Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on August 4, 2015
Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes
Falling Under is the second installment in the Ink & Chrome series based on a couple of bad boys who own a car restoration shop. We met Duke and Asa in the first story as the owners. Asa fell in love leaving Duke to find his own.
Duke Bradshaw’s at a point in his life where everything is good. His business is taking off, he owns his own home and gets to watch his lovely neighbor. And when she loses her job when her uncle sells his shop, Duke snaps her up for his office manager. Watching the lovely Carmella has it’s own list of benefits, but all those fantasies about her are about to become fruitful.
Carmella loves to watch Duke out her window and it doesn’t help her dog loves looking at him too. Her life is difficult, but watch him makes things all better for at least a little while. So when she goes to work for him, she tries hard to keep it professional, but it soon slips into an erotic mix of pleasure that leaves her breathless. Thinking it is a quick fling, she tries unsuccessfully to keep him at arms length.
The love story is a slow long burn like my listening to this. It took me forever to listen to it entirely. They burn up the sheets with Duke just kind of falling into it naturally and Carmella fighting it each step of the way. Carmella’s background lends her a sense of caution in relationships of any kind, while Duke is just easy going, but wont’t let her go.
There are somethings that frustrated me like Carmella’s mother and how she just wouldn’t wash her hands of it all. I got frustrated with Duke’s parents, not because they were horrible people, but because they couldn’t seem to connect with their son. Asa seemed to be the one who help Duke together at times and pointed out all he did wrong. Carmella seemed to be the one carrying a lot of the baggage of the story with Duke constantly trying to work on it.
Duke is a bad boy. Racing and fighting seem to be a weekly occurrence that excite and arouse Carmella. There are incidents with family members where she feels ashamed in front of Duke. Duke sets that straight right away. The dynamic seemed to be one sided for most of the book until the very end when it was Duke’s turn to have family issues.
While I enjoyed this story it seemed to meander at times and leave me daydreaming instead of listening. I am not sure if it would have been better to read this since it took me months to listen. The narrator was decent and seemed to do all the voices fine.
While I like audio books, I found myself without real time to listen and this fell victim to me not wanting to pay twice for a book so I could read it. The next book in the series will definitely be in ebook formula and I saw a snip it it is a M/F/M story like only Lauren Dane can achieve.
I recommend this book with one caveat that I am not sure it will move fast enough along to satisfy someone wanting a deeper story rather than a longer story.