Strings was voted "Best Kept Secret" in Smut Book Club's 2013 Smut Book Awards and named "Sexiest Book of 2013" by Eye Candy Bookstore and having read the book, I can see why. This book may not be deep and meaningful but it’s hella fun.
The path to true love never runs smooth, and the same can be said for whatever you want to call it that evolves between Letty and Shades. After pegging the be-jaysus out of the hero in a lusty fit of rock’n’roll depression on her twenty-fifth birthday, Letty discovers that her one night stand (Shades) is none other than the new lead singer of her band’s arch-nemesis, Killer Dixon, a rival band which her manager has just arranged for Letty’s all-female band to tour with.
Cram two rival trio bands (one male and one female) with few inhibitions into one tour bus and you have a recipe for all sorts of inappropriateness since, naturally, even though the bands are rivals, the members have all either been in one another’s pants, want to get there, or want to go there again.
The stakes are also high as Letty is stung into making a rather risqué bet riding on which band can get the most Facebook likes while on tour. The losing band will have to provide a lap-dance (in drag for the boys) for the other band, which will be posted on YouTube.
While there’s no priceless observations on life and love to be found here, what I enjoyed were Kendall Grey’s linguistic riffs; they’re wild and as big as her self-proclaimed cojones. And hard rocker Letty’s internal monologue and snappy comebacks are guaranteed to please those who revel in witty gutterisms (the Lady Biest unabashedly raises her hand).
After spending the week curled in the fetal position, drowning in a well of
self-pity, I sprout a pair of pea-sized womanballs…
Does his daddy own that hotel chain? If so, then I buggared a
multimillionaire’s son last night. Holy anal mishaps, Batman.
I also enjoyed her subversive plot elements (how many romance novels do you read where the hero gets pegged in the first chapter?) plus I love me a grrrlish heroine who kicks ass and takes no prisoners and Letty ticks that box good and hard. There’s also character development, as both the hero and heroine move beyond their usual ‘hit it and quit it’ style of relationship.
While the plot could have been handled a little better here and there, I did enjoy seeing the heroine want something so bad that I felt kicked in the nuts when it looked like she wouldn’t get it, so I guess the plot passed the nut-kick test.
In addition, awesome supporting characters, in particular Jinx and Tooms, further add to the fun, and I loved the protective cock-blocking on the part of Letty.
“Jinx is off limits,” I say softly while everyone else is busy drooling. “Why
don’t you try Kate instead?”
His gaze flickers to my pixie friend and nearly burns a whole through her.
Something menacing flashes behind his silvery devil eyes. His nostrils
twitch. “Gentlemen prefer blondes.”
“Well, when you find a gentleman, be sure to introduce him.”
Grey also has one of the most memorable disclaimers around (below) which potential buyers should definitely pay attention to.
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.
Ninja Rating: 4 Throwing Stars