Falling Under by Lauren Dane #AudioBookReview

Posted December 26, 2015 by Shari in Audio Delight, Reviews / 6 Comments

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Falling Under by Lauren Dane #AudioBookReview
Falling Under
Narrated by Sasha Dunbrooke

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Series: Ink & Chrome #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on August 4, 2015
Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

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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Lekeisha Thomas
6 years ago

Great review! I briefly remember seeing the first book. This sounds like quite the series, but I love to read books in this genre, rather than listen to the audio.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago

I loved the first book and this probably would have been better if I had read it. I am not a big fan of audio books. Mostly I am a hybrid of mixing audio with text because audio just takes too much time.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Hmmm, it sounds like a book that one would like to skim certain parts to keep going, but the audio didn’t allow for that. I don’t mind slow-moving sometimes, but generally I like stories to clip along with some action or a mystery.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I think it works better to read this one, but I didn’t want to pay twice for it so I stuck to listening….over months.

6 years ago

The set-up of this one sounds neat with how they are neighbours and they fall for each other once she starts working for him. I like slow burn romances, but it does sound like the pace is a bit too slow in this one. I don’t like it when it feels like reaidng a book takes forever. Maybe it would’ve been better when you read it instead of listening.

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Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I think I just need to stop listening to audio books. They just take so long to get through and I find it easier to read.