Contemporary Romance

Review: Coming Back

Coming Back
Coming Back by Lauren Dane
Dali’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars

Coming Back
Lauren Dane

A sweet, HOT and touching tale about acceptance, tolerance and love.

“You see me. Flaws and all. My ugly parts. My weak parts. And you love me despite that. I’m afraid of f*ck!ng it all up.”

Four years ago none of them were ready to be together, let alone face the scrutiny of the people who should love them above everything else. But Twisted Steel’s expansion celebration has provided the perfect opportunity for Mick, Jessi and Adam to see each other again, clear the air and take a second chance at love.

Back from his tour of duty, Michael “Mick” Roberts is setting roots by accepting to be partner at Twisted Steel. Adam Gulati, naturally domineering, needed to know himself first and learn control. Jessylin “Jessi” Franklyn is also back and ready to face the truth her heart won’t let her deny any longer, which is that she loves two men. Their love for one another is undeniably sweet, tender, deep and oh so sultry. But their connection needs to fortify before it can bare the turmoil their unusual situation will undoubtedly face.

“Look at us. Right here, being there for each other like we should have been. This is good, Jessi. This is us being us. And we can’t make it up-happen, but we can deal with it honestly now. We don’t have to break. We bend and fortify… Together we can get through anything.”

Jessilyn met and loved Mick when she was five years old and later on in her teen years she loved Adam. The three were inseparable friends before they were more. The “more” is tenuous because of the rarity of its nature with two bisexual men and one woman with endless amounts of love. Regrettably their budding romance easily broke at the first bump in the road, that being Mick’s family finding out about their relationship, sending each of them on their separate ways.

This is one of the parts I really wish the author would have given us more of, their backstory. I felt as though there was this huge and wonderful history I was missing out on. Their love gooey sweet, enough to give you cavities, and beautiful and it deserved to be told from the start.

“You’re my addiction. The thing I need more than anything.” Always so tough. So taciturn and grumpy. And yet, so very tender it broke her heart sometimes.

Coming Back seems to begin as though the characters have pressed play in the middle of a story that had started a long time ago and had been paused giving it an insta-lovey semblance.

Perhaps for this same reason it took me a little bit to connect with the characters. I did know a little about Mick from his appearance in the previous two books in the series, and felt for him, for his self-loathing and his lack family support and worse their scorn and condemnation.

“You’ve gone through a lot of sh*t. Dealt with casual cruelty over your life. Everything you’ve experienced is part of who you are. It’s made you the man I love. The heart of a warrior. Dinged in places, maybe a little rusty here and there, but it’s strong. I love all the parts of you. Even the annoying parts that like opening the milk cartons the wrong way.”

Adam suffered from something similar, when his powerful father only cares about appearances and so his public lifestyle choice is not acceptable. Jessi’s silent suffering even though a bit over the top for me was understandable, coming from such a giving and peace loving family I could appreciate why she wouldn’t share past offenses that would only cause conflict.

“How is it you’re so much in such a small package?”
“I’m told I’m a dynamo.”

The connection between Mick, Jess and Adam is incredible. Their interplay is naturally erotic, filled with sweetness, love and sensuality, and a maturity they didn’t have before. But most of all a surety in themselves and each other that is necessary to help them overcome the past and enjoy their future.

There was also the humor which all three main characters possessed providing smiles and giving the story a balance between the sultriness, the drama and the poignancy.

“Adam, everything makes you horny. It’s like your superpower.”

As with previous books, Lauren Dane incorporates a sense of family with a wonderful group of loving people that support the main storyline. In this case characters from the past two books as well as Jessi’s folks.

This book was hot, hot, HOT. No doubt about it. Even though ménage is not usually my thing, this is a beautiful story about love and acceptance of self and from others and I think that the world would be a better place if there were a little bit more love and tolerance and a lot less judgment.

“Careful how far you push me, angel. I’ve got years to make up for. Every man you’ve been with needs to be stripped from your memory as nothing but inferior.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance (explicit, sexual awakening, ménage between M/M/f)

Coming Back is book #3 in the Ink and Chrome series by Lauren Dane. It is a standalone, full-length contemporary erotic romance, filled with scorching hot scenes, family drama and lots of “send me to dentist I’m getting cavities it’s so sweet” moments. Told from several points of view, with a happy ending.

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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