Review: Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning

Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning
Series: Sinners on Tour #3
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 400
Source:  NetGalley

Where’s the Fine Line…
Between darkness and desire
Need and oblivion
Pain and pleasure

A man as talented as Sinner bass guitarist Jace Seymour needs a woman who can beat out his self-doubt…

A woman as strong as Mistress V needs a man she can’t always overpower…

And in each other’s tight embrace, an escape from harsh reality is always a welcome diversion…

 

Review: Sinfully delicious and provocatively hot, Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning is not for the faint of heart!

This is one of those series that just keeps getting better and better. I fell in love with the first book, Backstage Pass, which is Brian’s story, then managed to drag myself from the steamy hole that book put me in to read Sed’s story in Rock Hard. The third book, Hot Ticket grabbed me from the beginning in a heady and sultry ribbon of silk.

This is the story of Jace, bass player of Sinners, quiet and mysterious with a couple of deep dark secrets that he has never let known. His outward appearance is a shadow of himself, though after meeting Aggie his shell of protection begins to slowly crack.

Aggie is a take-no-guff, strong-minded and slightly broken dominatrix. When she meets Jace, she sees the bruise of secrets and heartache behind his eyes. She offers him the physical pain that he so desperately craves, yet is determined to wipe away that unrelenting inner pain and make him see what he truly is: good and worthy.

In the first two books of this series, I enjoyed getting peeks into Jace, however with this book being his story, I found myself loving him on an entirely different level. As I read each book, I think “This has got to be my favorite!”. Then I read the next book and think the exact same thing. This is a series that, so far, has me head-over-heels in love and dying for the next book. Yes, for whatever reason the books have been released out of order, but I have just been holding off reading until they release in the appropriate order. Each book gives peeks into the previous book’s main characters so it is an extra bit of fun to see how they are growing and developing as well. With Hot Ticket, some of the scenes did overlap with scenes from Rock Hard – only with Jace and Aggie’s perspective, rather than Sid and Jessica’s. I loved this! I have never read a book that has done this before and found it to work very well.

Olivia Cunning does a superb job of combining heat and steam with heart in this book. There are scenes that will just make you swoon with lust, while others will make you sigh with sweetness and deep feeling. Do be warned that this is definitely not for the easily offended reader – Jace is very much into BDSM and that is a very heavy theme within Hot Ticket.

Jace and Aggie are so excellently written that as I read I felt as though I knew them, felt what they were feeling and also found myself feeling frustration at times as well as wanting to comfort Jace myself. Both characters are broken in their own ways and together their chemistry is explosive. The love scenes, while very steamy and hot are tastefully done and not “raunchy” in any way. Absolute pure fun and addiction!

Ms. Cunning has quickly become an absolute favorite author of mine and one that I cannot recommend highly enough to those looking for a steamy read, but one with a bit of depth and plenty of heart. I cannot wait for the next book in this series and just wish that it would go on forever!

Favorite Quote: “I can’t wait to be stuck with you for a month,” he said earnestly.

She laughed and hugged his arm. “Oh, you. What am I going to do with you?”

He kissed her deeply, lust flooding his loins. “I can think of a few things.”