Hot Ticket: Olivia Cunning

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There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil. Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart. When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.

Tammy's Rating:
3.5 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review: 

I was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of Jace's book. Next to Trey, he is my favorite sinner. I have a wicked crush on him. Throughout the Sinner books he seemed so shy and proper, yet underneath all the innocence hid a more sensual controlling side. I have grown fascinated with his dark secretive side, a side that eludes to his BDSM tendencies. A side that surprises all those that meet him, since Jace has that sweet innocent face. The boy next door persona. In this book we learn a little bit more about Jace and his secrets. We also learn of the soft sweet protective side he has with Mistress V, along with a glimpse of their erotic lifestyle. I can not honestly say that this is my favorite book in the series.

"He had the stereotypical bad boy look-leather, tattoos and a giant chip on his shoulder-which was contradicted by the sweetest face she'd ever seen.  A hell's angel. Heavy in the angel."

Jace was an amazing character, but then seriously when isn't he? I was captivated by the multiple facets to him.  Due to his abusive past with his father and the death of the girl he loved, Jace felt he deserved extreme pain as punishment. In fact he craved it. With this knowledge Olivia didn't just give us insight into Jace, she also threw in one hell of a twist. It definitely had me gasp out loud.

The reason I didn't connect with this story was that the author really only touched on the lighter side of Jace, in my opinion. He is such a doll, and he was loyal to not just his band but also to Aggie. Don't get me wrong, in this aspect she nailed Jace and Aggie's chemistry and relationship. I could definitely feel the love between the two of them.  However, Jace as a submissive? Yeah, that didn't work for me nor was it believable. Maybe  because in my head, Jace has always given off vibes of dominance.  I really wanted to see more from his dark erotic side that Olivia alluded to in his own story. I didn't feel like I really saw much more than  I did in the first two books. Those felt like foreplay, a sensual build up to Jace.  I was expecting for Olivia to delve more into his BDSM side, and while we did see some scenes it wasn't anything major, I don't think. Compared to her other books this one was lite on the erotic or sexual chemistry moments.

I adored the emotional chemistry between them and I grew to like Aggie even more. She was just as protective over Jace. We got glimpses of her in Sed and Trey's book and I was happy to see how her character developed in Jace's story. She is fun, and really Olivia gave her some of the best lines. Aggie had some classic lines that fit her "Domme personality".  For me she made the perfect heroine for Jace, they had the right amount of love, happiness, drama and resolution in their relationship. Unfortunately though I did not like the way she was portrayed as a Domme. The character development in that area was lacking and to much of a cliche. It felt as though the author tried so hard to make you believe that Aggie was perfect in this life style.

"She needed to concentrate on her dancing and not daydream about making some tough-looking uber-cutie her bitch."

Another reason I did not rate this book as a 4 or 5 star read was due to the beginning. The first 1/4 or so of the book, if not more, we were rereading Rock Hard. There were huge chunks of Sed and Jessica's story taken right from their book and placed and mixed in with more detailed pov's from Jace and Aggie. I understand that Jace met Aggie during these scenes in Rock Hard, but seriously?! At times I thought I was reading the wrong book and had to double check.

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


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