Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review : Strings by Kendall Grey

Title:    Strings

Series Title:  Hard Rock Harlots,1

Author:    Kendall Grey

Publisher:    Howling Mad Press

Genre:    Contemporary, M/F

Page count:  232

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                                                          Reviewer: Cassiopeia

Publisher Blurb:

WARNING: STRINGS is not suitable for slut shamers, uptight stone throwers, Holier-Than-Thou prudes, humorless virgins, persons with chronic neck or back pain, pearl-clutching bitties, those who disparage crude humor or vulgarity in their many forms, closed-minded people with sticks up their asses, or anyone under the age of 18. The vile, base language and shocking, unholy sexual acts contained herein are not condoned by anyone with a lick of sense and should certainly not be reproduced without proper training and protection. The potty-mouthed and perpetually horny "heroine" (the term is used loosely) of this book does not resemble a normal, well-adjusted, or remotely believable person in any way, shape, or form. The author acknowledges that the characters in this book are shallow and two-dimensional; the plot is both ridiculous and insipid. She makes no apologies for any of it.

* Readers are strongly advised to wear latex gloves whilst reading to minimize contamination risks.

Free-spirited musician Letty Dillinger adheres to a strict, "no strings attached" policy when it comes to men. After a wild night of unabashed sex in a fancy hotel room, she never expects to see the adventurous stud she dubs "Shades" again. When her all-girl rock trio books a tour at the last minute as the opening act for their archenemies, Letty's shocked to discover she knows the competition's new lead singer. Intimately. Shades is no longer a one-night stand. Now he's the guy she has to one-up on stage every night for the sake of her career.

Sharing close quarters on a bus with her sexy nemesis and his bad-boy buddies puts Letty's Golden Rule to the test. On this tour, guitar strings aren't the only things being played. And when heartstrings are pulled too hard, they're bound to snap sooner or later.

Review of book:

Oh holy freaking squirting hell - I thought I was prepared for this book, but Kendall Grey quickly jammed a proverbial ball gag in my mouth, told me to shut up, and took me to sexy rock school.  Strings is the first book in her Hard Rock Harlots series, and it literally comes out and nails you with a bang!  The characters - from the Hero and Heroine (Shades and Letty) down to the angelic stripper in Tallahassee were gritty, funny and sexy beyond belief.  Face it, we all dream about reading a story that has a great plot and smoking hot sex in equal parts, but frankly, few authors can deliver. 

Kendall Grey does.  Without apology.

The plot was so real to me that I had to stop myself from trolling the iTunes store for an album by Killer Buzz Float - and let me tell you the music aspect of this story really appealed to me too.  I wanted to lift my lighter (hey don’t judge me - I’m old school) and wave it in the air at the way Kendall captures the excitement of a live show.  The brutal, building crescendo writing style held me captive from the first word until the last.  Strings is not for the faint of heart - if you’re easily offended by language or explicitly detailed sexual situations, this may not be the book for you.  However, if you find that the Rock (not the wrestler you dweebs, the innate creative muse that is “the” Rock) moves you, grab it and settle yourself somewhere comfortable - you won’t be sorry.  If you’re unsure if you can handle the gritty level of detail, that maybe hearing about someone’s threesome might not be for you, I say man up - you’ll like this story so much, you won’t hesitate to pick up volumes 2 and 3 (Beats and Nocturnes).  I double dog with a fifth of vodka playing a Stratocaster dare you!  

                                                            Five Shooting Stars!!

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