Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lily's Review of Laid Bare (Brown Siblings #1), by Lauren Dane

Laid Bare (Brown Siblings, #1)Unexpected Desire...

It's been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn't in the cards just yet...

Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough, in light of a painful event from Erin's past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd's best friend, Ben, ends up in their bed--and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?

Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley Trade

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing   


Here is my reason for the expressive double face palm.

Great characters, great back story on both sides... none of it explored to satisfaction.  

The focus: Sex

I get it. Letting yourself go and acting out your fantasies and following your darkest desires can be very liberating. As long as all persons involved are comfortable and fully consenting adults.  I have read many novels with dark, and/or kinky sex... even some stories where sex involves a lot of violence within an epic type setting where cruel rulers and slaves co-exist. This novel did not contain that... and maybe I am going off topic, but what I am trying to convey is: I am not a shy reader! I don't run away from reading novels that contain content that I wouldn't be interested in acting out myself in real life, or content that makes me slightly sick to my stomach. If it's part of the story, and makes sense within the context of the story and world building... I get it!  

But my disappointment with this novel is that there was a great story beyond the sex that was interesting, complex and worth a lot more exploration.

Result: Cared little for the characters. Where I should feel some empathy, I felt little... Where I would be cheering on a character... meh, didn't much care. 

Because this novel was focused on sex and a man's discovery that he was much happier if he could act out a dominant role that he initially felt was unacceptable in the conventional world.

I am happy for him. Truly. (Clap clap)

But what a weak story, otherwise. Saw lots of great reviews, but unfortunately I didn't feel the same.  Only an "Ok" for me.
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About the Author:
(Pic & Bio from Goodreads)

Lauren DaneLauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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