Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Staged by Olivia Cunning

The world is his stage…

Exodus End’s legendary drummer, Steve Aimes, plays the role of a rock star better than anyone in the business. Since his divorce, he’s embraced every rock ’n’ roll stereotype and uses those vices to keep women at a safe emotional distance, while keeping their physical distance recklessly close. He vowed years ago to never give any woman the power to break his heart again. He just has to keep playing the part, and never drop his guard, and stop obsessing over the keyboardist in their new opening act. He didn’t want Roux’s band on this tour in the first place, but somehow she shattered his barriers without even trying. The only way he knows to save his heart from breaking is to make her his forever, so why does she keep pushing him away?

The stage is her world…

Roux Williams knows an opportunity like this only comes around once in a lifetime. Her band, Baroquen, has finally gotten their big break and are opening for Exodus End and Sinners—two powerhouses of rock—on the European leg of their world tour. She refuses to screw up this opportunity by getting involved with Steve Aimes no matter how gorgeous, sexy and surprisingly attentive he is. She can’t deny her attraction to him—the man has the body of a god and the face of a model—but he’s absolutely off limits. Maybe a lust-crazed weekend on a private island will get him out of her system. Or maybe she’ll fall even harder. Once the tour is over they can date, but until then she must keep her distance, because mixing business with pleasure is not only tabloid fodder, it’s professional suicide. But damn, why does he have to be so stubbornly irresistible?

When their worlds are rattled by a ploy staged to destroy them, Exodus End’s infamous bad boy and Baroquen’s not-yet-famous good girl must figure out a way to have it all and each other.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in this series (and links in with the Sinners series too). It is an absolutely wonderful read, and moved the band's story forward a lot, as well as giving Steve his chance at a true happily ever after. I would definitely recommend that you read these books in order, as they really are installments in a bigger story. Just as the second one (Outsider) overlapped some of Insider, this too starts before the conclusion of Outsider... and reminds us of the first time that Steve met Roux!

By the end it is difficult to believe that he said some of those things, but we certainly understand what had provoked him to become such a person. But strip away the layers, and Steve is the ultimate good friend, wonderful boyfriend, considerate lover, and devoted only to Roux. I absolutely loved watching him come out from under the cloud cast by Bianca, and it is a delight to see how deep his friendship with Zach is too. Add in his family, and all the other tests that he has to put Roux through to ensure that she truly is 'the one.' I cannot tell you more, as you need to read it and enjoy every page.

Roux had a truly horrific incident in her childhood that nearly ended her life; however, being fostered by the most amazing woman – who gave all her charges musical instruments and the desire to make music – gave her a second chance at life. All her band mates in Baroquen are fellow foster sisters, and I love their names, costumes, and attitude.

This really is a fabulous book, so find yourself a chunk of time and go and give yourself a fabulous treat. I cannot wait for the next book in the series... as Olivia Cunning says in her comments at the end... this is going to be a big challenge... it is time for Dare!

Also Available in the Exodus End Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Insider post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Outsider post.

Combining 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 currently lives in Nebraska, but never stays in one place too long.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Staged (Exodus End #3) by Olivia Cunning to read and review.

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