Beats: Hard Rock Harlots #2 by Kendall Grey

The second in her Hard Rock Harlots series, Beats has even more raw fury and power distilled into creatively crafted phrases and dips into the psyche of two characters who were more often relegated to the back of the stage in book one.  Again, I will start with the warning – Kendall Grey has very carefully placed a “do not read this if” directly in the book information.  You should read it. And if THAT makes you squirm – read no further.  You don’t want this title.

But, for those of you who read Strings and enjoyed it: who appreciated the tongue-in-cheek approach to the characters that still managed to incorporate readability and reality into their never-ending pheromone festival, read on.

Jinx was the quieter one, more shy and retiring than Letty, she is a never-ending ball of energy behind her drum kit, with eyes for only one man.  Toombs had managed to be the mostly strong, menacing and silent type throughout Strings, scarred and tattooed there is a mystery behind his silver eyes, just not one that many will broach his menacing exterior to explore.  Jinx has held this fascination for Toombs as a closely guarded secret, yet Letty can see the attraction and will do what she feels is necessary to warn Toombs away from her girl.  Add to that Jinx’s musical block, a funk she just can’t get past to move forward, so saddened by the fact that her love is unrequited.

But, it seems that all is for naught when Jinx witnesses a shocking scene involving Toombs and Rax, with her own family issues and concerns around her brother tearing at her loyalties, she is convinced that her dreams are best left behind: fame, rock and roll, fortune, touring, Toombs and drumming.

So many elements combine in this story:  Jinx’s revelations and backstory about her family, her relationship with an autistic brother, Toomb’s issues and the discovery of the curiously convoluted relationship that he and Rax have had for years.  All of these myriad pieces all seem to slowly fit into the larger puzzle, giving unexpected and nuanced layers to the characters.  The sexual scenes are still very raw and super steamy, some dirty talk and more taboo activities are mixed with BDSM that is far from the ordinary sweeter portrayals in the genre.

I really did enjoy this installment, although there were times that the language (for it is VERY dirty and laugh inducing in the combinations) served as a buffer that dulled the emotional impact of the very real, and very sad revelations from the characters.  These are character stories that are loaded with pathos, and I would have better received that impact were it left to speak longer, and not buried.  Yet, this was only a minor scuffle for me, as every moment seems to both seek to hide and honor those life-wounds, feeling very honest and genuine reactions from these characters.

This is a book that needs you to have read the first to fully gain appreciation for the second, Grey builds each character from the initial introduction and their growth is evident as the stories move forward.  If you are looking for something out of the norm, are not disturbed by dirty language and physicality that stretches the boundaries of most people’s “normal”, this is a series you want to RUN to grab.

Beats: Hard Rock Harlots #2 by Kendall Grey

Title: Beats
Author: Kendall Grey
Genre: BDSM, Menage
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author
Pages: 189
Rated: five-stars
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WARNING: BEATS is specially formulated for horn dogs, porn oglers, smut peddlers, BDSM junkies, M/M and M/M/F addicts, DP dabblers, and lovers of A2M backdoor sexy times. If you don’t fall into these categories, can’t stomach hot man-on-man action, or if you have no idea what the above acronyms mean, please back away from BEATS now. This isn’t the book you’re looking for. Failure to heed this warning could inadvertently throw unauthorized users into a persistent vegetative state, or at the very least, require administration of a defibrillator to the chest and/or groin area. Nobody wants that.

For months, shy drummer Jinx Hardwick has been silently crushing on her tall, dark, and scary bandmate, Toombs Badcock. Drawn to his frightening ink and scars, she yearns to uncover the shadowy secrets lurking behind his silver eyes, but Jinx is too intimidated to even look at him, let alone talk to him. When she stumbles upon Toombs and their manipulative lead guitarist Rax in a compromising position, Jinx realizes her chances of winning Toombs’s heart aren’t just a long shot—they’re nonexistent. To make matters worse, Jinx’s family needs her at home. She’s about to back away from it all—Toombs, the band, her dreams of fame and fortune—when Rax makes her an offer she can’t refuse: a no-holds-barred night alone with Toombs. There’s one small catch. She has to go through Rax to get it.

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

About Kendall Grey

Kendall Grey, word wrangler, whale warrior, wicked wench, and lover of tongue-tripping alliteration, was born without an off-switch between her brain and mouth. She's been called the "Flux Capacitor of Twitter" (@kendallgrey1) and "A little package of love all wrapped up in F-word paper," but she's really just a maniacal writer relaying eyewitness accounts of the rave inside her head. She writes urban fantasy with strong romantic elements and also dabbles in erotica and horror on occasion.

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