmas, fifteen minutes later:

Miranda realizes she’s made a huge mistake.

For the next twelve days:

Miranda must find a way out of her engagement—which is harder than it looks, especially since her fiance is pompous, mean, and desperate for her family’s jewels—and convince her true love that all she wants for Christmas is him.

This is slightly longer than a novella at 179 pages, but not quite a category romance.

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It Had to Be You. David NobbsIt Had to Be You by David Nobbs. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Life after Deborah reaffirms Nobbs as the best writer of comedy and observer of the nuances of human nature that there is today.

One man, five very different women.

James Hollingshurst is a man shaped by those who surround him. And in James’s case, it’s some very different women. Be it his trusty wife Deborah, his hapless PA Marcia or his ex-girlfriend Jane. And there’s one woman in James’s life who looks set to upset the status quo…

But a tragic accident is about to shake the bedrock of life as James knows it. An event sets a train in motion, which will challenge everything he’s ever known and everyone he’s ever loved. It will also bring his beloved daughter, Charlotte who he has not seen for fifteen years, tantalisingly close to him…

Ratings for this book are sparse and very mixed. You’ll either like the British protagonist and want to follow him on his journey to becoming a better man or you’ll want to slap him for being so whiny and obsessed with women.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Erin Satie
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 14:31:24

    I am such a total sucker for Olivia Cunning’s Backstage Pass. I adored it & was surprised to realize so many other readers feel a little embarrassed for enjoying it. The book sent me on a quest to find another equally satisfying rock star book & I haven’t found one yet.

    The hero, Brian, has a heart made of soft pudding. I don’t often go for really sweet, beta-ish heroes, but Brian totally worked for me – maybe because he’s also a filthy rock star.

    I’ve also been tempted by the Armentrout series for a while. Might have to snag the book.

  2. Darlynne
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 17:06:43

    When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour … Lost me right there. Not that psychologists can’t be sexy or go on tour, but the elastic in my credulity has stretched just a little too far. I’m glad to hear that many others liked it.

  3. Treasure
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 21:28:23

    I loved Backstage Pass. it is easily the best of the three Sinner books that are out. Don’t let that bit about Sexy psychologist going on tour throw you. It totally works in the context of the story.

    If you are looking for another romance with a rock music setting, American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane is wonderful. One of my comfort reads. It is M/M but a wonderfully well written romance.

  4. Mary
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 21:51:11

    I started Backstage Pass after a recommendation in the comments on the review of the sequel on this site-I couldn’t get past her first meeting with the rock band. The heroine struck me as totally obnoxious and not realistic AT ALL. She really irritated me within about 5 pages so I knew I had to stop reading. It sat on my end table for about a week while I thought about reading it-then I returned it to the library. That’s just my opinion, of course. Lots of people seem to love it, probably just isn’t for me.
    A rockstar romance I liked was Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star. I don’t generally like P&P rewrites but I loved that one.
    The Obsidian book sounds…interesting. Either really awesome or really terrible. I might have to try it. (:

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