Review: Stone Cold by Cheryl Douglas

Stone ColdSource: Freebie on Amazon
Publisher: –
Series: Music City Moguls #1
Edition: eBook, 192 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Cassidy Ross just wants to escape her miserable life until she meets famed music producer, Drake Elliott. He’s everything a girl from the wrong side of the tracks would be foolish to hope for, but Drake helps her realize she can have a life worth fighting for… until she makes a mistake that could cost her everything.

Anyone stupid enough to betray Drake is destined to pay the price, especially when the culprit is wearing his engagement ring. He thought he could trust Cassidy, but when she proves him wrong he vows to make her pay.

Revenge is sweet, but redemption is sweeter.


Stone Cold is not your typical fluff romance, it has a lot of heart and shows that second chances do happen. This is my first contemporary romance book in a very long time so I went into it sort of hesitant because it’s not my first choice for genre, but it turned out  to be a really good read and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Stone Cold takes place in the city of music, specifically country music, Nashville. Drake Elliott is a music producer who has all the material possessions he could ever want but he only wants Cassidy…until a very big mistake tears them a part and he struggles to get over the incident. To be honest Drake is very hard to like to begin with. He doesn’t handle the situation well at all and some of the things he says are extremely hurtful, but it’s easy to see why he would rather lash out than even attempt forgiveness. However I found it really interesting to see how he struggled to move on and how he dealt with everything, and how over time he did grow as a person. Cassidy’s story is touching and I really liked her as a person. She’s very strong willed and has had a very rough past as she struggled with drug addiction and a broken family. The best thing about her is that she doesn’t accept the easiest way possible and she doesn’t want to live a life based off of someone else’s success, and just seeing how much she grows from the beginning of the book to the end is really amazing.

The romance is not like the ones I’ve read before where two strangers come together slowly, overcome some obstacles and have a happily ever after. Instead we have a pre-existing relationship that is very broken due to trust issues and misunderstandings, and instead of seeing a simple reunion we get to see them grow as people and form a new and better relationship. I love that Cassidy is a strong woman who isn’t afraid to say she wants more of herself and that she needs to worry about that before she allows someone else into her life, and I love that she wasn’t always that way, that she had to build herself up and do things for herself. I also really like seeing Drake and Cassidy reconnect with family, even though those relationships have proven toxic in the past.

Stone Cold not only focuses on the romantic relationship between two people, but also focuses on personal growth, second chances and forgiveness.

4 stars

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5 Responses to Review: Stone Cold by Cheryl Douglas

  1. Sounds like a great book with lots of character development, and even better that it was free as well! Thanks for sharing Michelle, I like characters who aren’t always perfect.

  2. lab1990 says:

    sounds like a good romance! I like the idea of it taking place in Nashville too.

    Lauren from

  3. I like second chance romances and the Nashville setting is wonderful! Lovely review Michelle and I am so glad stepping out of your genre comfort zone paid off.

  4. Having a lot of heart as well as the theme of second chances make this one sound special

  5. I just realized that you don’t in fact review a lot of contemporary romances. XD

    This looks good and different. I mean a female dealing with drug addiction isn’t something you see given much focus to. I think we se them mostly as side characters or non-existent at all. Also, I like how this about working out an existent relationship. I think a lot of people should something more like that rather than just boy meets girl and assume the happy ending.

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