ARC Review: Going Under by Lauren Dane

Posted February 5, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: Going Under by Lauren Dane
Going Under
by Lauren Dane

4 Stars


Released: Feb 5, 2013
Published by Berkley Sensation
Pages: 298
Format: ARC

“GOING UNDER is my favorite book in the series so far.  It had everything I wanted.” ~Under the Covers

First of all, I’m totally biased in regards to this story because I’ve been wanting Gage to get his HEA from the very first book of the series.  He’s the good boy that’s really sort of a bad boy, that I couldn’t get enough of.  And GOING UNDER didn’t disappoint.  This story was not what I was expecting but it delivered on everything I wanted.

I know a lot of people have the bad habit of picking up books out of order, but I find that in this world and with the continuous storyline, you’d do better reading in order so you are not confused.  CHAOS BURNING set the stage for the events in this book.  Our Others are basically dealing with the aftermath of the Magister and the fact that now humans know of their existence.

In dealing with this, Meriel has to hire a PR to take care of the many concerns regarding humans and their fear of Others.  Enter our heroine, PR guru Molly Ryan.  She’s dealt with her own issues due to the outing of Others.  She lost her job because of it and now has the opportunity to make a difference using the skills that she’s best at.  She’s a tough chick, not afraid to wear the pants in a mans world and go head to head with people.  She knows what she wants and what needs to be done to reach the desired goals.  That to me is so important, because I HAVE to love the heroine.  And especially Gage’s heroine, couldn’t have done better.

Then, there’s Gage.  He was enamored from the get-go.  Ahhh yes, how the mighty have fallen.  Tough on the outside but a smoking hot teddy bear on the inside.  He didn’t struggle as much as I thought he would to let Molly in, even if it was physical to begin with.  Their chemistry was perfect and sizzled off the pages.  Their romance was perfectly entwined with the rest of the story and not once did I feel as if it was putting the brakes on the flow of the drama around them.

Gage, being such an alpha male, has to deal with having a female that needs to be out on the frontlines.  There are times she will be exposed to danger.  And he just has to be able to deal with that as best as he can without restricting her.  And I love that he can.

GOING UNDER is my favorite book in the series so far.  It had everything I wanted.  A great storyline, a lot of forward movement in the world and developments, a new fresh storyline, and the main couple was extraordinaire.  I really can’t wait for the next installment!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Lauren Dane

Lauren 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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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Great review 🙂

Amanda P
Amanda P

Ok I have this one sitting next to my couch and haven’t really picked it up yet. You may have just convinced me to pick it up and really give it a chance!

-Amanda P
Where the Night Kind Roam

Lori Meehan
Lori Meehan

I agree these books need to be read in order. I also like Gage he’s a great character. Thanks for the review.


Thanks for the great review Francesca!

Alyssa @ Hesperia Loves Books
Alyssa @ Hesperia Loves Books

Yet another series and author I need to read, lol! Thanks for the heads up about the reading order, I’ll make sure to start at the beginning 😉

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