Author: Lauren Dane

COMING BACK by Lauren Dane

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COMING BACK by Lauren DaneComing Back by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink and Chrome #3
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Jessi Frankli, costume and wedding dress designer, has recently moved back to Seattle.  There were several reasons Jessi came back, one was to be near her family again and the other is to see if maybe she can reconnect to the men she gave her heart to many years ago.  Jessi and her family are always willing to help anyone who might need it and to bring them into their family.  This is exactly how Jessi met both Mick and Adam when they were younger.  They became lovers at one point, but then both of the men’s pasts crumbled Jessi’s world and they both left her.

 

Mick Roberts, the newest partner at Twisted Steel’s custom hotrod and motorcycle shop after he left the military.  Mick knows that he has been messed-up emotionally from his youth, and he has been working very hard to come to terms with the past and what he wants his future to be.  Mick also knows that he is the reason that Jessi’s heart was broken—that he was the one who put the first hole in their relationship.  Then Mick left to join the military to try and understand himself.

 

Adam Gulati, architect who came from a rich family, which doesn’t mean that he wasn’t one of the lost that Jessi and her family helped when he was younger. Out of the three of them, Adam should have been the foundation that could and would hold him, Jessi, and Mick together.  However, when Mick left, Adam struggled with his emotions and eventually he drifted away from Jessi.  Adam has spent the last several years learning about just what he needed in a relationship and how to get it and keep it.

 

The night that Twisted Steel had a huge party for their new building was the night that Jessi, Mick, and Adam reconnected both in public and in private.  While they all still have feelings for each other, they all know that it will take hard work and a lot of understanding before they can begin to have what they started years before.  Each one of them is a leg of the relationship and offers something the others need. While the three of them are working at forming the life they always wanted, each has burdens that they must overcome, both together and separately.  Mick gained his new balance from his good friends at Twisted Steel, friends that Jessi and Adam soon find as their own, too.  As the weeks pass, Adam, Jessi, and Mick have the beginnings of a very special and loving relationship.  However, there is one final thing that needs to be dealt with before the three of them can go forward with their lives.  While one will have to do it, the other two will be right there to help and heal them—just as it should be.

 

Three teens fell in love, only to separate as early adults, and now they have another chance to have it all—if they can find the answers that each needs to believe and trust in that love. Jessi, Mick, and Adam will not only find that, but a lot more in Coming Back.  From the previous books in the series, I knew that Mick had a very troubled past and one that made him run for a while.  I hoped that he would find what he needed, because I had fallen for the hard-luck bad boy.  After meeting Jessi, I immediately loved her quirky personality, and Adam impressed me with his inner strength and willingness to use it in a loving way to bring Mick and Jessi what they needed.  Watching as Jessi, Adam, and Mick worked through each and every one of their issues and that with each victory their love only became stronger, made it hard to put the book down when I needed to.  This is one threesome that needs to be together; they complement each other in so many ways that I really can’t explain.  You just really need to read their story and see how right they are for each other.  Coming Back is a ‘second chance at love’ story, but it’s so much more, too.  It’s friendships; it’s family you make—not just what you are born with and, of course, it’s a deep love.

FALLING UNDER by Lauren Dane

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FALLING UNDER by Lauren DaneFalling Under by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink and Chrome #2
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Carmella Rossi has had the hots for her hunky neighbor since they became neighbors, but she knows that he will never be for her.  After all, she is unemployed right now and trying to keep all of her responsibilities under control and not let herself fall under water.  What she didn’t expect was for Duke to offer her a job at his shop as the office manager.  Accepting the offer will help offset her financial worries, but it will also put her in close contact with Duke every day.  However, Carmella has never been one to ignore challenges so, of course, she accepts the job.

 

Duke Bradshaw is the co-owner of Twisted Steel, a remodeling and custom car shop that, after years of hard work, is coming into its own as the place to go for any custom work. When their office manager puts in an unexpected notice, Duke knows just the person to fill the job—his sexy neighbor.  Duke has wanted Carmella for years now, but has always kept their relationship just below the intimate level.  Duke is good at controlling his impulses, but being exposed to Carmella both at work and at home just might be the thing that allows Duke to get Carmella just where he wants her—his bed.

 

With constant exposure, it doesn’t take long for the attraction between Duke and Carmella to explode into passion.  Yet, both know that this could be a touchy relationship with them being employer and employee, and yet they agree to take the risk.  Their relationship is like any other with ups and downs, as both learn to adjust to being part of a couple, until a major misunderstanding tears them part. It takes a lot of understanding and discussion, but Duke and Carmella get back on the relationship track.  Yet, once again their romance is interrupted, this time by family issues on each side.  Having come this far, Duke and Carmella know that compromise and discussion is the way to approach problems—even when it’s hard to talk about.  This time their love is what gives each of them strength to deal with separate family issues that could have torn them to pieces separately, but instead brings them back into each other’s arms.

 

Two neighbors who have spent years just watching each other finally explode into passion in Falling Under.  Carmella and Duke might seem like an unusual couple to some people, but those who know them know exactly how right they are for each other.  I knew that there would be a few rocky times just because both Duke and Carmella were such strong-willed people. Yet, that is one reason why I loved them, because they were so sure of who they were and what they wanted.  I loved watching Carmella and Duke fumbling a bit as they learned the rhythm of their romance and how their close friends backed them when it was needed.  I also loved seeing how their love allowed both Duke and Carmella to find that extra bit of strength they needed to deal with personal issues even when they were apart from each other. Duke and Carmella didn’t have a sun and roses type of romance but a believable one with ruts and bumps to go along with the passion and love. Falling Under is a real life romance—one that doesn’t depend on fairy tales but on the couple dealing with the everyday issues while finding their way to a deep and lasting love and a couple that will have you cheering for them to make it to the finish line.

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

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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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DRAWN TOGETHER by Lauren Dane

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UNCONDITIONAL by Lauren Dane

UNCONDITIONAL by Lauren Dane

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WILD DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

WILD DARKNESS by Lauren Dane

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