Book Review – Contemporary Romance With A Inky, Metal Twist

When it comes to books, my favourite genre is contemporary romance, I live with enough daily doses of reality that I like my reading time to be pure unadulterated escapism.  I want to fall in love with the characters and feel the tingle of excitement that always comes along with a new relationship.

The problem with so many contemporary romances is they often tend to follow the same sort of plot or story line, rich billionaire intrigued by scared silly girl blah blah blah ala 50 Shades. And don’t get me wrong while I still enjoy those types of books, it just can become a little boring.

Then I stumbled across this amazing link: (as a side note, you have to check this link out, it is fabulous and immediately will bring up a list of suggested reading for you that will match with whatever you entered as your last read book) and the first two books at the top of my suggested reading list were Rock Me and Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn, who’s bio I immediately found intriguing:

Cherrie Lynn has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now that she has come to her senses, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. It’s *much* more fun. She’s also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and loves letting her passion for romance and metal collide on the page.

When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, listening to music or playing with her favorite gadget of the moment. She’s also fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live.

Cherrie lives in East Texas with said husband and their two kids, all of whom are the source of much merriment, mischief and mayhem. You can visit her at or at the various social networking sites. She loves hearing from readers!

Sounds like a girl after my own heart, with a shared love of rock music and a keen interest in the sub culture of tattoos, piercings and loud rock music and everything that goes along with it, I I thought I’d give these two books a try and I was NOT disappointed!



Loving him couldn’t be worse than losing him. Could it? 

Candace Andrews has had enough of pleasing others. In an act of birthday rebellion, she sets out to please herself—by walking into the tattoo parlor owned by her cousin’s ex-boyfriend. All she wants is a little ink, and Brian’s just the guy to give it to her.

As soon as she submits to his masterful hands, though, the forbidden attraction she’s always felt for him resurfaces…and she realizes the devilishly sexy artist could give her so much more.

Sweet, innocent Candace is the last person Brian expected to see again. She’s everything he’s not, and her family despises him. He doesn’t need the hassle, but he needs her, and this time no one is taking her away. Not even those who threaten to make his life a living hell.

Backed into a corner, Candace faces the worst kind of choice. Cave in to those who think Brian is a living nightmare…or hold her ground and risk it all for the one man who rocks her world.

And the follow on to Rock Me is Leave Me Breathless.



Leather and lace don’t strike sparks. Or do they? 

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 who 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’s guess if they’ll survive with their hearts intact.

Both books have 4.5 star ratings and I’ve only been able to find favourable reviews on them. Both stories sucked me in from the very first page and I was fascinated by the glimpse into a lifestyle so very opposite to my own, I was both intrigued and couldn’t get enough of either of these books. I loved Cherrie’s writing style and both books had the perfect balance between steam and angst. I found myself loving the characters in all of them. They’re definitely books that I will return to and read over again, I enjoyed them that much.

Cupcake Mummy and I have sort of set up our own little book club of two and recommend books to each other because we seem to enjoy the same types of books, remember the blog post I did about the Fallen series? Well she was the one that got me into them and after my recommendation on these two Cherrie Lynn books, she ploughed into them and loved them as much as I did.

Read them… if you dare…

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  • Reply Tracy

    Gotta love the Internet. You can find like-minded people everywhere.

    While I don’t share your taste in books, I’m fascinated by the fact that this author seems to be tailor-made to write books that you would enjoy.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:35 am
  • Reply cupcakemummy

    Loved them! also loved the third book in this series: Unleashed. READ IT!
    Yay for our little “book club” it’s awesome 😉

    January 24, 2013 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Fairy Girl

    Hmmm if it wasn’t for you I would never have found 50 Shades and now I’ve found these to read – thank you kindly 😉

    January 24, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply gina

    You must read Tiffany Reisz – The Original Sinners series (and many free/bonus reads related to the series on her blog)

    Its a bit out there but the characters are deliciously damaged, the writing is excellent and the story has so many twists and turns I was up until all hours reading just to see what happened next!

    January 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    *fans herself profusely*

    Still on book 1 of the Crossfire Trilogy and I have to agree with you that it reeks a bit of 50 Shades. Having said that, I AM enjoying it immensely and I WILL read all 3!!

    January 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    Just started Bared to You today. TOTALLY obsessed with it!!! WAY better that 50….

    February 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm
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