Book Review: Outsider by Olivia Cunning

Title:  Outsider

Author:  Olivia Cunning

Series:  Exodus End Book 2

Release Date:  September 28, 2016

Genre:  Romance / Erotica (MFM)

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Minor spoilers ahead.

Olivia Cunning is a master.  She writes the absolute best rock star romances!  Steamy doesn’t begin to cover it.  This book was smoking hot!  My kindle is still singed around the edges.  I might actually have to give it a break after reading this book.

For fans of Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour Series, this is continuation of Double Time – Trey, Reagan, and Ethan’s story.  If you’re new to Cunning’s work (lucky you) I’d suggest reading that book first to catchup!  It’s not absolutely necessary, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Trey, Reagan, and Ethan are in a polyamorous relationship and struggling to balance their relationship, a world tour, and media frenzy.   Outsider really explores the impact their unconventional relationship has on each of them, their friends and family, and even their performances.  Touring with two rock stars who have very little privacy takes a toll on Ethan and makes him insecure in the relationship.  He’s not allowed to show affection to either of the people he loves in public.  For Trey, the dilemma is wanting to share with the world how lucky he is to have found his two soulmates.  Reagan struggles all around.  She’s trying to find her place in the band as well as struggling with the decision to tell her father the true nature of her relationship with Trey and Ethan.  There was so much to explore and discover about these characters and Cunning handles it with precision.  The reader really gets a sense of the internal struggle each of these characters face.  It’s moving and entertaining.  The real success here is that the book is undeniably erotic, but also heartfelt.  It’s not just about the smoking hot sex scenes, but also all the entwining relationships interspersed throughout the series.  I particularly enjoyed getting to see the behind the scenes view of Toni and Logan’s relationship during their drama.  Also, the wonderful scene between Brian and Trey when they finally come to terms with the changes in their relationship.  That was the real treasure in this novel.

Here’s what I loved:  Trey’s family.  The family dynamics were so great!  Reagan finding her place in the band and her father.  Trey and Brian coming to terms with their relationship.  All the snippets of previous characters and their partners.  Ethan’s family.  They’re sometimes horrifying, but also hilarious.

What I didn’t like:  The book was too long.  It won’t say it dragged, but it could have been nicely wrapped up with fewer pages.  Ethan was more of hot head than I remembered. The situation with Pyre and Sam was a tad bit OTT.

Overall, I give Outsider 4 Solid Stars!  If you haven’t read the Sinners on Tour series, read it now.  Follow it up immediately by reading this series.  You won’t be disappointed!

** ARC received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review**

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