Review: Drawn Together by Lauren Dane (@laurendane)

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

(Before my review, can we just discuss the beautiful cover artwork? Lauren Dane’s books always have gorgeous covers, but I think this one takes the cake for me!)

The blurb:

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…

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I clearly remember my first time reading one of Lauren Dane’s books. I hadn’t read anything even remotely steamy before I caved and bought into the FSoG craze, and my next pick was the first book in the Brown Siblings series. I remember getting to page 15 and taking a screenshot to send to my sister-in-law with the caption “This is the most deliciously dirty thing I have ever read.” Obviously, she has now read plenty of Dane as well.

Dane’s books have a little of everything that I love to read. The characters are so well written, I feel as if I’ve known some of them all of my life. I have my favourites, and my not-so-favourites. Maybe that isn’t the greatest segue, but now let’s talk about Raven. Raven was on my shit list from book one. Unlike what I’ve seen from others, my feelings for Raven had nothing to do with her promiscuity. Girl is a siren and she owns it, and that is all A-okay with me, I just didn’t like her as a person. Okay, I’m also 100% Team Brody Brown, and she was a nasty wench to him. What can I say? I shook my head at her, I judged her, I rolled my eyes at her, and I hated her like she stole my high school boyfriend right out from underneath me. That feeling never really changed throughout the entire series – until Drawn Together.

I understood that Raven was just ….well, Raven. She made no apologies, and had a gives-no-fucks attitude that I could identify with, but I still didn’t like her. Well as if a few short chapters in this book didn’t start to change my mind. No character I’ve ever read embodies the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” than Raven Smith.

I think that reading this book made me think a little bit more about how we should all get to know someone before we put them into a certain stereotype check-box.

I thoroughly enjoyed Drawn Together. I love to read something that challenges my ideas about a person or subject. I really enjoyed all of the Brown Siblings books, and I had wondered why Raven got a book since she isn’t a Brown. However, I see now that she is part of their family, because they have created a place for her.

If you have read the Brown Siblings books up until this point, and like me, had some harsh feelings about Raven that might be keeping you from reading this book. Don’t set yourself up to miss out on the last book in this great series. It’s another good one from Lauren Dane, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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