Release Blitz and Giveaway: Falling Under: Lauren Dane

FALLING UNDER (Ink and Chrome #2)
Lauren Dane
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Expected August 4, 2015

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? 
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.

Carmella Rossi takes care of those around her without asking for much, if anything, in return. Doling out medication and cooking for her mother fills her free time, as does looking for a job now that her uncle’s garage is closed. She and her dog both enjoy watching for her sexy bad-boy neighbor as he comes and goes from his house, but when he offers her a job she knows fighting her attraction will be even harder when she has to see him all the time.

Duke Bradshaw co-owns Twisted Steel with his best friend Asa. Watching Asa and PJ in love has made him see that life with the right partner can be a great addition to balance his workload and he knows just who he wants by his side. Offering Carmella the available office manager job at Twisted Steel just makes sense -- she’s a perfect fit for the job, and now he’ll have more chances to get under her skin.

From the very beginning it is clear these two are great for each other. Getting them to admit it? Not as easy. Carmella is quick to shut people out, as a product of both her upbringing and her failed marriage, and since neither has been in a relationship in some time there is a learning curve to navigate.

A lot of the drama between these two comes as a result of things outside their control. As result, their relationship is relatively smooth, with few road bumps along the way. But outside their little world are expectations and responsibilities that get in the way of their happiness.

Carmella and PJ become fast friends once Carmella is at Twisted Steel. I loved watching these two build their friendship, as their personalities are so different. PJ’s curiosity and outgoing nature means she doesn’t let Carmella stew over a problem for long before she is butting her head in and not taking no for an answer.

Duke, Asa, and Mick’s friendship also plays a big role in this story. From the business to after hours racing, fighting, and taking each others’ back, these three are closer than brothers and would do whatever necessary to pick each other up. Mitch has secrets haunting him that are hinted and poked but definitely tease the setup of Coming Back, the next book in the series.

This was such a refreshing read. Sexy. Fun. Flirty. Sweet. I found myself grinning often at the banter between Duke and Carmella. Their chemistry was perfect. Their struggles real and honest.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
They both like to look but they know they shouldn't touch.

Duke Bradshaw and Carmella Rssi have been neighbors for a couple of years. But now Carmella is the new office manager at the business he co-owns, Twisted Steel. So they are looking even more and feeling the attraction that should be off limits and remain professional. 

They had me smiling at their fun, witty rapport, chemistry, and attraction. Carmella is a private person and wants to keep her secrets close. She's used to being responsible, taking care of others, and not trusting men's interactions. She's used to being taken advantage of or having to keep everything together. Duke seems like a bad boy but he's really a good guy with bad boy likes such as racing, motorcycles, fighting, and ink. He likes her tenacity, but also her vulnerability she tries to hide. He likes to spoil and protect her, but also likes that she can stand up and take control.

She's afraid to really let him see all of the crazy surrounding her, but he is not easily scared. He makes her feel safe but also brings out a bit of a wild side she did not know she had. They are two people always wanting to help others even to the detriment of themselves. And they have trouble accepting help when offered.

Can she get over her trust issues and constant fear of disappointment? Can she handle having an overprotective not-so-white knight?

This was sweet, sexy, and heartfelt. The angst came more externally for this couple rather than intrinsically from their relationship. There was some challenging and dramatic situations surrounding them causing stress. They both had issues with family dynamics that had marked them and caused some continuing fears, insecurities, and unresolved issues.  And the fact that they worked together posed a bit of a concern. But I really liked them together. Duke's easy going, yet protective personality really charmed me. And Carmella was tough and resilient despite all she struggled with. They were one of those couples that it was hard not to like and I wanted to see them succeed.

I enjoyed getting more with Asa and PJ (Opening Up). They are so fun and feisty. I like the whole atmosphere at Twisted Steel with the cars, motorcycles, and racing. I am intrigued by their friend Mick's story and am looking forward to learning more about him, Jessi, and Adam in the next book Coming Back.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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 businessuntil 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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Expected December 2015

Arriving back in Seattle after five years, Jessilyn Franklin is done pretending she didn't want two men. She's done letting anything stop her from being with Adam and Mick, now back from the war and working at Twisted Steel, a custom hot rod and motorcycle shop. One night changes everything, but their relationship must strengthen to weather the storms they'll face as they make their way back to one another. 

The 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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1 comment:

  1. Great review and giveaway. Twitter would not let me tweet about the second giveaway. They said it was spam? So I posted a tweet from Amazon about the book being on sale. I tried. Thank you for the review and giveaway.


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