Lauren Dane delivers another excellent erotic romance with Opening Up (Ink and Chrome Book 1), the first in her new series. Opening Up is romance at its finest. Lauren Dane truly knows how to craft a story that grabs a reader’s attention and doesn’t let go. This book has everything a reader could want…swoon worthy alpha male, super strong female and scorching hot all delivered with the author’s signature style.
Asa Barrons meets PJ Colman (Penelope Jean) when she asks to do custom paint work for his custom car shop, Twisted Steel. He is immediately smitten with PJ and who wouldn’t be, She is strong, independent, creative and brassy. What catches Asa attention the most is her age. She is a few years younger than the women he usually dates and he doesn’t think she will enjoy the kind of kink he enjoys in the bedroom …so he puts the breaks on their relationship pretty quickly. PJ takes Asa’s relationship issues in stride even while dealing with some major family issues. PJ has always struggled to fit in at her family’s tire empire. Her father brutally squashes her idea of bringing her custom ink designs into the business. With no help from her family she sets out on her own to make a name for herself the very male dominated world car world. The more time PJ spends around Asa , the more he realizes that if he doesn’t step up and claim PJ someone else will. Asa claims PJ in a very public way so everyone knows that she is his!
I truly LOVED Opening Up. I have always been a fan of Lauren Dane’s books (I’ve read them all) I truly believe that this is one of the best she has written. Asa is as super-hot alpha male that anyone would love to get in bed with. PJ is one lucky girl as he wants to be with her (PJ describes him so well “so utterly bada and male”. He introduces her to the darker side of the bedroom and the two of them explore their kin side. Each time they are together it gets hotter and hotter! What I really loved about PJ is that she is a very strong woman. She calls it like its and takes BS from no one including her family. She is beautiful and creative and just an around great person. Her personality is a great compliment to Asa’s broody personality.
In addition to Asa and PJ there are many other characters in the story that bring to life the world in which they live. Duke, Julie and the rest of PJ’s family all make for an amazing story! Can’t wait for the second book in the Ink and Chrome series.
My favorite Quotes:
“Penelope Jean you are a badass. That comes with a price tag. You know it. You’ve chosen this path. Understand it’s strengths and limitations. You have to be twice as good as any man your age. Whether that’s fair or not, that’s reality. “
“There’s some language of flowers stuff that says what color roses mean what things. So I got you all the colors of roses they had because your everything….”
The Warlord’s Wife Sandra Lake is a dynamic historical romance that brings to life the magic and excitement of that the Vikings are famous for.
Is one of the best books that I have read in the last year or two. It contains everything that you could want in a story, romance, adventure, intrigue!
Magnus Knutson is in southern Finland for business, he is a Norse Chief and a very powerful man. He is also looking for a wife to provide him with sons. and though he has looked far and wide he hasn’t found one that appeals to him. On his way to his ships, he sees Lida in the field, tending to her family’s farm. He decides that he wants to marry her and has one of this men approach her family to secure her hand in marriage. Lida is not impressed with Magnus and refuses his offer of marriage. After much prodding from her family she agrees to meet with Magnus to discuss the possibility of marriage. Once there she bargains with him for protection of his name for her daughter from her previous marriage. Magnus is intrigued with Lida and agrees to her demands. They set off the next day for his holdings. Once they arrive in his kingdom Lida and Magnus begin to get to know one and other and while their relationship develops outside forces continuously put obstacles in their paths.
The Warlords Wife was just fabulous. I was immediately taken with Lida as she is such a strong character. Especially for that time period. She was hurt in the past and bargened not for herself but her daughter. She takes a risk on Magnus and it turns out to be the best thing for her. Magnus only wanting a wife to give him a son, not someone he ever saw developing a relationship with. He is surprised how quickly he develops feelings for Lida and also her daughter. They become the two most important people in his life. When Magnus and Lida both realize that they love each other nothing can stand in their way.
The writing in this story is so vivid I felt like I was transported back in history. It was so great! I so hope this series continues.
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Carnal Risk takes readers on an adrenaline ride through the eyes of Garret and Selby…two very different people that find each other when they least expect it.
Garrett Emerson and Selby Reynolds meet under unique circumstances. Their mutual friend Lars has brought them together because he knows that Selby can assist Garrett at his company, Emerson Industries. Garret is caught unaware of Lar’s true intentions and is not pleased with the situation of how they met, neither is Selby. With a little (or a lot) of reluctance on both their parts they agree that Selby will work at Emerson until the position of CTO can be filled. What neither Garrett nor Selby anticipated was the fierce attraction that they share.
When Garrett first sees Selby is immediately smitten. When he finds her in his office he comes to realize that she is more than just a pretty face and a smoking hot body. She’s beautiful, intelligent and unlike many of the woman he has dated in the past. Garrett starts to pursue her with the single minded focus that made him successful in the business world and in his personal life with Club Altura.
At first garret is afraid to introduce her to his lifestyle of adrenaline activities. He sees something in her and wants to break past the box she has placed herself in. The more time he spends with her the more he realizes that he is starting to care for her. Selby knows that Garrett is hot and not like the guys she usually dates. But she can’t seem to help herself from going out with him. Being afraid to take risks she realizes that Garrett could be the biggest risk of all.
I really loved Garrett and Selby’s story. Garret is not your typical Billionaire playboy. Yes he is rich…but he wasn’t born that way he worked hard for what he has. Selby is an extremely intelligent and beautiful woman. But socially…she has contained herself. After suffering a traumatic experience when she was a child she is not willing to step out of her comfort zone socially. Through Selby’s own determination and assistance from Garret she breaks free of the life she has lived for year
Carnal Risk is a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to read the next one.
Because I love it so much I want to give an e-book copy away. Please leave a comment and I will pick a winner.
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Powerful CEO, Garrett Emerson’s, life and corporation are built on a foundation of risk taking and top secret priorities. He works hard, but plays even harder. When tragedy strikes, the charismatic and sexy billionaire takes the gamble of his life by bringing a beautiful consultant into his inner sanctum, exposing her to his exclusive society of extreme athletes who are adventurous both in business and pleasure. Inexplicably drawn to the intriguing woman, Garrett teaches her to face her fears, bringing them both to new levels of ecstasy.
Selby Reynolds, a high profile technology specialist, reluctantly accepts an engagement at Emerson Industries. Discovering secrets and uncovering clues to a murder, she’s swept into Garrett’s dangerous but seductive life of luxury. Captivated by the world renowned capitalist and adventurer, she’s convinced he could crush her heart. As he pushes her sexual limits and their erotic play intensifies, Selby finds it impossible to resist the one man who turns her darkest fantasies into a reality.
When Selby’s life is threatened by a killer, carnal lessons of trust are put to the test, forcing them to choose who is friend and who is foe. Can Selby give her heart to a man who revels in the excitement of flirting with death? Will they prevail against an enemy who threatens to tear apart Garrett’s world, including the fragile connection with the woman he seeks to claim as his own?