Sunday, May 3, 2015

Review: Beats by Kendall Grey

Publication: 8-28-13
Series: Hard Rock Harlots Book 2
Rating: 4 Tattooed Masochistic Cherries

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 Toombss heart arent just a long shot—theyre nonexistent. To make matters worse, Jinxs family needs her at home. Shes about to back away from it all—Toombs, the band, her dreams of fame and fortune—when Rax makes her an offer she cant refuse: a no-holds-barred night alone with Toombs. Theres one small catch. She has to go through Rax to get it.

I am a serious cluster fuck of emotions about this book. It was good, it was bad, it was everywhere in between. Wanna know why I say this, shall we begin?

The Good- I loved the Jinx-Toombs dynamic. There was such a wonton, beautiful push/pull to their love story. One second they are pulling the other in to get closer to them, the next, pushing them completely away. It was such a deliciously strange departure from the standard love story that it works and for these two characters I would expect nothing less! Jinx, oh beautiful, sweet, pure, Jinx! You are a sheep in wolves clothing (I know I said that backwards, I meant to and if you read the story you will see it too!) Toombs, you masochistic, submissive, beautiful tortured soul. I feel for this guy. He loves two people and one is obviously not healthy for him. Alas as my grandma says "Love can't help where it lands, even if that's on a steaming pile of shit!"

The Bad-That brings up the third party in this complicated cluster fuck of emotion, motherfucking Rax! I simultaneously love and hate this man. He has brief moments of redemption and then slides back into the slimy asshole persona that is him. He is the "weird" in a beautiful love story of Jinx and Toombs. Rax is Toombs best friend and dominant. While you may have visions of D/s life flashing through your head this is anything but safe, sane and consensual. The Rax/Toombs lifestyle is consensual, as Toombs could never tell Rax no. It is less safe and sane though. Rax uses Toombs and Jinx as his personal play things through the whole book.  I guess that is why I have such a hard time with Rax.  He is not above using whoever or whatever to get what he wants. 

The Everywhere in between- The complicated cluster of emotions that comes with this book is a welcome distraction.  This is an enjoyable read that leads you down a twisting, winding path to love.  I feel that even though I hate Rax in this story I just know he must have redeeming characteristics.  His book is up next in the Hard Rock Harlots Series, so we shall see what Mrs Grey has in store for him next.

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