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Wolf Unbound

Wolf UnboundWolf Unbound by Lauren Dane

Description:

The Cascadia Wolves will do anything to protect their own. Tegan Warden knows that better than anyone. The Pack closed ranks around her years ago when her mate died, and much as she appreciates their support, it’s time to move on. That means dating—and for Tegan, it also means finding someone who understands her needs in the bedroom.

Finding Ben.

The dominant human may not be a wolf, but he makes Tegan shiver from their first encounter. He knows what she needs and doesn’t hesitate to give it to her. What’s more, they share a bond beyond sex. It’s been years since any man has made her feel so alive, so beautiful and desired.

But there’s an enemy working against the Cascadia Wolves, an enemy gathering forces to strike. The looming war is a threat to wolves and humans alike, and if they can’t stop it, the love that Tegan and Ben have worked so hard to find may not be enough to protect them from what’s coming.

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: 

I am loving Lauren Dane’s Cascadia Wolves series! This book focused on Tegan and Ben, a human cop and wow was it steamy! What I really liked was that Tegan was a dominate female whose job was protection. While this did led to her butting heads with Ben’s protectiveness, she held her own and he learned to accept that she can protect herself. It contrast with her dominance was her desire to submit in the bedroom. What I liked most about her and Ben’s relationship was that their bedroom relationship did not carry into the rest of their lives. It was a refreshing change from most D/s erotic books and I think the paranormal aspect helped with that.
The subplot which ties the book series together is still going strong with the Pellini Group as adversaries. I can’t wait for the next book, which I believe is about Pellini’s sister and Cade!!

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Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Falling Under

Falling Under by Lauren Dane 

Falling Under (Ink & Chrome, #2)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?

Review: After I finished Opening Up, I spent a minute checking to see if my library had a copy of Falling Under. It didn’t so I immediately bought it. After the first book, I was really interested in Duke’s story. To my delight, it was a boss and employee story, which I haven’t read in a while! Honestly, most boss and employee stories I read are the Harlequin Presents ones. You know the ones I talking about, with ridiculous titles like His Pregnant Virgin Secretary. Okay, so I just googled that and there isn’t a Harlequin called His Pregnant Virgin Secretary. Though there is one called Innocent Secretary, Accidentally Pregnant and one called CEO’s Expectant Secretary. Both of which I’ve read… Moving on.

I really liked the pacing of this book. Duke and Carmella resisted their attraction to each other for a while but when they gave in, they were committed to both making the relationship work and keeping it from interfering with their jobs. This book focused more around Twisted Steel, the lack of which had disappointed me about the first book. Like the first book, Falling Under also addressed family relationship. In Carmella’s case, her parents were toxic, both to themselves and to her. She essentially supported her pill-popping mother, whose addiction led to a major misunderstanding between Duke and Carmella. As the reader, I marveled with the family struggles Carmella dealt with. The questioned is posed of whether it is necessary to cut family members out of your life if they keep hurting you and themselves. Duke supported her, minus the misunderstanding, throughout her family issues and let Carmella take point on how to deal with them. He didn’t push in and try to solve everything for her, a la most alpha heroes. He just supported and loved her through the problems.

Like all Lauren Dane books, this one was steamy, though not in the same way as Opening Up. Carmella was not afraid of her sexuality and owned her attraction to Duke once they decided to give in to their passions. Duke respected her family issues and did not pressure her into being more emotionally available. Their relationship grew over time and it was easy to see how they laid the foundation for their future together. And what can I say, I’m sucker for any book where the hero says “I love you” before the heroine.

Final note: This book made me really excited for Mitch’s story which is the next book, Coming Back, to be released out in December. And it’s a threesome book! Lauren Dane knows how to write interesting, engaging, and logical three-way relationships. I liked Mitch better in this book since he wasn’t being a judgmental ass like in the first book and I can’t wait for his story!

Favorite Quotes:

She swayed, just slightly, but he responded, wrapping his arms around her as they danced, and he fell that last bit into love with her when she rested her check on his chest like she was meant to fit right there.

“I want to be what you see when you closed your eyes.”

“She seemed to float into my life, and once she touched down, the roots grew very deep very fast. I wasn’t expecting love. Knocked me on my ass.” Duke said.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

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Opening Up

Opening Up by Lauren Dane 

Opening Up (Ink & Chrome, #1)Description: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers Book #1 in her Ink & Chrome erotic romance series.

The men of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop are great with their hands… and they’re not afraid to get dirty.

PJ is exactly the kind of woman Twisted Steel owner Asa Barrons doesn’t need. The last thing he wants to do is mix business with pleasure, and PJ has some of the best custom detailing he’s ever seen. But the chemistry between them won’t be denied, and soon he’s introducing her to a whole new world in the bedroom, pushing her far beyond anything she’s ever experienced. PJ finds she can’t get enough, but how far is too far before he consumes her completely?

Review: I only started reading Lauren Dane books a few months ago and can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long. After reading her Brown Family series, Delicious, and The Hurley Boys, I was excited to start her Ink and Chrome series. The other series I had read by her were all interconnected so I’m a little happy that this series is independent of the others and I don’t have to figure out who is related to who. In general, I just want to take a moment and gush about Lauren Dane book covers. Holy accuracy Batman! I love that most of the characters are tattooed and that the tattoos they have are depicted on the book cover! And this cover is gorgeous and detailed too. I love PJ’s lotus flower!

Dane’s previous series introduced the readers to tattoo shops and rock-star lifestyles. In this book, she takes the reader in the world of custom car designs and racing. To be honest, I was a little hesitant. I’ve read Erin McCarthy’s Fast Track series and that’s about all the car related books I read. My dad loves to watch all those custom car shows but they usually bore me out of my mind. However, my fears were for naught. Dane introduced the reader to an interesting world, centered on the Twisted Steel shop, run by Asa and his best friend Duke. In the end, I found one of my dislikes about the book was that it didn’t focus enough on the shop! I ended up doing a total 180. I wanted to see more of the shop and a little less of PJ’s family drama, even though they were in the car world. I do hope that some of her siblings get books.

I really liked watching the relationship between PJ and Asa build throughout the book. It actually took a few months before they gave into the attraction between them. One of the issues addressed was the age difference between the couple. Asa was 12 years older than PJ, who was 25. In terms of historical romances, age differences are usually brushed over. In contemporary romances, they are given a bit more light. I didn’t feel like the age difference was creepy. PJ was a mature adult who decided she wanted to be in relationship with Asa. Their relationship hit other bumps aside from just the age issue. There was the usual lack of communication problems but they didn’t grow out of the control and wreck the relationship. What I liked even more was that falling in love was the make or break point. Neither ran scared when the other confessed their love. They continued to support each other and have a mature relationship. This book, like most Lauren Dane books, was extremely sensual. There were hints of BDSM, mostly floggers and the like. However, that is intertwined but doesn’t overtake and define their relationship. There’s also humor twisted in with the steam, i.e. PJ quoting Arthur C. Clarke in the middle of sex.

Overall, I really like the direction of Lauren Dane’s new series. Her books combine the right amount of sensuality with likeable characters, humor, and plot.

Favorite Quotes: 

“Tenderness flooded her to near bursting. How did she get so lucky that she found this? She never expected that love would be something so utterly certain. Asa had called to her from the start and now he fit in her life in a way that lightened her heart and made her feel grounded all at once.”

“This was making love. It didn’t have to be sweet in a traditional sense. It was sweet for Asa and PJ. He loved her and cherished her, and the way he touched her, like he’d never get enough, humbled her to her toes. Love did that. Laid you bare, broke you open and opened you up. It made you want to be better.”

Rating: 4 out of 5. 

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Back to You

Back to You (The Hurley Boys, #3)Back To You by Lauren Dane

Description: Former model Kelly Hurley has finally put the ashes of the past behind her. After a passionate but turbulent marriage to rock star Vaughan Hurley that ended in heartbreak and divorce, Kelly rebuilt her life in Portland, where she settled so their two young daughters could be close to their father. Just not so close Kelly couldn’t truly make her own way without interference from the man who shattered her heart. Now Kelly’s finally ready to move on, and she’s planning to marry another man.

But not if Vaughan has anything to say about it.

Vaughan knows he was a fool all those years ago. A young, selfish—and prideful—fool. Even as he buried himself in the fast, decadent rock star lifestyle, he could never drown out the memory of Kelly’s beauty and love. Or the sweet, searing heat whenever they touched. For years, he’s had to deal with the pain of seeing her only because of their daughters, but it was never enough. Now Vaughan must prove that he’s the only man Kelly needs, before he loses her for good. And there’s only one way to do it….

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My signed copy of Back To You from when I meet Lauren Dane at RWA!

Review: This seems to be the month of reunion books. I read Thrill Me by Susan Mallery right before I read this. In Thrill Me, the hero and heroine had dated in high school. In Back To You, however, the main characters had previously been married and share two children.  I was on the fence about Kelly and Vaughan’s book. You could see it coming through the other two books in The Hurley Boys Series. I really enjoyed The Best Kind of Trouble and Broken Open but Vaughn wasn’t my favorite minor character. Back To You changed that. In the previous books, Vaughan was the typical party-boy rock star, though a deeper backstory was hinted at. It takes his ex-wife getting engaged and the threat of losing his kids to wake him up. Once he does decide he wants a relationship with Kelly, then you see Vaughan mature and act like a responsible adult.
Back To You was a satisfying way of watching two characters reunite. Kelly is wary, at first, to let Vaughan back into her life. She, for all intents and purposes, had been a single parent for the last eight years and sharing the responsibility for their daughters was difficult. In addition, Vaughan had seriously hurt her in the past and she wasn’t sure she wanted risk her heart again. Without going into spoilers, I wasn’t a fan of the cause of their divorce in the past but I do think they worked through their problems in a healthy way. That’s what I like most about this book. It shows that relationships have problems and that they don’t away overnight or with an “I love you”. Kelly had reasons to be mad at Vaughan and to expect him to prove himself. And Vaughan, once he made the decision to be a better father and partner to Kelly, worked hard to prove himself worthy of their love.

Part of me did wish this book had a little more rock-star in it. However, it would not have been keeping with the plot of Vaughan becoming more mature and the plots of the previous books moved away from the rock-star touring life. That desire is more of my rock-star romance phase than something that actually would have enhanced the book. Overall, a great series finish by Lauren Dane and I can’t wait to start her Ink and Chrome series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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RWA 2015

RWA 2015.

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RWA 2015

xyvyfpdfOn Wednesday, I made the trek into NYC from New Jersey. Despite a fire in North Brunswick and train delays changing my travel plans, I made it! Around 3:30 my friend and I headed in the New York Marriott Marquis for the RWA Literacy Signing. I had heard horror stories about the craziness of this signing and had expected to be standing around for hours waiting to get in. However, this signing was well organized. When we arrived at the hotel, volunteers checked our bags and directed us to a ballroom full of chairs. Each section of chairs were given a letter and when it came time for the signing, an announcer went row by row to let people in. It was well organized and stress-free. While the ballroom for the signing did fill up fast, it wasn’t overwhelming. Over all, it was a great day and I can’t wait for RWA to return to NYC.

Okay, enough of the boring info. I know all you’re here for is the pictures. Without further ado:

Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison

Maya Banks

Maya Banks

Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole

Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch

Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane

Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare

Sabrina Jeffrries.

Sabrina Jeffries

Guys, Sabrina Jeffries asked to take a picture with me because she loved my shirt! Highlight of my week!

Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks

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