WARNING: BEATS is specially formulated for horn dogs, porn oglers, smut peddlers, BDSM junkies, M/M and M/M/F addicts, DP dabblers, body modification connoisseurs, 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.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Kendall Grey, you are a dirty bird.
It has taken me a long time to write this review because I wasn’t sure how to word it without coming off as A) it sounding like I didn’t like the book or B) it sounding like I am comparing it to Strings, the first book in the series. So, I am going to start it off with I really do like this book…….but it wasn’t Strings.
Good, me too.
Beats is the second installment in the Hard Rock Harlots series by Kendall Grey and Strings (book 1) was so WAY over-the-top that I was expecting the same caliber of book. And it is, but it doesn’t feel that way.
Let me explain…
Strings stars Letty Dillinger. I loved this character. She’s so crazy and wildly inappropriate. I’d compare her to a train wreck but that’s not right. She’s a lot of fun to ride along with.
Beats stars Jinx. Jinx is a MUCH different character than Letty. She not wildly inappropriate. She’s not crazy. She’s a bit of an introvert and seems to be painfully shy. Aside from the fact that these two girls are from the same fictional world, Beats and Strings feel nothing alike. After reading Strings, I had a certain preconceived notion of what this book would feel like. I expected Beats to be another insane ride, but it wasn’t. That being said, it was a good book!
Jinx is a sweet character. As I said, she feels like a bit of an introvert, and you sort of see her crawl her way out of her shell throughout this story. I did find myself getting irrationally pissed on her behalf because Toombs, her love interest, was beyond frustrating for a good portion of this book.
I also found myself scared for Jinx at one point because she’s so quiet and mousy and she ends up in a situation that had me internally screaming YOU’RE IN WAY OVER YOUR HEAD, LITTLE GIRL!!! Spoiler, she makes it out ok.
Ahhh, Toombs. Toombs is a doll at heart, but I spent the majority of this book kind of wanting to punch him in his crown jewels. If you’re looking for a sickening romance where the bad boy falls madly in love and gives up the world at the drop of a hat, Beats isn’t going to do it for you. Toombs doesn’t exactly make things easy for Jinx. Due to the whole Rax situation, things for them are VERY hard.
Then there’s Rax. Rax is just a big bag of dicks. Plain and simple. By the end of the book, I was widdling my toothbrush into a jailhouse shiv and packing my stuff to go track this man down and END HIM. He’s the most infuriating character I have read in a long time. While reading, I messaged Kendall several times to let her know exactly what I thought of Rax. ……such a dick….
Although Beats is nothing like Strings, I still loved it. And now that I know how different the two books are, I know to expect a totally different feeling book with each character this series focuses on. On that note, even though I love to hate him, the next book, Nocturnes, stars Rax and I am DYING to read it. I can see that book taking a DARK turn and I am excited to see where it goes.
Overall, I am giving Beats 4 stars. It’s a good solid read. If you go in expecting Strings Part 2, you’re going to be disappointed, but if you go in approaching it as a separate story along the same vein as Strings, I think you’ll really like it. It didn’t blow me away the way Strings did but it is still an excellent read!
I have included links to purchase both books at the bottom of this post.