Also by this author: Drawn Together, Back to You
Series: Ink & Chrome #2
Published by Forever on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers the second book in her dark, gritty and romantic Ink & Chrome series
Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the custom motorcycle shop Twisted Steel, is great with his hands and not afraid to get dirty . . . especially in his fantasies about his redheaded neighbor Carmella Rossi.
Carmella has been secretly lusting after her hot, tattooed neighbor for the last three years. His gravelly voice combined with the throaty purr of his custom bike never fails to send thrills down her spine. When Duke asks her to join him at the shop, she can't say no. Soon their days together spill over into nights that bring her pleasure beyond anything she imagined. But Carmella grew up with bikers, and knows how bad a bad boy can be. Can she put herself at risk for someone who has heart-breaker written all over him?
Erin: I’m not sure Lauren Dane could ever write anything that I didn’t absolutely devour as soon as I started to read and her newest Ink and Chrome novel, Falling Under, is no different. Hot guys, sassy and fierce women, cool cars, and sex that is off the charts steamy is a combo no other author does as well as Lauren Dane. No one.
Falling Under is the second book in the series, but don’t worry if you somehow missed the first one (though how in the hell is that even possible?!), this book is completely a standalone. Duke Bradshaw is the co-owner of Twisted Steel, a custom auto shop, with his best friend Asa Barron. Of the two men, Duke is definitely the more laid back and mellow of the pair. He’s charming and sweet, and oh so very VERY swoony. Like melt your panties off and cause your heart to race swoony.
“I can do something with half an hour.” Like kiss and kiss those lips of hers. “That’s not enough time for what I plan to do to you when we get naked finally. But I can work with it.”
Oh yes. He can. And does.
Carmella Rossi has been Duke’s next door neighbor for a while, and though they run in the same circles and know some of the same people, it isn’t until Duke approaches her to work at Twisted Steel do things truly heat up for these two. And they heat up quickly. Duke is everything Carmella wants in a man: caring, honest, kind, HOT and he loves her dog, drives a motorcycle, and has kick-ass tattoos. (Seriously, what sane woman wouldn’t want him?!) She does have some baggage though and it takes Duke’s patience and gentle (though sometimes he just takes and …. DAMN) pushing to get her to open up and let him in.
I love the way Dane uses both MC’s points of view. It really helps the reader get to know and become invested in each character. I love that PJ and Asa (the stars of book one’s Opening Up) make plenty of appearances. PJ is one of my most favorite Lauren Dane characters ever and Asa is just unffff … he makes me sigh just seeing his name. The atmosphere of the story is interesting and it sure doesn’t hurt that Duke not only races cars but gets his alpha on by doing a little underground fighting, too. Duke’s friendship with both Asa and Mick really lends a depth to the man, contrary to bandying about his catch phrase“Right on” often. I will admit to giggling every time he says it. It’s perfect.
Carmella is a strong woman, and it’s one reason why Lauren Dane is one of my favorite authors. Her women are fierce and proud and feminine and embrace their sexuality with all they’ve got. They enjoy men, they enjoy flirting … they enjoy sex and feel not one ounce of shame for it. I love that. Carmella is a little bruised and broken and she has doubts like everyone, but once she decides to risk opening herself up to Duke, she’s definitely all in.
“I’m sweaty and sticky and I smell like cigarettes and violence.” His words held more than one meaning, and though she knew she should pretend not to see that, she couldn’t.
“I know.” Carmella licked up the side of his neck. “And you taste like a man who likes to fuck nice girls.”
Falling Under is a fantastic addition to Lauren Dane’s Ink and Chrome series. Hot, sweet, swoony, it’s just about perfect in every way. And I can tell you, I am absolute DYING for Mick and the next book. This series, this book, is not to be missed.