Monday, October 8, 2012

Mini Me: Laid Open by Lauren Dane

This is a digital only novella featuring Ben, Todd and Erin from LAID BARE. It takes place during some of the events in TART… It is NOT a standalone.

All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time.

And that’s what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other.

They’ve got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.

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I think this novella is a great representation of what makes the Brown family series so wonderful - family, love, romance, sex, and a whirlwind of complicated emotions.

What you would think is going to be a quick romp in the sun, a vacation for Todd, Ben, and Erin, doesn't stay that way for very long. These are complicated characters who've suffered pain and that pain doesn't just go away. Now I don't sat this to take away from the sexy times - Dane is one of the few authors I think does a realistic representation of a menage pairing in a contemporary setting - but this isn't just about sex. All three love each other and count family as #1; being protective of one another and the spots that make them hurt is part and parcel with that.

Ultimately this isn't a stand alone, as Dane herself says. It works as a glimpse in to the lives of characters we've come to love already and I love having it in my collection.


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