Laid Bare

Author: Lauren Dane

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Release Date: August 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Erin Brown makes no apologies for her wild, rocker appearance or her devil may care attitude.  She loves making music and the magical feeling she gets just by stepping onto a stage. If the group never makes it beyond small, local rock clubs she’d still be happy.  She’s free-spirited with a love for life and a passion for neighbor Todd that can’t be denied. 

Todd Keenan is equally attracted to Erin but she’s not even remotely the type of woman he’d normally go for – besides they’re worlds apart. He’s a cop and likes country music; she’s a rocker with tattoos.  He has no doubt the sex between them would be explosive but doesn’t believe they have anything more substantial that could bring them together.


Erin and Todd come together with a passion so intense that it seems like nothing could come between them.  However, their differences prove to be too much to overcome and they go their separate ways and travel down different life paths.


It’s been ten years since Erin and Todd last saw each other and he’s forced to admit that he made a mistake breaking things off with Erin.  The feelings between them are as strong as ever but Erin’s suffered a personal tragedy and has erected a self protective barrier to protect herself from more heartache.  Todd is determined to win Erin’s trust – along with her heart, but is he prepared for everything that being with Erin will entail?  Erin’s never been one to live life according to what society deems acceptable so her Dom/sub relationship with Todd doesn’t faze her a bit.  However, when Todd’s best friend, Ben, is welcomed into their bed they embark on a relationship which none of them is willing to attempt to define but all find mutually satisfying. 


Lauren Dane’s LAID BARE is a uniquely satisfying read that touches the reader’s heart through the characters plights.  Erin’s appearance is outlandish but that’s definitely part of her charm.  Todd is your typical clean cut man who’s trying to fit into what’s expected of him, but he enjoys being dominant with his sexual partner and isn’t comfortable with this side of himself at first.  Erin’s tragedy broke my heart and left me with tears in my eyes but at the same time you can see the strength and determination that she possesses.  What I especially love about LAID BARE is how Ms. Dane brings each character to life with distinctive personalities and problems yet she’s able to mesh them so that you can care about them as individuals.  LAID BARE is a fantastic read on many different levels but it’s the way the story speaks to your heart that cements it as a ‘must read’ title.


COMING UNDONE, the sequel to LAID BARE, is due for release in January 2010.  I can hardly wait to find out what happens next and which characters will be involved.  I have to confess I adored them all but I’m really hoping for a story for Brody, Erin’s older brother and a tattoo artist, and his on-again-off-again girlfriend Raven.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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