Sep 29 2013 1:00pm

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Drawn Together (October 1, 2013)

Drawn Together by Lauren DaneLauren Dane
Drawn Together (Brown Siblings #6)
Penguin / October 1, 2013 / $15 print, $7.99 digital

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…

One thing you can always count on in a book from Lauren Dane is organic relationships. The way characters interact in her novels are genuine and rich and normal.

There’s no manufactured angst here, but the organic process of people learning about each other, learning how to make their lives mesh, learning to accept new people into their worlds.

That doesn’t just apply to the romantic elements, either. The friendships in Drawn Together, the sixth in Dane’s Brown Siblings series, are strong. The women back each other up. They’re willing to threaten the new guy with what will happen if he hurts their bestie.

Of course, this is a romance novel. We’ve seen the prickly Raven in earlier books. We know she can be brash. We know she has history with Brody. And we know she’s become part of the family. She’s determined to be the one who doesn’t get involved, though. Her roots are reluctant, so settling down with a guy isn’t in her plans.

Only Jonah Warner is used to getting what he wants. He wants Raven. It starts with her giving him a tattoo, but it becomes more quickly. He won’t let her pretend to be unaffected by him, but more that that he sees past the airs she puts on. He knows there’s chemistry between them and he’s going to treat her right and woo her.

It doesn’t hurt that he’s able to flip all her switches in the bedroom. Switches the sexually adventurous Raven didn’t even know she had.

Raven doesn’t know how she can fit into Jonah’s world. He’s rich from one of those families that’s featured in the society pages. She, on the other hand, has been on her own since she was a teenager. Jonah really does want her to be herself around his family, though, and they are shocked by her brashness, but she earns respect quickly.

The reason readers are going to fall for Jonah isn’t his dirty orders in the bedroom—though they’re mighty fine—but how considerate and understanding this guy is. He may be bossy at work and when it comes to sex, but he knows when to give Raven space. He doesn’t push her and does his damnedest to be honest with her. Her needs come before his wants, and that alone should make everyone swoon.
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While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.

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1. Kareni
I've read and enjoyed other book in this series. I'm looking forward to this one, too.
Julia Broadbooks
2. juliabroadbooks
You perfectly hit on why these books work so well for me. What I most appreciate in the Brown Siblings novels is the really natural way the relationships develop. It makes the characters all the more compelling.
Patricia Wilkerson
3. Proofreaderpat
I'm glad Raven finally got her own story.Looking forward to reading this latest Brown Siblings installment!
Carmen Pinzon
4. bungluna
Being a Brody fanatic, all I can hope for is that we get lots of him in this story.
5. ChelseaMueller
@juliabroadbooks - I think it's the way she makes everything realistic and organic, but yet the romance is still so heady that it's an escape to read. I just can't help but get wrapped up in her books.

@Proofreaderpat - It's a story that's worthy of Raven and you'll understand her so much better by the end.

@bungluna - Ha! Brody is around, but he's not the focus. ;)
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