So I read this book. Shocking, I know.
Leave Me Breathless by Cherie Lynn
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 who 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’s 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…
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 6, 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008Z436F4
- Buy at: Amazon
I enjoyed Leave Me Breathless. It was fantastic to read a well written Erotica that didn’t mirror Fifty Shades of Grey, had a decent plot and good character development. I’ll give it 4 stars. Yay!
Pixie: I looooved this book, right down to Ghost’s music choices & his ummm nether region piercing. My rating is different from Sara’s, I give it 5 Stars!
Handing the mic back to Sara:
But this post isn’t really a review or a rant, it’s more a question that came to me during the reading of Leave Me Breathless. In the book, the main character Macy keeps telling herself that a “real” relationship with Ghost (real name Seth) won’t work. Macy lists a couple of reasons and the one that stuck out to me, because it was also a concern of Macy’s friend Candace from a previous book in this series, is that because of the way Ghost looks (lots of black, bald head, tons of tattoos, both visible piercings) it won’t work with her and her parents won’t accept him.
Do people still think like this? That because someone has tats and piercings that they’re bad or deviant in some way? I realize this is a variation on the “bad boy/good girl” trope found in many romance novels, but is this trope still valid? With everyone from rock stars to Sunday school teachers sporting ink, is it may time to put this trope to bed?
I grew up in a small town, with conservative parents who grew up in small towns and unless a guy was sporting gang tattoos or so much ink and metal that he wouldn’t be able to hold down a job that didn’t involve carnival rides, I don’t think they would have had a problem with me seeing someone like Ghost. They’re very big on and have raised me to be big on that whole “it’s what’s inside that counts” thing.
What do you think? Is this trope out dated? Have you ever faced criticism for tattoos and piercing? Or maybe you’re part of a relationship that looks less than ideal on the outside , tell me about it.