Wren Davis, a talented art student and bike messenger wants one thing, to take her friendship with the famous artist and bad boy, Gregori Ivanov. GregWren Davis, a talented art student and bike messenger wants one thing, to take her friendship with the famous artist and bad boy, Gregori Ivanov. Gregori oozes sex appeal, has the bad boy, devil may care artist facade down pat. But that is not who he really is. After having a hard childhood and having adult relationships where people just use him for their own gain, he has a hard time keeping Wren at bay. Wren is not like anyone Gregori knows. She'd beautiful, talented in her own right, and wants nothing from him other than taking their relationship to the next level, in the bedroom.
What starts out as a steamy friends with benefits arrangement ends up in love. Although it takes the two main characters a little heart ache to get there and realize what is really important. This novella is a signature Dane story, with fun and independent characters who place an emphasis on the importance of family and relationships. The loves scenes are steamy, but do not dominate the story. I recommend this novella to fans of the author. I look forward to reading more from Harlequin's new like of Cosmo Red Hot Reads.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review....more
I loved this novella from Lauren Dane. I have not read a ton by Dane, just her Brown Siblings Series. This one was a nice departure.
Rori Simon decidesI loved this novella from Lauren Dane. I have not read a ton by Dane, just her Brown Siblings Series. This one was a nice departure.
Rori Simon decides to move back home after leaving ten years before to go to school and find herself. Once a shy, sweet, homely girl Rori is now confident, independent and beautiful.
Rori is quickly thrust back into life in a small town with her family and she is looking to make Jude Callahan, her childhood crush hers. Jude is a lady's man, but quickly recognizes that Rori is special and that they could have the sexual and intimate relationship they both desire. One reason why Rori moved back home was that her ex cheated on her. She vowed that would never happen again and she would have men chase her on her own terms in the future. She believed this could extend to Jude, even though he was a lady's man.
Their relationship quickly heats up, but Jude messes up what they have. She ends their relationship only for him then to realize that she is the one for him and that he loves her. Talk about a swift kick in the gut or rather heart.
Rori meets Zach, the perfect man. He worships her, loves her, and teaches her what she wants in a Dom/sub relationship. The two fall even more madly in love in and out of the bedroom. Their sheets were constantly on fire.
The two decide to marry. Building a wonderful life together. A huge twist is thrown in the plot. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but I cried and cried. And cried some more.
Jude is a constant presence in the periphery of Rori's life. He is able to get past his anger, assess what he needs, and becomes a very dear and close friend to Rori again. I am very glad that Jude was redeemable.
This story is really about second chances in life and love. I recommend this one to any one who like a good heart felt story with steamy sex. I cannot wait for the sequel, Believe. A word of warning, do not read the blurb for Believe until you are finished with Second Chances. Spoilers will be present.
*Warning, this story contains mild BDSM with the focus on Dom/sub situations, blind folds, ropes, cuffs, oral, anal, spanking, smoking hot sex.
So much better than Laid Bare. I've had this one for a while but put it off because I didn't like Laid Bare. I had to reread my review as to why, butSo much better than Laid Bare. I've had this one for a while but put it off because I didn't like Laid Bare. I had to reread my review as to why, but this book was awesome. It was everything I expected it to be sweet, sexy and I loved both Brody and Elsie and I can't wait to read book 3, and I look forward to release day of book 4!
This book had a lot of potential. What's not to love about a strong, independent, hot rocker chick?
The relationship between the hero (Todd) and the heThis book had a lot of potential. What's not to love about a strong, independent, hot rocker chick?
The relationship between the hero (Todd) and the heroine (Erin) was not believable. This couple had it together outside of the bedroom once the two reconnected. Inside the bedroom, was a whole other story. I felt like I was reading a play by play of the action. The "love" scenes were very stilted and not erotic at all. This is a big problem for me since this is an erotic romance. I must have spice and connection between my H/h.
Todd, angered me. He wouldn't embrace who he was in the beginning of the book to get the girl, he ran off (not an original plot line, however he never really made me believe that he was redeemable).
Erin, I liked. She was strong and independent and knew what she wanted in life (especially in bed). I really empathized with her upon the uncovering of the terrible tragedy that she went through.
Another thing that bugged me about the love scenes were the fact that Todd wanted to explore being a Dom. I was confused by how this played out. The characters talked about bondage, but it never carried over to the bedroom. All the hero ever did was give directions/orders. Well, okay anyone that does that is not fulfilling the role of a Dom. They are just voicing what they want to do.
Because of the lack of connection I decided at page 125 that I had to give up for now because I don't really care any more what happens to Todd or Erin. This book is supposed to encompass a menage relationship as well with a friend of Todd's, however I never made it that far. I don't see a menage relationship playing well into the story. I have book 2, Coming Undone which I am still interested in reading because it deals with Erin's older brother who owns a tattoo parlor. This guy is very deserving of his HEA what little I know of him so far. I am hoping CU is better so I don't have to write off Dane. I really do like the idea behind the characters for this series. It is refreshing to see something than typical characters....more