Ever since I read LAID BARE I've been waiting for Lauren Dane to continue with her sexy `Brown family' series and with Erin's brother Brody as our lead character here she doesn't disappoint. COMING UNDONE grabs your attention right away with its cast of familiar characters, erotic love scenes, perceptive writing and Brody. Wow, who wouldn't fall in love with this bad-boy on the outside, tender and sensitive on the inside charmer, sigh. I have to say though not much ever really happens within this story; it's more a character study which Dane does very well, drawing the reader into the emotional lives of her characters with amazing dialogue and chemistry.
Our story takes place over the period of a year so we also get to watch the entire Brown family grow and change and in chapter 16 Erin/Ben and Todd show us what they've been up to in a ménage a-detail romp and um yeah, it's hot. As a whole though I think true erotica fans will be slightly disappointed (with the exception of chapter 16) because of the lack of heat. Don't get me wrong Dane's sex scenes are amazing (mirrored ballet studio or tattoo shop desk anyone) and so well written they're just relatively tame compared to Laid Bare and it's over the top kink factor. Still this is an amazingly hot and sensitive read that fans will love.
Brody Brown has always been responsible for others giving up a promising art career to raise his younger brother and sister after their parents died. Now that they've grown and moved on Brody's life has finally become his own and with a prosperous tattoo shop, nice house and freedom to do as he pleases life is good. However when Elise Sorenson moves in next door he can't help but get involved in more ways than one.
Once a world famous ballerina, Elise and her young daughter have moved far away from the horrors of her past hoping to start a new life. The last thing she wants is a relationship especially with a tattooed, Harley riding bad guy but what Brody offers isn't a relationship instead he offers companionship with no strings attached. A friends with benefits you might say and it's working for both of them until Elise's past comes back to haunt her. Now as much as she doesn't want to admit it Elise might need Brody for more than just a good time in fact he may be what she truly desires.
This could be read as a stand alone but readers will benefit from reading LAID BARE (because it's awesome) and you get the entire back story on the yummy Brown family and friends. Cheers
on December 26, 2010
Very moving, very hot. Plot is slow but sure, though somewhat predictable. Characters are well developed, and believable as well as loveable. Some erotic encounters are truly arousing, others are so-so. But the over-all experience of reading this novel, over a two week holiday period, has resulted in some extra warm encounters within our own relationship. A good read for couples, as a few chapters read together each night seem to warm up the pre-sleep romantic parts of life.