Falling Under by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink & Chrome #2
Published by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’m a Lauren Dane fan. I think I’ve said that before, but I thought I should repeat it. I love her paranormal series, but she sold me on her relationship-driven book Opening Up, the first book in the Ink and Chrome Series. Even though I’m a dirty girl who needs action, she made this genre work for me too. This means I was prepared and in the right mindset when I started Falling Under, the second book in that same series and I was not disappointed. Falling Under is definitely a relationship-driven book but it is also about letting go of guilt and responsibility for others who don’t want your help, no matter how much they need it. It also was about being able to trust someone enough to grab hold and fall in love. All good stuff.
Duke was a great H. He reminded me of my Golden Retriever, Patton. My Patton is gorgeous, easy-going, sweet, goofy as hell, loved by everyone near and far (I’m not kidding about this, I went to dinner one night and a neighbor had done a portrait of Patton and it was hanging in a restaurant – it was kind of bizarre and sweet). I was convinced I had a lovable but kind of a wussy dog. Boy, was I wrong. If he feels one of his loved ones is threatened, he will and has kicked some ass. All these things describe Duke to a T. Obviously I am a huge Duke fan. He had some family issues etc., but nothing that couldn’t be worked out by the right woman.
Carmella impressed me, too. She had a screwed up family life and took on way too much responsibility for people she ought not have and who definitely didn’t deserve her TLC. She was also not stupid, and that is my favorite kind of h. My only teeny tiny complaint is she was a bit too skittish when it came to relationships and that got a tad bit old but Duke’s easy-going attitude about it made it work.
Falling Under was long, slow, and beautiful in parts. It was maybe a bit too slow in places, but well worth the read. I do have to say, I did not like the ending at all. It literally just stopped. Duke and Carmella had just got to the place we needed them to be in the relationship and then nothing. I was all like “Wait! What!?!? WTF!?”. I needed more. I needed them to be more comfortable with each other and happy no matter what crap their families pulled. I needed more info on the outcome of what happened with Duke’s brother. I NEEDED MORE!!
It wasn’t a cliffhanger but still I felt like I was shorted a proper ending. Although still a diehard Lauren Dane fan, I am now an unhappy and needy Lauren Dane fan who is waiting extremely impatiently for the next book. Extremely Impatiently.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Not Easy Going Stars
Falling Under was a great read: funny, sweet and hot. I found it slower-paced than Opening Up, the previous story in this series. I honestly felt they took too much time settling into their relationship. They get together pretty early in the story, then it takes them to near the end when you can say “they’re an established couple”.
Duke and Carmella were very hot together, they had great chemistry. I loved how she could boss Duke and all the other guys at Twisted Steel around. Both had some family issues. Duke mainly felt the odd man out, and there was a whole situation with his brother that felt kind of thrown in but not completely resolved. Maybe this is a set up for the next book?
Carmella’s own family circumstances were worse. Her mother is a very selfish and immature woman who’s mentally unstable. Her mother’s condition worsens when she gets together with Carmella’s father, who is in and out of prison.
I understood her reasons for not wanting to open up and commit to someone, but I got impatient with her. Thankfully she had lots of spunk to make up for that. She had a temper too, and she put Duke in his place more than once when he needed it. And he needed it a lot, as he could be a real asshole.
I got the feeling that Carmella had a bit of a hang-up in regards to their age difference as she was constantly bringing up his few gray hairs… this kind of annoyed me. I loved Carmella’s puppy. I too have a dog who doesn’t know she’s not a person, so I could relate.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book, it wasn’t fantastic as the first one but still a great read. I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with Ms. Dane bibliography 🙂
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 Stars
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