Monday, April 1, 2013

Review: Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn



Title: Leave Me Breathless:Ross Siblings 3
Author: Cherrie Lynn
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Published: November 6, 2012
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My Rating: ★ ★  1/2

 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 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. 

 Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, road trips, troublemaking exes, emotional baggage, and an unconventional but exceptionally hot hero tatted and pierced for your pleasure...

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When I stumbled across the cover of Leave Me Breathless, I knew I was buying it regardless of the fact that it was not the first book in the series and I had not read the two before it.  I took one look at the man on the cover and my only coherent thought was: 
And I am so happy with my impulse purchase!  I fell absolutely in lust love with Ghost, aka Seth Warren.  The first few pages of the story, I struggled a bit to catch up, not being quite sure of what was going on with this group of friends; however, the author did a good job filling me in enough to enjoy the current story while convincing me to buy the others, specifically to find out what Candace and Brian’s story is.  The guys run a tattoo parlor and are very talented at what they do.  The girls grew up in families where money was never a problem, and the story definitely has the feel of forbidden love.

Back to my favorite character:  Seth Warren.  Let’s look at the cover again. Do you see that big ol’ bald head?  Those muscles?  Those tattoos?  And… there are piercings.  PIERCINGS, y’all!  In places.  *swoon* But here’s the best part:  Seth is so much more than his uber sexy appearance.  He is such a great guy.  He’s polite, sweet, and hilarious; and he loves his grandmother.  That’s right – this big, tough guy absolutely loves his nana. *sigh* Okay, sorry. Throw in serious family issues and an ex-girlfriend who is ten bags of crazy, and Seth’s story is hypnotic. 

Macy Rodgers is one intriguing lady.  She suffered through a traumatic event that cost her something very precious, and she’s constantly battling with an inner turmoil that broke my heart.  When best friends Candace and Samantha scheme to set Macy up with Seth for a surprise Valentine’s night, even the two of them don’t realize just how perfect the couple could be together.

“‘Is this a good surprise, or an I-get-to-maim-you-later-surprise?’”

 Secretly, Macy and Seth are thrilled to see each other again after a one night encounter that rocked them both months ago.  That is something completely unbeknownst to the friends, but neither Macy nor Seth thinks anything else will ever happen between the two of them.  She thinks Seth wants just one thing from her; and, while she is more than happy to give it to him, she shocks herself by realizing she wants more. Then there’s Seth, who is trying to play it cool because he believes Macy is a no-strings, no attachments kind of girl… even though he could see her having a much more permanent place in his life.  Cue the angst because what follows is a bit of an emotional roller coaster. 

“‘You should get to your room and try to sleep,’ she said softly.  
‘Don’t think about me right now.  
We’ll both step back. You’re still grieving.’
‘Without you, I’m grieving over two instead of one.’

My favorite part of this story is that Leave Me Breathless isn’t just a steamy read.  It contains some truly tender and beautiful scenes.  The relationship between Macy and her parents is so sweet.  There is a moment between Macy and her dad that involves healing and moving on, and that part of the book had me in tears.
And when Macy confesses to her Dad who she’s been seeing and her fears over her parents accepting someone like Seth, his words to her warmed my heart:

“‘Candace’s parents are a$$holes.  They’re worried about who’s good enough for their little princess.  But I trust that I raised a strong enough woman to know who’s worthy of her and who isn’t.  If this guy is good enough for you, and he’s the one who has you floating around on cloud nine and giving you back your spark, you can be damn sure he’s good enough for me.’

‘If I raised you to be strong, then that means I didn’t teach you to sit around and wait on life and happiness to happen to you.  You go after it, Macy.  And if something is standing in your way, you go through it.’”

This was an exciting, at times frustrating, heart-wrenching, and very racy read.  This is definitely not for any young’ns out there.  This is a mature story.  If detailed sexy times make you squeamish, then this one may not be for you.  If you enjoy a toe-curling, passionate read that has a great plot and extremely enjoyable characters, you definitely don’t want to miss this one.  The book is aptly titled – it will definitely Leave You Breathless.

I thought about Seth long after I turned that last page.  Truth time:  I still think about Seth.

I can’t wait to read the other books in this fun, intoxicating series from Cherrie Lynn.  

chelesiggy

20 comments:

  1. Whoa! Spicy and sexy and I can't believe you impulse bought this and read it out of order You rebel! It sounds like all kinds of fun and I am glad that Seth is much more than a sexy god. If only I had time to drop everything and impulse read. I have once again made a commitment to dig out!

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    1. Soooo spicy! Seth is just sldkfjslfj. Yep, I'm getting quite rebellious in my older age - ha! Well, dear, you need to learn to prioritize and enjoy those impulsive reads. You must read what you want to instead of what you think you have to :P

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  2. I can't stop laughing at that adorable picture!! So funny. This review is amazing -- seriously awesome! Seth Warren sounds like my kind of guy. I'm picking this up today .

    Lovely post as always <3
    Miki xo

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    1. Isn't that pic hilarious? Thanks so much, Miki! I know you are going to love this one. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Seth!! xoxo

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  3. LOL! You naughty girl, you! The Seth on the cover is everything I try to stay away from now. No more of that! lol. Besides, he's obviously a Capricorn. I don't do Capricorns. Kidding! There's no way I could read this without reading the first 2 though.

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    1. Bahahaha! That Seth on the cover stars in my dreams!!! It was really surprising that I didn't need the first two books. This would work great as a stand-alone! Oh, those Capricorns. LMAO!

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  4. hahahaha..at first I thought where I am , whose blog is this and omg that dog pic made me laugh so hard I cried..and that man *faints* You my friend make me want to sin!! Are you going back to read the others? I am kinda OCD about it, hmm what are those covers like? You need to share this cover with someone who does Tops of Tuesday Seth could be a main attraction. Awesome review :)

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    1. Wahahaha! Oh, Kimba - I LOVE this comment! You didn't know this sweet little southern belle had a naughty side, did ya? I keep it under wraps for the most part, but Seth just brings it out! I am definitely going to read the others! I'm so OCD about that, too; but this book just could not be denied. I think you would love this book! Thanks so much, love - you made my day!

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  5. Eeeeeee! I'm so happy you loved LMB! Weren't Macy & Seth awesome?! You should definitely read Rock Me. I love Brian Ross the most.
    Great review!

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    1. So much love, Andrea!! Seth just... aaaahhhh... I have no words! That is awesome news - thanks for letting me know! I can't wait to learn more about Brian - he was such a sweetie in LMB!

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  6. You had me laughing about Seth! He does sound good! Glad you enjoyed this one so much. :) I love when an impulse buy turns out so good!
    ~Jess

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    1. He is SO yummy, Jess! Best impulse buy ever!! lol :D

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  7. Oh wifey that cover! *dies*



    okay, I'm back... first, I loves that picture with the pug hehe. This book sounds delicious and just the type of fun and schmexy read I can really sink my teeth into. I swear you are the best thing to ever happen to me... so many books! *hugs*

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    1. Right??? Hottest cover EVER!

      Hahaha - you know me and my pugs... but seriously... that cover was like a big piece of yummy pie tempting me. I think you would enjoy this one! We can use the dirt in this one to wash our brains before our next read :D YOU are the best thing to ever happen to ME! *squishy hugs*

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  8. I'm laughing like crazy here! Your reviews always cheer me up. LOVE that picture. ;)

    You know what? I really want to meet Seth now! I can't resist a tough guy who loves his nana. Plus, you know... piercing.. in places. :D

    I'm glad you had fun with this, Michele!

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    1. Yayyyy!!! I'm so happy I could give you a laugh and cheer you! Isn't that pic the best? He looks just like my pug Louie!

      Oh, Sam - you won't be sorry. Seth is so nom nom! And those piercings... in those places. Hehehehe!

      Thanks so much, lovely!

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  9. STEAMY STEAMY ;o) !! You are too Funny my friend. Loved this review. I might just check out this book sometime soon.. Xoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxox !!!

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    1. It is sooooo steamy, Maria!!! Rawr!!! I hope you'll like it and Seth as much as I do! Thanks so much for stopping by! Love you to pieces! xoxoxoxo

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  10. I love this! I am sold by the cover to and Imza bout to sin with you - LOL - Awesome review.

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    1. Hahaha! Sin with me, Ellen! Grab a copy of this one - I know you're going to love Seth! Thanks so much, love!

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