★ SYNOPSIS ★
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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★ MY REVIEW ★
Falling Under is the 2nd novel in the Inch & Chrome series by Lauren Dane. It is a full length novel with no cliff hanger, told from opposing third person point-of-views. Lauren Dane novels are not not new to me, and in fact, she’s one of my favorite authors. I went into Falling Under without having read the first book in the series, so this one can definitely be read as a standalone.
What did I like about this book? Well, I liked the main characters, I liked the dynamic between them. Duke is hot, even on paper, you just sort of want to drool over the man. Carmella (I love this name by the way.), is sure of herself, and confident. It’s a nice thing to see in a heroine these days because you never once doubt her stance on things. You also don’t see it changing or converting like in some novels. She never becomes a push over and when dealing with an alpha male like Duke, that was surprising.
I’m going to jump to that actual dynamic I was talking about between these two. This book is scorching in that regard. I am talking, fan you face hot. You never once doubt that these two are hot for each other at any point while reading. Carmella describes Duke in so many different ways through the book and what makes him attractive to her that I had to chuckle. I snagged pieces but from all over but it’s basically like this according to Carmella. Duke is tall, handsome, rugged, he works hard and is confident.. oh and he has an amazing ass. Likewise, according to Duke, “Just thinking about Carmella Rossi made him smile.”. She’s curvy, confidently sexy, and statuesque… all while being short.
That brings us to what I didn’t like about this book. It’s generally hard for me to find something I don’t like about a Lauren Dane novel but I struggled getting through this one. It was this complete rush at the beginning, and then it just seemed to level off for about 70% of the book and drag along. They’d argue, fix it, argue, fix it, but I was left feeling like the climax of the novel happened at about 25%. I can’t say I was bored with it, but at that point, I felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen in the story, so it was hard to keep reading. (I was correct, by the way.) It was a fest of pick up, put down until I finally finished it.
Aside from the fact that I was struggling, I can still recognize that aside from the pacing of the book, for me it was still a well done book. I loved the main characters, I enjoyed the co-stars as well. You’re also lead into the fact during reading that three will be a third book in the series, and I’m curious about that one. All in all, I would definitely recommend Falling Under. Bearded, tattooed men who run a custom car shop? Yes, please!