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I've listened to a couple of disappointing new series from my fave authors in recent times.
This however is NOT one of them. The story-lines are cohesive and the characters are rich and well rounded. Added to great narration and it's a winner. Can't wait for the rest of the Ink and Chrome saga...
Not far off perfect and my standards are extremely high.
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Carmella has a lot of self-worth and trust issues brought about by parents that only ever used her, never cared for her and verbally abused her. Her alcoholic Father has just got out of jail, her Mom is a neurotic, pill dependant, needy and greedy emotional and monetary strain on Carmella's life. However, Carmella feels responsible for her Mom so she brings her food, pays her bills and slowly meters out her pills but her Mom is never grateful for anything she does. She's also got an ex husband who begs, borrows and steals from Carmella, is a slimeball and runs in shady circles. So to say she comes with a lot of baggage would be the understatement of the century. Carmella's only highlights in her days are when she gets to see glimpses of her hot, handsome, muscled and tattooed neighbor Duke who makes her pulse quicken, her libido goes crazy with mental sexual images and her heart pounds. Then, on a day that'll change her future, he casually and confidentially walks into her life and offers her a job.
Duke is the Co-Owner of Twisted Steel a custom made body repair garage and he's had the hots for his beautiful neighbor for over a year now so when they need a new person to run the Office he instantly thought of Carmella and that could be his way in to bring to life all his sweet and sexy fantasies. After saying yes to the job Carmella initially tries to keep her distance from Duke because now he's her new boss but his flirty ways, sweet talking and the sexual chemistry that crackled between them is finally too much and she gives in to him..... and lust.
Carmella and Duke's relationship does hit a few bumps in the road caused by insecurities, pigheadedness, lack of faith and trust but Duke was in too deep to just walk away. So he did a great job at apologising and trying to understand in the hopes of getting a second chance because he knew right from the start that he was in love but he had to wait for Carmella to feel that way about him too. Carmella's family issues were getting worse day by day and the one person who was always there holding her tight, needing all of her and showing her how much he cared was Duke. And so she finally let him in, through the barriers that shielded her heart, and love, hope and the possibilities of a happy future came flooding in.
Carmella was a feisty character and Duke was the perfect guy - he was romantic, thoughtful, caring, sexy, a great lover, passionate.... and he loved and spoilt her dog too. Their relationship did suffer because of the turmoil and hateful drama dished out by her parents but on the whole it was a very loving and very sexual bond that grew in strength day by day because of their willingness to give each other what they need. They were a couple falling in love despite trying to dodge the emotional angst coming from both sets of parents. Dual POV's and a very good narrator who captured the characters and their moods perfectly.
Worth a credit? Yes creditworthy, if you're looking for a totally enjoyable contemporary love story that flows well and doesn't have a lot of drama between the H/H but instead there's flirty conversations, lust filled looks, sexy scenes and character development as they both curved their reactions and became supportive for each other. But initially misunderstandings, short tempers and the failure to confide in one another did create some pitfalls. However fate, thankfully, had a HEA planned for them.
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