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Going Under: Lauren Dane

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In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create a some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups federation—and ruthless PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm, her friends and she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark, new reality. If there’s anything left for her there, she’s going to fight for it. But Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers than ever before.

Now, together, with magick on their side, they’re on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the country, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense, and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing
Tammy's Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review:

"People. Others. Witches, to be exact."

Going Under was a very different Lauren Dane read for me. At first, I was not sure if I liked it, I found it to move a bit slow in the beginning. The story focused more plot heavy then her other books I have read. About 35% in I found myself really starting to like Gage and Molly, they grew on me as a couple. In addition, I thought the plot was very intriguing. The Others (Witches, Vamps, & Werewolves) are living in secret until a hate group, called PURITY, targets and exposes them; turning all “humans” against them. All they want is to live in peace as they have been doing for centuries. Unfortunately, PURITY has other plans. If they cannot abolish them by removing them from this earth than they will try to pass a bill that strips these vile creatures of their rights and citizenship, forcing them to live in concentration camps and become chipped so the government can track them. Having read a lot of paranormal based book, I was pleasantly surprised by the twist and turns Dane spun in this story.

"We have been persecuted. We have been assaulted, murdered, attacked. We have had our homes burned down and vandalized. We've been fired from our jobs and kicked out of our homes."


Let us just say this quote describes Gage to the tee! Oh, and let me not forget that he is tatted AND pierced. Sigh!! Gage can come ring my bell any day of the week. That man was yummy. I fell head over heels for him. He was so protective of Molly, but at the same time, he could be a complete and total ass. Our bad boy is "under Molly's spell" from the moment he meets her. Gabe was enchanted with her feisty side. I just shook my head when he opened mouth and inserted foot quite a few times, but a second later, I was smiling and giggling. Molly did not take his crap and she freaking called him on it, each and every time.

"Man, he was so...hot. Smart. Sexy. Strong. Powerful. He was all manly and protective and it rang her bell. Not her type at all. But apparently she'd been doing it all wrong because hello."


Molly was freaking KICK ASS! She allowed no one to walk all over her (and I mean no one), she is my new hero. Molly was so articulate with words; she cut you down within a matter of seconds if you thought to belittle her or the cause she was fighting for. Our heroine was smart, she was sassy, and she fought for what she believed in (including Gage). Under her tough exterior, she had a vulnerable side that she rarely allowed anyone see. Molly was loyal; I really loved this about her because her loyalty shined for everyone. So loyal that she placed herself in harm's way to make sure her voice was heard for all Others. She was not about to let anyone's rights be lost or taken away, and under all that polish we had a girl with a heart of gold and a wickedly perverted sense of humor. She was utterly perfect for Gage. Lauren's development of this character was a breath of fresh air. Molly was not anyone's victim, nor was she going to allow others to be either.

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We will not be your victims again."


As I stated earlier, this book was much different from Lauren's other series that read. The Brown Siblings was more erotic than plot, and this one was just the opposite. As soon as it started to pick up, I adored it. I did not really feel the sexy steam, as others did, but I did like their chemistry together, a lot. The sexual scenes were good and tastefully written, but I definitely would not call them erotic. The reason for this was the story focuses more on the cause that the Others are fighting, with Molly as their spokesperson and Gabe doing what he could to "protect her,” as her guard, and I just didn't get a feel for the "erotic steam." In my opinion, their relationship was more emotionally intense, and this totally worked.

One of my favorite aspects to Dane's writing is her character development and chemistry. Her characters grab my attention with their tale of love and friendship, they keep me fascinated throughout the story, including her secondary ones. I truly hope to be spending time with Meriel and Lark from the previous books in this series very soon. Also, cannot wait for book four, as I totally loved Faine even though he was not a major part of the story.

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

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