Saturday, December 21, 2013

5 Flames for Take Me On by Cherrie Lynn

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.

I'm a huge fan of this series and looked forward to meeting the last of the Ross siblings, Gabriella. She’s  back home taking a break from Dallas and “The Wedding that Wasn’t”. When she meets Ian, she’s attracted to him on a couple of levels, and they go for it, heating up the sheets (and other places)  in awesome Cherrie Lynn style. Her love scenes are top-notch, with tons of emotion and fan-inducing hotness.

I didn’t know what to expect with Gabby, but I really liked her. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind, especially when it came to telling her family exactly what she thought. Ian is a straight-shooter too, although more reserved than some of the other Dermamania men. It took me a little bit to warm up to him, but by the end of the book, he proves his swoon-worthiness.

Gabby and Ian just click and complications from that one night stand turn Gabby and Ian’s life upside down. They have lots to work out and it doesn't go down easy. Gabby’s due to return to Dallas and medical school, while Ian likes where he’s at. But they soon find that there are other obstacles, as in conditions from Gabby’s parents. Cherrie Lynn does a nice job of weaving the drama of the circumstances with Gabby and Ian falling in love.  It’s quite lovely, and when they both chose to do the “right thing” my heart broke a little for them.

Gianna Ross was a force to reckon with in this book, one to rival Sylvia Andrews, for sure.  More than ever, I’d love to see these two square off and Cherrie Lynn leaves us with a nice setup for that -- please give us that in a novella! I loved these family scenes, mostly because they felt so real to me. 

The way Brian and Gabby interacted, her parents reactions, all rang true to me. Brian Ross fans will not be disappointed with his role in this story. His directness hasn’t tempered, and he steps up for his sister in a big way, all the while acting like a little brother.  These brother-sister scenes were spot on, I thought. And thank goodness times ten for Kelsey, who has a nice role in this as well.  It made me want to go back and reread this series from the beginning.

Take me On is a great story about dealing with life and the curve balls that come along. This will definitely be going on my “books I re-read when I need a lift” list, along with the other titles in this series. 


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