My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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BOOK SYNOPSISThere are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil. Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart. When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.
My ThoughtsLike every one else who fell in love with The Sinners in book 1 Backstage Pass I have been eagerly awaiting each band member's story and none more than this one that spotlights bassist Jace Seymour. Jace is undoubtedly the most enigmatic member of the group, his soft spoken demeanor however hides a painful past that is dealt with in detail in Hot Ticket and it makes him just that much more endearing to "fans" of these fictional "Rock Stars"!
I do have a word of warning that has been mentioned already by others, if you are new to this series and wish to keep the timelines straight than it is highly suggested you read books 1 and 2 Backstage Pass and Rock Hard then read this one Hot Ticket so when you read Double Time events that have already happened will not color your enjoyment of Hot Ticket . If however you do not mind going backwards and revisiting things from a different point of view, you will enjoy finding out how, when, why and what that comes to pass between Jace, his band mates and Aggie. Aggie's character is the perfect foil for that of Jace as well, when the two of them are together their less than normal approach to "pleasure mixed with pain" is a bit unnerving but it works for the couple as it helps readers realize just how much both of these characters earlier experiences as children and young adults affected their ability to connect emotionally as well as physically. I appreciate the honesty and the care that the author used when she described how these two interacted, what could have come off as something perverted and wrong actually was incredibly sexy as well as totally out of my comfort zone personally.
Like Backstage Pass , Rock Hard and Double Time in Hot Ticket we find the same totally uninhibited characters who embody everything that those who are drawn to the "Rock Star" lifestyle enjoy. Wild sex and lot's of exhibitionism to go with it, we also find angst, drama and lots of heartfelt genuine caring shown by each member of the group for the others. This journey is just as fun, it is just as wild, it is just as entertaining and it is also the book that allows fans of the series to get a better understanding of each of the Sinner's as a group as well as individuals.
I cannot emphasize enough that if this group were a real band I would be a diehard fan, just reading the pages of their dynamically passionate performances makes me feel like I am there in the arena! The best part of the storyline though is watching how Jace changes from the beginning of this book into the character we all fell for at the beginning of "Sinner's On Tour" series. Reading about what happened to Jace in the past is not pretty nor is it easy as the emotional traumas that he suffered from childhood on far outweigh the physical ones that were inflicted upon him by his own father. This part of the story though reveals exactly how strong the young man is even though he does not believe it himself,exactly how much his band members really do feel that Jace has a secure place with them in the "Sinners" group and it also pinpoints the pivotal moment in his life when he was only fourteen that made his decision to one day be a member of the "Sinners" as their replacement bassist for Jon Snow.
With every book that I read these characters flesh out more and more, each of them with their own unique appeal and with each story my affection for these "Bad Boys of Rock" grows deeper as well. While I can truthfully say there is no way that I would be able to "embrace" the way these fictional people live their lives, at the same time their more than hedonistic sexual appetites aside, I think each of the band members have shown themselves to be loyal to those whom they care about and in many ways believe they would be fun acquaintances to hang out with on occasion.
Now if only Eric's book Wicked Beat would come out sooner than the fall of 2013 my joy would be complete!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]