Title: Coming back
Series: Ink and Chrome, Book 3
Author: Lauren Dane
Stand Alone: YES
Re-issued /Re-edited: NO
Date published: December 8, 2015
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN|ASIN: 9781455586288 | 1455586285
Page count: 316
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 . . .
It truly sucks to realize that some menage romances did not cross my path. Coming back is the perfect example. I will not list the reasons but it means that I need to find a better way to find menage romances! Welcome Book alerts! Something that I will now check on my favorite’s authors’ blog/site.
I know Lauren Dane for quite a while. Before I used an e-reader, long long ago, my only way to read menages was to buy prints on amazon. Since I became obsessed with this genre and a complete newbie, I bought dozen of prints, not knowing most of the time who was the author, if she was any goo. It took me probably a year to narrow my tastes, discovering sub-genres such paranormal, BDSM etc. No twitter, no facebook. Social medias came later. So I have quite a nice menage library and to be honest I have quite a few that I never read… But Lauren Dane was never part of this un-read list. It has been a while since I read Laid Open, Laid Bare, Undercover, Tart but even few years later, I know they are 5 stars. Now after reading Coming back, I have this urge to revisit every book Lauren Dane published, print or ebook, to check which ones I missed!
First think I have in mind is how Lauren Dane deliver such an intimate story. Let me explain. Some authors are great to write a plot and characters. But we know it is a story in the back of our mind. Lauren Dane has this incredible gift to make me feel like a stalker. I read her and I am the one behind the tree lurking people in their yard and house. I feel. I see. I get it. Lauren Dane does not need villains who want to kill the heroine or end the story with the “mandatory” DP sex scene. No. She writes a story as if her characters are real people. It is this kind of story that will haunt me and never forget, like the titles I listed above.
So what makes this story special then?
Definitely the characters entwined with everything else: plot, romance, sex… The heroine, Jessi, is one of the kind. She is funny, loving. She was raised by 70’s kind of hippy parents but not over the top peace and love. Just a loving sweet family. She is definitely the glue but she is not front and center. Mick, one of the hero, is a little bit more present versus the other hero, Adam. I felt that the author was more into Mick since he had more baggages than Adam. I would have liked to know a bit more in depth Adam but this is just because I could not get enough, not because it was needed in the story.
This is a realistic menage. Best friends evolving to lovers but too immature to handle it, then each go for a few years in different directions to learn and grow, and just came back together with the knowledge of who they are and what they want in life and future. Add to that the families and friends who are definitely part of their life and you get the plot, a plot that everyone can relate. The story is about failures and success. It is about homophobia and bigotry. It is about freedom. It is about love and friendship. It is about resolving past issues and moving on. It is about choices.
There is a little Top/bottom BDSM elements in this story. However, you will not find the usual big bad Dom male. There is no club. It is not about BDSM. The dominance is not over the top but justified. I cannot explain too much without giving away clues. Just be aware that it is not a BDSM story.
I will miss those characters.
I will add this story on my top list re-read.
I definitely recommend this story 200%.
The story goes like this – While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.
Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres.