Series: Ink and Chrome

COMING BACK by Lauren Dane

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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