Dual Review:Try Me by Olivia Cunning

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , 4 Stars , Dual Review , Olivia Cunning , Review , The Geeky Lover , The HEA Lover Posted on August 7, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 5 comments

Format read: ebook
Series: Book #1 in the One Night with Sole Regret series
Release Date: June 26th 2012
Number of pages: 85 pages
Publisher: Self-published
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Amazon

For the five sexy rock gods of Sole Regret, finding love is easy, keeping it is hard.

Melanie has no desire to meet the members of the rock band, Sole Regret, but her groupie of a best friend gets them both backstage and then rushes off with the band’s lead singer. Left alone at an after party with a bunch of scary tattooed and pierced metal-heads, sheltered Melanie is relieved when the only normal-looking guy in the room insists on keeping her company.

By the time Melanie discovers that Gabe is the band’s drummer and not as normal as she assumed, she has already made a complete fool of herself. She can’t help but be interested in him, not as a rock star, but as the sexiest man she’s ever encountered. Strangely attracted to his hidden tattoos and body piercing, she wonders what it would be like to spend a night with a bad boy.

Gabe is more than willing to show sweet Melanie there’s more to him than meets the eye. All she has to do is try him. Will they only share a single night of passion? Or will their hearts entangle as quickly as their bodies?

Try Me is the first erotic novella in Olivia Cunning’s One Night with Sole Regret series.

Contains explicit sex, graphic language, and a hot rock star with a naughty and inventive mind.

Our Thoughts:
Susi: Around this time last year I devoured Cunning’s Sinner novels after Caroline force/bribed me into trying it even though I knew there was one thing so OUT of my comfort zone. I adored the books and was desperate for more so I was very very pleased *dirty grin* to see she had a new series out. At first I wasn’t sure if the same setting, a rock band again, could actually work without being too confusing and like the “original” but all my worries faded away when I started to devour this gem.

Caro: I’m proud of having forced/bribed/dared Susi into reading Olivia’s books *g*. It’s not like she had a choice, I think I called her a coward when she first said no LOL. I read the 1st Sinner book last year and it took me a whole month to get over it. I decided right then I was in love with Olivia Cunning’s writing. I was really obsessed and when I discovered she had a new series coming out I squeeeeeed like a crazy girl. I knew why this was once again the story of a rock band, the author did talk about her frustration at not being able to write what she wanted with her publisher. And she promised she would selfpublish about a new band and it would be as delicious as the Sinners series. Oh how right she was!

Susi: Melanie was a wonderful character. I loved that she had no clue who the band was and didn’t scream and faint at first sight. It made it so much easier for me to connect to the book as we both learned everything we needed to know on the go. Melanie is a wonderful strong and independant woman. I loved how she cared for her friend Nikki and put up with all the drama just to make sure she’s okay. That’s what real friends are there for. Melanie was fun in her unknowing and therefore band-detached way. Her fear of tattoos was a bit smirk worthy for me but who am I to judge. We all have our weird little problems. But I could totally picture myself in a I-do-not-know-who-I’m-talking-to situation like Melanie found herself in when she first talked to Gabe. She felt like a real ordinary woman- a girl I could actually talk to in a coffeeshop.

Caro: I agree, I loved that Melanie seemed a bit clueless about the band. She’s a very good friend and I was amazed at what she would do for her friend. I admit at first I had some trouble with her because she seemed too rational about her fear of tattooed guys. I mean she had a traumatic encounter with tattooed men but she is able to self-analyse her fear too easily. *shrug* Maybe that’s just me 😉 She’s a super easy to love character.

Susi: Yes that did bug me too. Fear is usually such a irrational thing. It makes it hard for people to see the stupidity of it. She had a really objective view of it and still was so scared. But oh my- I hate belly buttons even though I know they are the way they should be. *shrug*

Caro: How AWESOME that guy is! He’s the self-effaced member of the group. Well when you’re in the back of the scene, behind a huge drum set you’re not really the first thing people see. Gabe is a down-to-earth guy, he doesn’t act like a rock-star and I think I love this most about him. He’s amused at not being recognized. He finds it refreshing in a world of fake feelings. But oh god how dirty that guy is *huge grin* I loooooved his dirty mind. He really knows what he’s doing in bed (or outside *wink*)

Susi: I totally agree. I really like Gabe and his down to earth way of life. I’m not much attracted to the spotlight people out there so relating to him was easy as pie. And he is smart and clever and inventive. I adored this. Even though at some point I might have been a bit grossed out and had a little O_o OMG I hope I’m just over-thinking this situation

Caro: You know I was thinking about you when reading some scenes and I was giggling like a crazy woman. Muahahahahaah I love when books gross you out!

Susi: So let’s get to the hot stuff. Surprise, surprise this book is scorching hot and very explicit. One thing I really loved was that Melanie wasn’t too shy or scared to ask for and do the dirty stuff. She might not be a groupie but she’s no wallflower either. As modern woman go she’s the way I like to see more girls portrayed in novels. As I already mentioned some things were a bit out there for me but I might have some super crazy sanitizing issues.

Caro: HOT hot HOT hot!! Wow it’s…wait-for-it HOT. I loved reading these sex scenes. I had high expectations and the author did it again she wrote the hottest and sexiest scenes possible. It’s a novella so not many pages and I was scared that too much sex would prevent me from caring for the characters but here it’s just enough of sex and story to make it work. It really pleased my depraved mind. Nom nom nom.

Susi: Yes I was scared about that too but Cunning did keep the right balance. We get to see the rest of the band too and I really liked them- with one exception – Shade. I would have loved to kick HIM really hard where it hurts most. Stupid full of himself asshole. But the other guys were fun, a tad weird and a bit nerdy- I 100% approve.

Caro: LOL I sympathise, I had a hard time not rolling my eyes at Shade and his narcissistic depravity. But I’m sure he’ll be very fun to read about when we get his story. I loved the band, I didn’t think I could love them in so few pages but they grew on me like fungus. I can’t wait to read their story.

My only ‘problem’ was with the ending…or lackthereof. I’m hoping we’ll know more about these characters and hopefully their HEA. Right now when I got to the last page I just couldn’t believe this was the end. It’s a good thing we won’t have to wait long for the next books 😉

Susi:Yes I do agree, I was sad that it was over so soon, too. The bane of the novella. LOL

Caro: All in all Try Me was a very delicious novella. It had the hard task of introducing a whole new set of characters in very few pages, and it was a big success. Beware though it’s so hot you might self-combust . It made me smile, laugh and blush…all the required things to make it perfect! Now I guess you just have to…Try it! *wink*

I give Try Me 4.5 stars (would have been 5 with a different ending)


Susi: Try Me was exactly what I wanted just shorter. LOL Cunning knows how to pull a punch even in such a format. Her characters shone and the story was paced exactly right. A smutty treat for in between- I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. *g*

I give Try Me 4 stars

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • blodeuedd August 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Dunno really, that lack of HEA ending, I mean I want a HEA

    • pattepoilue August 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      well it’s not so much that there’s no HEA. It’s…highly hinted at. You have to take into account that it’s pretty much just ‘one night’ between them. So it has a very hopeful ending. But well you can’t expect things to be all set so fast

  • Ren August 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I’d read it this, and even its short, the story still blew me away. even its lack of HEA ending, I’m still feel satisfied after finish. Olivia Cunning really make her rock stars rocks!

    • pattepoilue August 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I can’t agree more! I really love how her books make me feel all gooey inside.*g* I can’t wait for the next story!

  • aurian August 15, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Great review girls, glad you liked it both so much.

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