Review “Take Me On”

Ebook Review “Take Me On,” By Cherrie Lynn

imageFirst let me say, “take on me…take on me. Take me on…” 🙂

Okay, now that it’s out of my system, I can properly review Cherrie Lynn’s latest (and I’m guessing last) of the Ross Sibling Series – “Take Me On.”

Gabby Ross is an incredibly smart and beautiful woman.  She’s also dealing with heartbreak and a major change in her life’s plan after she’s ditched at the altar (ugh, what a dick).  She’s especially heartbroken because she’s 36 years old, currently in school to become a doctor, and feeling like her chances of having a husband and family have passed her by.

Oh girl, I feel you, I totally do.  Growing up in a blue collar city, when I graduated high school without being pregnant – I was like woohoo!  When I graduated college without being pregnant, I was like woohoo!  Now I’m 32 and not pregnant and I’m like, boo.  So it was nice to have an older heroine, who is a driven and smart girl, and has a concern that many of we women have.

When our strong, amazing heroine meets our younger (yessss, younger), awesome hero, sparks fly.  And, oh my, does our heroine have a dirty mouth and a kick ass attitude. 🙂

Five out of five stars for another of Cherrie Lynn’s amazing novels.  It has everything this romance reader loves – a strong heroine, a sweet hero, great plot, and lots of steam.  Check it out. 🙂

Smutty Saturdays

Best part of a long weekend? I can dedicate more than just Saturday to reading smut.  But seeing as though today is a Saturday, I guess I should honor my usual activity of paying homage to my favorite genre – smutty romance.

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This week’s smutty smut-smut comes from “Take me on,” by Cherrie Lynn – the last, and dare I say – steamiest of the Ross sibling series.  <Fanning self> Get ready for my review on that in a few days. 🙂  Check out the book (and series) if you haven’t already – you won’t be disappointed.  And now for your dose of excellent smut:

Ian felt a tap on his shoulder.  He turned to see Gabby standing behind him, a cocky grin on her face.  “Play me?”

Feeling all eyes on him, he shook his head.  “Nah.  I’m all played out.”

“I’ll make it interesting.”

“Oh yeah?  How?”

She leaned close to his ear, mirroring the move he’d made on her earlier.  Her whisper sent waves of chills up his spine.  “If I win, you have to fuck me senseless.”

– From Cherrie Lynn “Take me On

 

….Troublesome thing is that it might take all night, since some of us our just brimming with sense. 😉  heeheehee.  Oh, Cherrie Lynn, your novels are such delicious & naughty fun! I can’t wait for the next one.

Happy long weekend and happy reading! 🙂

How to Name Your Romance Hero

Heroic Names

The importance of being Earnest….or Brian, Mike, Mark, or Logan

I’m sure this has happened to you before:  you’re cruising along in a book, when something happens – something you don’t care for.  Maybe it’s a description of a character (ha! she doesn’t look like that!) or something a character does (ugh! that wasn’t cool).  The beauty of a book is that if something happens that you don’t like, you can do what I like to call a mental override.  IGNORE!  heehee 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I’d never change a part of a  book, but some small details can be tweaked in the mind of the reader (you’re more naive than I am if you think that readers never do this).

But, there is one thing that the mental override cannot overpower – names of characters, which is why they’re really important.  One of my most favorite romance novels (which I’ll have to re-read and review at some point), features a hero named Catlin – CATLIN!  I think it’s his last name, but it’s the one used through the book and it is seriously annoying.  I mean, how do you pronounce it?  I’m thinking CAT – lin, makes it more masculine, no?

Anyway, that brings me to the point of this post – how should you name your romance novel heroes?   There are a lot of names common in this genre (just off the top of my head) –

Brian, Mark/Marcus, Mike, John, Evan, Ryder (you know he’s got to be hot), Jack/Jackson,  Sebastian (ohh! I love this one, but it usually means a dangerous hero), Chase, and Eric.

But who cares about that?  You live to break the rules!  You have a smoking hot name that you want to try out.  Go you!  But before you do, take into account the problem with Catlin and make sure you’re clear on how to pronounce it.

Also, there are some names that don’t seem to work in the romance novel world.  My personal favorite critique of a name is for a man named Sheldon.  And while the character was not talking about romance novels, the quote sums up why some names just don’t work for the type of smut I write:

“A Sheldon can do your income taxes, if you need a root canal, Sheldon’s your man… but humpin’ and pumpin’ is not Sheldon’s strong suit. It’s the name. ‘Do it to me Sheldon, you’re an animal Sheldon, ride me big Shel-don.’ Doesn’t work.”  – From the forever funny, “When Harry Met Sally.”

Heeheheeheee.  Moral of the story, when you pick your names for characters, do it wisely.

As for me?  Most of my heroes start off as “Logan” (I eventually change the name later when the mood hits me).  Why Logan?  Because long before Hugh Jackman, Wolverine was a fucking stud. 🙂

Blog Tour

Blog Tour

Side note:  While I’m writing this, I’m humming the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour.”  “Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour, roll up….”  Heehee.  Sorry, onto to the Blog Tour:

My friend Rachel over at http://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com invited me to join in a blog tour – yay!

What does this lovely blog tour entail?  Well, I’ve posted my answers to the blog tour questions below and have also asked three blogging friends to participate in the tour as well:

– A member of my small writers & artists group    http://primelokisden.wordpress.com 

– Vee over at http://whenthedoorcloses2014.wordpress.com

– April over at http://aprillwood.wordpress.com

Their interviews are scheduled to be posted next Monday.  Please check out their blogs as well as Rachel’s, to meet someone new and see where the blog tour takes you! 🙂

And now the answers to my blog tour questions….

1) What am I working on at the moment?

Hmm.  I am currently doing a very bad job of editing the rough drafts of my two novels.  I think it’s because both require hacking through an overgrowth of prose, grammar mistakes, and hours of “I just have to push through this scene…I can edit later.”  Ugh.  Me from six months ago, I hate all the work you’ve made for current me. :p

Then, of course, there’s a little bit of beefing up the skeletonal parts of my novels.  I tend to skimp on the deep descriptions of places and people during the first draft, because I don’t want to get too lost in the weeds.  Hence the constant mantra: “I can edit later.”  Ugh. Boo on that.

As for future writing projects – I know you’re not supposed to, but I keep a list of ideas. I’m chewing on a few right now.  It’s just a question of what I’m in the mood to write and what I think I can actually finish (for some reason I can’t stick with the really dark novel ideas that I have.  Maybe it just takes practice, but I start getting annoyed with them and want to add humor).

2)  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, there are so many flavors to the romance and erotica genre, I’m not sure if I can really claim to be all that different.  But, I do try to add a little of my raunchy humor as well as heroines that are strong and independent into all of my novels.  I also try to put in a lot of witty banter in my dialogue scenes, but as we all know – that is hardly new to the romance genre. 😉

3)  Why do I write what I do?

I guess it comes down to the kind of girl I am – deep down (below all the raunch and silliness), I am a hopeless romantic.  I’ve always enjoyed fairytales and love stories (really aren’t romance novels, kind of like fairytales?).  I believe in soul mates and meant-to-be…and I always love to hear real couples tell the story of how they met.

So, with all of that, I guess it’s only natural for me to write romance novels.  And yes, I always make sure my hero and heroine get their happy ending (dirty joke intended). 😉

4) How does my writing process work?

Before I was able to finish novels, I would skip around to scenes that drew me in and then try to link all those scenes together.  This really didn’t work well for me – actually, it didn’t work at all.  Now, I write my novel from start to finish, with very little skipping around.  Writing the big, exciting scenes are my reward for the hard, in-between, or set-up scenes.  Although, when I think of an amusing bit of dialogue or a neat little scene, I’ll sketch it out really quickly and add it to my outline (otherwise I’ll forget it).

 

Well, that’s the end of my part of the blog tour. 🙂 Be sure to check out the other bloggers and enjoy the rest of the tour!

Smutty Saturday

It’s that time again – others might be obsessed with sizzling bacon on a Saturday, but you…you like other things that sizzle.  Lucky for you, today is dedicated to all things hot and sizzling in romance novels –  that’s right, it’s time for Smutty Saturday. 🙂

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Today’s fun smut comes from Cherrie Lynn’s “Leave me breathless,” the third book in the Ross Sibling Series.  If you haven’t read them, you should – they’re filled with everything that makes a romance novel good – great friends, interesting characters, smart dialogue, great plot, and oh yes, that thing we all love – smut. 😉

His long fingers curled around his beer bottle, when they could’ve been on her.  She watched in helpless fascination as he listed his mouth…one of the best mouths she’d ever seen.  Full, sensuous and defined, yet devastatingly masculine.  She could apply that description to every part of him, really.”  —-  From “Leave me breathless,” by Cherrie Lynn.

Did you ever notice that so many romance novel heroes have long or “artistic” fingers?  No?  Oh, you liar…

Happy reading to all! 🙂

Review: “Leave me breathless”

Ebook Review of “Leave me breathless,” By Cherrie Lynn

image “Leave me breathless” is the third book in Cherrie Lynn’s Ross Siblings novels…although it’s not about any of the Ross siblings.  But, we do have some visits with the previous characters from “Rock me” (Candace and Brian) and a really brief visit from the characters from “Unleashed” (Evan and Kelsey).  (Yay!  I love it when you get to visit with old heroes and heroines – and they’re all still mushy-faced about each other.)

Let me just explain before you get confused:  Brian and Evan are brothers.  They have an older sister, Gabby, and I’ve just downloaded her book (yaaaay!).  “Leave me breathless” follows the story of Brian’s best friend and fellow tattoo artist, Ghost (also known as Seth – don’t worry the story of how he got this nickname is hilarious), and Candace’s best friend, Macy (who is kind of uptight and nervous, as a result of a terrible accident a few years back).

Ghost is hard core heavy metal and Macy is all country – on paper these two shouldn’t work out at all, but in bed….oh my.  And the more time they spend together, the more they realize that opposites, do in fact, attract. 😉

First things first – this book is insanely steamy, let me just warn you – be careful where you read it.  😉  Heehee  Just kidding.  But seriously, if you have people who often sneak up on you to read over your shoulder (I have this problem ALL the time) – their glasses may fog up.  I mean, look at the cover art – is there any doubt that this novel will be fun?

And second, another warning before reading both “Rock me” and “Leave me breathless” – it will make you do a double take of guys with kick-ass tattoos (ha, don’t kid yourself, more like a triple take) as you wonder if they have any interesting piercings…

Yes ma’am, you’ve been warned – now, go read it!! And after you’re finished, we can giggle about its awesomeness! 🙂

Five stars for Cherrie Lynn’s “Leave me breathless!!”

Smutty Saturdays

This week was a bit rough, so today’s Smutty Saturday post isn’t actually from a romance novel.  Honestly, I think it’s just good advice. :p

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If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em! Don’t sleep with people who don’t read!”  ― John Waters

Hmmm, I’d love to see that on a t-shirt.  Sounds like good relationship/dating advice, if you ask me.  Although, e-readers have made this little gem of a quote a little more complicated…I guess now you’d have to scroll through someone’s tablet before deciding… 😉

Happy Saturday and happy reading! 🙂

First draft update and complicated heroes

imageI swallowed my pride and let my sister take a look at the first draft of my first novel.  Out of the two novels that I’ve “finished” a first draft for, I really believe this is the weaker of the two.  Although to be fair, I shoved it in the top drawer of my writing desk shortly after the first draft was printed (over a year ago) and haven’t looked at it since.

Anyway, the good news is that apparently it isn’t as bad as I remember – and she liked it!  YAY!  But, there is still a lot of work to do – most importantly, I have to work on my hero….

Yes, I made a big gamble and for my first book, I created a complicated hero.  <sigh>  And what is a “complicated hero?” Well….in this case, he’s a bit of a dick in the beginning of novel and let’s just say his reasons for hanging around with my lovely heroine are multifaceted.

UGH. Why didn’t I try to write my first novel with a nice and uncomplicated man as the hero? WHY??  Probably because I love characters that aren’t just pure good or pure evil and also because I thought it really worked with the story.

Anyway, first order of business for my re-read and edits?  Tweaking the hero and adding a bit of backstory earlier – essentially sowing seeds fairly early on that show the reader that this guy is worthy of his hero position in my novel.

So, writers, bloggers, and readers – do you like your heroes/heroines with complications?  Do you struggle with showing the softer side with a complicated character? 

Review “Rock Me”

Ebook Review of “Rock Me,” by Cherrie Lynn

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*This is mostly a review of the awesome book “Rock Me,” by Cherrie Lynn.  However it also includes adult content.*

I have a confession to make – although I’ve already reviewed the first of this series on this blog, I didn’t actually read it in order (gasp! the horror!  the lies!). 🙂

And how did I learn about this series?  Well, my excellent reader friend who gives me tips on all kinds of awesome books and let me tell you – if you don’t have a friend like that, you need to get one.  That said, my introduction to this series was somewhat amusing.  Let me paint you a picture:

I’m hundreds of miles from home in the great white north and in my lonely hotel room reading.  Suddenly, I get a text from my friend.

Friend: “Have you ever heard of an apadravya?”

Me (fresh from a resurgence of yoga): “Don’t know.  Sounds like a yoga pose.”

Friend: “Hmm.  Look it up on Wikipedia.”

So, my fast typing fingers search and click on the Wikipedia article on google.  And what is the first thing that fills the screen of my iPad?  A giant picture of a pierced dick – and you thought Wikipedia only had research articles. 😉  I think I squealed and although my friend was miles away, I could have sworn I heard her cackle in glee. 🙂

Friend:  “You have to read this book.”

Me: “I’ve never read about a pierced hero before – sold.”

Why?  Why not?  Yep, I’m pretty easy when it comes to naughty book suggestions.  But hey, we all have our flaws, don’t we?

And now on to the review…

For her birthday, a very sheltered Candace decides to get a tattoo.  But, this girl has ulterior motives – to see the sexy, inked guy that once dated her cousin, Brian, and she wants him to do her tattoo.  Things heat up fast (never before did I realized getting a tattoo could be so hot) between the two, but there are some serious things working to keep them apart – the fact that he dated her cousin, her overprotective family, and an internal struggle the Candace has to overcome for herself.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for an excellent story, fun characters, incredible amounts of steam, and a healthy dose of naughty language.  Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. 😉