Opening Up by Lauren Dane #Review

Posted September 18, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 18 Comments

Opening Up by Lauren Dane #Review
Opening Up

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Series: Ink & Chrome #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Forever
Released on June 16, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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While I haven’t read all of Lauren Dane’s books, the ones I have read are awesome. Dane writes stories about real people that have ethics, maturity and a sense of who they are about them. I find I love the strong heroines that never come across as bitchy. The heroes are strong and do stupid things, but then again, they own up to their mistakes.

PJ is the youngest of four children who dropped out college and started working for the company business her family owns. She’s more artistic and free in personality. While she has the highest sales, her father and uncle can’t see that she can offer the company more through her custom painting of vehicles. Gaining customers on the side she attracts the notice of the Twisted Steel owners’ who allow her to show them her work.

Asa Barrons finds he really likes PJ, but thinks he is too old for her as well as he doesn’t want to mix business with pleasure. His darker desires are better shared with mature women, or so he thinks. Asa comes from tough beginnings. Twisted Steel is his baby where they rebuild classic cars and motorcycles. PJ is just an employee who does detailing….he keeps telling himself.

Now neither can be denied. They sizzle in the bedroom exploring their sensuality along with Asa’s dominance. I wouldn’t call this a classic BDSM story, but Asa does like flogging and spanking while dominating PJ.

Asa has a mom he takes care of and two younger sisters, which we only see one of during the story. Momma has a few things to teach Asa as he tries to push PJ away thinking he’s a dirty older man who needs to leave her alone.

PJs family can’t be out done by Asa’s. PJ must fight tooth and nail for everything at her family’s business. While her other three siblings are valued, her one sister is also treated as inferior. I loved watching the relationship PJ had with her sister and brothers as PJ is kind of eclectic in her looks. Often trying out new hair colors like blue and pink to her natural blonde. She has tattoos and speaks her mind. She loves old cars and racing, but most of all what I loved about her was her maturity and knowing what she wanted. She didn’t sit back and wait for anything to happen. Going after what she wanted led her to find bigger and better things and also made the hole in leadership in their family a glaring problem.

This is a new series and I liked not having to have read tons of other books to enjoy this one. It was easy to read, the right about of conflict with a huge helping of erotic fiery romance that left your grinning at the end and waiting for Duke’s story (Duke is Asa’s partner). Until the next Ink & Chrome book to review!

About Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
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Your remarks about their maturity really sound good to me. And I love the idea of the classic car and motorcycle custom shop as the setting.

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Lauren Dane writes mature characters who own up to what they want and won’t take shit from anyone. The second story is about the other owner of Twisted Steel, Duke, which I am listening too on audio. I like these men and the women they love.

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger
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I love a character that owns up to their own mistakes. I love a mature character, I so want to read this!

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Shari Delighted Read

Mature characters are my chocolate lately. I can’t take on NA much any more because of the immaturity, so when Lauren writes mature characters at any age, then I am all over it.

Mary Kirkland
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Mature characters are much better than some of the immature ones I’ve been seeing lately.

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Shari Delighted Read

I am so over immature characters. I guess as I get older I want my characters to be mature. That doesn’t mean you have to grow up, but you have to deal with situations better and not be whiney or irrational.

Braine TS
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I sure would want to be friends with PJ! Her family isn’t attractive, but she sounds like a super cool chick!

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Shari Delighted Read

PJ was an awesome heroine. Her father and uncle were asses, but her siblings flawed with good hearts. She had a lot to overcome but didn’t let it define who she was.

Braine TS
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I sure would want to be friends with PJ! Her family isn’t attractive, but she sounds like a super cool chick!

Stephanie Faris
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I love starting a series at the beginning…less homework to get you started. Great review!

Stephanie
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Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Second story is shaping up to be great as well.

Blodeuedd
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I read a Dane once, that was long ago now :/

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Shari Delighted Read

She has some real characters I adore. None of those whiney heroines.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

She has some real characters I adore. None of those whiney heroines.

Lola
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I like how you describe how Dane writes her charactes. I don’t mind it when character make mistakes as long as they own up to it. The characters sound interesting. Great review!

kimbacaffeinate
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I like the balance the story seems to have, and like you I am a huge fan of strong heroines! Great review, again you tempt me!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Dane writes really strong heroines that I can totally be BFFs with if I wasn’t such an introvert.

Stephanie Faris
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Jennifer Crusie is writing a book for my publisher–Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. It’s a middle grade book. SO exciting! I used to read her books when I was an aspiring romance novelist–she’s been writing since the 90s. Very impressive career!

Stephanie
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Shari Delighted Read

Glad you like her books. This one just didn’t do it for me.

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Shari Delighted Read

Dane writes really strong heroines that I can totally be BFFs with if I wasn’t such an introvert.