Opening Up: Ink & Chrome, Book 1

Opening UpAuthor: Lauren Dane
Book Name: Opening Up
Series: Ink & Chrome
Order: #1
Genre: Romance
Rating:  Okay


Blurb: 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 Coleman. 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 . . .

Review:  This started out really good and I got all excited, thinking that it was going to end up being a way better book than the last Lauren Dane that I read.  Then it got… boring.  All the spice and fire that seemed to come across from both main characters in the beginning just kind of fizzled and then the plot kind of died.

At the point when the emotional connection between PJ and Asa started to really heat up, everything kind of quit working for me.  PJ started to come across as unaffected emotionally.  And Asa seemed to lose his cool badass vibe.

I have to say that I think this is due to the lack of emotion that seems to come across with the dialog.  I don’t know what happened between the beginning of the book and the end.  Either the emotional context quit showing in the dialog or I just started to get bored enough to notice.  It is a peeve of mine to have paragraph after paragraph of dialog and zero situational support and this is a problem I seem to be having a lot lately with Ms. Dane’s writing. I hate it because I do love what is trying to come across in her writing, but with the lack of ability to connect with the characters, I just don’t enjoy the stories as much.

So, yeah.  This one was just okay.