Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Wicked Beat (Sinners on Tour, #4)Series: Sinners on Tour #4
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: 8/6/13
Format: eARC
Source: Received from publisher for review
Rating: 5 stars

From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible–exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her. A woman who gives as much as she takes, Rebekah makes Eric feel like a total stud–exactly what he needs after surviving a decade of watching the incredibly talented members of Sinners from the wings.

So. Wicked Beat happened ... and IT WAS AWESOME. Guys, this book gave was full of happy, sexy times. Flat-out fun and sexy and yeah, it was wicked.

I've never made it a secret that Eric Sticks wasn't high on my list of Most Wanted Sinners. It was never that I didn't like and enjoy him. I mean, come on, Eric has been involved in some truly epic scenes throughout the Sinners on Tour series. Who can forget the bathtub scene in Backstage Pass, when Eric treated Myrna to a lovely hair conditioning? Or in Hot Ticket, when he was a lively participant in Jace and Aggie's bedroom shenanigans? Eric's always been around -- watching-- the other guys meet their special ladies and fall in love. So yeah, I've always liked Eric a lot, but never really considered him as a man to really covet.

Consider me a changed woman, because not only do I now love Mr. Sticks, but he now joins Sedric Lionheart at the top of my Sinners list. And believe me, I have spent much time talking, considering, and reconsidering this list throughout the series, and I do not take the rankings lightly. I have major love for Sed, so to put Eric by his side, that truly tells you how much I loved him. I think most readers will come away from Wicked Beat with a new perception of Eric. He's still the funniest guy in the group, but now I know how thoughtful and loving he is. Eric also has a lot of insecurities, which was something I never saw coming. This made him so endearing to me. I just wanted to snuggle and smoosh Eric until he could see how truly amazing he was. I am beyond thrilled that he finally found his perfect match in Rebekah.

Rebekah. I guess I am full of declarations because now I have to say that Rebekah is my new favorite Sinners Lady. Rebekah saw Eric for who he was: funny, sexy, and amazing. She not only accepted his goofy nature, complete lack of verbal filter, and constant honesty, she embraced it. Rebekah and Eric complemented each other in every way. And their playfulness, it was so cute. Speaking for someone who feels waaaaay more comfortable being silly and playful than super intense and sexy (as if) I appreciate that Cunning made these two into such relatable characters.

Now here's where I get sad. Wicked Beat is the last of the Sinners on Tour books to be released, though not technically the last in the series. I am not known for my control, and there was no way I wasn't reading Double Time the moment I got it in my greedy little hands. That means this book, it's the end of a really fantastic, and actually life-changing time for me. I know, I know, I sound really melodramatic here, but it's true.  Olivia Cunning's books marked a shift in the books that I read and enjoy, found me a lot of new friends, and changed how I looked at a lot of aspects of love and life. I have honestly had some of the best reading moments from these books. I've had a lot of fun conversations with many fellow readers. Particularly about cherry suckers. Yeah, those conversations aren't fit for polite company.

Wicked Beat was so entertaining, so freaking hot, romantic. I love the Sinners even more than before and I wish this darn band was real! Eric and Rebekah were so endearing, and a fabulous couple. I had high expectations for Wicked Beat. It was everything I hoped for. And so much more. Thanks OC.

Favorite Quotes:

  She laughed. "You're like Mr. Romance and Mr. Porn Star wrapped in one."
  "Sorry. I have this bad habit of saying everything that pops into my head. I know it's a total turnoff. I'll try harder to stay quiet."
  "Actually, I kinda like it."
  He quirked an eyebrow at her. "You do?"
  She nodded.
 "You're weird."
  "You're weird, too," she said defensively.
  "I guess that means we're perfect for each other." He stared into her eyes, challenging her to deny it. 
  "I guess so," she said.  ~eARC, 23%

  "Is it too soon to tell you I love you?" She snuggled her face into his chest so her words were muffled. "If it's too soon, I won't say it."
  His heart swelled to bursting. He was pretty sure he was going to start crying if he said more than a few words, so he said only three.
  "I love you."  ~eARC, 38%

Sinners on Tour Series
Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1)Rock Hard (Sinners on Tour, #2)Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour, #4)
Wicked Beat (Sinners on Tour, #4)Double Time (Sinners on Tour, #3)
 (click on cover for GoodReads page)

My Reviews of:
Backstage Pass  |  Rock Hard  |  Hot Ticket  |  Double Time

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About the author
Olivia CunningCombining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians. Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She's been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction -- first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. Growing up as the daughter of a career soldier, she's lived all over the country and overseas. She recently moved to Galveston, Texas.

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  1. Oh, baby! I'm so glad you loved this. Sedric Lionheart is my favorite of the guys as well and the fact that Eric gave him a run for his money is bonkers! Just as you, I've always felt bad for him not getting the girl and standing on the sidelines, watching (it's what he does best lol) and I'm so happy that he finally gets his chance to shine. I had no idea he had some insecurities so it'll be fun and hopefully hard to explore that. I have no doubt this book was hot. Btw, I think this is my favorite cover. No, I don't think, I KNOW! It's gorgeous, sexy, hot!! I'm glad Eric's leading lady took you by storm and clibed into your tiny sweet heart. I hope Olivia will write some novellas someday and maybe we can spend a little more time in this hot, hot, hot world she has created with these wicked rockstars:) Wonderful review, hon!

  2. Hot damn!! WTF am I waiting for??? I need to start this series asap! ANY book or series that's that life changing for someone (you) has to be awesome! :D I LOVE, LOVE the cover to this one, it's my fav. Thanks for opening my eyes, 0.0 once again! I need a HOT book in my life right about now... lol Love this review!

  3. I seriously LOVE that cover. One of these days I will make time for this series since you love them so much. They sound like so much fun! Great review!

  4. I only skimmed your review because I swear, someday I am going to read this series. I am so glad that you loved this one too!! I want to read it just because of how much you love it.

  5. I read the first two books and loved them but it seems like the were released out of order so I was waiting for them all to come out and read them in the correct order.

    Am I wrong about that??

    I got my hairdresser reading the series too. lol

  6. I have ALL of the books but haven't had the urge to read any of it yet. my blog buddy, Debbie, read it before and it seems this is the kind of series where having a man close by is essential. Translation: I'll be filled with lust so I need a man as an outlet.

    Lovely review, Andrea!

  7. This one definitely has the best cover of the series! It sounds like I really need to give this series a shot!

  8. I loved reading your review, it have me warm tingly feelings. All dem feels. I'm sad this was the last book but Eric became my favorite in the series. He was amazing.

  9. Ok--I'm buying this whole series! You've sold me! I could feel how much you love this whole series. It's always a sad time for me when a fav series ends :( I love the book covers, and this one is really hot. The quote you chose just melted my heart! Thanks for sharing friend!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  10. I remember the bathtub scene with Myrna and Eric vividly! I think Backstage pass was the only one I read of this series though. Yet another one I need to catch up with. Great review, Andrea! :)

  11. I seriously need to pick this series up like yesterday! I love your enthusiastic reviews for them. Plus, they sound hot and the characters sound really likeable. I can't wait to meet them all! And goodness....that cover...is just...I LOVE IT! lol ;p Glad you enjoyed this one, Andrea! Fantastic review, as always! =)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  12. I read the first one a bit ago but I don't remember much of the plot just all the sex which was good! LOL Lots of it. Curious to try the other books and get to know the characters more.

  13. Rebekka sounds great, and I think that I would really like her as well

  14. Perfect! This truly was a fantastic book. I can't believe you put him by Your Sed! Eric is definitely in my top three, but Brian still holds my top spot. Great review, lover.

  15. I am determined to find time for this series soon. I know how much you and Autumn love it. I need to meet Mr. Sticks - especially since you are a changed woman and he's joined Sedric at the top of your Sinners list :)


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