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RAW DEAL (Larson Brothers #1) by CHERRIE LYNN :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series. MMA Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Savannah’s brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure.

But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

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Raw Deal Review

4 Stars

‘They were only two people trying to come to grips with their new realities.’

It’s been quite a few years since we last read a book by Cherrie Lynn. We’ve missed her. When we talk ‘frowned upon’ love stories a specific kind is conjured in our minds. However, Raw Deal can be thought of in those terms, as in two people who due to circumstances should not be together. This romance had us thinking about emotional morality and comparing it to what we would feel, should this be real life. Would we be in the yes or the no camp? However, nothing is just black nor white. There’s ultimately grey as well, and in that grey are a swirl of emotions, passions, understanding and compassion all mixed up together to make an area of; but what if?

‘Hard to believe a hand that touched her so gently could ever hurt anyone.’

Savannah and her family suffer a tragic loss when her brother dies in a cage fight against the fierce beast that is Mike Larson. A tragic accident with dire repercussions. How do you go on from here? How do you cope and who do you turn to? Who would have thought that love can blossom in the face of violence?

‘What the fuck did you do when the “right thing” felt so completely wrong?’

Mike Larson has a story behind him and it’s one of sadness and grave responsibility. He’s a force to be reckoned with, but his heart is caring and he loves fiercely. All he wants is to protect those he cares about, those he loves. Savannah’s heart wants what it wants but her conscience questions it every step of the way until the only voice she can hear is the beat of her heart.

“But I do want you to be real.”

“This is…real as it gets, darlin’.”

“You’re nothing like I expected you to be. I only saw how you were with your opponents…”

We haven’t read an MMA fighter romance in a while but can’t help think that this is one of our favourites. Why? Because we felt like we were in the audience, we tasted and smelt the blood, sweat and heightened adrenaline. We saw it and we believed it. Not only that, we felt the guilt and the grief; the confusion and the rejection. We understood it, yet we fought against it alongside our heroine. This, at the same time as feeling protective of our hero despite what transpired at his hands. We loved Savannah and Mike’s story. There was something sweet and innocent about it whilst at the same time it was steamy with a dash of angst and aggression.

“It was just…a perfect storm of catastrophic circumstances.”

 Raw Deal


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TAKE ME ON (Ross Siblings #4) by CHERRIE LYNN

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SYNOPSIS
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.

Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, Ross family drama, reuniting with beloved old friends…and a hot tattooed, Harley-riding hero who doesn’t mind being robbed from the cradle.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G ~ 4 Stars

Jenny:  Gitte, we’re such huge fans of Cherrie Lynn and this series and were eagerly awaiting the release of Gabriella Ross’s story and we have to say this one didn’t disappoint.

“You’re the phoenix rising from the ashes. I’m honoured I could be the one to let you express that.” – Ian

36 year old Gabriella’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to move home to her parents after being jilted at the alter by her ex fiancé Mark.  After picking up the pieces following such a humiliating and painful experience, Gabriella decides to move forward with her life, pursue her career of becoming a doctor and to rely only on herself.  But…..life has different plans for Gabriella in the form of the smoking hot, sex on legs Ian Rhodes. This young, tattooed Harley riding bad boy with a heart of gold might just put a spanner in the works in a BIG way after a one night stand ends up with complications neither expected.  This was one hot, passionate and escape inducing read wasn’t it Gitte?

Gitte: Oh wow was it ever Jenny! I absolutely love Cherrie Lynn, she can do no wrong in my eyes. Her writing is class, her characters are always completely lovable and H.O.T indeed. There’s always so much display of strength, passion and humour which makes this series such a compelling and addictive read.

“The pain is cathartic. So I’ll shut the door if you want, and you can cry, or cuss him or scream, do whatever. I’m cool with any of it. And we’ll get this done, and it’ll be this beautiful testament to some very harsh shit you went through only to come out stronger on the other side.” – Ian

I have to say this one was no exception and I really loved being back with everyone whilst getting Gabriella and Ian’s story. I fell in love with them both and…..wow Ian…..Enough said!!!!

Jenny:  I loved Gabriella.  I loved her feistiness as much as I loved her softness and my heart went out to her time and again throughout Take Me On. Her story was told with humor, passion and love and these two were sizzling and once again Cherrie Lynn delivered in the hotness stakes!

“God, that’s hot,”…..”Seeing it. Wanting It. Knowing I can have it.” – Gabriella
“Take it, Gabriella. You can have it. You can have it whenever and however you want it. Fuck it, baby. Fuck it good. Make it yours.” – Ian

Gulp! See what we mean”?

Gabriella has the love of her sometimes overbearing but always supportive and loving family and she has the love of Ian. What I really loved apart from the relationship with Gabriella and Ian was spending more time with the other Ross family.  Watching the interactions and seeing the different perspective were shown by Evan, Brian, Candace and Kelsey.  Brian in particular cracked me up in this book and we saw such a development of his character from when we first met him in Rock Me.

“What are you, a fuckin’ vampire? You’re my guest. Enter.” – Brian

We’ve been through so much with these characters and in Take Me On we got to see them in a different light and I particularly enjoyed that aspect of this story.  Ian Rhodes!! Dear lord. Was this guy gorgeous! Cherrie never fails to deliver us another book boyfriend does she Gitte and Ian was no exception!

Gitte: She sure doesn’t Jenny. I fell in complete lust and love with Ian. He hasn’t had it easy but his heart is pure gold and well….he’s pretty good at dirty talking too!!

“I’d love to take you home and fuck you senseless, if that’s what you’re after.” – Ian

The journey this gorgeous man took Gabriella on was enticing, sweet and wow so passionate. And I agree Jenny. The heavy presence of Evan, Brian, Candace and Kelsey made it so much more than it could have been. The friendships, family ties and honest and basic love was brilliant to experience. I laugh and swooned all the way through. Though I wouldn’t mind having a few stern words with Mr. & Mrs. Ross!!!

Yeah, so as I mentioned earlier, I especially loved Gabriella. She was an older heroine and they are few and far between at the moment and I loved that, so refreshing. Especially considering Ian is a good few years younger than her. She’s a bit of a perfectionist set on achieving goals and being responsible. Though, you can’t force a life that needs the spontaneity and the passion too in order to get the most out of living.  Gabriella needs to feel, she needs excitement and to ‘let her hair get messed up’. She needs to proper live again. Though trust Brian to explain it so bloke-ishly:

“She’s kind of going through this….thing. I think it’s an early midlife crisis.” – Brian

J&G:  Take On Me was another great addition to the Ross Siblings series and it’s a series we never tire of reading. We’re always excited when a new book is in the works because we know we’ll be treated to a sexy, fun and romantic read with characters that will steal our hearts and have us fanning ourselves in equal measures.

The Ross family are a strong and overbearing bunch but they all love deeply and share a loyalty beyond reproach and it’s portrayed so beautifully in this book.

‘Gabby looked around at her family with absolute love and happiness. They got on her nerves. They pissed her off. But damn if they didn’t rally when one of them was threatened or in trouble…..’

Another winner from Cherrie Lynn. We loved it. We lived it and we couldn’t put it down.

*ARC received for an honest review*



THE ROSS SIBLINGS SERIES READING ORDER

(Each can be read as standalone’s)

UNLEASHED

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ROCK ME 

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BREATHE ME IN

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LEAVE ME BREATHLESS

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TAKE ME ON

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WATCH ME FALL

          


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BREATHE ME IN (Ross Siblings #2.5) by CHERRIE LYNN

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SYNOPSIS
Their worlds collided in Leave Me Breathless. Now see how the sparks first flew for Ghost and Macy…

She knew he was trouble from the moment she first laid eyes on him, but that doesn’t stop Macy from taking a wild ride with Ghost when he invites her along. Something about him intrigues her. Just by hanging out with him, though, she’s drawn into a scandal she doesn’t see coming and faces a decision that might alienate him and several people she holds dear.

Timing is everything…and theirs couldn’t be more off.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a short prequel to Leave Me Breathless that takes place during the events of Rock Me. It’s not meant to stand alone

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny:  So THAT’S what happened in the back of the GTO ’69!  Ghost and Macy have sexual chemistry in spades and it was awesome to get the opportunity to spend more time with them, and not only that, we got to go back in time and witness the shenanigans in the back of that car.

“When a girl like Macy gives you a shot, you step the fuck up.”

Once again Cherrie Lynn delivers in the steam factor, though I have to be honest and say the actual getting down to the nitty and gritty wasn’t as explosive as I expected but it still did warrant digging that fan out!  Getting a bit of background into that time in Rock Me, one of my favourite books, was an added bonus.

There’s not much else to say except…..if you’re a fan of this series, read this one! If you haven’t checked out the Ross Siblings series yet then Go, Go, Go and add them to your reading lists.

What about you Gitte?  Did this one get that pulse rate up?

Gitte: I think this series by Cherrie Lynn is one of my favourites, so any new instalment gets me excited and yeah she writes real passionate characters so that pulse gets going for sure!

I love the characters, stories and her flawless writing. I’m a huge fan of Ghost so I was really looking forward to getting stuck in.

Even though I did really enjoy it, I was also back to the old place of frustration and annoyance at Macy. I kept having to remind myself how I did end up connecting with her, even loving her character at the end of Leave Me Breathless.  It was tough though as she really grated on my nerves again.

The chemistry between Ghost and Macy sure is off the charts and Ghost is just a pretty amazing guy all round. This story is all about him for me, which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. I love this guy. Truly.

I enjoyed getting back to the story from Rock Me, it was a fab re-visit and I was reminded again how much I LOVE this series! It was short, sweet and very sexy! And yes, absolutely, this is definitely one to stick on the ‘to be read’ list!

“I’ve never been in the backseat of my own car before. Interesting.”

So now we know…just what happened!

“It’s okay killjoy. See you down the road.”



THE ROSS SIBLINGS SERIES READING ORDER

(Each can be read as standalone’s)

UNLEASHED

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ROCK ME 

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BREATHE ME IN

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LEAVE ME BREATHLESS

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TAKE ME ON

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WATCH ME FALL

          


And check out the upcoming RAW DEAL (Larson Brothers #1)

24th

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Leave Me Breathless (Ross Siblings #3) by Cherrie Lynn

Gitte:     4.5 *naughty and nice and all things spice* stars!

Jenny:     4.5 delicious stars!!

Gitte:   Oh how I have waited for this book Jenny. I love this Author, her stories and characters are LUSH! I have LOVED Brian Ross since Rock Me and I was looking forward to catching up with him and to hear Ghosts’ story. Well move over Brian Ross and ummm…HELLO Ghost!!!! HOT!!! Fickle…me?? Hell yeah!

Jenny:    Hell yeah! It seemed to take forever for this one to arrive didn’t it Gitte?   Have to agree with you …..move over Brian indeed! There’s a new tattooed hottie in town and his name is Ghost! It’s not fickle at all GG, it’s a woman’s prerogative and all that…..it’s a good excuse so let’s run with it!

Gitte:  Leave Me Breathless is Book 3 in Cherrie Lynn’s Ross Siblings series and tells the story of Macy and Ghost and it has everything that makes for a fab un-put-down-able book.  So quick re-cap: Macy is best friends with Candace. In Rock me they went to a tattoo parlour owned by Brian Ross. Rock Me was the story of Brian and Candace. Ghost (Seth) is best friends with Brian and is a tattoo artist in Brian’s parlour. Macy met Ghost for the first time in Rock Me for one night of passion and to say these two are like night and day is an understatement. It’s been a while since they last saw each other when they end up together again on Valentine’s day.

Jenny:    I loved how this book was quite separate from the last one, yet we still had all our favourite characters so were able to charter their journey as we read.  Geez…..that one night of passion! Holy hell, you’d definitely be hitting him up for more of that!

Gitte:   Macy is a country girl at heart; she is very straight and narrow, not into “the crazy and loud”, the tattoos nor the bad boys. (yeah…what the H is wrong with her lol). She has a real hang up about how different her world is from the one Candace is in now, but more importantly Ghost’s. She can’t see herself in Ghost’s world or him in hers so she believes that nothing can ever come of how he makes her feel.

Jenny:  Yes, Macy definitely had a lot to say about Candace and Brian’s relationship and although she knows Candace adapted to it because of her love for Brian, she can’t see how anything could alter her view on how she feels about not fitting in in Ghost’s  world.

Gitte:    Macy has a screwed opinion of herself. She believes herself to be boring, straight laced and not interesting enough. Yet she is drawn to Ghost. He brings excitement to her dull life; he makes her feel alive despite it being wrong in her opinion. Ghost is the “spice she craves”.  Macy believes that the only kind of relationship she can have with Ghost is one based on hot sex….and seriously this Author knows how to write that huh Jenny?!

Jenny:   Whoa Gitte, that is an understatement!!  The sex was soooo hot!  Yes, Macy certainly sees herself very differently from how Ghost sees her and it’s wonderful to watch how Ghost tries to alter her view and have he see what he sees when he looks at her.  Oh yeah, and she certainly picked a “master” to teach her about all that spicy stuff!  Yummmmy

Gitte:   Macy also over-analyses every possible guy as the possibility to be “the one” trying to fit him into her categorized box of must have attributes…almost a test of endurance. She is judgemental and she knows it. At times I was shouting at her to lighten up it was almost too much!

Jenny:   I really liked Macy, but yes, at times I wanted to shake her and tell her to get a grip.  Ghost was amazing and she was a bit judgemental.

Gitte:   She comes across as a bit of a bitch; a snob with an attitude. However, deep inside Macy is scared and insecure. She went through a traumatic incident which caused her to erect walls in order to protect herself and she over compensates for it. Ghost sees the real Macy though. Underneath her armour he knows there’s a passionate and sexual woman and he likes what he sees and what is underneath. He realizes her self-esteem is virtually rock bottom and makes it his mission to show her what she really is. Not what her accident made her into. Ghost takes Macy out of her comfort zone.

Jenny:   Yes, her upbringing and her past relationships have been a bit stifled and Ghost is so far out of her comfort zone which makes for a great story!  She doesn’t have a great opinion of herself and it’s up to Ghost to bring out the sexy, passionate, funny woman that he sees in there somewhere.  Ghost is absolutely outside her comfort zone and oh so naughty!

Gitte:     Now Ghost/Seth…*sigh*. I am almost speechless! He is a tattooed, heavy metal, bald alpha rocker. Yeah I said bald…I have never found a bald head attractive before…but Ghost yeah he totally made bald sexy and I want to do all kinds of naughty with that one!

Jenny:   I’m speechless right along with you GG and yes! Never have I been attracted to a bald head hero…..well, not that I can remember and definitely not one as sexy and naughty as Seth/Ghost.  Geez…..speechless is right!

Gitte:    He comes across confident and self-assured. However, he too has had a traumatic past and was dealt a pretty bad hand which makes him think he is not good enough for Macy or anyone long-term. The only constant in his life has been his Nana which shows his caring soft side. He has this tough and sexy exterior but at the same time this endearing vulnerability. He is pretty perfect. Ghost is loyal and protective of those he cares about, he also has a great sense of humor  Oh and he is a filthy talker…the way we like them right Jenny, though Macy is not convinced at first.

“Macy, queen of my universe, I beseechingly request you place your sweetest lips upon my manhood and make it your lollipop.” – Ghost trying not to cuss…loved this quote!!

Jenny:   Seth was such a wonderful character.  He had it all.  He was funny, sexy…..definitely knew how to pleasure a woman (wow…again…hot sex scenes…bravo Cherrie Lynn!) had so much emotion, was deeply scarred, compassionate, even romantic yet with a tough exterior……yep, how can you not fall hard for this man!   Oh yes GG,  EXACTLY the way we like them.  Darn it…are we shallow?  Hehe

I absolutely loved the camaraderie and humor between Ghost and Brian – these two had so much presence together that I found myself looking forward to their interactions.

Ghost to Brian, claiming he’s pussy whipped:   “Aw, I’m sorry.  Do you need a hug, emo boy?  You know, you might want to cross your legs.  Your vagina is showing

Gitte:    My heart broke at Ghost thinking he didn’t deserve “the good”.

“You’re just going to leave me too” – Ghost

Jenny:   I really did feel so much for Ghost, his demons and what he had to go through emotionally with his family and with Macy.  It was heart-breaking and I really did love how Ghost’s back-story was unraveled – I was totally immersed in their story.

Gitte:      Oh Jenny I completely felt these characters. They were written so vividly and the emotions involved between these characters, I felt it and lived it with them. I actually ended up loving Ghost and Macy’s story more than Rock Me….which is saying something for how fabulous this Author is. It was an addictive, sexy and emotional read and I loved Ghost and Macy’s journey!

Jenny:    I was right there with you Gitte!  This story never lost me.  I felt everything these characters felt and I was absolutely consumed by them.   I have to agree.  Definitely my favorite book so far.  I loved their journey…..from the highs to the lows and back again and from the humor and emotion to the absolutely off the charts smoking sex!

We were given an ARC by the author for an honest review.




THE ROSS SIBLINGS SERIES READING ORDER

(Each can be read as standalone’s)

UNLEASHED

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ROCK ME 

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BREATHE ME IN

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LEAVE ME BREATHLESS

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TAKE ME ON

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WATCH ME FALL

          


And check out the upcoming RAW DEAL (Larson Brothers #1)

24th

Now Available

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