Series: Brown Siblings #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by USA on Oct 1, 2013
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Beauty is more than skin-deep…
Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.
With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.
Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.
But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…
“His shower stall was quite large with benches on both sides and six showerheads. The bathtub was a modernized version of a clawfoot, only far larger and deeper.”
Let it be stated, right now, that even if I hadn’t been in love with this series from the start, any woman who shares my appreciation of how a bathroom should be, would automatically win my support! That being said….
As previously stated, I have been in love with this series (and ALL of her books) for quite some time now. When I saw that Raven’s story was available on Netgalley, there was no way that I wasn’t going to get that book.
Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings series (as well as her shoot off series, Delicious) evoke every one of your senses. From music, to the visual arts of dance and tattoos (lots of tattoos), to cooking and baking and coffee… You feel enveloped within these books, helpless to get out, and you don’t want to get out. Every character of hers (or main characters) are complicated, layered, and interesting. No one could ever accuse these books of being pieces of fluff. If you do, I will fight you.
So clearly, I didn’t go into reading this book with any kind of biased. None at all.
I have wanted to know more about Raven since book one, Laid Bare. Raven is a friend of Erin’s as well as a friend and former lover to Brody (Erin’s brother). She’s a free spirit, or so she would have you believe. She says what’s on her mind and she doesn’t really seem to understand relationship boundaries. If you don’t read between the lines in the other books leading up to this, most would write her off as a clueless bitch out to get everyone. But if you are deeper and you understand that there’s always more than meets the eye, you see that Raven is a very conflicted character with a bad history — you may not know what it is, but you know it’s not pretty, and it helped shape her. And as big as a bitch as she can be? She’s always there for those she loves! Always.
This is the book about Raven, her history, and the man who finally claims her heart. In no way will I say that he tames her, because she doesn’t need taming. But he gives her a sense of home and respite where she can feel safe and loved. And I love him for that.
Lauren Dane creates characters that inspire the memes the likes of “I’m glad I can talk to you about fictional characters as if they were real and have you still think I’m sane.” She has several series out, and the Brown Siblings, with their shoot off of the Delicious series, are amazing and well worth reading.
Again, I realize that I’m slightly biased here (yes, that earlier comment WAS sarcasm) but read all of her books. What’s not to like? Even with her futuristic, sci-fi fantasy novels, I understand the technical jargon she’s throwing down because she helps me to understand them…. and then fall in love with her characters again.
Also? Triads — of the MMF persuasion. What’s not to love there?! (None forming in this current book, but Erin and her men are always around.)
A big five out of five, because she drew Raven even deeper than I imagined, and the Warner Brothers (one of whom is claimed in Delicious book #1, Sway) are delicious intriguing men. Read them from the beginning, just because I said so (plus, it helps a lot with the back stories and why they’re all friends). Read just this book. Do what you will. But read them.