Review : Opening up – Lauren Dane

Posted November 14, 2015 by Nix in review / 1 Comment

Opening Up by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink & Chrome #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2015-06-16
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook

The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands.And they're not afraid to get dirty.

Asa Barrons is never lonely for long. Co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop, he works hard and plays harder. But he never allows his after-hours affairs to interfere with business-until he meets racing royalty PJ Colman. While the blue-eyed blonde is all princess on the outside, on the inside Asa can see that this woman is ready to take a walk on the wild side.

PJ knows trouble when she sees it, and Asa is the complete package: fast bike, killer ink, and a sinfully sexy smile that has her imagining things nice girls never do. She talks her way onto the Twisted Steel team to prove her painting skill, and soon learns that Asa is eager to show off some skills of his own.With the help of Asa's expert touch, PJ is initiated into a world of wicked desire. No limits. No inhibitions. No turning back.

But as perfect as their passion seems, a new challenge awaits, forcing them to ask just how far they are willing to go . . .

FTC : I got this from NetGalley for a review.

Why I read this book

I read this book because I know that Lauren Dane’s writing style works for me and this is a book about a hot, pierced, tattooed Alpha with a BDSM edge … it sounded right up my alley!

What genre-tags would I give this book?

Erotic contemporary romance, older-hero, tattooed hero, mild S&M, fiesty heroine, tattooed heroine, dirty talker, sex-positive

Quick Scores

  • Romance between the MC – 4/5
  • Heat level – 5/5
  • Plot – 4/5

What I liked about this book

Overall, I enjoyed this story. The sexual chemistry between the two leads was incredibly well written and the sex scenes were amazingly hot (like cold shower times hot….). I loved PJ and Asa together. The way that they both supported each other throughout the book was fabulous, mainly because I got the overwhelming the idea that, before they met each other, they were both very much alone in their struggles. Some of the scenes between them certainly gave me the warm and fuzzies (often followed by hot flushes!) as they were so damn sweet!

I definitely enjoyed the female empowerment that flavours this book too. Throughout the book, we see situations that most women will have had happened to them at some point (being harassed by a drunk man, being thought of as unable to do a certain job due to gender) and, I’ll be honest, I liked watching PJ deal with each and every one of them. This book is so woman positive, so sex-positive and so damn empowering I found myself cheering at every page.

What I didn’t like about this story

There was a couple of things that bothered me about the book. On the one hand, it was very woman positive but I found it strange that all the characters in the book that weren’t particularly nice to both main characters were men. This wouldn’t bother most people but, for some reason, it really bothered me. The other thing that bothered was how quickly PJ forgave Asa when he “forgot” to mention something rather pertinent to his past. It didn’t fit for me, didn’t seem to be what I imagined it would be for what I knew of her character. I think the problem is that I wanted to put myself in her shoes and, in that scene, I simply couldn’t. Her emotions to the omission were so brief that I struggled to process it ….

Favourite quote

“I love that you dressed your penis up for me”

Would I read this book again?


Would I read the next in the series?



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