Title: Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning
The Sinners on Tour Book Three
Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, BDSM
Length: 400 pages
Book Rating: B+
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
He needs her to mask his pain…
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.
She needs him to forgive himself…
Determined to crack through Jace’s armored shell, Aggie must go beyond her usual methods to mend his heart to love again.
Fans of Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour series are going to fall in love with tortured bassist Jace Seymour. Tantalizing glimpses of Jace in the previous installments have given little away about this shy, reclusive band member but in Hot Ticket, we finally learn about his tragic past and why he craves the release that only pain can give him.
Jace meets Mistress V (aka Aggie) at Brian’s bachelor party and there is an instantaneous attraction between him and the sexy Dominatrix. Jace is desperate for the physical pain that quiets his emotional torment while Aggie relishes the rush of power that she gets from dominating her clients. What should be nothing but a business transaction quickly crosses over into personal territory when Aggie breaks all of her rules with this very wounded and closed off rocker.
My heart positively ached for Jace. His back story is so complex and multi-layered that it takes almost the whole novel to reveal the tragedies that haunt him. Jace is so emotionally scarred from his childhood that he refuses to let anyone past his defenses. His insecurities keep him from letting his band members get to know him and even after three years with Sinners, Jace still feels like he is a temporary member. The reasons behind his desire for pain go beyond sexual gratification and this is what makes Hot Ticket so different from other novels in the BDSM genre.
For as complicated as Jace’s story is, Aggie’s is surprisingly simple. The reason behind her need to dominate men is a little unexpected, but believable. Her childhood was dysfunctional and her mother still exasperates her, but overall, Aggie is a strong heroine. She does not let Jace push her away and while she is sometimes a little smothering, her heart is always in the right place.
The sex between Jace and Aggie is raw, gritty and extremely carnal. The first scene between them is harsh and Aggie briefly loses control when Jace refuses to submit to her. This is just one of the reasons Hot Ticket is so unique. While Aggie is a domme, Jace is not a submissive. Jace feels like he deserves pain and he is confused by the pleasure he derives from receiving it. The BDSM element is nicely balanced by highly sensual lovemaking and since Ms. Cunning does not hesitate to push the sexual envelope, there are also some scenes between Jace, Aggie and Eric.
Hot Ticket is my favorite book in the Sinners on Tour series. Jace and Aggie are a perfect fit and I love how accepting they both are of one another. This intense story will break your heart but you will love every minute of it.
Olivia Cunning is a master at revealing just enough of each of the characters to leave her readers chomping at the bit for the next story and I am dying to know what makes Eric Sticks, the Sinners’ drummer, tick.
Read my review of Double Time HERE.