Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review: COMING UNDONE by Lauren Dane

Okay, so this is the third or fourth book by Dane that I’ve reviewed.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might be getting sick of it by now, but tough.  I really like Dane’s books.  They are perfect for a summer escape; erotic, yet have great plotlines and interesting characters.

Coming Undone is the sequel to Laid Bare.  It follows Erin’s brother, Brody Brown, the owner of a successful tattoo shop.  When a single mother, Elise, moves in across the street, they strike up an easy friendship.  Neither are looking for anything serious or complicated, but when ghosts from Elise’s past start cropping up, threatening her and her daughter, Brody’s protective instinct kicks in.  To complicate matters, Brody’s ex-FWB, Raven, gets all jealous over Elise and sets out to make trouble for the couple as they set out on the journey toward love. 

I absolutely love Brody.  What woman wouldn’t?  He’s got the whole bad boy image, yet he is responsible, owns his own business and is the patriarch of his family.  This is one man who deserves to find love.  At first, I wasn’t sure about Elise.  A former ballerina who owns a dance studio and a single mother, she seemed almost too “white bread” for Brody, but the more I got to know her, the more I realized she was perfect for him. Like Erin’s dark past in Laid Bare, Elise has her own secrets hiding behind her back in New York.  As a result, she has trust issues that she needs to conquer.   I also really liked the details Dane goes into with Elise’s parenting of her daughter.  Brody raised his siblings after his parents’ deaths.  Good parenting is a skill that they both have and admire in each other.  It gives them something to bond over.  It also helps Brody to understand and respect the boundaries that Elise has to set in their relationship with regard for her kid. 

Overall I give Coming Undone

Plot – 3 ½  bookmarks
Characters – 3 bookmarks
Sex Scenes – 3 ½  bookmarks
Love Story – 4 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Anna Camp (Elise), Caitlyn Rund (Rennie), Patrick Swayze like he was in “Road House” (Brody)

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