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Mandy’s Happy Place Books

happy-place-224x300I love books. Always have, always will.  I love looking for and finding ‘that’ book, the one that lets you slip away to another place.  I jokingly tell my husband when he interrupts my reading, “Sorry, I’m not here. I’m in New York City in 2060 with Eve Dallas.” Or wherever my current book has taken me. We all laugh about having a book hangover, but I believe that it’s a real thing.  When I finish a great book, I always feel hazy, like I’m in between realities.  I have to mentally ground myself here and not in whatever Bookland that I was in.  If a book stays with me after I’ve read it, then I know it was a great read.  I’m talking about when you’re left mourning the loss of the characters like you would a real life friend, when you catch yourself reminiscing about events from the book, wondering what the characters would be doing in the future, or the very telling- jealous of someone who is reading ‘that’ book for the first time and you wish you could reread it and have that first time thrill all over again. ‘Those’ books are my go to books. My happy place books. When I get in a rut, can’t settle on what to read, or finish a crappy or emotional book and need a fix- I select a Go To book and it will soothe me- everytime!

These are my Go To Books:

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte My favorite book of all time. I read it as an awkward pre-teen and spent many daydreams wishing for my very own Heathcliff. I’ve read it, again and again, and it still gets me every time. It’s a classic for a reason.

Kristen Ashley All of Kristen’s books can send me to my happy place. The woman has talent in spades. Her stories have taken me from Denver to Italy to Indiana to England and even to an alternate universe. Her books are full of kick ass heroines and swoonworthy Alpha heroes. My top reads from Kristen are The Golden Dynasty from the Fantasyland Series, Sweet Dreams & Lady Luck from the Colorado Mountain Series, and Heaven and Hell, a stand alone novel.

Cherise Sinclair’s Shadowlands Series is a must read for anyone who likes a little romance with their BDSM.  The series has gotten progressively longer and more involved with each installment and I cannot stop reading them.  I reread the entire series each time that a new one comes out and I still giggle, sigh and change my panties throughout each one.  I’m especially fond of Master Nolan.

Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle Series  I’ve grown very attached to Luke, Natalie, and the whole Montgomery clan. I anxiously wait for each book and then dive in and disappear to Seattle for a few hours. They are heartwarming, funny, and oh so sexy. I’m a little partial to Fight With Me, just because I want to be Jules when I grow up.

The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton
This book rocked me to my core. It is sinfully hot and so emotional. I have never cried so much over a book as I did with this one. Tymber Dalton knows her subject matter and she is also a genius at putting the emotions on paper. I can’t even think too long on this book without tearing up and wanting to go curl up in bed with a box of tissues to read it again.

Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld Series
These books are out of this world amazing. The storylines, the intrigue, the love stories, the characters, the mythology. Just everything is a win in my book. The latest, The Darkest Craving, is out and I’m reserving it for when the kids are away and I can immerse myself in the Lords without guilt or interruptions. They are THAT good!

Tina Reber’s Love Unscripted &Love Unrehearsed
– Average girl falls for average boy who just so happens to be a Hollywood heartthrob. But their story is so much more than that. It’s about friendship and family and above all- love. I have read these books so many times in the last year. It’s a good thing that they are in digital format or I fear they would be falling apart.  My paper copies are protected in the vault of books that is my guest bedroom, signed by Mrs. Reber herself. She is as amazing as her books. No, she’s even more amazing than that. Very real and very honest. We like that at Raw Books.

J.D. Robb’s In Death Series It’s Nora Roberts writing a futuristic crime series with a kick ass heroine who is married to a hottie with an accent. Enough said.

There are so many books that have touched my heart and that have resonated with me. I read a book a day, so I could keep this list going for a long while. But I thought you (our faithful followers) would like a peek at what pushes my buttons and sends me to my happy place.  Have any ‘must reads’ that I should know about? Bring it on! I love recommendations! Comment here, email me or post to our Facebook page. Every good book deserves a shout out!


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Review of Strings by Kendall Grey


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.
* Readers are strongly advised to wear latex gloves whilst reading to minimize contamination risks.

Free-spirited musician Letty Dillinger adheres to a strict, “no strings attached” policy when it comes to men. After a wild night of unabashed sex in a fancy hotel room, she never expects to see the adventurous stud she dubs “Shades” again. When her all-girl rock trio books a tour at the last minute as the opening act for their archenemies, Letty’s shocked to discover she knows the competition’s new lead singer. Intimately. Shades is no longer a one-night stand. Now he’s the guy she has to one-up on stage every night for the sake of her career.
Sharing close quarters on a bus with her sexy nemesis and his bad-boy buddies puts Letty’s Golden Rule to the test. On this tour, guitar strings aren’t the only things being played. And when heartstrings are pulled too hard, they’re bound to snap sooner or later. 

Danielle’s Review

Rating 5 out of 5

Holy. Hell.  Grab your fans ladies, better yet, read this next to a cold shower!

Strings, is a panty melting good time and should be sold with a bottle of tequila! It has everything a hard rock novel should, from experimental sex with strangers to an alcohol induced coma. But be forewarned, it’s definitely EROTICA! Now, okay, let’s break this down for those who apparently can’t read a fucking warning label before they purchase a damn book! It isn’t a life changer, and you aren’t going to find God at the end of it. Mrs. Grey herself described the characters as two- dimensional and flat. This book is meant to entertain in a raunchy, comical way. There’s just enough drama to keep you interested, but not enough to turn into a vagina-flag flying maniac. And fuck me, it’s a good time! I swear you won’t know whether to piss your pants from laughter or find the closest man to fuck. I wish I had half the balls of the heroine, Letty Dillinger! She has a mouth worse than a sailor and an even dirtier brain to go along with it. When the phrase, “rainbow cum buckets,” entered my vision, I flew into a wild fit of laughter and almost stopped breathing… 

Sorry, I started laughing again. 

Letty’s relationship with Shades, lead guitarist and sworn enemy, is a wild ride (no pun intended, okay, maybe it was a little). When his tattoos were described, I wanted to lick the page and send my man to the tattoo parlor. The sex, no- the fucking, is extreme (again read the damn warning!) and will definitely make you question your own level of experimentation. But the way he tugs her strings, will make you turn the page and hold out hope for a happy ending. 

The secondary characters were no less shocking! Especially Rax, I hope that asshole gets a book. I want to see a woman bring him to his knees! Well, in a different perspective than Letty, that is. Then there is Toombs, who quite frankly freaks me out, and Jinx, who is totally different than the other characters. She is the shy drummer who comes to life on stage. There is an attraction between the two, but nothing evolves between them in Strings. That’s all coming up in Beats, and I should probably sit on a towel when I read that one (good idea, huh?)! 

Despite the warnings attached and the simplistic nature of the story line, Grey is an outstanding writer. Even through obscene and raw language she managed to captivate my attention and left me grasping for a plot line that isn’t there. Though, she chooses to keep things light and humorous, there was still such potential for an earth shattering novel. And that’s why I gave it 5/5. She delivered more than she promised which left an impression on my strings I’ll never forget, even if it is only my g-string. 

Stay Raw!  ❤ dg 

Where to find Kendall & Strings

Kendall can be found on Goodreads Author Page | Facebook | Website | Twitter

Strings can be found on Goodreads | Amazon 


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