Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning

This book was a little disappointing to me. I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first book Backstage Pass, which totally sucks because I was really looking forward to reading Sed and Jessica's story. I am a big fan of reunion stories but this one just fell a little flat for me. I didn't feel any sparks between Sed and Jessica like the way I did for Brian and Myrna in the previous book. I will say that this book was very emotional and not as light as the first. I actually found myself tearing up quite a few times when certain things happened with some of the band members.

Sed in Rock Hard seemed like a completely different person to the one we were introduced to in Backstage Pass. There we saw a man who just uses women and doesn't seem to care about others feelings. He has no qualms about sleeping with any of his friends girlfriends including all of Brian's previous exes. Though we could see that he was hurt by the ending of his relationship with Jessica, we still saw that he was still very angry that she was able to break his heart. In Rock Hard, we never see that anger. As soon as he sees Jessica again all is forgiven and he is instantly in love again. I would have liked to see him coming to terms with everything in his past with Jessica before latching onto her so fiercely.

As for Jessica, I never really warmed up to her. I just don't know what it was about her. I think I may have just been put of a bit by her scheme to seduce Sed and crush him. All because she seems to think that he's an egotistical jerk who is full of himself. I don't think she ever really got to know Sed until the end of the book. Even then I still didn't really feel like she tried to much. Does she love Sed because they have great sex together or does she love him because he's a great guy inside? I just don't know.

Also, another thing that really bugged me is how Sed treats Jessica towards the end of the book. Here we see a little bit of the Sed that we met in Backstage Pass. Jessica decides she wants to stay on tour with him and the Sinners and that she is possibly thinking about dropping out of school. Instead of listening to Jessica and trying to talk her out of it he immediately pushes her away and treats her as if she's a groupie. Claiming that he doesn't want her around and that she needs to get away from him. Huh? Seriously? Sed spends the entire book going on about how much he loves her and how he's never going to let her go again only to push her away when she makes a dissucion he doesn't like. Ugh!

All in all, this was an okay read for me. It's definitely not as good as the first book but I still loved reading about the guys of Sinners. I love seeing the comraderie between them and how much they all truly care for one another. Plus, the scenes with them together are just plain hilarious.