Lauren Dane is an author I have long admired. I’ve been reading her books for years now which is hard to believe. She has a way of writing that is warm and draws you in but also has so many shades of sexy thrown in. Coming Back is her newest book and the third in the Ink and Chrome series. It’s a book I’ve been most excited for and I was not disappointed. She makes me believe that a three way relationship can totally and one hundred percent work and believe me, that is not an easy feat to pull off, especially as I’ve read quite a few menage stories.
Jessi, Mick, and Adam have a history together. A history that involves heavy emotions and incredibly intimacy, both in bed and out. But as young lovers, it was hard to stay together. Too many things were pulling them apart, perhaps most difficult of all, family. When Mick invites Adam and Jessi to the grand opening of Twisted Steel, the business Mick is a part of, he is unsure what to expect. Will they show? Will the emotions and palpable feelings between them still be there?
Well, Mick did not have to worry, believe me. Sexual tension was evident
from the minute these three were in the same room together. Jessi, Mick, and Adam are very potent together throughout the course of the story. But they each have to acknowledge how they have changed since the last time they saw each other, since the last time their attempted a relationship together. It is not easy. Adam is incredibly dominant and wants to protect Jessi and Mick, but Jessi is not having any of that. She is an up and coming designer who has goals of her own outside their burgeoning relationship. This is a woman who won’t back down. Likewise, both Adam and Mick are heavily involved in their jobs. This new balance they are attempting is, like any new relationship, fraught with tension and unexpected emotions. And then of course, they have to face what being in a relationship together will truly mean for their lives.
Ah Lauren Dane, how you know how to beat my heart to a pulp. I flew through this book and savored every page. I really liked these characters, Jessi in particular who has a real sense of the whimsical and the serendipitous. She is an optimistic woman with hopes and concrete goals she is working towards. Lauren Dane is no slouch at creating great female characters and Jessi is another to add to the list. Jessi could have chosen to remain devastated after the break-up and loss of Mick and Adam. Instead, she found strength and talent and drive. I love an ambitious woman!
This is a MMF story so definitely expect sex of all sorts between the characters, including Adam and Mick. It is VERY steamy to be sure, something readers can expect of many of Lauren Dane’s books. Coming Back is a great finish to the Ink and Chrome series. There is a lot of joy in this book. Joy at rediscovering each other and their feelings, and joy at shaping a new future together. It will not be easy, especially with fallout from family still lingering, but if they can make it work, Jessi, Mick, and Adam have a wonderful future to look forward to. (And spoiler, they do make it work and it is fantastic!)
ARC provided by publisher for review.
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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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