Mick Roberts, the newest partner at Twisted Steel’s custom hotrod and motorcycle shop, looks like a man with everything. But secretly he still craves the connection he lost when his best friend Adam and the love of his life Jessilynn walked out. Then, he wasn’t ready for the pleasure they promised. Now, things have changed.
Rich, powerful, and insatiable, Adam Gulati is used to getting what he wants. And there’s nothing he wants more than Mick and Jessi. He hasn’t seen either in over a year, but the second he sets eyes on them again his memories-and his desires-can’t be denied.
After trying to live without them, Jessi Franklin realized no one else can satisfy her like Adam and Mick. The three of them need one another-in more ways than one. It’s time to stop pretending and submit to the hunger they all share. But once they go down this road, there’s no turning back. As deeply devoted as they are, no one knows what great bliss their forbidden fantasy will find-or the price they may pay . . .
“Things just unraveled for me when Mick left. Watching Jessi try to process, trying to be there for her and not managing it very well. I felt like an asshole, felt like I’d been tossed away. Felt like I needed to be someone else to see if that’s what I should do for the rest of my life,” Adam said.
His leaving—the way he’d done it—had been a way to allow himself the space to take what he wanted and gorge on it.
Jessi lifted her face from where she’d been buried in Mick’s shirt, locking her gaze on his.
Adam hated that she’d been hurt. Hated that it had been necessary in any case, to step away and be Adam in a completely different context.
“And did you like what you found?”
Adam took her hand. “It was something I had to do. I’m back to you now. For keeps.”
Which didn’t make it any less harsh, he knew. He had a lot of fucking sins to make up for when it came to Jessilyn Franklin. He just had to hope he was man enough to do what it took.
And that she found it within her heart to understand. One day.
As for Mick, that was still complicated, only in a different way.
“For keeps like we’re all close friends again? We hang out and share our lives?” Mick asked, wariness in his voice.
Jessi wore the sweetest confused expression, and Adam refused to think about how terrifying it was that she got to him the way she did just by being herself.
“I didn’t want to assume,” Adam said.
Jessi rolled her eyes. “You realize that all three of us showed up after years of being apart. We all clicked back together pretty much immediately. And now it’s like we’re all shy? After all we’ve shared? That’s what this is, then? We’re all friends but not like before? We just forget those times? You two want to see other people?”
“Is that what you want?” Adam asked carefully.
“You left, Adam. After you left, Mick. I didn’t want to walk away. You two did. So asking me that question sort of makes me mad.”
“You’re the one who lived with someone else and was going to get married,” Mick mumbled.
“You guys are such assholes sometimes. Despite what you both put me through, I accept that you needed to step away. But you come back to me with this? No, thank you. If you want to just be friends, all right. I can deal. But you need to be up front and you can’t be kissing my fingers and Mick needs to stop grinding his cock into my ass. Friends don’t do that.”
“I just wanted you to know I didn’t expect you to hop into bed or anything. I didn’t want to assume,” Adam repeated.
Jessi looked up to Mick. “And you?”
Mick was smarter than Adam, though, because he hugged her tight. “If it was up to me, I’d want us to all be together. Really together.”
“Suck up.” Adam rolled his eyes.
“She’s on my lap though, so I declare that a win.”
Adam reached out to snatch her from Mick’s lap, bringing her to his own. “Looks like she’s in my lap now.”
“Something friends don’t do,” Jessi reminded him. Adam took her cheeks in his hands and then claimed her mouth before she could say anything else.
It slammed into him so hard—a wave of regret that he’d put this aside—that he gasped, sucking in the sigh she gave him.
A sweet enough kiss. For now. Hunger, barely leashed, filled him. He wanted. Wanted what had been freely offered before he’d truly understood how rare and special it was.
“I’m always your friend,” he spoke against her mouth. “But I’d be a liar if I claimed I didn’t want everything from you. Being away from you only underlined it.”
“I was so lonely without you both.” She closed her eyes a moment to avoid his seeing all that pain, but he saw it, felt it cut him to the bone.
“I’m sorry. I was lonely too.” Adam had filled every moment with a pursuit of pleasure, but this was something totally different. Something he might not have really recognized if he hadn’t been without it.
But what he did see was he’d have a job of earning her trust back, even if she was being easy enough right then.
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. *
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
OPENING UP by Lauren Dane (June 16, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Ink & Chrome Book #1)
The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands. And they’re not afraid to get dirty.
Asa Barrons is never lonely for long. Co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop, he works hard and plays harder. But he never allows his after-hours affairs to interfere with business-until he meets racing royalty PJ Colman. While the blue-eyed blonde is all princess on the outside, on the inside Asa can see that this woman is ready to take a walk on the wild side.
PJ knows trouble when she sees it, and Asa is the complete package: fast bike, killer ink, and a sinfully sexy smile that has her imagining things nice girls never do. She talks her way onto the Twisted Steel team to prove her painting skill, and soon learns that Asa is eager to show off some skills of his own.
With the help of Asa’s expert touch, PJ is initiated into a world of wicked desire. No limits. No inhibitions. No turning back. But as perfect as their passion seems, a new challenge awaits, forcing them to ask just how far they are willing to go . . .
FALLING UNDER by Lauren Dane (August 4, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Ink & Chrome #2)
Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, may devote his days to chrome and leather, but his nights belong to Carmella. His sultry redheaded neighbor has a smile like an angel and a body built for sin, and for the past year both have dominated Duke’s dreams. When a problem at Twisted Steel requires a fast fix, Duke sees his chance to finally make his fantasy a reality.
Ever since she first heard the low rumble of his engine, Carmella Rossi has wondered if Duke Bradshaw handles his women as expertly as he handles his bike. When he shows up at her door offering her a much-needed job at his shop, she gets her chance to find out. Beneath Duke’s masterful touch, Carmella soon submits to a world of unimaginable pleasure.
But history has taught Carmella how bad a boy boy can be. If she doesn’t put on the brakes fast, her hard-bodied heartbreaker could drive her right over the edge . . .
Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!
The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.