Friday Book Club #3

Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Friday everyone! I'm jumping the gun a bit with this Friday Book Club post because the book I really, really, *really*, want to talk about is released on Tuesday and if I can do my little part to send y'all to either your nearest bookstore or online store of choice, then I'll be happy.

Let us discuss Lauren Dane. A long time love of mine since my early ebook days, her stories always end up being some of my favorites. She writes beautiful romances, with the kind of people you wish you were friends with in real life. The drama is never excessive but true to the story and the characters. And the HEA is always awesome.

Last month she released Opening Up, the first book in her new Ink and Chrome series. From her website... "Welcome to Twisted Steel — Seattle's premiere custom hot rod and motorcycle shop where the men are covered in ink, pierced in all the right places and are very, very good with their hands." Good introduction right?

Asa and PJ are a classic Dane couple and the intriguing bits and pieces about cars, tattoos, and power games in the bedroom make it a story I've already reread - and recommended to plenty of friends.

But you know this had to be going somewhere right? Or why else would I be posting this early? Well, on Tuesday the second book of the Ink and Chrome series comes out, Falling Under.

The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands.

And they’re not afraid to get dirty.

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 . . .

I won my copy on Twitter in an ARC contest earlier this month and once I had it in my hands I realized it was both a blessing and a curse. Did I want to know immediately what was happening for Duke? Yes. Did I then want to agonizingly wait even longer for Mick's story? No. But I was not strong enough to resist and I of course started it immediately and finished it in less than a day.

Sigh. #bookproblems

Still, this second book cemented for me my initial feeling that this was going to be another regular comfort read series for me. Are Duke and Carmella's lives perfect? Of course not. They both have family baggage and they have to learn how to balance that with the people they want to be and the relationship they can see themselves having. It's a smart, fast paced story with the perfect amount of sexy times (if I do say so myself). If you're in the mood/market for a contemporary romance that's got just a bit of edge than I highly recommend you pick up both of these books ASAP :).

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