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Olivia Cunning’s got a new series!

Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock…
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she’s reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who’ve been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He’s always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he’s not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he’s looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

I’m not thrilled with the description of Logan. Typical, no? The rocker who loves a new girl in his bed every ten minutes falls for the quiet girl. Yawn. Seen this a million times.

BUT check out the rest of the premise. Trying to penetrate (ha!) beneath the cynicism of a band who’s been around long enough to know the media ain’t their friends the way journalists claim to be. Our girl’s got one heck of a challenge in front of her, and I really hope Cunning pulls this off well. I think she will. People rave about her series, especially the early books in each series, and this is a new series…

I mentioned it’s an Olivia Cunning, right? You’re guaranteed some good rock and roll and even better, hotter sex. Maybe we’ll let the rest go.

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It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz.

Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line.

Jack exposes her to new experiences, from exclusive nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood; from mind-bending recording sessions to wild backstage parties. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her.

As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never imagined.

With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.

So we combine books and music in fiction! Winner winner chicken dinner!

I want to know why Jack chooses Julia in the first place. What’s the attraction? Is this a hidden Ugly Duckling story? And if she’s got Jack, why does she need to put up with the grabby boss? Not that a good man takes the place of a career you love — I had to learn that one the hard way — but having a good support system ought to help you come up with workarounds for problems like asshole bosses.

And since this is set in 1981, I want to know how many cans of AquaNet Jack goes through.