Title: Double Time (Sinners on Tour #3)
Author: Olivia Cunning
Grade/Rating: 3 out of 5
Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this ménage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.
Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bi-sexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan’s sexy bi-sexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience–and love–with the two men she wants the most.
“You make me feel whole,” she said. “Like that piece that’s always been missing has been filled. I didn’t even know it was there until you touched on it.”
First of all, I must say that of all the books in the series that have been published thus far, Backstage Pass still continues to be my absolute favorite. I love Brian and Myrna’s story so much that I think the two follow up novels have paled in comparison.
Double Time was written to be the 5th book of the series, with a scheduled release date of 2013. Unfortunately, the publishers felt that Double Time, Trey’s story, was going to be a huge seller and changed the release date to November 2012 thereby moving it in front of the 3rd and 4th books. Honestly, I felt that was a huge mistake on the publisher’s part, and I cannot help but think Olivia Cunning feels the same way too.
Yes, there are spoilers. Yes, there are a lot of unanswered questions. And, yes, I think I could have been more emotionally attached to this book had I known more of what happened in the two books written prior to Double Time.
Right from the beginning of the book we are exposed to a “spoiler” by not having the books published in the correct order. So I do not want to spoil that for you. Let’s just say at first, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor as I was like “WTH?” Now, after knowing a little bit more of what I missed in books 3 and 4, I think I also would have appreciated some of the scenes a bit more.
“He’s made a lot of progress since he’s met you, Reagan. He’s been struggling with this for a long time. Before all he could think about ways to get Brian to fall for him. Now he’s trying to figure out how to let him go. Be patient with him.”
As we all know, Trey Mills has been in love with his best friend, Brian Sinclair, since they met him 18 years ago. After a series of events, Trey knows that Brian is gone forever, and he will never love him back. Uncharacteristic of Trey, he decides that he doesn’t want the complications that come with being attracted to men and wants to give up men completely. (Is that really possible for a bi-sexual person?)
Beginning with Chapter 2 we are immediately introduced to Reagan Elliot, a coffee barista, who is the newest member of Dare Mill’s Band, Exodus End. Reagan turns out to be a female version of Trey, and a heated relationship quickly develops between Reagan and Trey. Trey has no intention of revealing his bi-sexual past, especially after hearing that Reagan’s former boyfriend Ethan Conner (who also happens to be her best friend and current roommate) had broken her trust after she caught him and another man in the shower together.
“The soft, loving nature of a woman steals our hearts, but there is something about a hard body that gets our blood pumping.”
As you can imagine Ethan and Trey both loved Reagan and yet they were both physically and sexually attracted to each other. Ethan figured Trey would eventually “crack” and Reagan would dump him too just as she had dumped Ethan.
“But for once in his life he cared about someone’s feelings more than he cared about his own. And it sucked.”
There was no way that Trey could keep his bi-sexual life style a secret from Reagan nor could he fight the urges. He felt that he couldn’t make Reagan happy, and he refused to cheat on her. So he did the only thing he felt he could do…walk away from the best thing that had ever happened to him.
And therein lies the question: After Reagan finds out the truth, will she understand or can she accept a relationship with both Ethan and Trey?
Unfortunately, I had to give this book 3 out of 5 stars. The beginning of the book was so slow moving that I found myself bored at times. Then at other times the book seemed to go too fast. I felt that Reagan and Trey’s relationship and “heart-felt” feelings were not realistic at all after one day of being together. There were a few times where Reagan’s relationship with her father was brought up, but it seemed to be pointless; and I’m not sure where Ms. Cunning was going with this. There were some sweet, heartfelt moments between Trey and Brian that surely put a smile on my face. And then there were a few sex scenes that seemed to be more for “shock value” than anything. In addition, I am not sure how the whole “threesome relationship” can work while keeping everyone happy at the same time as well as ensuring each participant feels like he/she is on an equal playing field. There’s a saying, Two’s company and three’s a crowd.” And how do they explain that type of relationship while living in the public eye?
I was hesitant to say that I would continue with this series. However, I really want to find out more about Myrna and Brian’s “back story,” especially the events leading up to Chapter 1 of Double Time.
This ARC was provided by NetGalley.