Falling Under (Ink & Chrome Series #2)

Falling Under (Ink & Chrome Series #2)

by Lauren Dane

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The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands.

And they're not afraid to get dirty.

Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, may devote his days to chrome and leather, but his nights belong to Carmella. His sultry redheaded neighbor has a smile like an angel and a body built for sin, and for the past year both have dominated Duke's dreams. When a problem at Twisted Steel requires a fast fix, Duke sees his chance to finally make his fantasy a reality.

Ever since she first heard the low rumble of his engine, Carmella Rossi has wondered if Duke Bradshaw handles his women as expertly as he handles his bike. When he shows up at her door offering her a much-needed job at his shop, she gets her chance to find out. Beneath Duke's masterful touch, Carmella soon submits to a world of unimaginable pleasure.

But history has taught Carmella how bad a boy boy can be. If she doesn't put on the brakes fast, her hard-bodied heartbreaker could drive her right over the edge . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455586240
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Series: Ink & Chrome Series , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 101,225
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A few years ago, Lauren Dane decided to quit her job and stay home with her brand new second child. As a result, she had lots of conversations in a sing-song voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. While on bed-rest with her pregnancy with the tiny monster, Lauren had plenty of down time so her husband brought home a second hand laptop and she decided to "give that writing thing a serious go."

Lauren had no idea how fabulously wonderful it would feel to actually make a go of her writing and she's thankful every day people actually want to read what she writes! She's well aware of her good fortune and loves every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie's dresses back on over and over again. She still hasn't managed to figure out how to shut out the sound of the Backyardigans so she can write a love scene, though.

She has sixty novels and novellas currently in print with Berkley, Harlequin, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing and others.

Learn more at:
Twitter, @LaurenDane

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Falling Under 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
The first story in this series, Opening Up, was one of my top ten reads of 2015, so I was excited to read Duke's story. He is a secondary character in Opening Up, Asa's partner at Twisted Steel, and a fun loving, laid back kind of guy. In this story, Duke's been lusting after Carmella, a woman he's had the hots for since they became neighbours. Knowing she's been looking for a job, and with her background in the car industry from working at her uncle's repair shop, when the opportunity arises to offer her an accounting job at Twisted Steel he jumps at the chance. He wants to develop a real friendship with her by having her close at hand, with the possibility of more. Carmella can't say no to the opportunity. It's the perfect fit for her and her skills, plus she needs the money. Her attraction to Duke is equal, though she worries about the whole 'sleeping with her boss' fallout. Assured by Duke, and her friend PJ (Asa's partner) that she'll still have a job if things go south, she dives headlong into an affair with him. She's used to keeping her secrets though, wary of getting emotionally involved after years of heartache. When Duke wants more, will she be willing to give him her heart? I really enjoyed this one too! Duke's got that laid back ladies' man thing going on, but he has a core of steel that comes through when you least expect it. He's a loyal man, a giving one too, and he is always willing to help out a friend. He makes mistakes sometimes, but he owns up to them fully, and this only makes him more attractive as a partner. Carmella is a woman who is used to being under appreciated (by her drug addicted mother, her criminal father, and an ex who took advantage of her time and again). She's closed off emotionally because she's had to be that way to survive. It takes a lot for her to trust someone, but Duke slowly eases his way into her life with his words, but more importantly with his actions. The two of them together are smokin' hot. Carmella is a woman who isn't shy about her sexual desires and she and Duke have no problem communicating in the bedroom. When it comes to letting him in emotionally though, it's a whole other ball game. I really liked how the story progressed, how they started to share more about their lives with each other and built that trust that is necessary to sustain a relationship. They both have family problems, even if on the surface Carmella's seem more immediate. Having someone to share those burdens makes all the difference in coping with things that come up, and when Carmella realizes that Duke really means what he says, that he'll back her 100%, it's no surprise that she falls in love with him. Duke is already smitten, and convincing Carmella that he's in it for the long haul clinches the deal. I really enjoy the setting, the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop getting lots of attention as the new showroom is being built over the course of the story. Duke, Asa and Mick are the three amigos in this story, with their military team background making them brothers in arms, if not by blood. They look out for each other, but they also tease each other mercilessly when necessary, and there are lots of amusing and heartfelt scenes between them. This series for me is an example of what I love about contemporary romances, and keeps me fully entertained. I'm looking forward to Mick's story next (and it promises to be a steamy menage treat!). 4.5 stars.
Andie-itsareadingthing More than 1 year ago
Falling Under by Lauren Dane is a sexy and sultry romance that leaves a reader downright satisfied. Duke Bradshaw has been lusting after his neighbor, Carmella Rossi, for a while now. So when his office manager quits, he jumps on the opportunity to hire Carmella in an effort to get closer to her. Duke is the co-owner of Twisted Steel, Carmella’s new boss, and she is determined to keep him at arm’s length. Will Duke ever convince Carmella to give him a chance? Duke Bradshaw is charming, sexy, loyal, confident, and caring. He understands Carmella and he is very careful of how he interacts with her so he can earn her trust. I like that no matter how many times Carmella gives him reasons to walk away, he never gives up on her. Carmella is stubborn, independent, and as a character she can be a bit frustrating. She’s definitely an individual that has been shaped by her past. There are times where her behavior or decisions made it a bit hard to like her as a character. Duke and Carmella both have strong personalities, but I think they come together as a couple beautifully. The chemistry between them is undeniable, no matter how hard Carmella fights it. It’s not all about lust with these two though, they also share a relationship that is based on friendship. Overall, Falling Under is a very enjoyable read. Duke and Carmella make a great couple, they compliment each other’s personality so well. Their chemistry was smoking hot. If you like alpha tatted up heroes with a soft side, then you definitely want to read this one. I think you’ll enjoy it, I know I did.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Duke and Carmella have been neighbors for over a year and have each noticed each other. Duke asks Carmella to become their new office manager since she worked in her uncle's auto shop before. Carmella and Duke know getting involved with each other is a risk but they both take a step towards it. Carmella was hard to get to know since she kept all of her secrets bottled up. She has been used by her mother for years but steadfastly refuses to see it. She claims she would have no one else. Duke has his own wanting to be there for everyone complex and both of them call each other out on their weak spots. Carmella was very intent on keeping her heart out of the equation and allowed Duke to keep telling her how he felt while she kept her feelings bottled up. It was nice when they both finally got on the same page and talked it all out. It was an overall good book but would have liked an epilogue of some sort.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 3.5 Narration 3 Story 3.5 (rounded) 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). I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series! All of the characters are great and well thought out. This author is a wonderful storyteller. Can't wait to read the next book! Hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It as good . I liked it and would read others in the series. It just seemed not as finished as others she has written. I am not a car person but thus was approachable on that subject. Part of the story but not so intense you need to be a gear head to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Well hello pretty cover and awesome book! I had never read a Lauren Dane book before and decided to give it a try since both book covers on this new series are gorgeous. I know, I'm a cover lover *hangs head* I'm so glad I decided to pick this one up, I really enjoyed LDane's writing style and I already know I'll be needing to backtrack and snag book one asap. Falling Under opens with Carmella Rossi, an unemployed young woman that is searching for a new job. She's offered an accounting/office manager type position by Duke Bardshaw, the sexy motorcycle dude that lives next door. He's hot, he's into the same stuff she is, and he'll be her boss. This doesn't sound like the perfect way to start a relationship, but it just works in their story. Both of them start a we'll see where it goes type relationship and it morphs into more without either realizing. I found myself connecting with Carmella's character quickly. She's really easy to relate to and I enjoyed her story. The family drama and bumps in the road for Duke and Carmella had me a bit nervous at times, but I found myself hoping they'd make things work. Twisted Steel, the custom motorcycle shop that the series revolves around was full of hot tattooed men, so here's hoping the next book will be out soon! I recommend this book if you're looking for a steamy biker read that you won't be able to put down.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Falling Under Lauren Dane   Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, My first visit to Twisted steel, and what a fun and sexy read it was. Duke, one of the TS owners is a real hot lead. He’s full of muscles, tattoos and Southern gentility. He knows how to treat a lady and he’s been wanting an excuse to treat his sexy next door neighbour, Carmella, for two years....Carmella though is cautious, and its clear he needs to tread very very carefully. Duke hasn’t been one for relationships but he knows Carmella is worth more than just a fling, so when they need a new office manager and he knows she needs a new job it’s perfect timing. Its not long before he wears away at her defences, and they’re in the throes of a hot and heavy affair. I adore Carmella, such a sexy lady, she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to say so!! There's some very steamy and sensual encounters between them. She’s carrying a heavy family burden though, being mum to her own mother, whose troubled and flighty, irresponsible, and Carmella has really been looking after her since she was a young child...its tough but she’s managing, and then it gets even tougher...her mum resents her though, isn’t grateful and Duke wonders why she even bothers. His relationship with his family has become very distant over the years. Its clear they both have shadows from their past to overcome if they can move forward together as they want though. Duke has one big issue, one thing he regrets greatly, and when the situation looks to him to be similar he makes a huge mistake, almost catastrophic. I know he meant well, I know he was looking at the issue from the wrong angle but What a Jerk he was and I so felt for Carmella. I did snigger though at an early typo, and maybe it’ll be corrected by the final version as I have an ARC, but Duke and Carmella are out enjoying a meal together of Lobster and Muscles...I know he’s hot and she wants to lick him all over but..... I’m looking forward to Micks story, with his two past lovers – a man and a woman...   Stars: Four and a half, a hot and sexy read with great characters but not quite a five from me. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers  If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, in case I've inadvertently added a spoiler and need to edit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story line and the connection between Duke and Carmellta was strong, it just felt like it was missing something.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I am extremely excited about this latest series by Lauren Dane. I loved the first book, which featured a sexy and a bit older hero who likes to work on cars. Yes, a little dirty and totally hot. This is the book about his business partner and friend, Duke. I cannot tell you how happy I was about that because I adored his character in the first book. Duke was exactly what I thought he would be. Fun and laid back, but also extremely hot and intense. He’s had a crush on his next door neighbor for a while and when the old secretary at his job is quitting her job, he wastes no time to offer the position to the hottie next door. Yes, he needs the help at the office, but he can’t wait to be able to spend more time with her. After he accidentally saw her having sex in her living he’s been nothing but hot for her. Talk about the bad boy next door! Duke is both everything you’ve been warned to watch out for, and everything you could possibly crave. Not only does he know his way around pleasing a woman, but he’s caring and protective. Wanting to make things easier on his woman because that should be his job. Wanting to simply spend time together. Just perfection. Add to that he can get dirty fixing cars, drive really fast and sometimes get in the occasional fist fight and you got it all. Carmella is actually a pretty well balanced heroine. She’s not too mousy, but she can be shy at first. She’s not too headstrong as other heroines I’ve read about before. She likes her independence and doesn’t want to rely on a man, but can also admit when she may need help. She’s also very private, which in turn I understood perfectly. She’s all around very real. So as much as I loved the characters, their chemistry was excellent and their sex lives were pretty explosive, I think the whole story was missing an umphfff. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is or what I was personally missing. But it fell just a little flat around the middle. Still very enjoyable read and a good addition to the series, though. And it totally leaves me craving the next one. Mick’s story is shaping up to be one of, if not my favorite in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Twisted Steel series does not have the depth, character development, or emotional appeal of many of her previous works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nlawson More than 1 year ago
Heartbreakingly sweet and sexy, this is the kind of love that people dream about finding for themselves. Duke is one of three friends that started Twisted Steel, a custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, and is riding the high life of success. Carmella is Duke's neighbor and holds the weight of the world on her shoulders, currently unemployed, she takes care of her irresponsible pill addicted mother while trying to harden her heart against the pain she expects to come while doing it. When Twisted Steel's office assistant quits, Duke offers the job to Carmella, she has experience from working in her uncle's mechanic shop and would be perfect for the job. Duke wants a reason to get closer to Carmella and Carmella knows that taking the job will be risky because she'll be staring at temptation all day long in the form of the über sexy Duke. When flirtation leads to a relationship, both Duke and Carmella have to deal with trauma from their past and learn to open up and trust one another and that when done right, love is the greatest most powerful thing anyone can have. I loved the fact that even though Duke has always been a ladies man, he doesn't even think twice about giving up that status once he has Carmella. Carmella has a ton of trust issues but Duke proves over and over that while he may not be perfect, he is perfect for her. I loved this story and I can't wait to be able to read Mick's story next!!!