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Publisher Description

The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands.

And they're not afraid to get dirty.

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 . . .

GENRE
Romance
NARRATOR
SD
Sasha Dunbrooke
LENGTH
09:57
hr min
RELEASED
2015
August 4
PUBLISHER
Hachette Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
483.4
MB

Customer Reviews

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AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 3.5 Narration 3 Story 3.5 (rounded)

AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 3.5 Narration 3 Story 3.5 (rounded)

I really liked Opening Up (book one) and found Duke to be a laid-back, nice to everyone sort of guy. It actually seemed like he was more concerned with not getting involved deeply to not hurt anyone’s feelings, rather than a hang up. But, the overall impression is a man you’d like to know. With a long-standing flirtation with his neighbor Carmella, you could see the two had something there, it just wasn’t bagged and tagged with a label, yet.

An opening in the garage when his secretary is moving on is the perfect opportunity to spend more time with Camilla, and that’s no hardship. But, like Asa, he’s not so sure business and pleasure mix, but he is willing to give it a shot. Carmella is a bit reserved but no pushover: she’s capable of declaring her wants and needs, and won’t depend on anyone, but she can also ask for help when it becomes apparent she needs it. I really liked her, although I wanted her to be more forthright and clear to Duke about his behavior when he danced over the line of respectful and callous.

Now, these two were steamy, and their conversations were clever and interesting, but there was just some spark missing from this story. It didn’t make it bad, or less intriguing to see where things were going and how the characters would learn to come together, but it just wasn’t as rapid fire as the first book.

Narration is again provided by Sasha Dunbrooke, and as with the first, her voice fits Carmella neatly, but the voice for Duke most often reminded me of an exuberant puppy. None of the strong alpha came through in the voice performance, and while the words were right the lack of distinction in vocal tones failed to present the character in a way I expected. Again her emphasis, pauses and tone fit nicely with emotional elements in the text and were appropriate, but this was a decent performance overall, with room for improvement.

It’s inevitable, in my experience, to find a series where a book is still good and enjoyable, but not quite as good as hoped for. That was this book, but I still enjoy the premise, the characters are built with some solid foundations and their connections are plausible. I’m looking forward to the next in the series focused on Mick, now back from the war and his lover(s).

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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