Release Date: September 27, 2016
Reagan Elliot should be living her dream…
She’s touring with Exodus End as their new rhythm guitarist and gaining more notoriety and fame than she ever imagined possible.
She’s earned the devoted love of not only one, but two spectacular men. Her committed threesome with sexy guitarist Trey Mills and her hunky bodyguard Ethan Conner is stable, loving, deep, and satisfying for all involved.
But sometimes the world sees things differently and is determined to destroy what it doesn’t understand.
Can Reagan’s relationship with Trey and Ethan survive the cruel backlash of the media, her family, and a bigoted public? Or will the talented musician lose everything she holds dear in the face of her own burgeoning doubts?
Outsider is the second book in the Exodus End World Tour series. It’s also the sequel to Double Time, the fifth book in the Sinners on Tour series.
- a person who does not belong to a particular group.
synonyms: stranger, visitor, nonmember
- a competitor, applicant, etc., thought to have little chance of success.
As I started contemplating Reagan, Trey, and Ethan’s relationship as well as Reagan’s place in Exodus End and the inability for Ethan to express his love for Reagan and Trey to the outside world, it amazed me how much of an outsider these three are…what’s even more interesting to me is the fact that not only are they “outside the norm” of society’s view on relationships, but each of them individually feels as though s/he is on the outside looking in based on personalities, beliefs, families, and those who want to witness all three of them fail.
Publicly, Reagan’s the one who’s portrayed, not so much as an outsider, but more like an interloper, a cheater, and a whore, which definitely plays into her relationship with not only Trey and Ethan but also with her band mates. Reagan’s painstakingly tried to fit in with the world that she won a ticket into, but it’s not easy being considered the replacement…the temporary guitarist for one of the most successful metal bands around, and her fears and her jealousy, at times, consume her and make her feel like she’s not enough…that she’ll always be on the outside looking in when it comes to a music career and a relationship that the public doesn’t see as abnormal or illicit.
Out of the three lovers, Trey is the one who doesn’t care if the outside world doesn’t agree with their polyamorous relationship. He’s always been extraordinary when it comes to being himself and allowing the world to see him as they want to because it’s not going to change his free of himself regardless of how much society and the paparazzi tries to attack him. But where he’s the odd man out is with his desire to broadcast his love for both Reagan and Ethan to anyone who wants to know. He wants to open their reality to the outside world and not give a damn with the fallout because it’s not going to stop him from being with the two people he loves most. Reagan and Ethan aren’t willing to let the outside world in, though, because there’s too much to lose when it comes to their families, and even though Trey’s fine with being seen as abnormal, Reagan and Ethan aren’t there yet, which is a point of contention for the trio.
In my estimation, Ethan is the one who has every right to feel like an outsider in his relationship with Reagan and Trey, his job, and his family because, to the world, he’s simply Reagan’s bodyguard and her ex as well as the one who the public believes Reagan is cheating on Trey with, which couldn’t be further from the truth, but Ethan’s not willing to expose his own secrets just yet. Ethan has to always maintain a distance with Reagan and Trey even when he wants to wrap them both in his arms and shower them with affection, which is a huge issue for him. Outside opinions shouldn’t matter, but they do, and because Ethan feels that his family wouldn’t approve of his choices, he’s less apt to broadcast his love for both a man and a woman to the public.
Reagan, Trey, and Ethan’s story is a testament to what public opinion can do to relationships that are in the public eye, especially ones that are deemed inappropriate. But what the book also teaches is that the heart wants what the heart wants and no one should be able to question the gift of love, but as much as the outside world shouldn’t factor into a loving relationship, it does, and it’s up to those people involved in what society deems as corrupt to prove to themselves and the world that they are free to be with who they want and live the kind of life they want, telling anyone who doesn’t agree to go to hell!
I’m a huge Olivia Cunning and Sinners On Tour fan, and I love that readers still get to catch up with their favorite band mates while being introduced to new ones. Exodus End is a great series so far and with every member, hopefully, getting his own story, there’s a good chance we’ll continue to catch up with our favorites and become fan girls for Steve, Max, and Dare – btw I totally call dibs on Dare;)
I admit that I did skim portions of the story because it sounded slightly repetitive in terms of the trio’s issues with the public and their own insecurities given the circumstances they’re dealing with…I do understand why Cunning takes readers into all three main characters’ psyches on numerous occasions and the fact that things would be up and down as well as quite tenuous for periods of the story based on the situation, but some of it felt over explained and a bit unresolved. Regardless of that concern, though, Cunning definitely allows her readers to completely understand Reagan, Trey, and Ethan’s personal struggles from all sides, which makes their relationship even more extraordinary because it takes a large amount of faith and trust to endure what this trio do and despite the concerns, they’re hellbent on reveling in each other forever.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
4 Poison Apples
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Olivia Cunning Bio
Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling Author 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.
Olivia’s first book in her Sinners on Tour Series, Backstage Pass, was published in 2010 by Sourcebooks. Since then, she’s added to her collection of naughty rock stars by continuing the Sinners on Tour series, and starting two new series, One Night with Sole Regret and Exodus End World Tour. She believes there’s a perfect rock star out there for everyone–as long as you like your heroes a little sweet, a little dirty, and a lot sexy.
Visit www.oliviacunning.com for more information.