Opening Up (Ink & Chrome Series #1)

Opening Up (Ink & Chrome Series #1)

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.

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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455586233
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Series: Ink & Chrome Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 100,848
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

The story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time, so her husband took her comments about "giving that writing thing a serious go" to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it. Today Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 60 novels and novellas across several genres.

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Opening Up 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Engaging Introduction to a new series: OPENING UP is the first installment in Lauren Dane’s adult, contemporary Ink and Chrome erotic romance series focusing on the men of Twisted Steel- a custom motorcycle and car shop. This is Twisted Steel co-owner/former soldier Asa Barrons, and PJ (Penelope Jean) Colman’s storyline. Told from dual third person perspectives (PJ and Asa) the storyline follows twenty five year old (and free spirit) PJ Colman as she attempts to bring the family owned tire business- Colman Enterprises-into the twenty first century. With her purple striped hair, tattoos, piercings and the lack of a college diploma, PJ is the black sheep of the Colman family, and is the bane of her father’s existence. When PJ issues an ultimatum regarding her latest attempts at diversifying Colman Enterprises, PJ walks away looking to Twisted Steel to help promote her upstart custom detail business. Enter Asa Barrons-twleve years PJ’s senior and the man who will break her heart. On the surface, Asa is a tattooed and pierced bad boy; the personification of perfection, and a man who has the ability to make women swoon, and PJ is no exception. But Asa has issues with PJ’s age, and in this, our hero is constantly pushing PJ away. Their attraction to once another is palpable, and while PJ continues to work for Twisted Steel, Asa is unable to stop his need and want for the woman who calls to his heart. When one too many men pay attention to the woman he wants, Asa will mark his territory making sure everyone knows that PJ belongs to him. The relationship between Asa and PJ is highly sexual. Asa likes to talk dirty and prefers a little kink in the bedroom; paddles, whips, canes. PJ is the woman who is willing to try anything for the man with whom she is falling in love. Asa also has a bit of a quick temper and a jealous streak that requires our hero to reign it in on several occasions. PJ is a strong female heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind; defend her ideas; or tell the truth. PJ will learn that it is difficult for most women to be accepted into the misogynistic world of custom cars and garage mechanics. The $ex scenes are steamy, erotic, and provocative. OPENING UP is an ensemble storyline with a large cast of characters in both secondary and supporting roles. Throughout the novel we will be introduced to PJ’s dysfunctional family: Siblings Colman CEO Jay, Shawn, and Julie, as well as Uncle Fee and their father Howard Colman Jr. There is some bad blood between PJ and her father, that when revealed is heartbreaking and painful to comprehend. Uncle Fee has some sort of control over Howard Jr that is never quite revealed about the how and why. Lenore Colman, PJ’s mother, is a bit of a door mat as it pertains to her emotionally abusive husband, but in the end, Lenore will open her eyes and see what it is Howard Jr has created through his acidic personality and jealous ways. Asa’s mother Pat Barrons, and his sister Courtney will welcome PJ into their family; PJ’s best friend Audra is our heroine’s sounding board when things begin to fall apart. Twisted Steel co-owner (and former soldier) Duke Bradshaw plays a supporting role throughout the storyline. Duke’s story will be told next in FALLING UNDER; his love interest is Carmella Rossi-a woman also introduced as Duke’s neighbor in OPENING UP. Mick Roberts, former soldier and initially an all around a$$hole, runs into some trouble with Asa, when he is not willing to accept Asa’s relationship with PJ-the age difference is a constant source of anxiety and frustration. OPENING UP is an engaging and fascinating introduction to Lauren Dane’s Ink and Chrome erotic romance series. The characters are colorful, emotional and at times, heartbreaking; the premise is moving, hopeful and enjoyable; the romance addicting and seductive. Although the next two installments focus on Asa’s friends and fellow soldiers, I am hoping there will be a few storylines involving PJ’s brothers and sisters at Colman Enterprises. The family dynamics have resulted in an intense struggle for acceptance and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren delivers a great start to a new series!! The character's are hot and I love how she shows that even tight knit families have flaws! Can't wait for Duke's book!!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Hot guys, hot cars, hot'll find just that in Opening Up, the first book in Lauren Dane's Chrome and Ink series.  PJ Colman is 25 years old, a blond bombshell, smart, knows what she wants and is mature beyond her years, and can do custom painting on cars better than most men. Asa Barrons  is the poster boy for badass hotness who women look out like they want to unwrap him like candy.  He is the co-owner of Twisted Metal, a shop that deals in custom motorcycles, and is one of the best in his business.  The guy is really, really good with his hands.   At 37, he thinks he is too old for PJ, though he wants her terribly.  PJ doesn't give up easily though, putting Asa's resolve to the test.  The romance is hot and on the kinky side, which spices things up quite interestingly. There is also a lot of family drama in the Colman household as well.  Both PJ and Asa's characters were great and I enjoyed them, as well as the secondary characters in the novel, which added a lot to the story.  Opening Up is one of those fun beach reads or a story you can curl up in a chair with on the weekend to relax.  While not one of those blow-you-away stories, Opening Up is definitely a fun and entertaining read, and is something contemporary romance fans would enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously hot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauen Dane is one of the very best at writing people that you want to know. She has another great beginning to a series in Opening Up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first few chapters, I didn't think I'd like the book, but it was very good. I really enjoyed that the hot sex parts were not the usual "circus stunts" type. It was really hot, but in a realistic way between two people who were into it. 270 pages and I will be buying the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is overall good. Its a mild version of risky, hot love scenes with an ok storyline. It was not a book i couldnt put down as i found myself bored at times, wishing it was over and hoping the storylines would pick up or at least have some twists and turns, which they did not. In a nutshell, its a story that has the guy mildly resisting a girl, then they get together, never fight, like its their happily ever after from day one, his family is nice, her daddy is not nice, but he has few and far between scenes and everything works out in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the relationship.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 4 The first in a new contemporary series by Lauren Dane, Opening Up is the story of Asa and PJ, two people who are convinced the other is exactly what they DON’T need. A mix of blue-collar take charge men, women who hold their own in more ways than one and several moments of steam will keep readers (and listeners) panting for the next moment and installment. Asa and his partner Duke have a custom garage – specializing in motorcycles and vintage muscle cars. He’s one of those gruff, bristly men who appears more than slightly menacing and completely in control. All of that (we know) hides his soft and fluffy center, but not only is it a struggle to get to that center, once you have reached it his control issues take over. Asa is more than fond of ‘knowing’ what is best for those around him, or so he thinks. PJ is the baby of her family, and works for the family tire business. Like many women in male-dominated industries, she has to be on her toes and better than the boys at all times: while others outside the family see her as capable and confident, her father has yet to fully trust her. While she’s good at her job, she really wants to branch out and start her own custom paint line, where proving herself to the clients is the only constant pressure. Instantly attracted to Asa, the two have a hot and steamy night, and then he reinstates his rule: no mixing business and pleasure. Oh, and he’s decided PJ is too young to know her own mind. There were times when a crescent wrench against the side of Asa’s head would not have gone amiss: he’s so sure he knows what is right for everyone else that he completely misses the turns in front of him. Yes, PJ is younger but she’s determined, smart, clever and funny, and she wants him despite his overwhelming tendency to treat her like a child. He’s unwilling to admit that PJ makes him crazy in all the good ways, and that he just could see himself rearranging his life to have her. Big scary monster in the closet. She’s more than willing to call him out on his bad behavior, she has no problem challenging his habit of being in charge of everything, and while you can see the fireworks in their spats, there really isn’t anything that the two don’t, or can’t share. The occasional dust up for PJ in the ongoing conflict with her father and his inability to take her seriously plays nicely with her determination, and has a simple, if rather quick resolution. Narration for this story is provided by Sasha Dunbrooke, who has an interesting rasp to her voice that plays nicely for PJ. I don’t think there was a great distinction between characters, a touch of tone or delivery emphasis was the most obvious with her male characters, although the differences were often uneven when dialogue was rapid fire. A solid performance that would have benefitted from more consideration paid to developing distinct voices that were consistently applied would have helped this performance. Fortunately, the story is such a fast-paced and enjoyable listen that the minor hiccups in the performance soon fade away as the characters of PJ and Asa take over, and their story takes flight. A wonderful start to a new series, sure to please fans of romance with heat and humor. I received an AudioBook copy of the title via 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
Loved this book! This story has so many layers. It has a little bit of everything. The people in this book have real feel to them, their life and experience's pull you in. I highly recommend it!
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
I. Loved. This. Book!!! This book offers so much it hard to know where to start. I really just want to say READ THIS BOOK NOW, but I guess I need to tell you way I loved it so much. It has some of the most explosive chemistry between the H/h that I've read in a long time. Their passion and heat was off the charts. Asa Barron's is a total alpha male, larger then life with tattoos and piercings. A self made man with a love of motorcycles and fast cars. Penelope Jean "PJ" Coleman is beautiful, sassy, artistic and self confident with a love of colorful hair. Asa didn't know what hit him the minute he meets PJ she's everything he didn't know he wanted but knew he should not touch her. She's young and to innocent for a intense possessive man like him. PJ wants Asa and knows he wants her, now she just has to convince him she's women enough for all he has to offer. Even if it does involve a flogger. Theres so many emotions with in the book. Hot sex. Laugh out loud dialog. Dumb actions by a alpha possessive man that at times I wanted to slap Asa in the head. Also sadness for a daughter who looked for the acceptance of her unloving father. So with that being said Go buy this book you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this was engaging, it dose not equate to multiple of her other works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked how protective and supportive Asa was of Penelope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This sexy erotic romance is the first in the new Ink and Chrome series. Asa has pulled himself out of a challenging upbringing to be a co-partner in Twisted Steel, a custom build motorcycle shop. He's got everything he wants right now - a successful job that he loves, money in his pocket and any girl he wants. When he meets PJ, a young, sassy, car enthusiast who just so happens to be carving out her own niche as a custom detailer, he views her as off limits. She's too young for him, and he thinks his style of sex would be too much for her. But PJ has her eye on Asa too and is more than willing to give him a few chances to get things right. When they do finally connect, will the passion between them burn out quickly or lead to a deeper relationship? This book had me entranced right from the start and a huge part of that was the character of PJ. She was such a firecracker! I loved how honest and forthright she was with Asa, showing him her interest in starting something with him right from the start and not playing any games. Her relationship with her family is complex , a different tone for each person. With her sister she's funny and friendly and they have a really easy going friendship. With her brothers she's a bit more wary and things can sometimes be tense, in particular with her older brother who won't do anything that their father might disapprove of. With her father, heartbreakingly, she has learned since a young age that no matter what she does, she won't have his approval. Her position in the family tire business is precarious as her desire for taking it in a new direction runs into a wall time and time again. But she's finally decided that she isn't going to take no for an answer and I admired her greatly for having the guts to make decisions about her future for her benefit, even at the risk of leaving the cushion of her family business.  Asa was the perfect guy - a protective alpha male, a caring son and brother, a handsome and hardworking man, and a driven competitor. It's not hard to see why PJ is drawn to him from their first meeting and though it takes her a while to wear him down, when he finally accepts that he's not going to be able to resist her, the results are fan-freaking-tastic! The sex scenes in this story are some of the hottest I've read, and include a good dash of humour as well as deeper emotional moments as they really connect. If I thought my ereader could catch fire, I would have had a fire extinguisher handy, that's how hot these two burn together.  I really enjoyed the look inside Twisted Steel and the custom build shop they have going on, as well as learning about PJ's detailing work. The guys who work at the shop were a fun group, and the camaraderie between Asa and his partner Duke, and the introduction of their friend and former military mate Mick give a little view into what we can expect next in the series. Though there are some emotional moments for PJ with respect to her relationship with her father, there isn't a lot of angst in the story or melodrama to hinder Asa and PJ's relationship. For me, it was definitely a winner and one of my favourite reads so far this year. 5 stars.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
OPENING UP by Lauren Dane is an exciting Erotica Contemporary Romance. Book 1 in her newest release "Ink & Chrome" series. Which, is going to be one hot new series, I predict. The world of custom cars and motorcycles, never looked so good. If you enjoy your heroes tatted, pierced and sexy as all get out, than look no further, here comes Asa Barrons. Looking for a feisty, wisecracking, passionate, heroine with an independent spirit to compliment Asa, look no further, enter, PJ Colman. Together, the two have a combustible chemistry that burns up the pages of "Opening Up". But wait, there is even more to this story. It is emotionally charged on so many levels, with complex characters, hot, steamy sex scenes, and the men of the Twisted-Steel Motorcycle Shop. Emotionally mature characters, bring so much more to this story than just sex and fun. The secondary characters are a must, I can't wait for the stories to come to life. "Opening Up" is an emotional, gripping but funny and passionate story. A sure in for any fans of Lauren Dane, Erotica Romance, and fans of passionate romances. Well done, Ms. Dane. I truly look forward to the next installment of the "Ink & Chrome" series. *Received for an honest review from the publishing via Net Galley* **Cross-posted on My Book Addiction and More** Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Wild Ride Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More