Friday, April 26, 2013

[Review] - Strings (Hard Rock Harlots #1) by Kendall Grey

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.

Release Date:  April 20, 2013
Publisher:  Self published
Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance

***WARNING***  If you have an issue with vulgar, sexually explicit language, then please STOP reading now!!!  ***WARNING***

Holy squirts!  Strings is raunchy, dirty, sexually explicit and raw.  It is also intelligent, witty, well-written and snarky.  There are laugh-out-loud moments on almost every page, and a strong metaphor that is woven throughout the entire book.  This book blew me away, and I really hope that you all will give it a chance.

Ok - the first thing you will notice about this book is its language.  There are warnings all over this book - it is not for those who are easily offended or have issues with sexually charged dialogue.  I, however, loved every minute of it.  The language adds a heaping amount of texture to Letty and Shades' world.  Some of the golden language nuggets you will find in this novel include:  "twat lava," "pudding trench," "meat curtains," "cooch," and  one of my favorite quotes:

"Fuck him like a Roman nympho whore with a flaming crotch, let him put it out with a cum spritzer, then run like hell."
Strings is a story that will not soon leave me.  It is about a hard rocking girl named Letty Dillenger and her rise to fame, as well as her journey to trusting herself and others.  Letty is hard core - she is very comfortable with herself and her sexuality.  She is 100 percent committed to her music, and The Rock, but shows an undercurrent of vulnerability.  Letty doesn't have a lot - she works a dead end job, lives in a dump and has little to no money.  However, she would never sell-out - her dream is to make it big with her music.  Her music means the world to her.  She has had relationships, but nothing has ever worked out for her.  On her birthday, she meets a sexy and cool cat that she nicknames Shades.  

"All I want for my birthday is to get fucked unconscious with no strings attached."  Not a lie.

Shades is sexy as hell from the beginning.  We know nothing about him except for his do-anything, laid back attitude.  There's more to Shades than meets the eye.  He has a definite chip on his shoulder and he's not what you would think he should be.  He is romantic, but with a sharp edge to it.  He is also dedicated to The Rock, and had me falling in love with him early on in this book.

"What a coincidence.  I've got a big dick, a bar tab and the local cab company's number on speed dial."  The guy's eyes bore into me from behind the dark lenses, and I have a momentary lapse in vaginal secretion control.

Letty's band, Cherry Buzz Float and their hated rival all-male band, Killer Dixon, are forced together early on in this book.  We are treated to sexual tension, character growth and killer chemistry between all the band members.  The one thing that really tied this book together was the metaphor of "strings."  In the beginning, Letty wanted a quick, no-strings-attached encounter with Shades, but she got so much more.  This book also explores the ties, or the strings, that bind people together.  The strings that tie best friends Letty and Jinx together, and the slacking strings that fall apart around another relationship in this book are also examined.  The best strings are the ones that develop from seemingly nothing - from a chance meeting with a random guy - that become the strongest.  This metaphor that is this book is so well written and affects every character in this story.  Kendall Grey uses such beautiful language to describe every aspect of her story.

The music rattles the walls, the rafters, the floor - an audio dragon with breath of deafness.  It's metal and leather and tattooed skin.  It's raw sex with a shot of tequila.  It's silk sheets set afire.

 The romance in this book is sizzling HAWT!  From the slow build in the beginning to the burning, solid romance by the end of the book, this relationship kept me high strung and panting for more.  Although this is very erotically written, it is also very sweet and heart warming.  Letty is a very strong female character who is balanced perfectly by Shades.  Their relationship has a lot of give-and-take.  Both characters do things to please the other, but neither feels forced into anything they don't want to do.  Letty and Shades deal with feelings of jealousy and ownership, yet don't let those feelings become out of control.  

My breath rushes as his tongue sweeps mine, its metal nub an agonizing reminder of how much my cooch misses him.  Another swipe.  My panties are soaked.  I twist my thighs together.

The other characters are just as well written as Letty and Shades.  Jinx is Letty's best friend and the drummer for Cherry Buzz Float.  She is quiet with an air of mystery about her that has me begging for the next book in this series, Beats.  Rex is Killer Dixon's lead guitar player.  He's a bad boy who seems to not care about anyone or anything, but hints at a hurt past.  Toombs, Killer Dixon's drummer, is an enigma.  Scary, yet intriguing at the same time.  He might be known as the use-'em-and-lose-'em guy, but there's more to his story.  

I dissolve into his arms, his mouth, his everything.  My head spins like a whirligig.  With soft pulls, gentle sucks, playful swipes, he drags me into his light, his music.  His Rock.

All in all, I was fascinated by this book.  From the beautifully written prose and dialogue to the steaming hot erotic elements, to the multi-layered characters, I was lost in a Letty-Shades drunken stupor.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Although on this surface this story seems like a rock-n-roll erotic romance about a down-on-her-luck girl with a massive sexual appetite, it's about so much more.  The roots on this book run deep and I urge you to give it a try.  Kendall Grey just found a new fan-girl in me.


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