The second book in Lauren Dane’s Ink & Chrome contemporary romance series is up for review today. Please read on for my audiobook review of Falling Under, where we get Duke’s story and see just how he and Carmella will make things work.
I really liked Opening Up (book one) and found Duke to be a laid-back, nice to everyone sort of guy. It actually seemed like he was more concerned with not getting involved deeply to not hurt anyone’s feelings, rather than a hang up. But, the overall impression is a man you’d like to know. With a long-standing flirtation with his neighbor Carmella, you could see the two had something there, it just wasn’t bagged and tagged with a label, yet.
An opening in the garage when his secretary is moving on is the perfect opportunity to spend more time with Camilla, and that’s no hardship. But, like Asa, he’s not so sure business and pleasure mix, but he is willing to give it a shot. Carmella is a bit reserved but no pushover: she’s capable of declaring her wants and needs, and won’t depend on anyone, but she can also ask for help when it becomes apparent she needs it. I really liked her, although I wanted her to be more forthright and clear to Duke about his behavior when he danced over the line of respectful and callous.
Now, these two were steamy, and their conversations were clever and interesting, but there was just some spark missing from this story. It didn’t make it bad, or less intriguing to see where things were going and how the characters would learn to come together, but it just wasn’t as rapid fire as the first book.
Narration is again provided by Sasha Dunbrooke, and as with the first, her voice fits Carmella neatly, but the voice for Duke most often reminded me of an exuberant puppy. None of the strong alpha came through in the voice performance, and while the words were right the lack of distinction in vocal tones failed to present the character in a way I expected. Again her emphasis, pauses and tone fit nicely with emotional elements in the text and were appropriate, but this was a decent performance overall, with room for improvement.
It’s inevitable, in my experience, to find a series where a book is still good and enjoyable, but not quite as good as hoped for. That was this book, but I still enjoy the premise, the characters are built with some solid foundations and their connections are plausible. I’m looking forward to the next in the series focused on Mick, now back from the war and his lover(s).
Stars: Overall 3.5 Narration 3 Story 3.5
Title: Falling Under
Author: Lauren Dane
Series: Ink & Chrome #2
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Narrator: Sasha Dunbrooke
Published by: Forever
Published on: 4 August, 2015
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 3 minutes
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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?
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A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.