Audiobook Review: Insider (Exodus End, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Insider by Olivia Cunning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 with the Band!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 🤓☹️🙃☺️
Narrator: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The heroine: Toni Nichols – Toni gave up so much to help raise her mentally challenged sister Birdie after their Dad died and her mother had to take over running the family publishing company. Now that Toni has a chance to do something for herself for once, her mom is going to try handle taking care of Birdie alone. Toni wanted to create a new kind of interactive electronic biography on one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Exodus End. The project was one that their publishing company was taking on and her mother let Toni take on the job.

The Hero: Logan Schmidt – The bass guitarist for the famous rock band, Exodus End. He is a major player and not just on the guitar. He has been known to take advantage of all the perks that came with being a rock star. He is also an adrenaline junkie.

The Story: Susan, the head of the project has absolutely no confidence in Toni’s ability to do her job and has no problem telling her that she only got the job because her mother owned the company. Though Toni schooling was perfect for this job and though she worked from home in order to take care of her sister, she did work for Nichols Publishing, she wrote code and did graphic design work. Either way going on tour with four incredibly attractive rock stars was something she wouldn’t know if she was good at until she got out and did it.

This book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. It was narrated by Joe Arden and Mackenzie Cartwright. Mackenzie has a bit older voice than I would have liked for Toni, but she is a very good narrator and is able to do a variety of different voices for different characters. Joe Arden always does a great job and he has a terrific voice, he is very good at showing sarcasm, attitude and emotion in his voice.

This was an innocent good girl/rockstar bad boy book, I tend to hate it when the heroine is a virgin because it just isn’t that realistic. Though I suppose everyone has to lose their v-card sometime, and it was a pretty steamy scene. Though after that, Toni was still so naïve and clueless about anything intimate that it was unbelievable. I didn’t like that.

I do love the ‘on tour with the band’ trope every now and then. They always have a good romance and plenty of steamy hot scenes. Toni was likable but she was so afraid of everything, including standing up for herself, that I just wanted her to put her foot down with a few people and start enjoying her life more. She eventually did, but it took quite a while in the story.


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