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erotic and spicy romance
on 3 October 2013
Drawn Together A Brown Family Novel Lauren Dane.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.
I love some spice and sex in my romance so this one immediately appealed. It wasn't until about 20% through that I began to get the feeling it was part of a series...silly nugget that I am the "Brown family novel" should have clued me in, but I'm good at missing the obvious. Anyway I looked on Amazon and found this was book five in a family series, each book is stand-alone but they all feature family or friends of the brown Clan :) I love those, no awful cliffhangers but chance to keep up with characters we feel we know and love. So having skimmed the Amazon samples I got a flavour of how everyone fitted together. I could have read it without doing that as it is standalone but knowing how each character related and a bit of their history enhanced the story. I'd love to read the others in the series when I've time - and money...it's an excellent, well written book.
Anyway - Drawn Together - features Tattoo artist Raven Smith and high flying, slick, cultured Jonah Warner. He's from a very well known family,secure in his place and loved, Raven is from a series of care and foster homes, none of the happy experiences. Raven has learned that the only person she can depend n is herself, and though she's slowly become friends with the group of people in these novels she keeps herself slightly apart when she can. That's not always easy as her friends love her and sort of steamroller her into things...and one of these is an engagement party where she meets Jonah. He wants a tattoo, a large one and Raven has been recommended for that. Chatting to her there's an immediate pull between them, the tension is palpable, you can almost feel them breathing. Raven is cautious, Jonah seems too different for her, but she likes sex and isn't afraid to take that where she wants. She decides a quick bout to get rid of the lust will do, and allow her to keep her feelings where she wants them - tightly locked up. Jonah is a bit older, divorced and at the stage where he knows what he wants and he's not afraid to take it - and he wants Raven.
Its a great book, the clash of wills, the way they learn to accept each others motives and frailties without blundering over feelings. I love the way the others in the group inter act. Raven's friends wanting to protect her, Jonah's family looking out fr him. Jonahs mother and grandmother were perfect, allowed Raven to really use her wit to fullest extent. I enjoy books that go beyond the surface, to look at what makes people behave as they do, to see how past experiences influence current ones, and Lauren does that superbly. It helps that there's some smoking hot, sensual, sexy moments too - no smut or silly names, just grown-ups doing what they love, and making things wonderful for the other person. Love is about giving enjoyment, as much as taking it and its clear Jonah is in love and admits it, but just as clear Raven loves him but is kidding herself about her feelings. She's just protecting herself, feeling that they aren't meant to be long term people. Lovely Jonah though isn't having that, and when events from Raven's past intervene he steps up to be the perfect back up person, protective and loving, taking charge when needed and ye letting her keep control over things she needs.
Loved the book, definitely a keeper. Out in October 2013, I don't have price info but its a book to re and reread.
Stars: full five, great read.