Falling Under by Lauren Dane (Ink & Chrome #2)


Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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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?


“You going to the track tonight?” PJ asked with faux casualness.

“I was thinking about it. Duke just told me about it a few minutes ago.”

“Oh, he did?”

Carmella rolled her eyes. “You’re so transparent.”

“Please. He’s ridiculously adorable. And the track is full of hot guys if you’re inclined otherwise. Plus Asa will be all involved with his car and stuff so it’ll be nice to have you there.”

“I’ve been before,” Carmella said. “Craig and I have seen you a few times.”

PJ waved a hand at that and the mention of Carmella’s cousin, who was part of PJ’s crowd. “That’s different. Now you’re there with Twisted Steel. There’s food and beer and soda for everyone.”

“Like a cool club?”

PJ leaned closer. “They now have ice cream too. They’re making root beer floats at our tent.”

“Oh, really cool club.” Carmella laughed. “You don’t have to sell me. I love the track and I love ice cream so I’m delighted to combine those while I look at hot men.”

“Well now.” Duke stepped back into the room, the skitter of Ginger’s nails sounding quickly as she came over to check on Carmella.

Her face heated and she wanted to apologize and hide under the desk and burst out laughing. Maybe she could fake something medical and run out of the room.

Instead she squared her shoulders. “Thank you for returning the dog.”

“She’s always happy. Being around her makes you happy too. She’s an excellent dog.”

“Carmella is coming tonight. To the track, I mean. I finished the bike if you want to take a look.” PJ looked around Duke’s body. “See you tonight!”

“She’s happy a lot too.” Duke propped his butt on the edge of her desk so she was unable to pretend away the snowy white spots on his jeans where the denim had worn thin.

He had fantastic legs. Long and lean, like a swimmer or a runner.

“Where’d you go?” he asked softly, almost a tease.

She flicked her gaze from his thigh to his face and got caught up there. The bits of gray mixed in the darker caramel at his temples and a bit in his beard. His eyes, gracious, it was the way the lashes fringed the pale green that made them so gorgeous.

Currently his mouth was working a cocky grin and it worked because he was hot as fuck and he had every reason to be cocky.

“I haven’t gone anywhere,” Carmella answered, though she knew that wasn’t really what he’d been asking.

“You were thinking. Arguing with yourself maybe?”

Well, she’d been thinking about his thigh and his cock and she should have been arguing with herself to stop that but she didn’t bother.

“I bet it was about sex given that blush.”

This was bad. So stupid. Bad. Wrong. All those things, but man, he smelled really good and he made her feel . . . lighter. As if he saw her without all the baggage she carried around. It was nice he didn’t know Carmella in that context.


And it was really fucking cool to have a man this handsome and charismatic clearly find her attractive and engaging enough to flirt with. They had some major chemistry between them, and while she knew she needed to run screaming, she let herself breathe in a little deeper to sniff him.

“Could be. Or it could be about laundry or grocery shopping.” She smiled and he laughed, standing once more.

“I’ll see you tonight. Since you’ll be looking at hot men, I expect you’ll find me.”

He sauntered out, whistling.

Damn, that ass.


My Thoughts:

Another winner from Lauren Dane! I loved Falling Under and am now eagerly awaiting the next book! Duke Bradshaw is the ultimate alpha hero. He’s so casually laid back that one might overlook him for a second, but in that minute you’d make a fatal mistake because the man is someone you would not want to mess with. He’s protective, thoughtful and, duh, amazing to his woman. Even if he does stick his foot in his mouth a couple of times. I loved the laid back, surfer persona mixed with the biker businessman. It’s a combination that has to be done just right and Dane really set the bar high for herself, yet she did it and exceeded all my expectations as a reader!

Carmella was an excellent heroine as well because she was dependent on no one. She had learned her lesson early and while it did make her a bit closed off at first, I loved her independent streak. I hated how she let her mother control her by constantly enabling her selfish behavior, but when it comes to family people often don;t see those things right in front of them. I can understand the bonds family can have and not wanting to cut those ties, so I got it, even if it was dragging her down.

The Twisted Chrome family is awesome just like in book one, and I love the concept of this growing place of business. I want to work there and be apart of this tight family unit who never let anyone mess with one of their own. Plus, hot men walking around all day would definitely be worth it too…..

Lauren Dane has created a book I want to jump into and live in! Falling Under is an amazingly hot, character centric book that is sure to delight readers who love their men alpha yet tender!

I give Falling Under by Lauren Dane 4.75 stars!


DaneOPENINGUPLaurenAbout the author:

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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