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Favorite Rock Star Books

All of us here at Raw Books have a soft spot for sexy rock stars.  Here’s a handful of our favorites, hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Olivia Cunning is a rock goddess, she has two fabulous series about rock stars.  If you haven’t read them, you’re really missing out.

The Sinners On Tour Series:

Backstage Pass

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Rock Hard

RockHard

Hot Ticket

HotTicket

Wicked Beat

WickedBeat

Double Time

DoubleTime

And Coming Soon!!!: Sinners At the Altar

One Night With Sole Regret Series:

There are going to be 16 novellas in this series, a prequel and the first 6 are out now!

Gabe’s Novellas:  1, 6 and 11
Adam’s Novellas:  2, 7 and 12
Jacob’s Novellas: 3, 8 and 13
Owen’s Novellas:  4, 9 and 14
Kellen’s Novellas:5, 10 and 15

Share Me # 0.5

Try Me # 1

Tempt Me # 2

Take Me # 3

***Try Me, Tempt Me, Take Me Available as an Anthology!***

Touch Me # 4

Tie Me # 5

***Share Me, Touch Me, Tie Me Available as an Anthology!***

Tell Me # 6

Tease Me # 7

Treat Me # 8

Thrill Me # 9

Treasure Me # 10

Trust Me # 11

Tame Me # 12

Teach Me # 13

Thank Me # 14

Transfix Me # 15

Of course, we can’t forget Kendall Grey’s series: Hard Rock Harlots.  We were sold with the warnings in the synopses!

Strings

Strings

Read Danielle’s take here!

Beats

Beats

Read Mandy, Lorraine, and Danielle’s reviews here!

Nocturnes

Nocturnes

We wanna be Raxxed!!!

We’re HUGE fans of Katie Ashley and her Runaway Train Series.

Music Of The Heart

MusicOfTheHeart

Beat Of The Heart

BeatOfTheHeart

We were priveleged to be a part of the blog tour, read Lorraine and Mandy’s reviews here!

Coming Soon from Katie Ashley!

Music Of The Soul # 2.5

Strings Of The Heart # 3

Samantha Towle’s The Storm Series.  Jake Wethers is soooo yummy!!!

The Mighty Storm

TheMightyStorm

Wethering The Storm

WetheringTheStorm

Now, in the words of my brother-in-law: Go Rock Out with your cock out! ❤ Lorraine

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Favorite Dark & Dirty Reads

WARNING: None of the books listed are safe to read without several pairs of clean panties and a jumbo size package of batteries.  Please be aware that the listed books are not for everyone, if you thought 50 Shades of Grey was hardcore, most, if not all, may make you uncomfortable.  These are my guilty pleasure books that I thank the inventor of the Kindle everyday for, so no one has to see just how kinky I am sometimes.  Happy Reading!

CaptiveInTheDark Very Dark & Dirty

The Dark Duet Series by CJ Roberts.  One of the best captive series I’ve ever read.  CJ Roberts has a wicked mind to have come up with this.

NeverHaveIEver

Slightly Dark & A Touch Dirty

Never Have I Ever by August Clearwing.  The title is a game played at a party, where the main character reveals a dark desire.  Very hot rape fantasy scene, as well as some BDSM.  Don’t worry all is consensual!

BluebeardsWife2 Super Sexy Dirty

Bluebeard’s Wife by Selena Kitt.  Selena Kitt is the QUEEN of hot and filthy.  It was difficult to pick just one for this list, I chose this one because it has a little bit of everything.  I would recommend any of her books if you’re in the mood for some major smut.  Some are short, but all are hot…I’ve read every single one of her books.

SlaveIslandMostly Dark, but definitely dirty too.

Slave Island by Claire Thompson.  Hmm, what to say without giving things away?  If you like captive fantasies, this is a really good one.  I’m slowly making my way through some others, Claire Thompson has a definite flair to her writing style.

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The Siren (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz.  This is the first in a phenomenal series.  When I hit the end of this one, I just sat and stared off into space for a few minutes because I was completely blown away.

IntensePassionsDirty & Potentially Dark

Intense Passions by Kalen Laurel.  This one definitely lived up to its title.  Fair warning, it has a cliffhanger, but it was so well written, I didn’t even mind.  Desperate to read the next one!

Taboo Taboo Dirty

Taboo Erotica Volume 1 by Angel Wild.  So taboo, Amazon filters and they are difficult to find.  For when you’re in the mood for serious kink.  Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure.  What would a dark and dirty list be without this series included?  A smokin’ hot take on the Sleeping Beauty tale.  I’m pretty sure both Disney and the brothers Grimm would not approve.

That’s it for now.  I was getting seriously hot and bothered running back through my book archive and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  ❤ Lorraine

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Favorite Menage & M/M

I love all kinds of smut, but I get a special kind of tingle from same sex and multiple partner reads. The frustrating thing is that while same sex reads are easy to find, finding one that isn’t ridiculously cheesy is not. Finding a decent ménage story is even more frustrating. Don’t worry though, I’ve come across some super hot ones that I loved! They are not in any particular order, I’m pretty sure I’d be working on this list until this time next year if I had to choose.

ColtersWoman   M/F/M/M

Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks. Totally embarrassed to admit this, but my Mom is the one who told me about this book. I, of course, scoffed and told her I would never read anything like that…five minutes later I had downloaded it to my kindle. Very hot and it had an actual plot too! FYI, it’s three brothers, so no hanky panky between the men.

Colters LadyM/F/M/M

Colters’ Lady by Maya Banks. This was a great follow up to Colters’ Woman, about the three sons of the original Colters. Just as hot, and thankfully not a repeat of the plot in the first one.

Unburdened M/F/M

Unburdened by Bethany Bazile. Two rock gods and one woman, do I need to say more?

M/M/FLoveSlaveForTwo

Love Slave For Two by Tymber Dalton. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY does same sex or menage like Tymber Dalton. This is the first in a series that follows the same characters throughout, but there are NO cliffhangers, and the whole series is awesome.

Stoneface M/M/F

Stoneface by Tymber Dalton. This one has it all. M/M, M/F/M, M/M/F, and oh yeah, there’s a story mixed in with all that sex. A really good one at that.  It’s Tymber Dalton, that’s all I need to know!

M/F/M

I just discovered Sophie Oak, so I haven’t worked my way through all of them yet, but both the Texas Sirens Series and the Nights in Bliss Colorado Series are so far incredible!  Lots of M/F/M, some hints of M/M/F with promise of more in future books.  There was even some BDSM thrown in for shits and giggles too!

M/F/M/M

Shayla Black:  I’ve been struggling to pick my favorite menage story by her….I just can’t!!!  I narrowed it down to the Masters Of Menage Series, please just go freaking read it and drop me a comment about your favorite so I can decide.

ATableForThreeM/F/M

A Table For Three by Lainey Reese.  This is actually the first menage book I ever read, so it forever holds a place in my kink drawer.  This is the first in the New York Series, all of which were phenomenal.  I carefully watch for new releases from her and they always go to the top of my TBR.

MeetTheBaumgartners2 F/F/M

Meet The Baumgartners by Selena Kitt.  I have no idea which number in the series this one is and I’m not even sure it’s the hottest, but it’s the first one I read by her.  It was nice to get some girl on girl action for a change as it’s difficult to find anything decent in that genre.  The whole Baumgartner Series is sizzling hot, make sure to buy fresh batteries before starting though.

TryM/M

Try by Ella Frank.  Seriously, THE hottest M/M I’ve ever read.  I cannot wait until the second in the series is released.  If you like M/M, you NEED to read this one.

MoreThanMakeBelieveM/M

More Thank Make Believe by Tymber Dalton.  Yes, I know I’m repeating myself, but really, it’s Tymber Dalton.  This one is a straight college boy  who gets into gay porn to make extra money and falls for his co-star.  Mmmmmm.

KeepingSweetsM/M

Keeping Sweets by Cate Ashood.  Ok, so it’s another college boy getting involved with gay porn and falling for his co-star, but definitely a good one.  I haven’t had a chance to read others by her, but I’m planning on it after this one.

TakeTheShotM/M

Take The Shot by Missy Welsh.  Yes, I know, it has the cheesiest book cover ever, and I probably would not have bought this one if I had seen that beforehand.  So, I’m glad I didn’t, because this was a great coming out kind of M/M with some incredibly hot sex scenes.

TheDistanceBetweenUsM/M/M

The Distance Between Us by L.A. Witt.  Loved this one!  Two men that broke up after years together are stuck in a house they can’t sell.  They decide to get a roomate: a young hot, also gay, roommate.  First in a series, the second book was just as good, third is not out yet, but I’ll be reading it for sure!

That’s all for now chickies, by no means all that I’ve read, just a few of my faves to wet your appetite.  I’m always looking for new ones too, so let me know what’s worth grabbing!

❤ Lorraine

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Behind His Lens by R.S. Grey

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Twenty-three year old model Charley Whitlock built a quiet life for herself after disaster struck four years ago. She hides beneath her beautiful mask, never revealing her true self to the world… until she comes face-to-face with her new photographer — sexy, possessive Jude Anderson. It’s clear from the first time she meets him that she’s playing by his rules. He says jump, she asks how high. He tells her to unzip her cream Dior gown; she knows she has to comply. But what if she wants him to take charge outside of the studio as well?

Jude Anderson has a strict “no model” dating policy. But everything about Charley sets his body on fire.

When a tropical photo shoot in Hawaii forces the stubborn pair into sexually charged situations, their chemistry can no longer be ignored. They’ll have to decide if they’re willing to break their rules and leave the past behind or if they’ll stay consumed by their demons forever.

Will Jude persuade Charley to give in to her deepest desires?

**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, metaphors and similes, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I was born and raised in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.;)

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Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Pieces For You by Genna Rulon

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He smelled so damn good, clean with a hint of masculine sweat, a temptation I couldn’t resist.  Beyond my control, my tongue darted out of my mouth and covertly tasted the section of chest exposed above his tank.  Oh God, he tasted even better than he smelled, like a chocolate-covered pretzel—sweet, salty, and addictive.

“Did you just…lick me?” he asked, sounding both shocked and amused.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“You licked me.  I felt it,” he accused, but I noticed he wasn’t complaining.

“Your imagination is running wild because of all the workout endorphins.”

“It wasn’t a complaint.  In fact, you’re welcome to have another taste.”

“Fine…I licked you.  But it was an involuntary reflex—hot guy, exposed chest…you know how it is.”

“Mmm,” he replied, his eyes darkening with lust.  “I am familiar with the temptation, but it’s not a hot guy who’s testing my self-control…it’s a petite, auburn-haired vixen.”

lorraine

5 out of 5

Pieces For You floored me.  I was really looking forward to reading this after Only For You because Sam’s character was so full of lie and I was very invested in her after the attack, and I knew I wanted her to get her HEA (click here for mine and Mandy’s reviews).  Griffin was also introduced and he made my heart speed up a little.

I got so much more than I was expecting.  I’ve read other stories with rape victims, and more often than not, the “incident” is brushed over and the girl is magically cured and moves on as if nothing happened.  Genna Rulon wrapped her arms around the subject and put me inside Sam’s head and dragged me along through the roller coaster of her healing process.  I cried…I never cry.  Never.  I desperately wanted to take Sam’s pain away.  I was fully invested through every step forward and back she took.

Griffin, sigh, he’s so wonderful.  I want a man like Griffin.  He knew exactly what Sam needed every step of the way to help her through.  He pushed her forward when needed, and stood back ready to catch her if she faltered.

Aside from all of the above, the story was overall well done.  It would have been easy to rely only on the rape and recovery as the only basis for the story, but there was much more involved, but I won’t spoil anything.  This is definitely a must read for anyone!

One last thing:  Rape is a very serious and delicate subject and I applaud Genna Rulon for her skill in the telling of Sam’s story.  To add one more reason to go out and buy this immediately, Genna notates in her acknowledgements that part of the proceeds will go to RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network).  If you would like to learn more or show your support: www.rainn.org.

 

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5 out of 5

The prologue of this book actually made mean old me tear up. I identified with Sam on so many levels in this book. Her pain and her strength were awe inspiring. Genna Rulon did a phenomenal job at capturing  the emotions and the healing process. She surreptitiously gave a lot of fantastic and absolutely true information about rape survivors, their feelings, and how it effects not only the survivor, but their loved ones as well.

But don’t think this book is morose and sad. It’s not. It’s about healing and falling in love. It’s about the bonds of friendship. And it’s just as witty and fun as Only For You. With a heaping pile of deep emotions and a beautiful and overdue love story.

Sam’s coolness was solidified in Only For You and once she gets her healing on in Pieces For You, she is back and just as fun and awesome as before. But better because she has Griffin. And Griffin is definitely her other half. Griffin is perfect. I honestly can’t think of a negative thing to say about him. I was already swooning for him by 19% in, but then at 20% Genna gives us the first bit from Griffin’s point of view and if he wasn’t the perfect partner for Sam, I would fight and cut a bitch for him. He’s that yummy.

Pieces For You is stellar. A must read. Not a single complaint. Well written, great characters, well paced, interesting plot. Hot sexy times. It truly has it all. Go read it!!!! NOW!!

 

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I was waiting for Griff to exit the men’s locker room when a gym rat approached me from behind, nearly causing me to wet my pants when I discovered his body within inches of mine.  He leaned against the wall next to me with his arm resting above my head.  I felt caged and uneasy.

“Hey sexy, haven’t seen you here before.  Need me to show you how it’s done?  I know the manager—I can hook you up with a free month…in exchange for dinner?”

I was about to—I didn’t know what—run, scream, panic, tell him I wasn’t interested in his ‘free month’ if he was the last man on earth.  Then I heard it—a growl.  A deep menacing growl was coming from behind me, about a foot and a half above my head.  I slapped my hand over my mouth to stifle my snicker.

I couldn’t see Griffin and he didn’t say a word, but whatever his body language communicated, the dumbass in front of me clearly got the message because he turned tail and left, practically running.

I spun, hoping to catch a glimpse of ‘scary Griffin,’ but his face was devoid of all emotions, his eyes tracking my visitor’s departure.

“Excuse me,” I said to capture his attention.  “Did I just hear you growl at that moron, or am I hallucinating now, too?”

“I didn’t growl, it was a deep exhale.”

“Oh, an audible exhale that reverberated in your chest…like a growl,” I said before dissolving into giggles.

“I love that sound—you laughing.”

“Should I start calling you ‘Tony the Tiger’ now?  Wait…how about ‘Harry the Hippo’?”

“Hippos do not growl.”

“They absolutely do!  I took a zoology class for my science requirement sophomore year, and hippopotamuses, my growly friend, most definitely growl.”

“If I growled—and I admit nothing—but if I did, it was not a damn hippopotamus growl.  It was a tiger growl…no, a bear…I want to be a bear.”

“Alright, Yogi it is.  Come on, my furry friend, you promised me dinner.”

“Despite your torment, I do keep my promises.  Let’s go.”

“Do you have the picnic baskets in the car?” I teased, enjoying watching him squirm.

“No picnic baskets, I’m afraid.”

“Oh, is Boo-Boo bringing them?”

 

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“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies,
and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.”  -Miguel de Cervantes

Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her.  Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together.  Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.

As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face.  Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.

But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.

Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.begin to plague Sam, it is Griffin she is forced to turn to.

• This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Though Pieces For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand alone.

 

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In a classic male move, he grabbed the bottom of his tank and lifted it to wipe the dampness from his face.  My ravenous eyes snapped to his stomach.  I was greeted by one, two, three…eight, eight perfectly chiseled abdominal muscles.  The elusive eight-pack—I had heard rumors of its existence, seen pictures even, but I’d never encountered the phenomenon in person.  I reached up and pinched my arm to ensure I was not dreaming.  Ouch!  Nope, not dreaming.  My fingertips itched to touch him, to trace each and every line and crevice—suddenly a black wall of cotton obstructed my view.  Son of a bitch, it was criminal.  The man should not be allowed to wear a shirt…ever.

 

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Genna Rulon is an up-and-coming contemporary romance author who loves nothing more than a good love story.

 

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories.  Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursue her aspirations of writing her own novels.

 

Genna was raised on Long Island in New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends.  Married to a wonderful man who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly!  Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

 

All of Genna’s reviews are brought to you courtesy of copious amounts of coffee and Disney Junior (something has to entertain the boys when mommy is writing).

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