ARC Review: Double Time by Olivia Cunning

Posted November 6, 2012 by Shari in Reviews / 1 Comment


I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Double Time by Olivia Cunning
Double Time

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Series: The Sinners Tour,
Genres: Rock Band Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I have been waiting for way to long for the next book in The Sinners Tour! Reading books one and two had me drooling for the next book only to find out that I had a long wait. On top of that, the books were written in a certain order only to be swapped around. Double Time was intended to be book number 5, so the ARC I am reviewing here does not have any edits to make the change to book three. I got to see who Eric and Jace end up with, how Myrna and Brian’s relationship has moved onto a family and now Sed and Jessica are getting married. There is a huge jump in time between Sed’s romance and Trey’s and a lot happened we don’t get to see. The end of the story also wraps up the series, so it will be interesting to see how they edit the final copy to make this book three in actuality.

If you know anything about the Sinners, you know Trey and Brian have been friends forever and even have had a sexual encounter at one time. While Brian has moved on to find his love, Trey is still hung up on his love for Brian. Trey is bi-sexual, so he loves men just as much as he loves women. This book opens up with Brian waking Trey up because they have to leave. Myrna is pregnant and has gone into labor two weeks early, causing some havoc with the Sinner’s tour dates.

Trey has very mixed feelings towards Myrna. On one hand he wants to be jealous of her having Brian’s love and total devotion. On the other, he knows Myrna is the woman who owns Brian’s heart. This is the time Trey decides he has to let go of his love for Brian and move on. So he swears off men, does the maternity nurse in the closet and then seeks out his brother who knows him so well.

Reagan is shocked when she finds out she has made the finals on being the rhythm guitarist for the band Exodus End. At the call back, she meets a few of the other contestants left, when Trey walks through on his way to the sound room. The shades are drawn as they take each contestant one by one when Trey thinks his brother, Dare, is playing a joke on him with Brian. He storms into the room to expose Brian and his prank only to find Reagan. And like that, Exodus End signs Reagan as their rhythm guitarist. Celebrating, she hops in the whirlpool with Trey and then later Trey and Dare…and no, nothing sexual besides words happens in here.

Reagan knows Trey is a player. She can’t risk her heart again after finding her last boyfriend in the shower with another man. Ethan is now her roommate and best friend, but he knows he hurt her. To keep her in his life, he lets her continue to think he is gay when he is actually bi-sexual. Once a police officer who cared a little too much, he now works security jobs. Taking on Reagan’s personal security is the dream job for him, keeping him close to the woman he loves.

So the Exodus End’s band members disappear to do their own thing and send Reagan to learn about tours with the Sinners, letting Reagan and Trey to get closer. But as time goes on, Trey’s secret is calling him to be honest because he is afraid he won’t be able to help himself. The the conflict comes from both Trey and Ethan being honest with Reagan and Reagan deciding if she can handle fame, love and two men.

Peeling back the layers of this book is going to be somewhat hard. I loved the book, but found I had a few problems. One, when did it become such a big deal to go more than a day without sex? So as a rockstar, he has to have sex and the calling of having men is driving him to distraction. It just seemed that, yeah, sex is good, but after a while it felt like an addiction versus a romance at times.

I really had a problem with Ethan. If he was bi-sexual and really needed a man, why did he cheat on Reagan? Why not either tell her to begin with or break up with her? Instead he almost devastates her when she finds him with the man, thinking she drove him to be gay. This messes her up some with her relationship with Trey. She senses there is something he is hiding. While hiding it, he really was trying to change and only love women. Trey never cheats on Reagan. Let me be clear on that.He does something that makes her realize he is more than heterosexual though that hurts her.

On the rock star side, I wasn’t totally convinced Reagan was an awesome guitarist. Everyone has to start somewhere I guess and she had to learn her way in, but I would have liked to see more about her career into the rock band. Trey is already established in the Sinners. Two different bands, two different tours, three people in love. Just seemed to be a lot of problems for the future.

Sexually it was interesting to see Ethan grow from his very dominant personality to being submissive at the right time. Trey plays well as both dominant and submissive. Reagan…well she tries to be dominant, but I didn’t see her pulling it off.  She just came across as sweetly innocent and a bad ass chick at the same time. There is one really unbelievable sex scene at the end of the book that had me laughing more than moaning.

A guilty pleasure, I still enjoyed every bit of this book despite any of my issues. I gobbled it down in less than 24 hours. It jumpstarted my romance reading mojo and I excited to read the next two books in the series.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
8 years ago

Wow! Sounds like the kind of series when anything can happen.