Thursday, July 23, 2015

Opening Up (Ink & Chrome #1) by Lauren Dane

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers Book #1 in her Ink & Chrome erotic romance series.


The men of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop are great with their hands... and they're not afraid to get dirty.

PJ is exactly the kind of woman Twisted Steel owner Asa Barrons doesn't need. The last thing he wants to do is mix business with pleasure, and PJ has some of the best custom detailing he's ever seen. But the chemistry between them won't be denied, and soon he's introducing her to a whole new world in the bedroom, pushing her far beyond anything she's ever experienced. PJ finds she can't get enough, but how far is too far before he consumes her completely?


In Opening Up we meet Penelope Jean "PJ" Colman and Asa Barrons.  She is what I wish every heroine would be.  She is smart, sassy, independent, beautiful inside and out, vulnerable and strong.   She would be my best friend if I met her.  Asa is a bad ass ex-military biker bare knuckle fighting badass with the biggest heart I've seen in a man.  He is the perfect mix of asshole, confident, mamma's boy, big teddy bear guy.

PJ works for her families business, more specifically tire sales.  She is and always was the black sheep of the family according to her father and she has strived to show him everything she can be and do, she has done it her whole life and no matter what she does she is never good enough.  She works with her sister, 2 brothers father and uncle building the business her grandfather started.  She is very creative and found she was excellent with custom painting and she loved doing it.  She starts doing the custom painting on her time with her own money but under Colman Enterprises to show her father what she could bring to the business.

This is how she starts seeing Asa regularly as he is the owner of Twisted Steel a auto shop he and his best friend Duke opened and built successfully.  They meet and sparks fly and when I say sparks fly there is no term that could get you ready for the chemistry that they have and build off of.

The problem is Asa is 37 and PJ is 25, he thinks she is just too young and innocent for him and he is too old, experienced and jaded for her.  See PJ is smart and has the confidence in herself everyone should have.  She didn't sulk she didn't flaunt herself she was herself and she did what she had to do to get him in her bed.  She was the epitomy of what every woman should be in getting what she wants from anything and everyone.  Asa was smart enough to realize this woman was everything he could ask for and finally decided after a long time coming that he wanted her.  She proved to him with friendship who and what she was and that she was not a na├»ve 25 year old.

PJ's father is someone to loathe, he is such a horrible person and father.  Her brothers and sister are great and stand by her as time goes by but it was time for her to branch out on her own and build her own business.  She does this with no ones help.  She does this with class, she does so well she is making profits immediately and able to live her life as she was prior.

I love how Asa defends her, loves her and treats her.  Even when they weren't together and he was being stubborn he cared and you knew it.  I love his relationship with his inner circle.  I love how she lets him defend and love her.  I love how she is strong enough to know when she needs a shoulder to cry on and a man to defend her.

I cannot say enough about this book, it was a 10 star read for me.  It had a kick ass herione a perfect mix of love, heat and angst.  I love this group of people and can't wait to read more.  I was a Lauren Dane virgin and am so glad I got to read this book, she will be an auto one click for me in the future.

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