Monday, August 03, 2015


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?

Release Date: August 4, 2015
Hachette Book Group Forever
Ink and Chrome series book #2
Review copy provided by the publisher

Nikki’s Review:

You know when you have something to look forward to and you're all giddy and crazy like a toddler hopped up on candy rocks? Ya, that's me when Lauren Dane releases a new book! I love this authors writing. I think love may even be too simple a word. I fall under her spell as she leads me through the ups and downs of the characters lives. Reading one of her books always puts my soul at ease. I can immerse myself into these stories and forget all the craziness that comes with raising three very stubborn, strong minded, and completely loveable least until someone starts complaining!

LAWD! I fell so hard for Duke. He's all tatted up with a rugged beard, sexy grin, and a smooth tongue...with talking and ummm, you know, other stuff! Lauren knows how to write a hero. They are never perfect. They are flawed but at the heart of them, they are protectors. They love fiercely and wholly.  Duke is no exception. Everyone loves him. He's sweet and completely sexy, which means that there is usually a gaggle of tongue-tied women not far behind. But Duke only has eyes for his sultry neighbour, Carmella.

Carmella has lusted over Duke for ages. He has always seemed so unattainable. Not because she couldn't snag the hottie, but because she doesn't have the time or the inclination to start anything that would risk her heart. Carmella has always had to be the caretaker, even as a child she was always making sure her mother was ok. She's had extended family to lean on, but she's never had someone that made her his or her soul focus. Duke is so sweet with the skittish Carmella. When he kept busting down all the walls that she erected, you could absolutely see that Carmella was so hungry to have someone in her corner. I loved the way he took care of her without making her feel like a child, or that she wasn't capable of dealing with her mother's bullshit on her own. Duke stood behind her as a steady and strong partner, and he only used his fists once to defend her honour! Lauren wrote such a strong and intelligent heroine. Carmella is sassy and takes life's strides  as they come...head on! I loved that she wasn't a wilting flower, willing to have a pity party because she'd been dealt the crappy parents card. Though, there were so many times that I thought she deserved a good ugly cry.

Duke and Carmella together was nothing short of awesome! There were no games or hidden agendas. Just honest adoration, lust, friendship, and eventually, love. It's refreshing to read a romance novel where the characters know what they want and just dive in. I love a good chase, but sometimes the easy fall is even more delicious. The love scenes in this book were typical Lauren bloody hot and smokin' that I giggled like a child each time these two got down and dirty! I can always expect to have the spit in my mouth dry up when I read anything by this author! Yup, she's just that damn awesome!

I love getting to visit with all the secondary characters, with PJ and Asa from book 1. So many more possible stories for this series and I seriously can't wait for the next one. I'm pretty sure that Mick's book will give me goosebumps. You need to read this book! Actually, you need everything by Lauren Dane because well, she rocks!

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