Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Will read the next in series.
I did find the male characters of the band to be far more endearing than the females, especially the main character Brian Sinclair. Even rude and vulgar Sed eventually wins you over. The females, however, are more one note including the lead. Myrna is almost painful in her constant determination to reject the love she so clearly wants and the groupies all come off as vapid stalkers. I know that exists but it would have be nice to see a little bit of variety in them.
There is a lot of sex of many types and varieties including bondage, multiple people, and multiple types of penetration. If you are not into or offended by that then this will not be the book for you. Despite some of the other reviews I have read, there is a story among all the sex. The author does a good job of seeding a bit of backstory of the other band members which helps round out their personalities and set up the future books.
There was some hygiene issues that made me cringe. A woman that is a sex psychologist should be fully aware of the health safety of the female reproductive system and that fecal matter mixed into other female openings of the body causes infection. These events, which were frequent, constantly pulled me out of the story and caused me to have to take away a star of my rating.
I used the audiobook version, which has the hotter cover, and was narrated by Justine O. Keef. The narrator had a rough start and I think that is because it starts with the main character Myrna. That character was off for the whole book. It was as if the rhythm for Myrna was completely out of sync or off key with the rest of the characters. The band members were good so it was not too distracting overall.
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