Laid Bare (Paperback)
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DescriptionIt's been 10 years since sexy police officer Todd Keenan's fling with Erin Brown, the provocative rocker chick next door. Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tougher than they expected.
- Published: 04 August 2009
- Format: Paperback 324 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780425229712 ISBN 10: 0425229718
- Sales rank: 61,230
Reviews for Laid Bare
Sizzling romance and extremely HOT read in the beginning but then the menage came and it seemed to lose it's magic....
When I started reading this book I can honestly say I was blown away. I'd never read a Lauren Dane book until now and boy does she know how to make the pages sizzle get your pulse racing! The story tells of a rock chick who dates a cop in their younger years. They are both very sexual and quite kinky but she is comfortable in her own skin and with her sexuality and he is not. Ten years later they are re-united, things happen and then a third party is introduced. I won't say anymore about what happens in the plot as I don't want to spoil the story.
Anyway, for me the book was absolutely perfect until Ben (the third party) is introduced into the relationship. Up until then the relationship between Todd and Erin seemed so genuine and the chemistry between them almost tangible. The love scenes were very descriptive and written so well I almost felt like I was there watching it all unfold before my eyes it was that good a book, believe me! However, I think it all went downhill once they invited Ben into the relationship. Before it was a beautiful romance and the characters had depth and history that you could believe in and relate to but when Ben got involved it just didn't make sense or add to the story - if anything it took away from it and I ended up bored at the end, not being half as moved by Ben and Erin's romance and feelings towards each other as in the beginning. So in that respect it's almost like she undid all the effort she put in developing Ben and Erin in the beginning
Literally in the beginning there is so much erotica, every few pages it seemed there was something to get your blood pumping and not only was it very steamy it was also quite moving. But then when two became three the sexy bits became less and less and not very "exciting" at that. I think she should have developed Ben's character earlier in the story because it felt like he was just thrown in to add a bit of menage to the story and I just wasn't "feeling" it as there didn't seem to be any depth to it. I'll give credit where credit is due though - other than the whole Ben thing the story and characters and the relationships were quite realistic and well written. She was very thorough in fact with everything tied up and no loose ends. There was a bit of everything: seriously HOT and very descriptive love scenes, some BDSM, M/M as well as M/F and M/M/F. Despite my grumbles about the menage being introduced she writes one hell of an erotic romance (between two people that is)....I just don't think the menage relationship was introduced very well and it didn't work for me. The story went from being an absolute scorcher to a bit of a chore in the end and I couldn't wait to finish unfortunately which is a shame.
Don't get me wrong...I am a massive fan of menage books and in fact am not usually not keen on BDSM. However, in this case the menage just didn't work and surprisingly the BDSM was brilliant reading - I loved it and I will probably keep more of an open mind now in reading books with a BDSM theme after this one so thank you Lauren Dane. by Misque