ARC Review: Going Under by Lauren Dane

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Lauren Dane


Release Date: Feb 5th, 2013





“Lauren Dane always delivers a steamy, exciting ride” (New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione), and she does it again in her new novel of two lovers fighting for their lives against a rising threat, and a passion that’s just as dangerous…

In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups—and PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm and her friends, and now she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark new reality. Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers than ever before.

Now, together, with magick on their side, Molly and Gage are on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the country, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing…


My Thoughts

I bow to Lauren Dane’s greatness. I think I’ve found my new favorite in this series. Molly and Gage’s chemistry sparked right off the page and the world building is, like always with Lauren Dane, superb.

The book begins in the aftermath of the previous novel where The Magister has killed hundreds of Others, bringing their existences to the forefront. The entire book follows Molly and Gage, as well as some familiar faces (I’m looking at you Lex!), and their murky journey to not only piece themselves together after their tragic losses, but now the heavy blow of hatred from PURITY, and anti-Other group. They also have to find a balance in not only their relationship with each other, but the Other’s relationship with the humans in general.

Gage was an alpha that had to step back and let Molly take charge. I liked how Dane danced around with their relationship, bringing Gage forward and letting him fall back when the outside world took over their relationship. Molly’s losses at the beginning of the book angered me to the point I wanted to stand by her side and curse her ex-coworkers—something that just proves how much talent Dane has in writing.

The only issue I had was with the tolerance of Molly. Yes, she’s a strong heroine (which in my opinion is a redundant word), but sometimes, she didn’t listen to Gage fully and took things to heart and got offended too easily. It could have just been the way some things were presented, but this is also an issue I have with many of Dane’s heroines. No matter what happens, the heroine is usually in the right, goes on a diatribe, and the hero apologizes. Where most of the time, it’s fully justified, there were times I felt like it was overdone to prove how tough Molly is. I did love Molly though, so those points didn’t matter as much to me. I would suggest you read the first two books in this series, as well as her other two series in this world. You can find out more on her website, but I LOVE them all.

This book was full of intrigue, world building, love, lust, heat, tension, and suspense—a heady combination. Going Under is by far my favorite book in the series and I cannot wait to see what Dane comes up with next!

I received an ARC of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

–Review by Nicole


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