He couldn’t take his eyes from her as he approached and turned her barstool all the way toward him. The intensity in her eyes as she watched him, the hitch of her breath as he stepped between her legs – it ignited his blood again in a way he wouldn’t have expected after she’d made him blow his top earlier.
Don’t you love it when an author knows when to conclude a series? And does it with a bang, no less? Please add Cherrie Lynn to that honorary shelf.
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.
Who hasn’t read this series yet and claims himself/herself an adult romance lover? Because OMG.
After Evan and Brian’s stories, and yes, Ghost’s too… comes Gabriella’s turn. We didn’t really meet Gabby before, and I liked that little surprise of her.
Gabby is abandoned at the alter by her fiancé, Douchey McDoucherson, hoity toity surgeon in Dallas. Her fairytale wedding and all her dreams crushed, she goes back home for the summer, mostly to lick her wounds. That’s when she decides to take her ink artist brother up on his long standing offer and get a tattoo. Only she goes big! But then, Brian won’t do it, not in her questionable frame of mind. This is when Ian, a new employee who’s moved there from Dallas (he makes his first appearance in Ghost’s story) jumps in.
Gabby and Ian’s meeting isn’t quite over after her first session and the meet again that evening. After a long night of passion – and let me intervene here because, well, there’s passion in this night of passion – they are sure they’ll never see each other socially again. But fate has other plans and they need to deal with the consequences.
I loved that while this was a mostly expected romance story, there were little things that made it unique, little details that instantly made me love Ian and appreciate Gabby’s tenacious characters.
She was the phoenix, but he was the one who’d brought her back from the ashes.
The development of the relationships is believable and true. There’s a nice character arc for Gabby, a great sibling chemistry between her and Brian and a beautiful progression of Gabby and Ian’s relationship. Their falling in love was both steaming hot and lovely in it swooniness. <– Yup, I like making up words using swoon. Deal with it.
And yes, the smut. Great smut. Cherrie Lynn is good with smut. Get it, get it, get it, get it, get it. So the rating on this one is a no brainer, and at least one star is awarded to Lynn just for knowing how to end a series, and end it with a lot of swoon, smut and cute. I’m looking forward to her next series project.
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 reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, at the various social networking sites, or right here. She loves hearing from readers!