Have you heard of the Hard Rock Harlots book series? If not, you're missing out. If you like hot rock, hot guys, and hot sex? These books are for you. Be aware that they contain very graphic language and sex, and some sexual activities that you may not consider acceptable, however, since you're not doing them, it's all good, right?
The series starts with Strings, the story of Letty and Shades. Then there's Beats, the story of Toombs and Jinx and Rax. Just out is Nocturnes, wherein Rax's story continues. All three books are fun and entertaining, sexy and downright dirty, and very well written. Kendall Grey has a voice and she uses it to tell some great stories.
The premise here is that Cherry Buzz Float, Letty's band, is set to go on tour opening for a bigger band. Things happen and the two become one band, minus a few people. The hookups begin and relationships are forged and the music plays on and on and on. What happens is magic, the music is more than just the sum of its parts, and the band is on its way. The members? They're on their way, too.
Letty and Shades meet on the eve of their tour, but she doesn't know he's the new lead singer for Killer Dixon, the band Cherry Buzz Float is opening for. They have a hot, hot, HOT night together (whatever you do, don't let your grandma get hold of this book!) and the next day, they meet to begin their tour.
There's more sex, a lot of drinking, some drugs and some fighting, but mostly, there's music and sex. There are also some thoughts in here, some truths, but I'll leave you to sort those out for yourself. Grey is not just here to write about horny rock stars, although she also doesn't take herself overly seriously, but still, there's some thought going on behind the Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll.
As always, I don't want to give away anything, and it's hard to review a book without giving away any spoilers, but I'm trying here. All I can tell you is that the members of Killer Buzz Float (the group that results when Killer Dixon and Cherry Buzz Float merge) are just looking for love and acceptance, like the rest of us. And they may or may not find it with each other. You'll have to read and find out.
Some things I really liked about this book:
- The girl rockers are just as horny and slutty as the boy rockers, and they make not one apology for it. Grey has given us women who own their sexuality, aren't afraid to experiment, and who dare anyone to slut shame them for their behavior. I love these girls and I'm happy that Grey gave us characters who don't succumb to society's double-standard mores.
- There's kink! Kinky sex is fast becoming common in the bedrooms of America and, while there are things in these books some people might never find interesting, there's also some fantasy fodder here. Good to have a dirty book with some real dirt in it!
- These books are just fun and Grey isn't trying to make them provide the answers to the world's problems. It's so much fun reading these, that I WANT a Killer Buzz Float T-shirt. I want to wear the shirt and listen to the CD and go to the concerts and meet these people. And I can't. Because they're not real. Well, the T-shirts are, but they were on sale for a limited time and I missed it, so ... wah. I'll get over it.
- The band members in these books are family. Even when they fight, they've got each other's backs. When things are hard, they may try to pull apart, but they always come back together. In an organic way. The best example of this is in book 3, Nocturnes, but you've got to read the first two stories before you get to that one. Trust me, it's better that way.
If you can suspend your need for Deep Thoughts, and if you can put your grandmother's morality in that junk drawer you've got in the kitchen, you're really going to love these books. You might need a fire extinguisher handy when you need the sex scenes, though; there's one in the first book that nearly made my Kindle combust.
Oh, and if filthy mouths, strippers, prostitutes, three-ways, bisexuality, and hard-living bad boys and girls living it up like rock stars do are not your thing? Don't bother. Too bad you're gonna miss out on all the good stuff, though.
The Hard Rock Harlots series is a group of FIVE ALARM BOOKS!