REVIEW: Insider by Olivia Cunning

REVIEW: Insider by Olivia CunningInsider Series: Exodus End
Genres: Erotic Romance
Source: NetGalley
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Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock...
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she's reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who've been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He's always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he's not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he's looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

Review: I have been a big fan of Olivia Cunning – from the first book I read by her, Backstage Pass I was hooked. I admit to have fallen behind with her Sinners On Tour Series and I am yet to read Sinners At The Altar & Take Me to Paradise, but when I saw she had a whole new series I had to read it.

Insider is Logan’s love story – a rocker who has had his share of drama in life. With secrets of his own but nothing too deep or too scary that would deter any woman away. I knew Insider would provide everything I have come to expect from Cunning’s writing. Humor, Sex, Love & Loyalty. Cunning’s stories are addictive for a very good reason, her characters are sensual, raw, dangerous and very sexual.

Though Insider didn’t necessary deliver the drama and intensity we are used to seeing in Cunning’s stories, it did completely deliver in the sex department. Toni is a young woman in her mid-twenties that has yet to experience life on her own. She was home schooled and had dedicated her teen and mid twenties to raise her younger sister who suffers from developmental disorder. Toni gets the opportunity of her life, she is to write an interactive book about Exodus End. She knows this chance will not come twice so she accepts the challenge knowing that she may be in over her head. It is then that Toni dive into the sexy, even moving, ever changing life of a rock-star.

Logan is the sexy and sensual rock-star who doesn’t fall in-love. He is in for the sex, but it all changes when he meets Toni. She is everything Logan never had. She is a virgin, she is loyal, she is natural, she is caring and loving. All the things Logan has never gotten from any other woman, were made available to him when he met Toni.

Yes, the cliche of the virgin meeting the sensual and rich guy happens all over again. But this time around, the way in which it is executed helps the story to maintain a certain distinction. Though Toni is inexperience, her personality doesn’t necessary screams pure & innocent. She is quite aware of her surroundings, she is smart & trusting, she is kind and caring. I liked Toni’s character because she gave the story a needed balance, it broke the mold of innocent and clueless virgin, it showed that lacking sexual experience didn’t make a character boring and bland.

Overall, I think Logan’s story lacked luster and drama. I also think the story itself did not need to be so long, there was nothing stopping these two lovers from being together, there was not conflicts (nothing major that is) until the very end in the book. There was nothing leading to that moment, it all happened too quick and it was resolved just as fast. I expected a bit more of conflict, their sex scenes lacked the passion and lust we have come to love from other characters. Their passion lacked chemistry, it lacked momentum and spark.  I think the story itself was nice, but it didn’t have the WOW factor I have come to expect and appreciate on Cunning’s writing. Insider had a lot of sex, but it lacked substance.

Do I recommend this book? Yes

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Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

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