Rock Hard is the second in the Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning and is just as hot and steamy as her first in the series, Backstage Pass. Another erotic romance, Olivia doesn’t disappoint if you’re looking for some good, smutty reading.
Sinners’ lead singer, Sed, had his heart shredded when Jessica left him to pursue her dreams, so when she dances her way back into his life, he’s not sure he’s ready for her brand of pain, or pleasure, again.
When she convinces Sed to engage in a benefits with benefits relationship, things seem to be going his way, until one of his fans catches their explicit public display of affection on film and posts it all overthe internet.
Will Jessica ever trust Sed again? And has Sed become the man of Jessica’s dreams or is he just posing to get what he wants?
Rock Hard features the Sinners’ lead singer, Sedric Lionheart and his former fiancée, Jessica. As any good Sinners’ groupie knows, Jessica left Sed two years ago and broke his heart. Only, Jessica doesn’t know just how much she hurt Sed when she abruptly broke off the engagement and left without another word.
The “reunification” of Sed and Jessica is unexpected to both of them and ends up resulting in a bar fight, that affects not only Sed and Jessica, but the entire band, including some pretty severe consequences for the band’s guitarist, Trey. However, not all the consequences of this meeting turn out to be for the worst and some pretty good things end up resulting from the chance meeting. Also, Brian and Myrna fans will be happy as you see plenty of them and the rest of the band throughout the book.
Jessica is determined to not let Sed affect her the way he had a couple years ago when they were dating. She insists that the “thing” between them is purely sexual and doesn’t want to admit anything else, to Sed or to herself. But, this is a romance, so the ending is one you know is coming, but the twists and turns keep you entertained.
I found Rock Hard to be very frustrating at times because neither Sed nor Jessica talk about why their engagement failed a couple years ago. The lack of communication on why each acts the way they do infuriated me. Sed was raised to take care of the women in his life and in fact he’s a very caring person, even if outwardly he comes off as an arrogant, overbearing jerk. Jessica is a knockout who is always undervalued and whose own mother thinks she should just marry and let some guy take care of her. However, Jessica is very bright and independent and doesn’t need or want a man to simply take care of her. Olivia set up the dichotomy between the characters perfectly, but so much turmoil, which can IMHO frustrate a reader at times, could be avoided if she would have just told Sed how she felt and why and give him the chance to explain his own actions that he wasn’t trying to control her, but felt an overwhelming need to make sure she was cared for.
Overall, Rock Hard did not disappoint and was a great sequel to Olivia’s first book, Backstage Pass. I don’t think you could read this without having read the first one. The heat factor the reader comes to expect from the first book is found in Rock Hard and this book has some very unforeseen plot twists and leaves you panting for the next book in the series. However, we’ll have to wait until sometime in 2012 for the next stop on the Sinner’s tour. I know I’m ready to see how the guys are doing and just what mischief they’ll find themselves into next…and who the next lucky lady will be.