3.5 Rock-n-Roll Romance Stars
"I'm in love with a rockstar!"
The Insider is my first read by the amazing Olvia Cunning. Her writing skills are superb and the music seems to radiate right off of the pages.
In the Insider, we have a young nerdy journalist named Toni who is given the task to follow the band Exodus End and report on the "ins and outs" of the band lifestyle in a best selling book. She hopes to capture the essence of the band and create a masterpiece that will launch her career and paint the band in a glowing light.
"I'm here to write a book that shows all of you in the best possible light."-Toni
Before she has even had the chance to unpack her bag, she meets Logan. Logan is the bassist for Exodus End. Things between Toni and Logan develop very fast. They are together faster than the speed of light. They connect on a primal level and the "lust is in the air". I am normally not a fan of the curse of the "insta-lust" however, in this case, I felt like it worked. Logan and Toni are trapped on a tour bus and their feelings quickly develop past physical attraction and a deep emotional bond is formed.
"I'm not laughing at you, lamb. You make me feel happy."-Logan
"This is going to sound ridiculous and naive and probably a little desperate, but I need you to know that as long as I'm in your bed, I will not allow another man touch me. No man. Not even Dare Mills."-Toni
The Insider is full of smoking sex scenes, rock-n-roll, flawless writing, and great character development. What was slightly distracting for me in this read was the length of the story. Although the plot was well constructed, it felt like things were drawn out just a little too long. Additionally, I genuinely liked both of the main characters but couldn't seem to fully engage with either of them. I enjoyed the story but sometimes I found myself more interested in what was happening with the secondary characters of the band. Still, Toni and Logan were quite an endearing couple.
"I'm plenty quirky but mostly I 'm a slave to the happiness of those I love."-Toni
I will certainly read more of this series as I am quite certain the remaining band members will have quite the story to tell. I am quite pleased with the way that things ended with Toni and Logan. There were many moments of tenderness and individual growth for them both that in the end made the read worthwhile one! At the end of the day, who doesn't love a "rowdy rock star romance"?
"With the man she loved at her side and a bright future before her, Toni no longer had to reach for her stars. They were right there beside her."-Toni
~ ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!!!~