Monday, May 20, 2013

Review - STRINGS by Kendall Grey

***Let me start by saying that this review is for 18+ ONLY!  There will be lots of dropping the F-bomb.  You have been warned.***

Blurb:

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


There are not enough words in the English language (US English or UK English for that matter) to describe the awesomeness of this book.  It is dirty, sexy, fun, erotic, thought provoking, a little scary at times, and honest.  Now, don't take that the wrong way!  Just like the Warning in the synopsis states, the book doesn't resemble a real life-style (kind of), and there are things that the characters do that makes you tilt your head to the side and say, "is s/he for fucking real???"  However, Kendall Grey has created character with real mental issues and did not sugar coat them!

There were parts in this story that had me laughing so hard that my eye balls were leaking fluid everywhere - quite similar to Letty's lady bits through most of the book.  Seriously, the girl is a walking advertisement for the alternate uses for Poise Pads.  Shades would look at her and she's just start dripping all over the place.  Granted, had she chose to wear panties on a few occasions, that issue wouldn't have been such an issue.  But we are talking about a Rocker who has a reputation to uphold.  Panties be damned!  She burned panties like our mothers burned bras.  It was a statement.  One that allowed her to jump Shades on a whim... without having to drop panties.

This book was wonderful, really, but do you know what I loved most about it?  The book was written so that a mother could feed her children.  This author is not an Erotica author.  Writing erotica is not an easy task for everyone, but when you need to get some food on the table and pay the bills, sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do what needs to be done.  Kendall's genre is Urban Fantasy.  She has a wonderful series out called Just Breathe.  She put her blood, sweat, tears, and a whole lot of cash into creating these amazing books.  But sometimes, things do not always go as planned.

What is even more amazing about this book (as I am 100% positive will be amazing about the entire series once it is finished) is that after she started writing this book, she ended up loving this book.  The story came so easy to Kendall that it only took a total of two months from start to "Publish" button.  And what's more, it put food on the table and paid the bills for the next few months in a short two weeks.  How amazing is that?  Something that she was a little uneasy about doing turned into something that she loved doing!  

But here is the kicker.  Kendall did a guest post on another blog (link is in her post on her blog that will be shared at the end of my review) as a way to help other self-published authors, or authors that plan to self-publish.  It was a very generous thing to do, especially in my eyes, because I plan to publish as many books as I can before I die.  Like Kendall, I don't want fans, I want readers.  I want people to appreciate the time that I put into my books and actually enjoy reading them.  I also want to be able to keep a roof over my families head and food on the table in the process.  Let's face it, that is life.  You can work at a dead-end job, struggling for the rest of your life, or you can struggle doing what you love.  Either way, it isn't easy.  But how wonderful would it be to do what you love and provide for who you love at the same time?  Kendall tells us how to do that, while still enjoying ourselves.

I do not know Kendall personally, but she is officially my best friend, whether she likes it or not; and I intend to get to know her better, because she is my kind of people.  She is honest and does not sugar coat or bull shit her way through life.  She works hard and has been rewarded for that hard work.  I love her, and I love her books, and it makes my heart sad to know that because she wrote an article on how the publishing world works she is being punished for it.  Literally.  Have a look here, please, so that you understand why I am taking the time to make this post.  Then please buy a copy of STRINGS on Amazon, read it, and leave a review! Then share her blog post and ask your friends to read the book.  

I'm going to stop now before I get angry, start crying, and then start name calling better than a sailor, because what has happened to her was a major crossing of the line.



About Kendall Grey

Kendall Grey is the self-appointed past, present, and future president of the Authors Behaving Badly Club. A whale warrior and indie freedom fighter, she spends summers in the corner (usually with a dunce cap on her head) and winters hunched at the peak of Mt. Trouble, fiery pens of fury (complete with invisible ink) flying across the pages. She has a big set of cajones, and she's not afraid to use them. In her spare time, Kendall speaks your mind so you don't have to.

Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia, but don't hold that against her.

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