Raw Deal- Cherrie Lynn

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Savannah’s brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure.

But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

Release Date: 24th January, 2017

3-star

What I think?

I think that this is my first Cherrie Lynn book, and I am definitely impressed. For starters, I loved the entire premise of the book.

The book begins with the funeral of Tommy, an MMA fighter who died due to a brain hemorrhage when he incurred an unfortunately fatal punch to the head during one of the matches.

That is when we meet three of our protagonists (well technically four, but whatever)- Savannah (Tommy’s sister), Rowan (Tommy’s pregnant widow), and Mike “The Red Reaper” Larson (the man who delivered the deadly punch).

It’s pretty obvious from the very beginning that Mike is pretty torn up about the whole “his punch killed someone” thing. In an attempt to gain redemption, he goes to the Dougas family, and offers to help Savannah and Rowen in any way he can. Only little hiccup in his plan was the fact that he is attracted to Savannah. And she returns his feelings.

I totally mirrored Savannah’s sentiments-“different circumstances, different time.”

I mean no offense, but her brother did died just weeks ago, and a relationship built to mask her grief doesn’t seem very healthy at all. Plus there was the feeling I couldn’t shake that the entire relationship on Mike’s part had stemmed more of guilt than attraction.

But you do you girl. And that is the only complaint I had.

I loved Mike as a person. He was tormented- sure, but he never let his fears and ill-experiences stop him from doing something. He made a mistake, and was ready to pay for it however he could, and made no excuses for himself. Now that is the kind of hero I really like. And Savannah was a very strong heroine too, she wasn’t whiny, too demanding (ok maybe she was a little, but given the circumstances I am ready to excuse her). She owned up to her shit, and showed so much character when she fell in love with the man who in one way or the other was “responsible” for her brother’s death.

The story in whole was very well narrated. It was told from a 3rd person dual POV, so we get to see more of the key happenings instead of long and lengthy monologues (which is the one part I despise about 1st person POVs). Plus it kept a healthy pace- not too fast, and not too slow.

Despite of the short amount of time of their relationship, I loved how far both of them came and grew as characters a reader could care about. And that ending fight was just beautiful. Not because it was two guys throwing punches, but because at times I felt like I was there right beside Savannah watching the entire thing go down.

That says a lot about the author’s writing skill, which was very impressive. I definitely can’t wait to see Rowan and Zane’s book, because something tells me that’s next and it’s going to be explosive.

“Stalking over to her, he grabbed her left hand and showed her the little tattoo on her ring finger. “Found it.”
Her streaming eyes were furious and her mascara had smudged around them, making her look half crazed too. “When?”
“This morning.”
“You didn’t say anything.”
“Considering what you told me about it. That it was there for the man you’re going to marry. Where did you really see us going, Savannah?””

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About the author:

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 , at the various social networking sites, or right here. She loves hearing from readers!

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