Friday, January 10, 2014

Drawn Together by Lauren Dane

Drawn Together 

by Lauren Dane

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…


Let me just get this out of the way I love Lauren Dane. I’ve never read one of her books that I didn’t like. That being said, there are some that I liked more than others, and some that I loved. I FREAKING LOVED DRAWN TOGETHER.

Normally we get the damaged, reserved, stoic hero. Not in this book! Raven is a self-professed bitch. She doesn’t let very many people in. She’s lived the life of a nomad because she didn’t want to put down roots, sticking around for longer periods of time, and making commitments. But you know those Browns, they have a way of getting their hooks in you and drawing you in. Only this time, the Brown in question happens to have another last name and stands less than three feet. Raven finally made a connection with Erin’s son Alexander. He’s the reason she’s bought a condo and is staying in Seattle.

Sticking around Seattle has its benefits. Raven meets Jonah Warner when he approaches her about a tattoo. Raven isn’t one to deny herself the pleasure of a sexy specimen of manhood. She doesn’t make excuses for her sexuality or the fact that she has sex with who she wants, when she wants. And she definitely wants Jonah in bed, it’s everywhere else she has a problem.

Jonah’s a strong, confident, successful, dominant alpha male. He’s dominant, but not controlling or oppressive. I loved that Jonah knew how to approach Raven and when to back off and let her deal with her issues. Jonah has his own baggage, but for the most part he’s laid it to rest and has moved on.

Of course, the sex is steamy and off the charts hot, but it’s the way Jonah treats Raven as a precious gift that is the heart of the story. Lauren Dane wrote these parts so well you can’t help but feel Raven’s emotions as she tries to embrace a feeling she has no experience with, other than watching others. I empathized with Raven and her desire to try for more, while being hesitant to do so. Jonah is everything I love in a strong male character.  Ms. Dane has a way of crafting a story that makes me feel like I’m walking through, experiencing it as it’s happening.

Drawn Together can be read alone, but it will contain spoilers to previous Lauren Dane books.

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