When Jace walked through the doors of Aggie’s dungeon, the last thing he expected was to find self-forgiveness and the love of a remarkable woman. But when a terrible accident sidelines Jace during the band’s tour, the burdensome chains of his past wrap ferociously around his heart. Determined to crack through Jace’s armored shell, Aggie must go beyond her usual methods to mend his heart to love again.
File Size: 1115 KB
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 5, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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So using the powers of NetGalley, Hot Ticket was sent for review. The first three books in the Sinners on Tour series, Backstage Pass (Brian and Myrna) as well as as Rock Hard (Sed and Jessica), and Double Time (Trey and two others, have not read it yet, will explain why) deal with three out of the five members of the fictional rock group, Sinners. Due to a decision on Sourcebooks’ part, the Sinners on Tour books were published a bit out of order. The author, Olivia Cunning, originally meant for Double Time to be the final book in the Sinners series, however, Sourcebooks chose to publish Double Time in fall of 2012, Hot Ticket was originally intended to be the third book in the Sinners On Tour series.. As a stickler for series rules, I have decided to read the Sinners series in Cunning’s original order, which just makes Double Time a savory treat sitting on my Kindle waiting to be unwrapped.
Getting to the good stuff, Hot Ticket focuses on Sinners’ bassist and resident youngest member, Jace Seymour. Jace ends up at a strip club where he meets Mistress V aka Aggie who becomes Jace’s love interest throughout the novel. See Jace is into pain and Aggie is into doling it out on men. Although the book says she specialized and trained under a domme, frequent readers of BDSM novels and those who live the lifestyle will most likely find problems with Jace and Aggie’s relationship as it is not a true domme/sub relationship. Instead, Jace gets off on pain and Aggie has no problem fulfilling that need for him. In addition, Jace’s need for pain and punishment comes from a super messed up past that we won’t delve into too much here, suffice to say he has some major family issues and a connection to one of the other Sinners’ families. Aggie’s goal is to try and push Jace into expressing emotion/affection and accept that his past hang-ups aren’t all his fault. The way she goes about doing so involves physical punishment and a raw emotional intensity that series readers have come to expect from Cunning.
What kept me from loving this book was that I kept get drawn away from Aggie and Jace, and focusing more on Eric, whose story comes out later this year. I tend to fall in love with side characters and the relationship that builds between Eric and Jace is heartwarming, amusing and captivating. I also had a problem with two extremely emotionally vulnerable characters, one of whom had major relationship/emotional issues, suddenly deciding to spoiler alert (get married) even though the pair agrees that marriage isn’t what they’re ready for right now. Add in Aggie’s annoying mom and some really crazy sexual acts and the book just did not resonate with me as much as the previous installments in the series, That being said, I CANNOT WAIT for Eric’s book, Wicked Beat, to come out this fall.