Coming Back (Ink & Chrome Book #3) by @laurendane #Giveaway #erotic #romance



Dane_ComingBack_TRCOMING BACK by Lauren Dane

(December 8, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Ink & Chrome Book #3)

blurbMick Roberts, the newest partner at Twisted Steel’s custom hotrod and motorcycle shop, looks like a man with everything. But secretly he still craves the connection he lost when his best friend Adam and the love of his life Jessilynn walked out. Then, he wasn’t ready for the pleasure they promised. Now, things have changed.
Rich, powerful, and insatiable, Adam Gulati is used to getting what he wants. And there’s nothing he wants more than Mick and Jessi. He hasn’t seen either in over a year, but the second he sets eyes on them again his memories-and his desires-can’t be denied.
After trying to live without them, Jessi Franklin realized no one else can satisfy her like Adam and Mick. The three of them need one another-in more ways than one. It’s time to stop pretending and submit to the hunger they all share. But once they go down this road, there’s no turning back. As deeply devoted as they are, no one knows what great bliss their forbidden fantasy will find-or the price they may pay . . .

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“Shirt off, Jess,” Adam whispered in her ear like a fallen angel luring her to temptation.

“Just because it’s off doesn’t mean it has left my custody,” she told Mick as she whipped her shirt up and over her head. If she was expected to give back all the clothing she pilfered, she’d be naked a third of the time. She stole them, they were hers. That was the rule.

Mick’s grin made her tingly and swoony. Honestly, how could she ever have thought happiness was possible without these two people in her life?

“I’d never think to steal my shirts back once you have them.” Mick stepped close enough to slide his upper body against hers.


Laughing, Mick reached around her to get Adam’s shirt free as well. “You too.”

Jessi turned in their arms so she could get a look at Adam, and holy cow was she glad she had. Tawny skin played over his upper body. No ink but on his inner forearm at his elbow. Jessilyn. In her handwriting. He’d shown it to her the last time she’d seen him.

“I never told you why I put your name there,” Adam said as she slid her fingertips over his skin.

She waited for the telling and when she did, he smiled, grinding his cock into her.

“You’re my addiction. The thing I need more than anything.”

Always so tough. So taciturn and grumpy. And yet, so very tender it broke her heart sometimes. Hell, he’d broken her heart more than once too. It came with loving him, she’d finally accepted.

“Is that why you denied yourself?” She gave in and combed her fingers through his hair. “And denied me too, I might add.”

“I had to work through a lot of shit, and I couldn’t do it with anyone else. I had to do it alone.” His voice was rough, full of guilt and anguish.

“I hear the guilt in your voice. Let it go.” Selfishly, she wanted him to be unfettered when he came to her at long last. So she’d know he was there for good.

“So you don’t hate me?” he asked.

Startled, her eyes widened and she tugged on his hair to get his attention. “I could never hate you, Adam, and if I did, I wouldn’t be here. I’m here because I’ve always been here, just waiting for you to remember that.”

He pressed into her body as Mick gave no quarter at her back. Being squeezed that way kept her immobile.

And it was delicious.

He said nothing else before he bent to kiss her. At first slow, teasing, sexy kisses that heated her belly and made her knees feel like noodles. He licked at her lips, teasing her mouth open until she sighed happily.

Mick played his fingertips up her sides, brushing over the curve of her breasts. “When I saw these tonight I knew you’d worn that dress for me.”

“I admit that when I tried it on and it had all that tasteful side boob I knew you’d appreciate it,” Jessi said as Adam moved away from her mouth.

“Who doesn’t appreciate it?” Adam asked as he stepped back enough to grab the waistband of her pajama bottoms and shove them down her legs, along with her panties. “As far as side boob goes, yours is aces.”

Jessi laughed and then got nervous because they both still had pants on and there she was naked as a jaybird.

“Mick, why don’t you lead our angel to the bed?” Like a switch had been thrown, Adam took charge. He drew authority around himself like a cloak.

Mick backed her up slowly, caressing her shoulder before pressing kisses across her skin.

It was really happening. After years of going through the motions, here it was, the moment she’d been waiting for since she’d woken up to find out Mick had reenlisted.

Desire made her limbs heavy, left her movements languid as Mick shifted to lay her back on Adam’s big bed.

“I’m naked and neither of you are,” she said, proud she’d remembered all her words. She got snagged up in the details. The muscles and ink. Both men’s gazes roamed her face and her body and there was no mistaking just how happy they were to be right there.

The inner walls of her pussy contracted on nothing, sharpening the ache.

“Patience,” Adam said.

She raised a brow his way. “Are you new here?”

Mick, laughing, bent to kiss her.

A crack sounded and Mick groaned into her mouth as he moved forward. Did Adam just spank Mick? Jeez, they had to hold some of this super hot stuff back or she’d burn to cinder.

She opened her eyes to watch Mick straighten, a flush on his neck. Adam liked it too, getting caught up for a few moments before turning back to Jessi.

“I’m not new here, no. I know you’re impatient and greedy when it comes to orgasms.”

Jessi grinned at Adam, knowing there was a but coming along soon.

“But I’m in charge. You’ll get what you’re begging for. When I’m ready to give it to you.”

One of those sortof orgasms, the kind you had in dreams, stole through her as she squeezed her thighs together. He was going to kill her from desire. Or something. She really couldn’t wait.


OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

(June 16, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Ink & Chrome Book #1)

The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands. And they’re not afraid to get dirty.

Asa Barrons is never lonely for long. Co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop, he works hard and plays harder. But he never allows his after-hours affairs to interfere with business-until he meets racing royalty PJ Colman. While the blue-eyed blonde is all princess on the outside, on the inside Asa can see that this woman is ready to take a walk on the wild side.
PJ knows trouble when she sees it, and Asa is the complete package: fast bike, killer ink, and a sinfully sexy smile that has her imagining things nice girls never do. She talks her way onto the Twisted Steel team to prove her painting skill, and soon learns that Asa is eager to show off some skills of his own.
With the help of Asa’s expert touch, PJ is initiated into a world of wicked desire. No limits. No inhibitions. No turning back. But as perfect as their passion seems, a new challenge awaits, forcing them to ask just how far they are willing to go . . .

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FALLING UNDER by Lauren Dane

(August 4, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Ink & Chrome #2)

Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, may devote his days to chrome and leather, but his nights belong to Carmella. His sultry redheaded neighbor has a smile like an angel and a body built for sin, and for the past year both have dominated Duke’s dreams. When a problem at Twisted Steel requires a fast fix, Duke sees his chance to finally make his fantasy a reality.

Ever since she first heard the low rumble of his engine, Carmella Rossi has wondered if Duke Bradshaw handles his women as expertly as he handles his bike. When he shows up at her door offering her a much-needed job at his shop, she gets her chance to find out. Beneath Duke’s masterful touch, Carmella soon submits to a world of unimaginable pleasure.

But history has taught Carmella how bad a boy boy can be. If she doesn’t put on the brakes fast, her hard-bodied heartbreaker could drive her right over the edge . . .

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Dane_FallingUnder_TPFALLING UNDER by Lauren Dane (August 4, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Ink & Chrome #2)

blurbDuke Bradshaw, co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, may devote his days to chrome and leather, but his nights belong to Carmella. His sultry redheaded neighbor has a smile like an angel and a body built for sin, and for the past year both have dominated Duke’s dreams. When a problem at Twisted Steel requires a fast fix, Duke sees his chance to finally make his fantasy a reality.

Ever since she first heard the low rumble of his engine, Carmella Rossi has wondered if Duke Bradshaw handles his women as expertly as he handles his bike. When he shows up at her door offering her a much-needed job at his shop, she gets her chance to find out. Beneath Duke’s masterful touch, Carmella soon submits to a world of unimaginable pleasure.

But history has taught Carmella how bad a boy boy can be. If she doesn’t put on the brakes fast, her hard-bodied heartbreaker could drive her right over the edge . . .

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Carmella answered her door to find Duke standing on her porch with a six-​pack

and some chips.

He held them aloft. “I was thinking we could hang out and have a beer and some snacks.”

She smiled, even as she looked down at herself. “Uh. I’m sort of messy. I was cleaning the kitchen.”

He walked in without saying anything else, but once he got to her kitchen, he turned back. “You look fantastic.”

Ginger had already abandoned her nap at the sound of Duke’s voice and deposited herself at his feet.

“So easy,” she murmured to the dog as she joined them in the kitchen.

“Glasses or the bottle okay?” He indicated the beer with a tip of his chin.

“Bottle is fine. There’s an opener in that drawer there.” She pointed. “If you’re hungrier than just chips and dip, there’s leftover baked ziti. I was just thinking about some dinner.”

“Leftover ziti? How is that even possible? Was everyone sick? I promise if you made me baked ziti, I’d eat every last bit.” He cocked his head and looked extra hot.

She put a hand on her hip. He was so totally full of it. “Actually, I made a smaller one for myself and took two to a big family dinner. It’s my uncle’s favorite. But I brought home coconut cake and some other stuff.”

Carmella bent to look in her fridge because he was standing so very close and she was getting giddy. Giddy was bad. Giddy ended up being the last time she slept with her ex. Though to be fair, it had been fantastic.

This man was a giddy nuclear reactor and it made her girl parts want to be so stupid.

And then he bent to peer into the fridge at her side. “Jesus Christ. Carmella. Baby, this is the most organized refrigerator I’ve seen in my entire life. I’m in awe.”

She was so surprised and weirdly flattered, Carmella turned to look at him and ended up whacking her forehead to his so hard she saw stars against her closed eyes.

Firm hands took her by the upper arms and helped her stand though she wobbled a little. “Honey, are you all right?”

“Ouch,” Carmella managed. “Sorry. I got you pretty hard.”

Duke laughed as he moved the hand she’d had over her forehead and replaced it with a bag of frozen berries. “My go‑to is corn usually, but you don’t have any. That should help. I’m okay. I have a very hard head. That’s totally true so stop it with that look of yours.”

“You have a go‑to remedy for head bumping?” Carmella sat at one of the stools at the island. “And what look do you mean?”

“Works for busted knuckles, black eyes, the usual sort of lifestyle-related injuries.”

Carmella winced when she raised her brow at him. “Lifestyle-​related?”

Duke shrugged. “What can I say? Ass kicking and fisticuffs seem to be a regular part of my life. And the look I meant is the one you’re wearing right now. The one you give that makes everyone feel like a wayward boy who craves your approval.”

“I have that look? Really?” How awesome! She clearly needed to use it more.

“You do. Why do you think we’re all so obedient to your paperwork rules?”

“Because it’s efficient and makes money move back into the shop more quickly?”

He laughed again and then moved the bag of fruit to kiss the sore spot.

They both went very still.

His muscles tightened, the tension radiating from him made her dizzy. And probably crazy, but needing to soothe. So she slid her hands up the wall of his chest, not to restrain or hold back, no matter how much she told herself that lie.

Once she touched him, she knew it to her toes that everything had changed.

“Damn it,” he snarled and then kissed her. Only, no. He took her mouth, owned it, and had his wicked way with it.


The story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time, so her husband took her Lauren Danecomments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it. Today, Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 60 novels and novellas across several genres.

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Dane_Opening Up_TP[1][1][2]OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

Ink & Chrome Book #1

(June 16, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback)

The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands. And they’re not afraid to get dirty.

blurbAsa Barrons is never lonely for long. Co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop, he works hard and plays harder. But he never allows his after-hours affairs to interfere with business-until he meets racing royalty PJ Colman. While the blue-eyed blonde is all princess on the outside, on the inside Asa can see that this woman is ready to take a walk on the wild side.
PJ knows trouble when she sees it, and Asa is the complete package: fast bike, killer ink, and a sinfully sexy smile that has her imagining things nice girls never do. She talks her way onto the Twisted Steel team to prove her painting skill, and soon learns that Asa is eager to show off some skills of his own.
With the help of Asa’s expert touch, PJ is initiated into a world of wicked desire. No limits. No inhibitions. No turning back. But as perfect as their passion seems, a new challenge awaits, forcing them to ask just how far they are willing to go . . .

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excerptTwisted Steel was magnificent.

PJ turned in a slow circle as she stood in the middle of their showroom. Just to her left, a 1970 Chevelle. Candy-​apple red.

Big windows fronted the space, but they managed to still give it a sort of intentionally gritty feel inside with black leather couches placed in a way to look at the cars and bikes on display like art.

She loved it so very much. Bold and clever. It took itself very seriously when it came to the product but also had a little bit of tongue-in-cheek self-​deprecation. Delicious design choices all over the place, including a custom Harley Softail in black matte that gave her a little shiver.

She’d thought it impossible for Asa to be any hotter, until she saw this place.

“If you’re done getting all wet over cars can we get your makeup done?” Audra called out.

“Do you see this?” PJ pointed at the Softail’s back tire. “It’s so fat and delicious. I might actually be maybe a little wet, yes. But I’m just telling you that because we’re so close.”

PJ plopped down in front of a makeshift makeup station mirror.

“Go look at your outfits with Stella so she can get you styled for each.” Audra had taken on the task of organizing the shoot. She pointed at a rolling rack of clothes that had PJ’s name on it.

“I see a theme here.” Stella, who was acting as their makeup person for the day, took in each outfit.

Tom bounded into their space, amped up on coffee. “What? She’s like a ridiculously sexed-up girl next door. Guys love that. We all know it. So work it and sell my decks!”

“You can’t be here now. I have it handled.” Audra shoved him out and closed the door to the small conference room where they’d set up.

“He’s like a hamster on crack,” PJ muttered.

“The cutest hamster ever, though. Here.” Audra shoved an outfit PJ’s way.

The first dress turned out to be a pale blue-​and-​white gingham.

She wore it with red glitter pumps, and Stella teased PJ’s hair up in the back and curled her bangs before dividing at the nape of her neck into two braids.

Thick liner, red lips, and a beauty mark and she found herself shoved back out.

“PJ, come over and meet Frank, he’s the photographer.” Tom introduced them. “We’re set up in the shop so come on with me.”

She tried not to trip and fall as she kept stopping to gape at things. Where the showroom had been all about the art of the completed project—a perfect experience for a potential client—the shop, with its bays and workstations, was clearly the heart of the operation.

High windows sent shafts of light down onto the shop floor and to the offices that ringed it. It was orderly and tidy without being compulsively so.

She skidded to a halt when she saw the car she’d be posing with.

“Sweet mother of Bob Dylan,” she breathed out at the sight of the deep blue 1950 Cadillac roadster convertible before her.

“I take it that means you approve?” Frank asked her.

“I might need some alone time with this car later.”

“I know the owner. He might allow it.”

She turned to catch sight of Asa walking over. Walking! Ha. Prowling was a far better word. The air seemed to hum around him, and she found it a little harder to breathe. Especially when he came to a halt just inches from where she stood.

“This is yours?” She might have an orgasm just looking at the car. And now she knew it was his.

He nodded, the corner of his mouth hitching up slightly.

“Morning, PJ.”

“Morning, Asa. I’m going to have a moment with your car, but I won’t do anything she doesn’t want.”

He stepped closer. “What if she does? What if she wants it all?”

Man, was she in over her head. Just flirting with him was taking all her effort. What would he be like in bed? What would he kiss like?

“I’d want to take it slow. Just the tip. At first. If she didn’t like it we’d stop.”

The smile on his mouth made her tingly.

“I might try that one. Just the tip has mixed results.”

Oh, well. That one made her a little dizzy. And by the look he wore, he knew the effect he was having.

“I doubt that.”


“Mixed results. You strike me as an overachiever.” PJ lowered her lashes a little as she took in the heft of all that steel. Of course he had a Caddy. Big, strong, bold. Totally in charge.  Just like him.

“So if I’d given you the ‘just the tip’ line?”

She smiled then. “I don’t know. Why don’t you try it now?”

PJ rather felt as if she was having an out-of-body experience. There was no other explanation for the words she’d just spoken. Out loud.

Asa opened his mouth and everything inside her seemed to still, just waiting to hear what he’d say.

And then Tom called out to get to work and they reluctantly parted.


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Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, may devote his days to chrome and leather, but his nights belong to Carmella. His sultry redheaded neighbor has a smile like an angel and a body built for sin, and for the past year both have dominated Duke’s dreams. When a problem at Twisted Steel requires a fast fix, Duke sees his chance to finally make his fantasy a reality.
Ever since she first heard the low rumble of his engine, Carmella Rossi has wondered if Duke Bradshaw handles his women as expertly as he handles his bike. When he shows up at her door offering her a much-needed job at his shop, she gets her chance to find out. Beneath Duke’s masterful touch, Carmella soon submits to a world of unimaginable pleasure.
But history has taught Carmella how bad a boy boy can be. If she doesn’t put on the brakes fast, her hard-bodied heartbreaker could drive her right over the edge . . .


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bioThe story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time, so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it. Today, Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 60 novels and novellas across several genres.

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Review: Drawn Together by @laurendane (Brown Siblings, Book 6)


Beauty is more than skin-deep…

Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and drawn-together-220x330hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.

With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.

Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.

But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…

Review: Stealing Fate by Berinn Rae
Let me start off my review by saying that I received an ARC of this book from Ms. Dane! Okay, that is out the way… The next thing I will say is I have been following Ms. Dane on this series since the first book Laid Bare with Erin, Todd and Ben… That is where you meet the whole family that you will come to think of as your own… Then you read Coming Undone with Brody (oh dear Sweet Baby Jesus this man has plagued my dreams) and Elise (she is a sweetheart too)…. And you just simply fall in love with each and every one of them… Then you will read Inside Out with Ella and Andrew and your heart will melt… Then you read Never Enough with Gillian and Adrian and you are really invested in a family that stays together…No.Matter.What! And then you become addicted and read the Delicious series too meet the other friends and family…

This is a series that Ms. Dane has devoted a lot to and it shows. No one is ever left out or put to the side with her stories but they do not over crowd the story. She has created a family that is so rich with love that the bond is as easy to see as the tats they wear. These stories are simply amazing and will break your heart, tear your defenses down, build up your love of all things family. These stories will make you tear up, sniffle a little but mostly they will make you fall in love.

I have waited for Raven’s story… She is not a Brown by blood, but she is family. You get a sense from the other stories that Raven is a hard core bitch that has a past that could eat you for breakfast and spit you out. You are left with a sense that she is not to be messed with; you will not be inviting her over to have a glass of wine with you nor will you be asking her over to your house warming party. She gives off the impression that she is not to be fucked with. If she wants to include you in her life, she will include you – if she doesn’t… then don’t try! But I knew there was more to Raven than meets the eye. I knew she had a past that hurt her, scared her even but I also knew that she has a soul so intense that once she found that person to love and accept her for herself, all hell would break loose… even her rules!

I was not disappointed! Raven’s story is all I thought it was and so much more. Ms. Dane crafted Raven’s story as it should have been told. Raven’s story was perfect… Tear jerking, throat punching, heart tearing, hot sexing, raw emotions and just perfect. Raven’s story is told in true Raven class.

I love Raven. She is hard core but I love her to death. She is raw but a raw that you will admire. She is a woman that goes after the jugular when you come after her. But when you get past that layer that is rough and bitchy you see the true Raven. The one that loves fiercely with all she has… She is use to the love them and leave them kinda relationships and that is cool with her… and normally with her partners as well… But because of her past, she has built walls around her heart that are the size of the Mississippi River. She has put rules in place to protect herself… But when she meets Jonah, it seems all those rules get broken and it seems Jonah has learned to swim the great Mississippi! But letting someone in has not been Raven’s strong point…. Is Jonah worth having her rules broken… or will Raven’s past come back to haunt her…

Jonah is a man in his prime… His daughter is going away to college, his practice is doing great…. He is a man that is not used to being told No. He is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. He is not an obnoxious asshole kinda guy. He is actually quite the opposite, he is a man who helps and serves his community. He loves his family and is very devoted to his daughter. He does have an ex-wife who is a piece of work though… I will let you meet her yourself because believe me… (((psssttt when Raven meets her, it is priceless))) you will want to bitch slap the shit out of her… You would think that Jonah’s mother would be the woman you would want to bitch slap, but she is a woman who will do anything to protect her family. Jonah is a man that wants what he wants… remember… well, he set his sights on Raven but will Raven cave to him…. or will her bullheaded self keep him at arm’s length…

Just having Raven’s story told just as it was – was very….. Perfect. Ms. Lauren pushed boundaries that were set in stone, she tore open old wounds, and she broke my heart – but she put it back together after it all was over. Raven’s story is not all rainbows and unicorns. If you want pretty, neat and hot romance – this is not your story….. But if you want deep, raw, passionate, messy, lovely, humbling, to the core deep with loyalty – this is your story. Raven is not one to sit and tell you all about herself, she is not one to just open up and let you in… Nope. She will make you work for it. For her. And you should because she is just that worth it.

Watching Raven fall in love was priceless. Her heart break was painful but watching her grow and learn to become the woman she is today was all worth it. And Johan – well….. He was an added bonus. A hot bonus but ohhhhhh so delightful.

Ms. Lauren, I commend you on Raven’s story. It was well worth the wait….

This series is an amazing series and I urge you to read them all… Not urge… demand you to read them all.

To find out more about Ms. Dane and her delightful stories, please go to her website – here!

Review: Lush by Lauren Dane

This is the 3rd DELICIOUS Novel and features Mary and Damien…
USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers a second serving of sexy in her new Delicious novel—in which taste and temptation make up a sweet recipe…

Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She’s got everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.
Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were all in high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.
What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon get much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long it’s Damien who wants more of Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to the celebrity news and he’s got a very big job ahead of him—proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…

If you follow me, you know that I have read the first two books in this delicious series and loved them. Ms. Lauren had created a world within a world…. She has actually brought two worlds together. The Brown family and all their friends. Even if you don’t read this series or Lauren’s other series in order, I promise you won’t be lost. Ms. Lauren does an awesome job (as always) of entwining all of her characters together without overwhelming the story or taking away from the main characters of the story.  She does a great job at blending everyone’s lives together. In fact, she does it in such a way that you fall back in love with older characters. This story is still as delicious as the first two. 
Mary is one woman I have been waiting to meet. She is the backbone of her friends. Always pushing them, encouraging them, egging them on to make their dreams come true. She is the shoulder they lean on, the pillar of strength they come to when all else fails. She is the epitome of a strong woman. She is not stupid when it comes to rock star love… She has seen enough with her friends to know that it’s a bitch to deal… But when does it become worth it…. Is Damien worth it? Or is the heartbreak enough to make her close up her heart and move on….
Damien has lived the true life of a rocker. Never regretting anything in his past. He works hard, plays harder but love…. Well, that’s about to knock him off his ass. Just imagine a drummer of a successful rock band… Oh yea, you know what your dirty mind has thought of… The sweat, the muscles, the rumors of how good he is… Well, he is all that and a box of goodies too!! And a hell a personality to boot! But when he meets Mary… Well, let’s jus say that all the success in the world could not prepare him for her. He wants to give her the world and so much more, but will his on stage persona kill the relationship before it even starts… 
This is a wonderfully crafted story of two people who meet and instantly feel tingles in places there shouldn’t be… At least not to someone you only just met, right? 🙂 Mary and Damien will give you a run for your money in this delicious story. To watch these two do the dance of dating is amazing… One has to prove that his past is just that… His past… The other has to decide what she is willing to handle for the price of love… Is he worth it, is the relationship worth it… This story is priceless as it involves everyone… Down to the Mama’s!
Now I’m waiting for Raven’s story!!

To learn more about Lauren Dane and the awesome worlds she has created… please visit her website!

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Review: Tart by Lauren Dane

Tart by Lauren Dane

Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.

That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.

Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns

I obtained the above information from Lauren’s website… here!

I will start off by saying that 1.) I am huge fan of Ms. Dane’s work and 2.) I love this series!!! It will not only want to make you eat cupcakes and things delicious (as this series is called) but it will make you want to have some hot, naughty sexing! Ms. Dane does an awesome job at bringing all the characters together without overcrowding the story or pushing the main characters out of their own story. Her stories always come right out the over smoking hot and just enough sweetness. The icing on the cake would be the hot men that she gives our women in the stories. They are heavenly!

Okay, I also need to say here – that this book does contain some m/m loving…. This book is devoted to Jules, that I can promise you… But some hot man loving happens in this book! If it is not for you, I understand… Just say hi! One day you may try it… Until then…. Happy reading! For those that enjoy some m/m loving…. Enjoy!

This story is for Jules… She gets her story told… She is a woman hell bent on loving a man that she fears she can never have. She knows that sometimes Cal likes to play for the same team, leaving her without the right equipment. Finally having enough of pinning over a man she cannot have…. She decides to go after the new dessert in town…. Gideon! All cowboy and all man. He is all sorts of wicked deliciousness… And Jules wants to find out just how delicious he is… But what happens when the unexpected happens…

Gideon’s past marriage taught him a lot about life and love. Now he’s determined to not let his past shape his future. He decides to move in with his grandfather and help oversee the farm/ranch. Knowing that being close to family is good for the soul…. But it also doesn’t hurt when the sweetest woman he knows wants to do business with his farm… But he is looking at other things than her baked goods… But what happens when the man that captured her heart at an early age comes to stake his claim on Jules… Can his heart risk losing the one woman that completes his world… Or does he man up and come clean….

This is a great story about how much work a relationship can be… And if it is really worth it… Then you work at it. Jules is a woman that knows what she wants, does not allow anything to get in her way or anyone to run her over… But when it comes to those closest to her, family, it could be enough to bring down our favorite baker. Hell, her shoulders are only so wide to hold all what she carries… But when two men pledge to love her to no end…. Well… The burden of carrying such a wide load lessens…. Especially when Jules lets her family members know exactly where she stands…

The relationship between Gideon, Cal and Jules will definitely heat you up on these winter nights that are coming up…. The family ties in this book will show you that family does not mean being related by blood… But by love! All the characters in this book will make you feel welcome! So, light a cookie scented candle and grab this book and enjoy! Because there is more to come from this Delicious series!

To find out more about Lauren Dane please go here!

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ARC Review: Cherished by Maya Banks & Lauren Dane

This is going to be a duo review for this book…


Just one night? Yeah, right.

Enticed to the island paradise where an enigmatic prince is living in exile, beautiful, virginal Talia is introduced to a world of forbidden pleasure where the prince’s every whim is fulfilled and her fantasies are rendered in exquisite detail. But when the prince is summoned back to fulfill his duty to his struggling country, reality is thrust upon Talia all too soon. She returns home, heartbroken, convinced she was a passing fancy for an idle ruler and his most trusted men. Until the day they arrive on her doorstep, determined to have her back where she belongs.

To read an excerpt of Exiled, please go here!

To learn more about Maya Banks, please visit her website here!

I won this book for the purpose of an honest review before you are able to get your hands on a copy 🙂

Now I would say that both of these books are short stories… They are novella’s…. but I was able to read this whole book in one weekend… I will let you make the decisions you want about the length of the stories. Some would say that is a short story to cut the drama, tension, lust, love and all the other good stuff short, but these two authors have done an excellent job at making the story flow, fit, and come together with a such an ease you will think you read a novel that would take you a few days to read…. Let’s get started with the review…

I am a fan of Ms. Maya’s writing… So, to be able to read this one before it hit the shelves (same goes for Lauren’s book…) is such a pleasure. To be able to tell you guys my thoughts on this book… well I feel honored to give you my thoughts. Now of course you know I will not give you such details that will giveaway the story for you…but I will give you enough to leave you hungry… panting…. desiring to have your hands on this book!

This story took me by surprise… A good surprise you may ask me.. Yes! This story is about one woman who surrenders her virginity, her innocence, her very core of her being… To a man that has the power to control a nation… She has choices, she has options, but at what price will she pay when she learns she has to surrender to four men… And what happens when emotions gets involved… Talia fears for the worst but hopes for the best… And what she discovers is a world of erotic dreams come true, a world of being pampered and spoiled is a daily thing… A day where waking to pleasure being brought to her is a normal occurrence… But what happens when she loses her heart and soul in the surrendering… And what happens when the nation needs their Prince back to reign

Oh damn this was an awesome story.. My emotions where everywhere with this story… They started off as kinda, “Are you serious?’ But then as you keep turning the pages and devouring the story… I found myself saying, “Oh damn… Be careful honey!” But then Maya threw me a damn curve ball and she had me cursing her… “How in the hell could you do this to me Maya… I mean come on… How could do that to her???” I was furious as hell that what happened – happened…. (I am evil like that ha)! But I mean seriously, this story had me all over! This story is truly one that will take you into a paradise that you will not want to leave…

Because believe me, when you meet Xander… Sebastien, Nico and Garon you will want to more of their world and of them. Damn these men for being so damn… Ugh… Everything you want in a man! They are all alpha’s but knowing who is the main alpha – Xander… They are all tender, but bad asses… They are loving and caring… And damn possessive it will make you hot! They are just… Ohhhh Yea… Sex on a Stick!

Maya, you tempted me, teased me… Threw me for a loop and came back around and surprised me… I would say you had me at Hello… but you really had me at… “I will not lose her.”


Levi Warner is an established, older man—wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited 24-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to. But the young, free spirit, brings out something in him he only experienced in fantasies. When their scorching affair turns into something unexpectedly deeper, Levi finds himself torn between preserving his reputation, and exploring a wilder and much more satisfying kind of life. 

Okay, make sure you at least read my first paragraph after Maya’s blurb… Oh another thing I forgot to add.. These books are in no way shape or form connected… The only thing that ties them together are the women in them are cherished beyond my dreams…. The men that attend to these two women are everything and more… That is the only thing that binds these two stories together… Okay… now let’s continue….

I am a huge fan of Lauren’s creative writing style… I have been for quite some time.. So it was with great pleasure that I was able to get my hands on this book… And then to know that the Laid Bare series was tied to this book… Well, I was beside myself! Yea, it is that great. Now don’t go doubting yourself about picking this book up without reading the Laid Bare series. You do not have to read that series to read this one. Lauren did an awesome job at giving everything you would need to know what is going on with the other part of the gang!

Lauren built this story in such a way that you will fall in love with everyone… Well, okay almost everyone. There will be a couple of people you will want to bitch slap the hell out of, but that makes this book more desirous to me! Even though they are not major players in the story, it is still nice to see good defeat evil in the story no matter what. Anyway… this set of friends you will find yourself saying… Oh gosh, my friend is like… this one… my other friend is like that one… You will see yourself in the book. This is just an amazing book!

First we get to know Daisy, who is a kick ass, talented, give give give, help help help kinda woman. She does not take no for an answer, she is devoted to her friends – which is her family. She would do anything for them… I love that the name for the group of friends is ‘Delicious.’ They are women, who in their own right, kick ass! They stand by each other, they help each other, there would do anything for each other… Even kick the ass of the guy that breaks one of their hearts…

Daisy meets a man that takes her breath away… His mere presence sets her body on fire and makes her imagination hit the roof. Levi is the kinda man that can make her hottest fantasies come true… but can he make her one fantasy of love come true…

Levi is a man worth many wet dreams but he knows that his kink in the bedroom can never surface because that is not what is expected in his family. Oh gosh… his mother would die if she ever, ever, ever knew what went on behind close doors at Levi’s home… But then again, what goes on behind close doors is just that…

These two get together and it is all things it should be.. Romantic, hot and heavy, lustful… all things naughty and deliciously wicked… They are awesome together, in bed and out. They get each other without invading each other’s space. It is like they have known each other for far longer than they actually have known each other. They age difference kinda bugged Levi at the beginning; but Daisy helped him out of his shell…

But what she couldn’t figure out what was his past and his family… Levi did not believe in mixing his bedroom affairs with his family affairs… But what happens when the line cross and emotions get involved and things are no more black and white… What happens when gray areas takes shape and lines are erased.. What happens when the bedroom secret become a dirty little secret… No one likes to feel like a secret kept in the closet…

This book is explosive.. Daisy will make you fall in love with her.. She will make you love her with all of your heart! When Daisy gives, she gives it all… and she was hoping to not give Levi everything… But really, who wants to hold back when it feels so good… Until someone shakes up your world and puts doubt in your mind that things are not as they really seem to be… But while this is going on… Daisy’s friends take a precedent and do whatever they have to to pull her out of the funk and help get her back on track.. of being Daisy.

What does the future hold for Daisy… does it hold love and happiness ever after like her friend Gillian… does it hold a man that will love her for all parts of her and no matter who she is… Will Levi learn to let go of the past and enjoy the gift of the present… Will Levi find it within himself to love again but this time without reservation… or judgement for others… Will they learn to forgive and move on… Well, there is only one way… Go get the book! You won’t be disappointed.. Levi will make you want to submit the minute to hear his voice in your head and you imagine what he looks like… All sorts of wicked deliciousness! Damn this story is hot!


The Delicious series will feature Gillian’s friends – Daisy – SWAY 8/12, Jules – TART 11/12, Mary’s book and Raven’s book both out in 2013. The books are about a group of friends, all set in Bainbridge Island, WA. More info as we get closer. SWAY will be in the CHERISHED Duology with Maya Banks out in August of 2012 and for those of you who wanted an epilogue in Never Enough, you’ll see Adrian and Gillian’s wedding prep in Sway. Sway is contemporary erotic romance with BDSM themes. Tart is Jules, Cal and Gideon’s story and you’ll meet Mary’s hero at Gillian and Adrian’s wedding…

To see more about Cherished, please go here! Now if you really want to be teased, go here to see Delicious Book 2…. here! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
To learn more about Lauren Dane, please visit her website here!

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ARC Review: Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane

Heart of Darkness
A Bound by Magick Novel
Book One

Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of the Clan. It’s a direct violation of the Clan Code of Conduct, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel’s willing to make a deal. One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch, and she’s eager to go further: he’s her bond mate, a legal conduit into the world of Clan witches and their magic.

Playing by the rules isn’t Dominic’s style, but bonding with Meriel—night after explosive night—is. However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic’s mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magic addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches. Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her Clan, and the man Meriel loves, and it’s casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness.

I obtained the above information from Ms. Dane’s website.

I am not new to Ms. Dane’s work, that I can say. However, what I can’t say enough of is how much of a wonderful story teller Ms. Dane is. She is an Ace above the rest and this new series will show you just that.  She will cast a spell on you that will make you fall in love with the story she has crafted for you. You will become completely mesmerized by this tale of the world of the witches she has brewed up. This is not your Mama’s story of witches… In fact, Ms Lauren makes those stories look like dust in the wind.

This is a fabulous start to a brand new series and I am fortunate that I got an early peek in that world and believe me….. Now I am going to try to cast my own spell to have the next book in my hands~  right now. It is just that good. I am looking in my scurry bowl…. I will have it one day………………. 

Let me give you a peek into the world of The Owen Clan… This is a powerful group of witches. But they are not your normal soft, sweet cuddly little witches that only come out for Halloween. Nope, not these women! These women kick some serious ass with just one flick of their finger. I tap on computer keys with my fingertips in hopes of bringing to life what their story did to me, and with one of their fingers they could bring down a few buildings or maybe a city or two if they truly wanted. These women are not just women, they are woven into each other and their mother Earth and they are not a group you want to piss off. Meriel Owen is the daughter to the most powerful witch around the world…. Edwina Owen. Also, better known as The Owen Clan.

Meriel has the weight of the world on her shoulders or should I say she has big shoes to fill. She has been raised all her life to take over the reigns of The Owen Clan when her mother is ready to pass it down to her. Meriel is a phenomenal witch, but what caught my heart is how devoted she is to her clan. It goes beyond that though, because Meriel not only wants to protect the witches within her clan, but she wants to protect, educate and join forces with those that are not in a clan. So, she doesn’t just look out for her own…. But for others as well. And let me tell you one thing about Meriel…. You do not want to piss her off or mess with any of her witches. Because when you do…. Ohhhh wow, the fury she would bring down on you – you would not survive. She is a strong woman, independent to the core with her life in front of her… Until one night…. in the Heart of Darkness…. Her life will change… Will it be for the better… or for the worst… Only way to find out… Because that faithful night is when she meets the man that will forever be branded in her heart…… 

Dominic…. Is a man that not many people have the pleasure of getting to know. He tends to keep to himself, but being the owner of Heart of Darkness kinda puts him out there for all to see. And believe me, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIM! He takes pride in what he offers to his clientele. Not only a place to let loose for the evening but also allowing a sense of privacy to those that enter the doors… However, it takes a lot of magick to keep certain doors hidden from the eyes of the humans because his club not only caters to the human world… but also to the Other world. He uses his own magick and some stolen magick to keep that part of the club hidden. Because even though most of the paranormal creatures have come out in the world… some witches are still kind of hiding out… But when a certain clan gets wind of Dominic stealing their magick…. Well, let’s just say there is always a price to pay for what you steal and the price Dominic will pay… may cost him more than he bargained for ….

These two people will give you an awesome story; because alone, they are great… but together, they are explosive. To watch what they can do – alone and together… is just spell bonding! But then you factor in their friends and family and this is one kick ass story.

Ms Dane created characters that you will find yourself cheering along, characters that will break your heart and mend it back up with a quick little spell. You will find characters that will make you fall in love and dream of that kind of bond. Characters that you will want to bitch slap into tomorrow. Characters that will simply bring you the best damn story ever!!! Ms. Dane created a story that simply rocked my world. Witches, spells, werewolves, greed, power, and passion are brewing up a storm in this book… and just wait till some of those combine together…. WOW….

Ms Lauren, I commend you on a job very well done. You have pushed all the buttons of a romantic reader, you have triggers all the desires for the paranormal creatures and you have delivered one hellva story! One I cannot wait to watch grown into more stories to come! Believe me, this is a story that you will want to read and maybe even re-rad. It is just that good…. Scratch that… It is just that freaking good! This story will enchant you all the way to the last page….

And just in case you are wondering…. This is book two… 
***did you hear my spell working to get book here now… in my hands…***

Bound By Magick, Book 2
Berkley Sensation (June 2012)

To find out more about Ms. Lauren Dane, please visit her website!

And remember… Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy! 
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Review: Inside Out by Lauren Dane

Berkley Heat
ISBN: 978-0425236888
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance: Related to Laid Bare and Coming Undone
Length: Novel
Series: Brown Siblings Book 3


Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it didn’t mean she had to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.

Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella’s sure he’s just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.

I obtained the above information from Ms. Lauren Dane’s website here.

Ms. Dane did another fabulous job at working my romantic bones!! This woman knows how to make me fall in love with her writing. This series has been an amazing journey. She keeps her family ties very secure and drama at just the right level. I love how she entwines all the characters in and out of every book. They don’t just pop up here and there, they are fixtures in the book. So, know that you will see the whole Brown family, their spouses and their extended family (the friends) in this story. Now let’s get to what you came here for…

If you were here for my review of Coming Undone, you know that Ms. Dane keeps you on the edge till the last page and Inside Out was no exception! I read this book in one day… Yea, I had to know what happened. And it is not only to find out what happens to the main characters, but to the rest of the family. I told you, Ms. Dane weaves the other characters in the book, that you will keep reading to find out about all of them. Inside Out is another thick romantic book.

Ms. Dane kept the tension at just the right level to push you for more. She kept the romance just high enough to make you hot with desire. She also kept the story line at just the right angle to make you question what was going to happen next.

We all know about Cope… The playboy of the Brown’s extended family. He is the brother of Erin’s (the Brown sister) “husband.” He has been in the Brown family since… well.. from the moment Ben (Andrew’s brothers) fell in love with Erin Brown. He is the easy going one… the laid-back one. But do not think that means he is any less lethal… These Brown/Copeland men just ooze freaking sex appeal out in the but loads. Andrew Copeland is no exception to that. His dedication to family is rock solid. His loyalty is just as solid. But he has a side that he does not show many people at all… That is, until the one person who rocks his world and turns it Inside Out… already knows the real Cope…

Ella went through hell and back and survived. Ella has a past that would have killed someone else less stronger than her. Her past would have snuffed the life out of someone weaker than her. Her past took something from her, but it also gave her a new leaf on her life. She is slowly getting back to a life she has control of. Control is an issue for her. What did her past take from her you may ask… Well, you will have to read to find out what… While trying to get her life back, she manages the cafe’ Erin owns, she is finishing college to achieve her masters, and working as an intern to a career she wants. She does it all and does not stop. She believes in taking care of others. Occasionally slipping to take care of herself. But what happens when she finds someone who wants to take care of her…

These two have known each other for a little over six years. Cope has watched her and wanted her… but knew he could not have her. The timing was never right. Not until… he decided that he did not want anyone else to have her. Ella never saw herself as someone desirable. She knew that Cope was a flirt, she knew women hung on to him every chance they get… But him wanting her… well, that was kinda the last thing she was prepared for.

The story that unfolds will tear you up… have you coming undone… will lay you bare… but most importantly… it will turn you Inside Out…

To see more of Ms. Dane’s work, please visit her website here….
And if you want to see what her daily journal is, please visit her blog here….

Ohhhh and Adrian’s story is coming… And believe me ~ I cannot wait for it!!
Here is sneak peek of it… The cover will be coming up!


Gillian Forrester spent most of her life running from who and what she came from. Until Miles came along. From the moment she held the tiny newborn her older sister didn’t want, Gillian stopped running and began to build a life for herself and her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, as Gillian’s sister lay dying, she reveals the father’s identity and makes Gillian promise to find him.

Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. He’s seen and done it all, with few regrets. It takes a lot to shock him—but the bombshell that he has a thirteen-year-old son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up, elegant woman who’s raising Miles snags his erotic and romantic attention.

The last thing Gillian expected was to find herself getting hot and heavy with a person like Adrian. But as much as she wants to open up and give herself fully to this amazing man, she’s afraid the secrets of her past and Adrian’s problems with trusting people may keep them apart for good. If love isn’t enough can they find the trust they need?

And remember… Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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Review: Coming Undone by Lauren Dane

Berkley Heat
ISBN: 978-0425232705
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance: Related to Laid Bare
Length: Novel


Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents’ death, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a nice living, and for the first time in years he’s on his own.

Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina—(and just as many years in a marriage-gone-bad)—she’s looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached.

More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need—wild, physical passion without commitment. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need—to what they truly desire.

I obtained the above information from Ms. Dane’s website… here.

My first Lauren Dane book was Laid Bare and I did a joint review with Elaing8 here at my place (see the bottom for the link to re-read it). That book absolutely blew me away. It was amazing. I kinda went into Coming Undone with the same expectations. I have to say though that I was a little let down. I went back and read the comments other people had from the Laid Bare review and someone mentioned that Coming Undone was more of a traditional erotic romance story. Now keep in mind that I read those comments after I read the book. And that truly describes Coming Undone. It is not an explosive, non stop, hot sex, whoa back up, let me re-read it again kinda book. Coming Undone is an amazing love story of two people who were not looking for love but by Coming Undone… found it.

Now with that said, let me get underway of telling you about this amazing book. I do not want you to think any less of this story… No, please don’t. Like I said, it is an amazing journey in the life of one woman who is hell bent on making her life better and the life of her daughter even better. The journey of one man who thought love was a little over-rated. This is book is how the forces of love come together to complete two people and make a family stronger.

Elise Sonrenson and her daughter Rennie move to Seattle to get a fresh start on life. Their life. They left New York behind with some horrible nightmares. Let’s just say that when you find out what is in Elise’s closet, you might want to sleep with one eye open next to her. But then once you hear her story, see the courage, the strength, the preservation, the dedication and the love to her daughter, you will understand what kind of woman Elise is. A woman that I will stand up and admire any given day. Hell, I would make damn sure she was a woman that had my back. She may be petite and look fragile ~ but dig deep down inside of her… and there is a living, breathing dragon.. or as Brody will make us see a Phoenix deep down inside of her. She is the best damn mother there could possibly be. A protector against all things evil and vile, no matter who they are. She is a person who will not break under stress and have her daughter think things are wrong with the world. She keeps her shit together to protect her daughter and the world that surrounds her. She will and does look evil in the eye (and laugh… okay, maybe not ~ but still) and tell it where to go.

Brody Brown, where do I start with this man. He has raised his younger siblings – Erin and Adrian when he was still a teenager himself. Both of their parents were taking from them in a tragic accident. He gave up everything, his dreams, his life, his career.. his everything to be their everything. And for that, he was one proud man. You would not know that about him if you just looked at the outside of his tatted up- hot body. You would think he is a bad-ass to the core, didn’t give a shit kinda man. But to know Brody deep down is to know that he is a soft, squishy kinda teddy bear, lol. Now don’t get me wrong about him… mess with his people and he will want to jack you up. He is loyal to the core and fierce when it comes to loving those close to him. What person would not want this man in their life.

Now I was very glad to see that Ms. Dane did bring back the gang: Raven, Erin, Todd, Ben, Adrian. But I have to warn you.. Ms. Dane did an awesome job at keeping their stories at bay.. but making them more powerful this time! There is a scene in here where Erin, Todd and Ben have some fun.. and OMG…. hot! Okay, that is all I can say about that… because this is Elise and Brody’s story. But Raven brings the drama and Adrian brings the world to a little princess. Oh and there is a surprise in there about Erin and the boys, lol! You will want to read that!

Ms. Dane did another awesome job at delivering a story that will make you want the next one just as bad as a crack addict. She gives us yet another story in the Brown family that will melt you to the bone with absolute joy and love to watch how bonded this family is. Which is nice to see in a world filled with not so nice people.

There are two things that kinda got to me in this story. The first is the jumping POV’s and the time lapses between events. It kinda got a little frustrating trying to gather who was talking/thinking and then the next paragraph it would change. The time lapses, I kinda felt like I was missing something. Like if I would have been there, I would have been the clueless one. In my opinion, I felt that details were kinda left out. That will lead into my second thing. I felt like something was missing. I am not sure what… maybe the explosion between characters. I am not sure if it would be between the main characters – Elise and Brody, or the side characters. But I felt something amidst. The love is very evident, the chemistry is definitely there, the drama is high, the past – very raw… but something was just not there. It was not character lacking or story lacking… but something.. I am not sure.

If you are interested in my review of Laid Bare, please go here. It is a co-review with Elaing8.

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