Book Review: Opening Up by Lauren Dane

June 25, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: Opening Up by Lauren DaneOpening Up by Lauren Dane
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2015-06-16
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley

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 . . .

My Thoughts

Really enjoyed Lauren Dane’s writing. In the beginning the girls are trying to tell their brother why it is not good to go play golf when only the men are going to go although women also own the company. I knew that I would enjoy this from there. But… sadly something was holding me back. Asa Barrons definitely sounds like the kind of guy that women want to read about. No question there. I was lost with PJ however.

Firstly she is pretty young. Asa is in his 40’s. Yes, I realize this happens a lot but honestly… ugh. Ugh, Ugh, Ugh!! This just threw me. The writing is gorgeous and the romance is there but every time they got close to each other, I cringed! That girl could almost be his daughter!!! It threw me for a loop.

I did not want to continue reading this. I just ignored her age and continued on, and although I’m glad I did, the age difference really annoyed me. There are some portions where her young age really adds to the story though. Asa comes in to be her knight in shining armor, and I guess that fits his age as well, but … still! I did enjoy both characters and the plot was good. The steamy portions were way, way steamy!

I liked the outcome but I think I may read some more of Lauren’s work instead of judging her by this.

Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
3 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 3.9 / 5



The Author

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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