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Hard Rock Crush (Cherry Lips)

(Cherry Lips #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Recording contract. Adoring fans. Industry respect.

I have everything I always wanted.

But I’m so close to f*cking it up.

All because of him.

Liam Knight. My musical idol. My inspiration. My savior.

He stirs up feelings I’ve forgotten, memories I’ve suppressed. I want his lips on mine. I want his hands on my skin. I want his arms wrapped around me, never letting go.

Liam says I’
Paperback, 326 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cerise is the lead singer of the band Cherry Lips a name she was called way back when she was still undecided about whether she wanted life as a Rock Star. Liam is the guitarist who called her Cherry Lips when he saw her backstage at a local event. Fast forward a few years later & Cherry Lips is an up & coming band with their first record deal. When the bands thinks it would be a good idea to have a temporary guitarist help out on their first sponsored tour they hold try outs. When Liam ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an arc for an honest review.

Hard rock crush is told from the POV of cersie as her and her band begin their rock and roll life.. After signing a contract and going on tour they decide to hire loan as a temp guitarist.. Liams band went their separate ways and now he's looking for a new place to be for a while.. Liam and cersie didn't expect to run in to Liam again..

This story is one of overcoming tragedy, finding your inner strength, learning to deal with the past and future and also
Jennifer D.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally Rocked!!

I love rock star romances and this one is one of my top 5! I couldn't put it down! Cerise and Liam's story is epic! I loved how they first crossed paths and then when they finally got together. Their chemistry is off the charts but they also have an easy way about them. I love all the members of the band and can't wait for their stories! Make sure to sign up for the authors newsletter as you get the novella that proceeds Hard Rock Crush (Gael and Jessie's story) and well as a sce
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This follows the rock band Cherry Lips which Cerise is the driving force behind. Cerise meets one of her favorite rockers, Liam Knight who happens to be big in the rock world at that time. It was Liam who gave Cerise the push to get back up on stage and follow her dreams of being a rock star telling her she is going to be a bright shining star. Cerise buys into what Liam is telling her and Cherry Lips is formed.

After a couple of years a lot has changed and Cherry Lips is beginning to make it bi
R G Johnson
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We join Cherry Lips at the beginning of world domination. Finally with a contract and a local tour they are making it big. First point of business is to get another guitarist so Cerise can sing her heart out and rest her wrist. Once again she is face to face with Liam, a face from the past who inspired her to push forward with her dreams. Liam is talented so when he auditions for the session guitarist job the band love him, if only Cerise was as enthusiastic. She can’t deny the sexual tension be ...more
Joyce Black
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual Ms. Wright delivers another great story that is well written. There are a cast of characters and each one is detailed so much that you feel like you are with them throughout their journey. Another strong male female character depicted. At times, she just operated on shear will alone. The main male character was just outright nummy! He seemed to be immediately smitten and stayed his path until he got together with the main female. This story was full of camaraderie, very strong friendshi ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about two tortured people trying to find peace and move on with their lives. Both individuals are learning how to cope with their past and struggle to deal with their futures. They are able to find joy in their music and some solace with one another. However, it’s not always easy learning how to move step forward when you can’t let go of the past. Since I don’t do spoilers cause I feel it’s not fair to the author I’lll just to tell you how the book affected me.
It’s a sweet story
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We were first introduced to the band Cherry Lips in the Hard Rock: Feral Silence series. What I love about this book is that the heroine, Cerise, is a hard rocking singer. I have been curious about her since Morris' book, Hard Rock Heart and Gael's book, Hard Rock Crush. She has a strong confident persona on stage, and yet she is a mess off running from her feelings about something in her past. What happened to make her fear relationships? Enter Liam Knight. Liam was in a successful band before ...more
Jennifer G
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cerise is on the edge. Her one-time dreams of being in a rock band may be over. Life, loss broke her. Singing hurts too much now. Then a random encounter with a stranger behind a speaker at a concert changed everything. Liam Knight saved her without even knowing. One question, one piece of advice put Cerise back on track. Now the lead singer of the band Cherry Lips, Cerise, her brother and band family have just signed a contract and are about to go on tour. Needing a temporary guitarist for the ...more
Vivi Chatzikiriakou
"Rock. Wild. Heart wrenching. With Hard Rock Crush Athena Wright delivers her most addictive romance to date. Yes, it's a Must Read. "

Book rates: 5+ sheer perfection stars
Plot: 5+stars
Characters: 5+starts
Writing: 5+stars
Pacing: 5+stars
Cover: 5+stars

Hero: Liam Knight
Heroine: Cerise Moreau

"I received a complimentary copy of this book and have volunteered to leave a review."

Is it acceptable to start with an exclamation? Because I truly feel impressed about this book. I have read a book or
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After suffering a devastating loss, Cerise loses herself and rather than dealing with the problem head on, she runs. During one of her run aways, she runs into well-known, fellow rock and roll star - Liam. While their encounter is brief, his parting words lift the heavy fog Cerise has been drowning in and becomes her guiding light.

Fast forward a couple years and Cerise is on top of the world with her band and another happenstance causes Liam to come back not only into Cerise's life, but into her
Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
HARD ROCK CRUSH. Cerise and Liam. Two characters suffering from events in their past they cannot forget. Events that is slowly but surely pushing them further apart after just having found one another…

This book is the first in a new series which follows the guys from Cherry Lips, a band we were introduced to in previous books. The band is Cerise and her older brother Gael’s baby, the meaning behind their name so much more than meets the eye…

Meet Cerise, with her cherry-red hair and fingernails.
A. H.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, we finally get the long awaited insight into Cerise, a female rocker's POV in this 10th book in the Hard Rock series by Athena Wright! The story starts out in the past where we get to see how Cherry Lips developed (and really got its name) and continues to follow both the growth of the band and Cerise herself . Enter Liam, a former band member of another rock band, and sparks fly. He was Cerise's rock from the beginning- "the man who inspired me years ago to keep going after I'd given up ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have followed Athena Wright through the Feral Silence books then Darkest Days and now into Cherry Lips. If you enjoy rockstars with issues these books are for you.

Hard Rock Crush brings us the story of Cherry Lips lead singer Cerise and her introduction to Liam Knight and how her band was named. We were first introduced to Cerise in Morris' book Hard Rock Heart and I've been looking forward to reading her story every since.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god what a book! I love books by Athena Wright. I devoured her other rockstar books. And loved every minute of them, but man this book was amazing. It was so well-written and thought out. But oh did it bring tears to my eyes. She puts so much passion in her books you just feel it.
This is Cerise story Mrs. Cherry lips herself, and how she met Liam. I love the part where she comes up with the name of her band with help from Liam. And then years later they meet again as he is auditioning for
Sue Me
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Athena's writing style brings you right into the plot with all the emotions, good, bad, and messy. I think this may be her best book yet. Can't wait for book two in the series.

What stands out for me and what I will remember is that most of us have some painful episodes in our past. That the family we were born into, may not be the family we should choose to surround ourselves. As my husband is fond of saying: " The definition of a dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person."

Shauna Shanks
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely love this book and I am a huge Athena Wright fan and as usual she doesn't disappoint. Cerise its the lead singer in the band Cherry Lips a name she chose after being called that before she decided a band was what she wanted to do with her life. She has a lot of walls up due to a past she cant get over but she still manages to rock out with her band/family just fine. After pushing herself to much the band decides that they need a ne
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Cherry Lips series - second story, as Gael made his mark in Hard Rock Promise - and of all Athena Wrights rock star romances, is the first one from the point of view of a band member.

Cerise is the lead singer of Cherry Lips, and if you've read Hard Rock Heart, you'll already be familiar with some of her backstory, as it ties in Morris's story, the two of them grew up together, and experienced a tragedy.

Liam was the guitarist in a band about to hit big, and was one o
Liz Black
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, rock-star, arc
Hard Rock Crush - Athena Wright

Hard Rock Crush is the first in Athena Wright's rockstar series that deal with a female protagonist, namely Cerise Moreau. She is the lead singer of Cherry Lips, aptly named after herself. It was Liam Knight who gave her the nickname after her cherry-red hair and lips.

Years later Cerise meets Liam again when he is hired as their session guitarist for their first tour. Sparks fly between them, but they are both hesitant to fall in love. Liam has just gone through a
Shell Price
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved all Athena Wright's books and this one did not disappoint. Cerise Moreau is the lead singer of a band called Cherry Lips. Liam Knight is her rock idol and the one who gave her the nickname, Cherry Lips, that her band is named after. Both have had their hearts broken in the past and find it hard to let go and move on. Cherry Lips has a new recording contract and tour that they are they are getting ready to embark on when Cerise realizes that it is causing too much strain to play guitar ...more
K Reynolds
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Athena Wright’s best book yet! A must read!

I am an Athena Wright fan. I enjoy her writing style and the amazing characters she brings to life. That said,Hard Rock Crush blew me away. It is by far her best book to date. The writing was so good. Cerise and Liam were everything! The chemistry was on fire and their depth was rich and emotional. You can’t help but get sucked into the brightness of their shining star. I loved the strength and vulnerability both characters showed. We got loving glances
Jackie D
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rock Stardom at it's finest!
The Cherry Lips and their tight-knit band are on their way to bigger and better things, well- they're getting there. Cerise along with her brother Gael, Nathan and Julian make up the newly favorited band. When Liam the cause of much distraction for Cerise, becomes the extra temporary guitarist for the tour, living in her bubble is no longer an option!
Electrifying connections on and off the stage- these two are on point. The past has not been kind to either of them, ge
Caroline Doig
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story and this is my favourite genre rock and roll stories out of all the other genres. Cerise is the lead singer of the Cherry Lips band but before that she wasn’t interested in singing it hurt too much until one day she met a guy at a concert and he gave her some good advice, she went back to her brother in the crowd and then she heard a voice on the stage and that voice was of the guitarist Liam Knight and after that day she formed the band Cherry Lips. Years later Liam goes to a ...more
Linda Kopec
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cherise met Liam years ago before one of his concerts. She was struggling and he approached her before she knew who he was. His words inspired her and she believes it was the start of her success with her band Cherry Lips. Fast forward a couple of years and the band decides to hire someone to help play guitar so Cherise can focus on the vocals. Enter Liam. They are both surprised to see each other. The attraction is immediate, but she fights getting involved because of her past loss. He has left ...more
Lisa Hill
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another rocking read

The heartache behind the persona of Cerise Moreau, rock goddess is revealed in this episode of the Cherry Lips series.

Cerise has been hurting for so long, never letting anyone get too close to her heart. She’s far to afraid of getting it broken again.

Until Liam Knight comes back into her life. They met once, briefly, at a time when Cerise was having a crisis. His few words of encouragement convinced her to follow her dreams and become a rock singer. Now, he’s auditioning to j
Cheryl Drake johnson
Cerise Moreau is a lead singer of the Cherry Lips she decided to use the name after she met a spoke to Liam Knight who was performing the night she and her brother went to check them out,and when they met again some years later he was trying out as an session player for her and her brother's band. Something had happened back then that was still with her now but she will come to a decision about that soon also with the help of friends. Liam seems to have issues to deal with also but he made the m ...more
Maria Di Pasqua
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Three stars for this book because although I loved Athena’s previous books of this series, these two characters in this book just weren’t fit for one another. Indeed as I kept reading, I seemed to notice that there weren’t any sparks between them. Perhaps I’m wrong but I just didn’t feel anything. The story is mainly about Cerise who is absolutely devastated by the loss of her fiancé . She hasn’t any purpose in her life until one day she accidentally meets Liam, a gorgeous guitarist who gives he ...more
Sarah Gupta
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC review: I got to be honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this bug, I loved Gael but I always thought his sister was a bit annoying. I thought she was strong but for some reason there was something I didn’t like in first book. However this book changed that I loved her Cerise end up being stronger and she overcome her grief. That deserve a lot of credit especially with what she went through. Liam Knight deserved a happy ending after what he went through and I loved how he wasn’t the us ...more
Jennifer Crutchfield
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First book in new series. Has some secondary characters from previous series, but I have not read any of those. This can be read as stand-alone. Full length emotional story about two beautifully broken people. Not a story about sex, drugs, and rock n roll, but about the relationship of the band members. The band members make up secondary characters that feels like family, I hope they each get their own book too. I look forward to reading them. Both Cerise and Liam have deep hurt in their past an ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting to read Cerise's story for awhile now. I knew there had to be more to her than met the eye. I wasn't wrong. And yes, it was worth the wait.
Her past meets her future on a day when she needs it the most. The day Liam Knight walks into her life . He gives her the words she needs to hear. And a nickname.
Years go by. Her band is on the rise, needing a session guitarist when he walks in. Needless to say it shocking for both.
They both have broken hearts. Each for a different reason
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Athena Wright is a USA Today Bestselling author of New Adult Romance. She loves to write about cocky men and the girls who tame their wild hearts. Hobbies include cooking, eating, and living out her rock star dreams at karaoke bars. Athena is perpetually on the hunt for her next caffeine fix.

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