Author: Lauren Dane

OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

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OPENING UP by Lauren DaneOpening Up by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink and Chrome #1
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

PJ Colman (Penelope Jean, if you really want to know) has always been a black sheep in her family.  First off, she drops out of college because PJ knows exactly what she wants to do and college classes won’t set her up for that.  PJ is part of the next generation of Colman Enterprises along with her brothers and sister, and she wants to make her mark by expanding their reach in the automotive industry with custom painting.  PJ has trained herself and even taken on a few clients to show her father and uncle that this addition can add exposure, more clientele, and especially more profit if they let her do this—only to be struck down in the worse way.  While PJ is struggling with her place in the family and the family business, there is one bright spot.  A tall, dark and rugged man she met recently at a car show has definitely revved her engine.

 

Asa Barrons is the co-owner of Twisted Steel, along with his good friend Duke Bradshaw.  It’s a shop that they started up after leaving the military which has produced amazing custom cars and trucks; it is gaining a great reputation for the work and soul they put into each vehicle.  Asa is a definite dominate in all aspects of his life, especially in the bedroom, and has always picked a certain type of woman to play with.  When Asa meets PJ, he is more than interested in her, but she is nowhere near the type of woman he usually plays with.  Besides that, she is much younger than he is, and Asa’s head says that is even more of a reason to keep his contact with PJ as a vendor only.

 

PJ knows what she wants and that is Asa in spades, and she has never been one to go down without a fight.  After one spectacular night together, PJ walks into Twisted Steel after a horrible day only to receive a blow-off from Asa.  Talk about a now truly crappy day.  However, PJ knows there is more than one way to fight, and she withdraws.  Asa fights hard; he can’t resist PJ any longer and gives PJ a choice. They can be together if she can accept all that Asa is or they can just be friends.  PJ might be young, but she isn’t afraid of playing with Asa and trying whatever he comes up with.  Asa and his passion and his ultimate support are all that PJ needs to grow and become the mate that Asa wants and needs.  And he also helps her believe in herself enough to fight for her place in Colman Enterprises.

 

A chance meeting at a car show erupts in erotic passion and a strong and vibrant relationship full of strength and love in Opening Up.  Right off the bat, I have to say that I absolutely loved Asa and PJ, even when I was shaking my head at them.  Ms. Dane always gives us women who know what they want and who go for it full speed ahead, and PJ was definitely from that mold.  While I could see why Asa thought he was doing the right thing when he first broke up with PJ, I was beyond happy that he finally got out of his own way and just gave up to the day-to-day experiences with PJ.  Also, who can’t love a strong dominate with a marshmallow inside for those he considers his to love and protect.  I can’t wait to see how PJ and Asa’s relationship grows as the other books in this series come out.  I have come to believe that no one can do smoldering eroticism like Lauren Dane—she has proven this again with PJ and Asa in Opening Up.  For all the reasons I have mentioned and so many more that you will discover when you read PJ and Asa’s journey, I wholeheartedly Joyfully Recommend Opening Up.  If this first book is anything to go by, I foresee the entire series as very hot and sexy while still giving you a real life story that makes you believe you could meet PJ and Asa or any of the characters by walking into a neighborhood store.

BACK TO YOU by Lauren Dane

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BACK TO YOU by Lauren DaneBack to You by Lauren Dane
Series: Hurley Boys #3
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

 

 

 

Kelly Hurley was a top model when she met Vaughan Hurley and quickly ended up pregnant and then married to him.  Both of them were pretty young and both were in the public spotlight. Once their daughter was born, Kelly grew up fast so that she could be the mother she never had. Kelly all but gave up her career for Vaughan and their daughter. Life wasn’t perfect, but Kelly was fighting for her family until she finally gave up and did what Vaughan kept telling her to do—

divorce him even though she was pregnant with their second daughter at the time.

 

Vaughan Hurley is one part of the rock band, Sweet Hollow Ranch, which is made up of Vaughan and his brothers. Vaughan knows he is the reason that he lost Kelly and his daughters and, for years now, he has denied the majority of his fault and accepted being a part time father to his daughters and ignoring his passion for Kelly that has never dimmed after all these years.  Now however, it looks like Vaughan might have lost Kelly and any chance of having his family back because she just became engaged to someone else.

 

Kelly has always loved Vaughan, but she has given up hope that he will ever grow up and come back to her. So, she is pretty surprised when he not only shows up just when she needs him, but acts as her partner. Even more surprising to Kelly is the fact that Vaughan says he is here to stay and wants her back and is willing to prove just how he has grown up. Vaughan takes the first steps by being a full-time parent and then admitting to his family just what happened all those years ago between him and Kelly. The love between Kelly and Vaughn is stronger than ever, and they are taking things step-by-step into being a full-time family. Now comes Vaughan’s hardest job, which is getting his family to open up to Kelly so that he doesn’t have to pick one family over the other, because he is not going to let Kelly go ever again.

 

Life in the public spotlight is hard enough, but for one top model and one rock star they discovered it’s the things that happen out of the spotlight that can do the most damage.  Kelly and Vaughan learned that lesson pretty quickly after they were married; now they are learning how to become a loving family again in Back to You.  I knew that Vaughan had messed up pretty badly from the previous books, but when I found out just how badly, I was on Kelly’s side of their breakup. However, Vaughan gained my respect by how hard he fought for Kelly and proved that he could be a full-time parent and a responsible husband now. I knew that Vaughan meant business when he finally opened up to his parents on what he had done and accepted their reactions. I cheered when Vaughan proved that he would protect Kelly’s emotions as wells as her person in so many ways. Kelly and Vaughan is one couple that I don’t think anything short of an act of God, and I’m not even sure of that, could break them up ever again. Back to You is a strong and passionate story proving that if you work hard enough, everyone can have a second chance at their first love.

BROKEN OPEN by Lauren Dane

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BROKEN OPEN by Lauren DaneBroken Open by Lauren Dane
Series: Hurley Boys #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Tuesday Eastwood has hit the highs and lows in her life by finding the love of her life in college and marrying him and then losing that same love to a horrible death of cancer. Now she is trying to rebuild her life in an Oregon town with one of her best friends. Tuesday has kept her relationships to friends only and sex is just that, sex. But that was before her best friend fell for a rock star who has a moody and sexy brother—one that just calls out to Tuesday.

 

Ezra Hurley is a rancher and a rock star who fell long and hard and had to fight his way back. The hard love of his family helped Ezra find his way again and now he only records with this brothers and the band and doesn’t travel with them any longer.  Instead, he has taken over running the ranch that they all grew up on. Ezra also is the lode stone that his brothers always lean on when they need help. Having let them down once before, Ezra is not about to let any of his family down again.

 

Tuesday knows that being anything else but a friend to Ezra might just be the thing that finally breaks her, and yet once they share their first kiss, she can’t seem to stop herself.  Ezra was also affected by that kiss and can’t seem to get Tuesday off his mind.  Ezra has made a decision to try two live shows with his brothers now that the tour is coming to an end.  This is especially scary for Ezra since it was touring that helped Ezra lose his way not all that long ago.  Tuesday is also going through a bad time, but not from her family or even Ezra’s. This attack is coming from a place that should be in the past or at least from where she is learning to go on as she has had to. Tuesday and Ezra might be falling in love in slow motion, but the emotions are just as deep and the potholes are just as ragged as when you’re young, stupid, and falling fast.  Tuesday and Ezra also learn, along the way, some of the day-to-day issues both face, including a racism situation that shocks everyone. When the last pothole is covered and what appears to be the last hurdle has been dealt with, will Tuesday and Ezra have conquered all in the name of love, or will they be the ones conquered?

 

A most unusual rock star love story to say the least, and yet Tuesday and Ezra show us just what a deep love and friendship can achieve in Broken Open.  After meeting both Tuesday and Ezra in the first book, I wasn’t surprised when they were the main couple in the second book.  They just seemed to click and I could see they had such potential to steam up the ranch, and boy was I correct.  Tuesday’s story came close to breaking my heart, and I had to cheer for her when she still let herself be caught up in the budding attraction with Ezra.  Ezra showed me just what determination and family strength meant as I read what he had to overcome, even if it was self-imposed. As a couple, they smoldered and steamed up the joint, and as individuals, they were each people that I would have been proud to call a friend had they been real.  The highs and lows of Tuesday and Ezra’s book made it one I couldn’t put down once they grabbed me, and it really didn’t take that long for them to do that. Two brothers down and one to go, and I do believe he just might have the hardest time of all three of them—I can’t wait.  Tuesday and Ezra have a joint star that might be a bit dented, but it still shines so brightly it could blind you.  Broken Open wraps you up in strong emotions, while taking you along on a journey that proves everyone deserves a second chance no matter what happened to make a second chance necessary.  I couldn’t put it down, and I’m guessing you won’t be able to either.

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

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BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren DaneBlade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #3
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

"When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you."

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father's Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan's the woman in the middle. She's not used to being claimed in a way that's not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn't want in a man—he's bossy, he's a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she's past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She's past denying she's in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She's stronger and more powerful than she's ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she'll need all the help she can get because it's not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There's a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It's what she was born to do.

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Rowan Summerwaite has finally healed and is ready to begin her hunt for the ancient vampire witch, Enyo, who attacked her when she was unarmed in her childhood home.  It has been weeks of hurry up and wait, and Rowan is beyond ready to get this hunt on.  But before she can gather up the hand-selected people who will be accompanying her on this hunt, Rowan must deal with more bull from Hunter Corp, the company she hunts for.  Rowan is also confronted with a temporary madness from Theo, The First—the vampire who has stood as Rowan’s father for so many years.

 

Finally Rowan is on the hunt with her boyfriend, Clive Stewart, the North American Scion; her steward, David, the European Scion; Warren; and Recht, one of the Frist’s guards.  Talk about a powerful and deadly group, that Rowan knows will be needed to take down Enyo and those who have protected her up to now.  Things get off to a rocky start and from places that Rowan never expected trouble, but now they are headed to the last place Enyo was seen.  The hunt gets even more complicated as Rowan and the Nation’s vampires with her discover that there are highly placed leaks in the Nation’s set up somewhere, which are putting them in even more danger.  The closer Rowan gets to Enyo, the more complex the hunt gets as another spike of danger comes from a place which should be a place of safety for Rowan.  All of the leads and leaks lead to the final showdown between Rowan and Enyo and even Bridget, Rowan’s goddess, gets something from this battle.

 

The hunt is finally on, and Rowan and her hand-picked group start their bloody European tour to bring down the ancient Enyo in Blade on the Hunt.  I have to say, first off, this story was a big WOW with all the complexity and angles that kept me on the edge from beginning until the end.  I knew that Rowan had a huge reason to want Enyo dead, but I then learned that Bridget also had one and what it was.  Watching Clive and Warren butt heads had me chuckling once Rowan stepped in and called BS.  Most of all, I loved all the twists and turns that came out as this hunt went on.  I also loved watching as Rowan and Clive’s romance deepened and more of Rowan’s life was revealed to Clive and us.  While a lot of things were solved at the end of this book, there are so many more issues that are now up front and forward.  I really can’t wait for the next book from this series, and I will have to for at least a year.  What agony! Blade on the Hunt is a must-read and a true keeper in every sense of the words. It is also a Joyfully Recommended read that I know you will love as much as I did, because there was a whole lot that I didn’t tell you about here.

COUNT ON ME by Lauren Dane

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COUNT ON ME by Lauren DaneCount on Me by Lauren Dane
Series: Georgia, Petals
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Caroline Mendoza grew up in Petal, Georgia with a normal family until the day her mother was murdered and her father was convicted of it.  Caroline never believed that he did it, unlike some of the other members of her family.  Now, sixteen years later, Caroline is an attorney, and she is back.  Caroline has a multiple game plan now: to become reacquainted with her younger siblings, put her life back to normal, and to clear her father of the murder charges.

 

Royal Watson is a homegrown boy in Petal; he now runs his family’s ranch which he has turned into an organic enterprise.  Royal recently accepted that the woman he loved would never be what he wanted, and he has gone on with his life.  He is seriously surprised when he bumps into a sexy woman who seems familiar and then realizes it is Caroline.  Royal knows that all the boys will be after this vivacious woman as soon as it gets out she is here to stay, and he isn’t about to lose his advantage.  So starts his plan to convince Caroline to date him.

 

Caroline has always thought that Royal was a hunk, although he was a couple of years ahead of her in school.  Now this same guy she dreamed of back then wants to date her.  As Royal and Caroline begin the “getting to know you” stage, Caroline is also following clues about what really happened when her mother was murdered, while getting to know her brother and sister again.  Petal is a small town with a long memory and, as Caroline is coming to find out, with some long standing prejudices in certain places.  As time goes by, Caroline and Royal are falling in love just as it seems danger is targeting Caroline. Royal will do anything to make sure that nothing is allowed to hurt Caroline in any way, even when it means forcing a few harsh truths at people.  The truths from long ago are coming out now and. once they are known. will Royal and Caroline have a chance to continue the loving journey of discovery they have begun and just how will Caroline’s family come out on the other side?

 

They say you can never go home. Caroline proves them wrong and discovers love in Royal while righting wrongs done in the past.  Count on Me brings Caroline home with a long list of things she wants to do.  Falling in love wasn’t on that list, but I found that Royal was all about making an addendum to that list.  I loved watching as Caroline and Royal went down that bumpy road of romance and managed to keep their love and humor with each new issue.  I will say that there is one character that I have liked in the past books that I really wanted to slap in this one.  Of course, Caroline handled that much better and again showed Royal and others just why she was so special.  I loved that Caroline and Royal found each other and were able to come out on top even with all the nastiness that came from Caroline’s search for a killer and to reconnect with her siblings.  Count on Me is a book that will pull on your heartstrings in so many ways.  It has great touches of humor, passion, suspense, and best of all, justice, all while two hearts find each other and become one.

THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren Dane

THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren Dane

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BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

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NEVER ENOUGH by Lauren Dane

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HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

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CAKE by Lauren Dane

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