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Coming Undone Audio CD – CD, 27 May 2013
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Lucy Rivers is a seasoned narrator for erotica and books on human sexuality.
- Publisher : Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (27 May 2013)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1452611629
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452611624
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 2.79 x 13.46 cm
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The relationship that develops between Brody and Elise was great to read. Rennie, her little girl, is suitably 6 years old - with a couple of tantrums and everything! But she's lovely and well loved, which is what I love to see. I really felt for Brody and Elise as they so obviously wanted to get together but 'stuff' got in the way, particularly centred around Elise and her psycho mother-in-law.
I fell in love with the whole family all over again and was pleased to see that not everyone was accepting of Erin, Todd and Ben's menage relationship. 'Pleased' because it's normal that that should be the case within a family, and Laura doesn't pretend that everything's hunky dory. Family is family and there's always someone who will disapprove. That was well mentioned.
But it's Brody I loved. Yes, I wanna get me one of those. Just the right amount of alpha/sex/sensitivity appeal. Not down with all the tattoos and stuff but, what a hunk! (in my head, that is... :-))
I'd like Adrian to have his own story. I wonder if it will be Brody's on/off ex. I don't know how that would work though...
Oh, and the sex? Scorching! Brody does things with his mouth and tongue that should be on presciption only. Phew!
Anyway, if you're reading this review, my advice is to go for it. It really is a good read.
After his parents’ death, Brody gave up a promising career to care for his family. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, and for the first time in years he’s alone. Elise has come to Seattle with her daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina-and trapped in a marriage gone bad – she’s looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached. Brody and Elise discover in each other the wild, physical passion they need. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need – to what they truly desire.
Okay, es unwahrscheinlich, dass der eigene Nachbar ein sexy, tättowierter Kerl mit Sixpack ist (und seine Geschwister alle Rockstars)… trotzdem ist die Geschichte doch relativ realitätsnah, die Charaktere könnten tatsächlich unsere eigenen Nachbarn sein. Die Charaktere haben ihre Fehler und Schwächen (genau wie du und ich :) ) und versuchen, das Beste aus ihrem Leben zu machen. Inklusive übereifriger Familie und eifersüchtiger Freunde.
Für einen Nicht-Muttersprachler einfach zu verstehen – ich finde es flüssig geschrieben, leicht zu lesen und alles ist sehr bildlich beschrieben; Lauren Dane schafft es, eine eigene Welt in meinem Kopf zu erschaffen.
Mittel. Es gibt keine großen romantischen Gesten, aber es ist wie im echten Leben – es gibt eine glaubhafte Entwicklung der Beziehung zwischen den Charakteren, aufgebaut auf Verständnis und Freundschaft… bin ich froh, dass es keine “Tomaten auf den Augen” Lovestory ist!
Hoch! Explizit, aber nie ins vulgäre abdriftend. Auf Englisch: it’s swoon worthy!
Das Buch “Coming Undone” ist das zweite Buch der Brown Family (oder Brown Siblings) Serie; Band 1 “Laid Bare” habe ich zwar gelesen, aber wegen des Themas (es ist eine Dreiecks-Beziehung) nicht auf meinem Review-Radar… nicht, dass ich Laid Bare nicht mögen würde :) aber ich finde Band 2 einfach besser. Die Charaktere aus dem vorherigen Buch muss man nicht unbedingt kennen (wäre aber natürlich für manche Erläuterungen die im zweiten Buch vorkommen vorteilhafter).
Lesen – Ja oder Nein?
Ja, auf jeden Fall!
Eine entspannte Lovestory (die selbstverständlich ihre Highlights und Konflikte hat, besonders wegen der Tochter der Heldin), ohne unnötige Dramas und ganz realen “Problemen”. Was ich an Coming Undone mag: die Heldin weiß genau, was sie will und ist kein hilfloses Mauerblümchen… Außerdem gibt es (juhu!) klare Aussprachen bei aufkommenden Problemen und keine (vom Autor) gewollten Missverständnisse, die die Story nur in die Länge ziehen würden. Ich kann sogar über die eifersüchtige Ex-Freundin hinwegsehen (und mag sie am Ende schon fast!), da sie zur Geschichte beiträgt und kein dazwischen gequetschtes Beiwerk ist.
Ein Hinweis: die Liebesgeschichte an sich ist sehr “entspannt”, es gibt keine -durch Missverständnisse- ausgelösten Irrungen und Wirrungen-, trotzdem behandelt das Buch ernste Themen, die durchaus in der Realität vorkommen können (Drogenmissbrauch, Gewalt in der Familie, Sorgerechtsstreit).
Für mich ist das Buch wie eine gute, heiße Tasse Kaffee :)
Our story takes place over the period of a year so we also get to watch the entire Brown family grow and change and in chapter 16 Erin/Ben and Todd show us what they've been up to in a ménage a-detail romp and um yeah, it's hot. As a whole though I think true erotica fans will be slightly disappointed (with the exception of chapter 16) because of the lack of heat. Don't get me wrong Dane's sex scenes are amazing (mirrored ballet studio or tattoo shop desk anyone) and so well written they're just relatively tame compared to Laid Bare and it's over the top kink factor. Still this is an amazingly hot and sensitive read that fans will love.
Brody Brown has always been responsible for others giving up a promising art career to raise his younger brother and sister after their parents died. Now that they've grown and moved on Brody's life has finally become his own and with a prosperous tattoo shop, nice house and freedom to do as he pleases life is good. However when Elise Sorenson moves in next door he can't help but get involved in more ways than one.
Once a world famous ballerina, Elise and her young daughter have moved far away from the horrors of her past hoping to start a new life. The last thing she wants is a relationship especially with a tattooed, Harley riding bad guy but what Brody offers isn't a relationship instead he offers companionship with no strings attached. A friends with benefits you might say and it's working for both of them until Elise's past comes back to haunt her. Now as much as she doesn't want to admit it Elise might need Brody for more than just a good time in fact he may be what she truly desires.
This could be read as a stand alone but readers will benefit from reading LAID BARE (because it's awesome) and you get the entire back story on the yummy Brown family and friends. Cheers
'Our Beloved Characters: I read and loved Laid bare, and COMING UNDONE is focusing on Brody who is Erin's brother from Laid Bare'that means that we get to meet again all the characters we came to love. I'm always torn when there is to be another book with a different POV, when you've loved a character and got your HEA you want it to stay that way. And reading a book where you know you'll see them through someone else's eyes is scary, it can ruin a character for you'well it can for me. This is not the case here, i was SO happy to see Erin, Ben, Todd and Adrian again it was a pleasure to see what happened to them after the end of Laid Bare. (And there was an 'extra pleasure' but it get its own point a bit later in my review ;) ) If you haven't read Laid Bare get out of here!'.errr no i mean it's not a problem it can be read as a stand-alone (but who would want that?!)
'Brody: That character alone would be reason enough to read this book. Sexy, sweet, funny, Big Tattooed Brody'Hot indeed, Brody is teh smex on a stick seriously'well It might help that i love tattoos and muscles lol (this is hardly ever a bad combination) . Brody is the neighbor every woman dreams to have. I just love how responsible he is and he's always been there for his family and those he loves in general. And what a lover! Oh yes ladies that man knows what he's doing'
'A strong heroine: Elise is a very loveable character, i loved how dedicated she was to her daughter. She's suffered a lot but she's strong and doesn't need someone to save her. Elise is haunted by the traumatic events from her past. I was a bit annoyed at the fact that she wanted to 'survive' by herself and did not want to burden the people around her, which made her very stubborn sometimes'but she cannot bear to be controlled again, which i understand. (I know I'm contradicting myself here, but you know sometimes you have to learn to lean on someone else a bit).
' Family: This book is filled with great characters and one of them is Rennie (aka Irene). Elise's daughter is an amazing child. I was afraid when i read that the heroine already had a child'Children in romances, particularly when from a previous marriage, are often a baggage, a burden'not here'Rennie is as much the heroine as Elise. The relationship between Brody and the child was so sweet my cheeks aches from smiling. Also family is important for all the characters, Brody's relationship with his siblings is fantastic, I'm an only child and i would have loved to have this kind of relationship with siblings.
'The Smex: I left the best for the end, the smex! I have to say the smex is sizzling between Elise and Brody, Holy Cow i had to sit on ice to cool down a bit! Don't you forget that our heroine is a Ballerina'.how flexible is she? lol well you'll have to read it to know the answer ;)
'The BONUS Smex: Lauren Dane is getting cookie points for chapter 16'.Oh my, chapter 16! I won't tell you what this one is about I'll just quote you the beginning of the scene:
'She unlocked her front door and put her coat in the closet and
her bag on the table. Moments later she heard the groan and she ran
hot, knowing just exactly what that sound meant. She undressed
quickly and quietly, then headed up to the master bedroom and
stopped at the entrance.'
That's when things get real hot i tell you! I think I've read this chapter 4 times already. You can't blame the girl! (Dirty minded much? oh yes!) Warning you might burst into flames while reading this chapter. You might want to leave a fire-extinguisher near just in case.
What didn't really work for me:
'A sense of Déjà-vu: The story is a bit too similar to the one in Laid Bare, the heroine is going through nearly the same thing : her past haunting her and coming back to bite her in the ass/trial/resolution. Don't get me wrong it works perfectly for the story and i enjoyed every moment of it but i did get a sense of déjà-vu sometimes. (well i had to find something negative to say, hadn't i?)
Now that we got the story for Erin and Brody i can only hope we'll get Adrian's book?(last of the siblings) Well a girl can hope, can't she? Adrian is verra drool-worthy , and a Rock Star is bound to have lived a few smexy things of his own ;) There are so many amazing characters is this 'series' that I'm sad to part with them. I felt a bit sorry for Raven and i was hoping to see her get some kind of HEA too.
COMING UNDONE is definitely going on my keeper-shelf. COMING UNDONE doesn't disappoint, both Hot and Sweet you won't be able to stop once started. I will be rereading it that's for sure. Thank you Lauren Dane for delivering once again an amazing book