Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In Wicked Beat, we get the story of Sinners' drummer Erick Sticks and sound engineer Rebekah. Rebekah is the sister of Dave, the sound engineer who was injured during the tour bus crash. She is filling in for her brother while he tries to recover his strength and mobility, and in addition to working her dream job she hopes to get a little something going with Sinners' guitarist Trey Mills. Eric has watched several other Sinners fall hard and find companions, and he wants a family and someone to love more than anything. He is pretty much hooked the moment he lays eyes on Rebekah, and soon it becomes obvious that they are a perfect match for each other.
Truth be told, it took me a while to come around to Eric in this series. I mostly thought he was an obnoxious pervert in Backstage Pass and Rock Hard- but I started getting to know him a little better better in Hot Ticket, and now I love him. We got a few glimpses of how far he would go to protect his fellow band members, and the surprising depth of his musical talent is in past stories, but in this installment we finally get to learn his thoughts, feelings, insecurities- and now he is one of my favorite Sinners without a doubt. Is he still obnoxious? Sure. Is he still a total horn-dog? Yes. He is also completely endearing, and I was really glad that he found someone to share himself with.
Rebekah is a great character. She is smart, interesting, and lives life to the beat of her own drummer (pun not entirely intended). She is good at her job, and stands her ground despite the fact that some people would like to see her fail, and are working to make that happen. Rebekah has had some pretty serious obstacles in her life, and even though she has moved past some of her challenges, there are some lingering after-effects. She also has one of the most difficult mothers ever!
Once Eric and Rebekah find each other it feels wonderful to see them give each other the love and support they need and deserve. They are hilarious, playful, and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. I think they are one of the most chiming and well-matched Sinners' couples. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was seeing the other band members really around Eric and Rebekah, and help make their relationship thrive.
If you've read the others in this series, I won't need to suggest that you read this because you will already be reading it. This is a great addition to the Sinners on Tour series, and now on to Trey's story...
* A digital review copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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