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Raw Heat

(Larson Brothers #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  117 reviews

The third book in the Larson Brothers series from New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn is the sexiest installment yet!

Youngest Larson brother Damien has the luck of the devil. Fast talking and faster thinking, he owns a successful nightclub in Houston and runs an illegal poker room upstairs. After a troubled childhood, now nothing is out of Damien’s reach—except

Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Swerve
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*

Not only did Raw Heat manage to make me feel legit crazy (more on that in a minute), it turned me into a Damien and Emma fiend. I couldn’t get enough of these two together. I’m warning you now, this couple is HOT—I’m talking scorching, mind-numbing, intense heat—so prepare yourself. It might not be the perfect scenario, but the unlikely couple standing at the end sure is.

There are those books—and they seem to be few and far between—that stir up something wicked in me. I resort to this
Claire Robinson
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shit-hot-series, smp
2 - "It's a very tangled web." Stars.

Cherrie Lynn rounds off the Larson Brothers series with dark and broody, professional gambler Damien Larson’s story.

"These Larson men are a handful."

I am a huge fan of this authors writing, and if I am honest it is the only reason I didn’t actually give up on this book around the 60% mark.

"Don’t hate the player, hate the game…"

Plot-wise you essentially are getting a little Pretty Woman, with a large dash of Indecent Proposal with a side order of FSOG style
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!

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Emma Haskell is a beautiful 25 yr. old woman living in Houston, Texas. She works as an accountant for a nightclub called Players. Her boss is a man named Damien Larson. He also runs an illegal, underground poker room on the top floor of the club. Emma tends to be more of a strait-laced, rule follower, so she tries to just mind her own business, lay low, & just focus on doing her job that she's paid very well for. She also tries to somewhat steer clear of her very gorgeous, temptin
4.5 “Buy the shoes, eat the cake, fuck the guy” Stars!!!!!

I was all up in this book. Numbers. Poker. Nerd. Asshole. A perfect book recipe, and this book baked itself into my heart and into my pants.

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“The idea, when it hatched, slithered from its shell in his mind, dark and slimy but irresistible. His best ideas usually made him feel like a dirty sonofabitch; that’s how he knew they were good ones. Suddenly nothing seemed impossible anymore. That sweet pink mouth could be his for the taking.”

à la Mode St. » fashion

Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
I love this series SO HARD. Cherrie Lynn delivers three very different stories in this series about three brothers who may have come from the same broken place, but who each chose varying paths that eventually lead them to unexpected romance. Mike, an MMA fighter, Zane, a famous rock star, and now Damien, a night club owner and poker shark, have all completely owned me with their respective storylines, storylines that are SO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Each book, each character, each storyline is noth ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - 3.5 Flames

Ladies and Gentlemen, the best has been saved for last. I didn't think you could top (no pun intended) the first two Larson's, but oh em geeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

The third and youngest Larson, Damien, is best known for winning many Texas Hold 'Em tournaments in Vegas. But he's also known for being intense, dedicated and oh yeah, extremely hot. As the youngest, he's been looked after by his older brothers for years, with no one else really caring to. But when he's given the opport
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Raw Heat is the last book in Cherrie Lynn’s The Larson Brothers series and it was a bit of a letdown for me. The first two books in this series were very complex with the characters having to overcome some big time baggage to be together and in those books they worked through it, they showed growth, they made amends and they moved forward. That same type of book was very possible with the hero and heroine in Raw Heat, but we didn’t see it, not at all, and it was disappointing. An “indecent propo
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley***

4.5 Stars

This book was so interesting and, from the beginning, you are drawn into the romance between Damien and Emma.

Emma is an employee at Damien's nightclub and, while she finds him attractive (and sees him as the stuff of her fantasies) she has never acted on the attraction, or pursued it.

Damien is also attracted to Emma, and for less noble and more "I don't want to ruin her" motivations, isn't pursuing her.

And then, her brother sh
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raw Heat
Larson Brothers #3
Cherrie Lynn
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Great book!! I really liked the plot and the characters in this story. It was very intriguing and kept me entertained. Damien and Emma's relationship was pretty awesome to read about. I really wished I had read the first 2 books in this series because their stories sounded super interesting also.
Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
Ivy Deluca
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: _arc-reads, bet-trope
Quick-ish 2.5 star review. Well, quick for me anyway.


-An “indecent proposal” type trope with some BDSM and a whole lot of hot sex? Alrighty then, sign me up.
-Third book in series, does work as standalone. There are appearances from his brothers (the heroes of the two previous books) and their loves, but it wasn’t critical to this story.
-The sexual chemistry is strong and those are the scenes that worked the best for me. When they teased each other physically, I was pulled in and I had no problem
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Damien Larson is smooth talking professional gambler who runs a nightclub with an illegal poker room upstairs. He is seen as cold, calculating, and a loner. His troubled childhood marked him and made him put up walls and guard his heart so not to get close to people and suffer loss. He is controlling in and out of the bedroom and his ideal woman would submit to him. But the one woman he has been wanting seemed out of his reach...until now.

Emma Haskell is employed as the club's accountan
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raw Heat
Larson Brothers #3
Cherrie Lynn
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Great book!! I really liked the plot and the characters in this story. It was very intriguing and kept me entertained. Damien and Emma's relationship was pretty awesome to read about. I really wished I had read the first 2 books in this series because their stories sounded super interesting also.
Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Frankly, it's more like 2.5 stars. Loved the first book in this series, but the last two have been disappointing, especially this one. Her books are hit or miss for me. I loved Brian, and I loved Ghost, from her earlier books. I wish we could have more of both of them.
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Raw Heat was absolutely amazing!! I loved the chemistry between Emma and Damien and could not get enough of their intense passion. This story had great banter and an engaging storyline that kept me hooked from the get go. It was the sexiest book in the series and the perfect book to end the series.

While Raw Heat is the third book in the Lawson brother series it can be read as a standalone. When bookish and demure Accountant Emma Haskell's gambling addict brother is visiting an illegal poker room
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

Plot: 3/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 2/5

Damien and Emma have been attracted to each other since they first met. A gambling debt by Benjamin, Emma's brother gives Damien the opportunity to get closer to Emma. Emma takes up the offer reluctantly.

The story was written well given the average plot. However, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I find Damien an inconsistent a**hole while Emma, wh
Zoe Forward
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always love Cherrie Lynn's writing and this 3rd installment in the series delivered yet again. This series is awesome.
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Copy received from St Martin's Press /Swerve via Netgalley for an honest review

It is always a bittersweet moment when you get to the last book in a series, however in the case of the Larson Brothers, I feel that Ms Lynn definitely left the best till last.

I wasn't sure how I really felt about Damien Larson after the first two books. There was just something about him that I wasn't sure about.

Well, I can now throw that right out the window, as Damien is now my favourite of all the Larson men.

Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Emma is drawn to her dark, dangerous boss, but knowing he runs an illegal poker room keeps her attraction at bay. When her brother’s gambling problem threatens her family again, Damian proposes a deal that shocks her as well as intrigues her. She is willing to go to great lengths in order to keep her parents from finding out the depths of her brother’s problem. But agreeing to Damian’s terms introduces Emma to a dark side of her boss that she never knew existed.

I loved Emma. She was so loyal to
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

I think this was my favorite book in the Larson brothers series. Damien I need a moment to collect myself here. Ever since I first met Damien in book one I always knew there was something about this man that would bring me to my knees, and I was right. Sweet baby Jesus was I right.

To say the Larson brothers didn't have an easy up bringing would be putting I mildly. But they had each other and I truly think that made all the different in each of their lives. Everyone of them handled
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Raw Heat
Larson Brothers series book #3
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Review copy provided by the publisher

Damien. I can't find the words to describe how much I adore this hero. He's broody and kind of mysterious. But that's what he wants you to see. Under all that is a vulnerable man who's never truly been happy. His brothers are his rock, and he loves them fiercely, but he's never considered himself worthy of the love that comes from a healthy relationship with a woman. He's convinced himself
Susan Staudinger
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25-4.5 STARS

With this third installment to author Cherrie Lynn’s Larson Brother’s series, dare I say, she left the very best for last. In “Raw Heat,” the focus now shifts to Damien—the youngest and most darkly intense of the three Larson brothers—as he sets his sites on his beautiful yet naïve accountant, Emma Haskell. Taking advantage of her weakness that is her gambling addicted brother, Damien offers Emma a deal with the devil himself. But if Damien is the devil, then Emma is more than happ
Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events
Raw Heat took me a little while to get through. The story and plot were entertaining and somewhat unique. The Hero hot and sexy. The side characters well written.

This would have been a solid 4.5 if it had not been for the heroine. I get why she felt the way she did and the author tries to explain it within the story as to why she acts the way she does but to no avail. She was annoying and there just weren't enough redeeming qualities about her or scenes with her to pull me back in. Even when she
Linda Rea
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Emma sees her brother at a poker table in her bosses hidden poker room she is beyond mad. Ben is an addict and he has drained her and her parents dry but he is playing against Damien her boss one of the worlds top poker players. Of course Ben loses and when Emma asks him to let it slide he said we will make a deal, I will give you the money for his debts if you spend the month with me. Emma is a very strong willed person as is Damien so for Emma to agree it's gonna take some serious convinc ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was intrigued this one as the little we have seen Damien in the other books he has seemed like a loner, even among his brothers. I have to say that I didn't care for Damien. I hated how he blackmailed Emma into spending time with him and then later how he treated her, like she was just another woman. Even when Emma confronted Damien he didn't seem affected at all.

I have to say that Emma's brother was a big POS. I was glad that she was able to see the deal he made for her with Damien, she neede
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Damien Larson was a bit of an enigma in previous books so I was excited to dig deeper into his persona. However, I was disappointed with the actual story-line. There were several controversial moments that seemed to be thrown in just for the sake of added drama. Emma's blow-up's became annoying fast. She started out as such a level-headed character, but quickly spiraled into an irrational push-over. There were elements that I enjoyed, especially those featuring the older Larson brothers and thei ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest review***

Raw Heat is the 3rd book in the Larson Brothers series. I have read the first two books and loved them. If the first two books brought the emotions, this one brings all the sexy times. The storyline was fantastic. I really enjoyed it.

Damien Larson has always kept everyone at a distance. If they don’t get too close, they can’t hurt you. He is a master poker player with the reputation of a shark. Owning a nightclub and an illegal poker
Nay Denise
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
Received an ARC via NetGalley.

I have not read the other two books in this series, but oh man, I love the Larson brothers so much!!!! This book was intriguing, full of unexpected love, steamy and family drama filled. I absolutely adored this book from start to finish and all the characters were written phenomenally well.

Emma is hardworking accountant. She's all about her business, making her money and walking the path of a good person. She doesn't really know she has a dark side until a bet goes
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the books in this series (though it is not necessary as they are standalones), but this was my favorite of the three. The characters in this story were very interesting as they both showed one version of themselves to the world, but brought out other qualities just for each other. Emma seemed like a quiet, goal-oriented good girl, but with Damien she shows how strong, bold, and adventurous she truly is. Damien shows the world a cold, controlled version of himself. With Emma, h ...more
great smut. lacked substance.
Nalla Reads
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Originally posted on NallaReads


The final Larson brothers book is here....and Lynn has saved the HOTTEST for last.

Emma's spent months lusting after her poker playing boss, Damien Larson; while she manages his money, he manages her dreams. But when her brother gets under hot water with Damien, her boss makes an offer even she couldn't dream up. One game -  if Damien wins....he wins Emma. She's now got 30 days as Damien's pet and his tastes run far darker than she knows.

Oooh there have been some do
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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 playin

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