BOOK REVIEW: Take Me On by Cherrie Lynn

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The consequences of a moment can last a lifetime.

Gabriella Ross suffered every bride’s worst nightmare: a no-show groom. Now summer stretches before her with nowhere to go but home, at least until it’s time to go back to medical school.

Determined to prove she might be down but definitely not out, she chucks all her old plans in favor of having a good time—starting with giving herself a pair of wings. Tattooed wings, that is, in the form of a phoenix on her back.

When everyone else at Dermamania chickens out at the prospect of putting the gorgeous, perfect skin of the boss’s big sister under the needle, Ian Rhodes finds himself stepping up. Then unexpectedly connecting with her through tears that have nothing to do with the pain of getting inked.

Attraction flares into one hot night that was supposed to stay that way—single, and secret. But best laid plans have a way of getting blown out of the water. Now two perfect strangers must plan for a very different future…beginning with whether there’s enough common ground to spend it together.

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“I’d love to take you home and f*ck you senseless, if that’s what you’re after.”

For a series that won me over with its sinfully delicious alpha heroes who zero in, take and claim their ladies like nobody’s business, a series that is singlehandedly responsible for my shameless obsession with tattoos and piercings in all the right places, I truly never expected this book to become my favourite of them all. Gabriella Ross’ book is the most mouth-watering instalment in the series, a story that had my heart clenching too many times to count, and then fanning myself from the scorching chemistry between one very feisty leading lady and a hero that had me melting like a popsicle every time he blinked.

As the only girl in a family of alpha boys, Gabriella has never been one to shy away from expressing her opinions or going after what she wanted, but the sudden failure of her latest relationship has marked her deeply and made her question the future she had so meticulously planned. Being left at the altar has not only hurt her, but also left her in limbo, every dream she ever had of being a wife and mother now having become an unknown. Back at her parents’ home for the summer, Gabriella is licking her wounds and re-evaluating her future, when one very sexy tattoo artist enters her life and re-awakens the seductress in her.

“Play me?”
“Nah. I’m all played out.”
“I’ll make it interesting.”
“Oh yeah? How?”
“If I win, you have to f*ck me senseless.”

Ian is quiet, dedicated, loyal, composed, but every part of the firecracker that is Gabriella Ross gets under his skin and makes him lose control. Drawn to her vulnerability and the pain she so desperately tries to hide from the world, he lets her seduce him into a strings-free night of passion, free from inhibitions or burdens from real life, but one taste is all it takes for Ian to fall for the one he cannot have.

“You’re a f*ckin’ siren, woman. I knew it from the second I saw you in the bar. I knew you’d lure me to my demise.”

Worlds apart, Gabriella and Ian are on very different paths in life, her life being one of control, ambition, drive, while Ian makes no plans for the future, taking each day as it comes, silently nursing the scars from a past marred by violence and heartbreak. One night together was meant to be all they got, both thinking they are not what the other needs to be happy, but fate intervenes and their futures suddenly become forever intertwined.

“… he didn’t know if he could give her the kind of good she deserved. The absolute best of everything. How could he do that when he had nothing?”

This is a story of two opposites attracting, the chemistry between their bodies bringing them together, but the inescapable sense of belonging not allowing them to forget one another. Ian is exactly what someone like Gabriella needs in her life to be the hot-blooded woman she suppressed for too long, knowing he loves her and accepts her unconditionally, her wellbeing always a priority even over his own happiness. He complements her fiery temperament by taking charge in the bedroom, giving her a chance to hand over control, knowing her heart is safe from hurt. Their playfulness with each other brings out the woman she pretended not to be, one who never even hoped to find her other half in a man who so clearly would never belong in the picture-perfect future she always thought would make her happy.

“Just so you know, I think you’re only trying to avoid the matter at hand here,” he growled against her neck. “But I’m gonna keep giving you what you want, Gabriella Ross, because I don’t know what else to do.”

This for me was, hands down, the best instalment in a series that truly only kept getting better and better. I connected with the characters, felt their emotions and was not ready to let go of them in the end. All the characters from the previous books make an appearance and play an important role in this one, their own stories moving ahead as well. This was the perfect marriage of romance and steam, a book I loved cover to cover, and would recommend to anyone seeking a feel-good but thoroughly emotional escape from reality. Tattooed guy, god in the bedroom is included. No batteries needed.

“She was the phoenix, but he was the one who’d brought her back from the ashes.”

5stars

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Ross Siblings – Recommended Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Unleashed: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Rock Me: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Breathe Me In (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK
Leave Me BreathlessAmazon US | Amazon UK
Light Me Up (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK
Take Me OnAmazon US | Amazon UK

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BOOK REVIEW: Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn

It’s Valentine’s Day, but Macy Rodgers isn’t feeling the love. Aside from a torrid, one-night fling in a backseat a few months back, her love life has been sorely lacking, but fortunately she has devious friends who feel like playing Cupid. Wouldn’t they be shocked to learn that the match they’ve made for her is the same one that steamed up the back of that ’69 GTO…

Seth “Ghost” Warren has just returned to town after an extended absence. Between his grandmother’s failing health, his job as a tattoo artist, his band’s gigs, and a crazy ex that won’t leave him alone, he’s stretched thin. Cautious cowgirl Macy is the last thing he needs thrown into the mix.

She’s all country, he’s all heavy metal – and Macy knows that if anyone can propel her out of her rut, it’s Seth. But when their worlds collide, it’s anyone guess if they’ll survive with their hearts intact.

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“As much as he liked taking her control away, her arms around him and her soft body welcoming his stole away every last bit of his own. With only a few words, a touch, she’d brought his ragged beast to heel under her own gentle command.”

DAYUM! This book will make you pant, it will make you sweat, it will give you palpitations and it will make you want to immerse your head into a bucket of ice. If you have any known medical conditions, I would definitely suggest consulting a doctor before meeting … Ghost.

In this steamy story of two people who at first glance appear all wrong for each other, we are given the delicious scenario of good-girl-meets-bad-boy and inevitably sparks fly. Macy is a former rodeo princess, a girl with a quaint façade but a passionate heart. She has lived a very mainstream type of existence, one that is planned, responsible and not overtly risky. She likes to have control over her life and giving her heart to someone who could possibly consume her entire being is not something she has ever planned on doing.

Ghost is all muscle, careless attitude, tattoos and piercings in all the right places. His tough exterior is the first thing that people notice about him and he is the kind of man that Macy has steered away from all her life. Like two oppositely charged magnets, they are drawn to each other from the first time they lay eyes on one another and the chemistry is thundering. While they both believe that it could never work out between them, they start a physical relationship so intense it devours their every thought, every breath, every daydream, but all the while never expecting it to lead anywhere but the bedroom. Or the car. Or the restaurant…

Before they know it, their bond grows and a purely carnal attraction blossoms into so much more. Soon their emotional hang-ups start showing – Macy cannot see a future with someone like Ghost. He excites her, brings out her best qualities and makes her more confident in herself, but the lack of structure and ambitions in his life make her afraid to give in to her feelings for him.

“Could she give up everything she’d ever dreamed of and believed in to be with him? To be a couple of feathers floating in the wind together with no foreseeable destination…”

Ghost is afraid to love again – his painful past relationships have tainted his outlook on love and he struggles to believe that a nice girl like Macy would ever want him enough to keep him in her life, but even more than that, he doesn’t trust himself to be and remain ‘enough’ for her.

“Truth of the matter was … that it made no difference how much you gave her, or how many rings you put on her finger; there was always a mother*cker around the corner just waiting to try to entice her with a better deal.”

Apart from the INCREDIBLE hot lovin’ scenes that will make you stir in your seat and leave nail marks on any hard surfaces around you, the playfulness of the relationship between Macy and Ghost is refreshingly entertaining. They tease and challenge each other, push one another’s boundaries, make themselves reconsider their own preconceptions about what they are looking for in life and how much they are willing to gamble to achieve it.

“When we’re together, I want to take you places you’ve never been before.”

If there is one thing that this story will leave you with, apart from your own delicious visual of Ghost that will mess with your head in the best possible way, is a shaken viewpoint on what constitutes a picture-perfect ‘meant-to-be’. It is a lesson in how much our own prejudices can steer us away from happiness and how right ‘wrongs’ can sometimes feel… ahem, be.

“How big is it?”
“Uh, don’t you know?”
“I’m talking precise measurements.”
“Why, Macy. A nice young lady like yourself, asking such a thing. I’m appalled.”
“Oh, come on. Guys always know how big they are.”
“Big enough that I should tie a bow around it and attach a little card that says ‘To: Macy. You’re welcome. Love, Seth.’”

4halfstars

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