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.
©2013 Lauren Dane (P)2013 Tantor
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
Drawn Together is the book a lot of Brown Siblings and Delicious series fans have been patiently waiting for. Finally.... Raven’s story. Raven has enthralled me from the first time we met her in Laid Bare. Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. She had a terrible upbringing. This book explained a lot of Raven's back story. Her experiences growing up with abandonment, betrayal, murder, rape and other assorted nastiness. Most people just deal with Raven's pushy, rude behavior not knowing that is exactly how Raven keeps her defenses up and her emotional attachments to a minimum. Some of the best parts of this book were Raven’s interactions with the kids. I loved seeing her secret side hidden away. You see her as such a b$tch many times throughout the series, and her love for the kids just end up melted my heart in the end. When Raven meets Jonah Warner her life changes in so many ways. Jonah Warner is HOT!! He is a sexy attorney and a wonderful father. He raised his daughter pretty much on his own. Jonah is basically perfect. He's handsome, successful, rich....the basic Alpha package! Jonah wants Raven. They are perfectly matched and bring out just what the other craves. Jonah is all about control. He is bossy, dominant, and possessive. He knows what he wants and he is not afraid to pursue it. He understands Raven's flaws and limitations. He know how far to push and when to pull back. But he refuses to let her push him away. One minute Raven had started working on a full back tattoo for Jonah, next a fling turns into blossoming relationship that grows deeper into a friendship, even as far as a trusting D/S partnership. He constantly gave her the reassurance that her trust in him was founded and that she was absolutely it. Their journey became a very smexy happily ever. Her story is one that breaks your heart but also makes you smile when she finally gets her HEA. I'm so glad that Lauren Dane decided to write a book about Raven. It allowed us to see the other vulnerable side of her. She just needed the right man in her life to make her less hard and prickly. She definitely deserved Mr. swoon worthy Jonah. Raven became a more likable character once we understood all the things she was forced to deal with in her painful past. This was a nice addition to the Brown Sibling series especially if you like a warm love story with some hot very kinky sex too!! I recommend both the Delicious series and Brown Siblings series by Lauren Dane. You will notice the same familiar characters blended in both series. Happy listening!
Will do anything for books!
I hated Raven and now I LOVE her! This is a wonderful story. Jonah is a wonderful guy for her, loving and sweet but understanding. I absolutely love catching up with the crew of both the Brown's and Tarts. I love the indepth of Jonah's family and some of the ins and outs there. Raven's story is monumental and so sad but like a phoenix she picks up her mess and makes something beautiful! Good Job Lauren Dane on the end of this series! (I assume) Absolutely love it! There was plenty of drama, surprise , sadness, a little crying and lots of hotness :) and some joy too. Well rounded book. Left me feeling satisfied.
Phoenix, AZ, USA
I wasn't sure if I would continue on with the Brown series because it was hit or miss for me, and I read other reviewers who really hated Drawn Together. I took a chance on it because I came to like Raven in the previous books. Raven and Jonah were strong, likable lead characters. Even though this is yet another reincarnation of Cinderella, it wasn't as far fetched as some other books of this kind. It was a more believable fairy tale. It built steadily through the chapters into a solid relationship that ended on a satisfying note for their future.
Raven's story was very touching, especially the reunion with her mother. Jonah's story was very real to me because I used to work for lawyers for years. I felt like I was reading about a family of lawyers I used to know back in those days.
The only thing that bothered me in this book (and in the short story Sway about Levi and Daisy) was the caricature of Mal's wife, Gwen. I know that there are plenty of snooty wives of rich men who would look down upon women like Daisy and Raven, but I thought the way Gwen was just thrown into direct public confrontation with Raven and Daisy was a bit over the top. That dynamic could have been written into both stories in a more subtle, realistic way.
I think Lucy Rivers has improved tremendously as a narrator over this series. In Laid Bare, she was dreadful, but I've noticed steady improvement in her performance throughout this series. I think Drawn Together was her best performance so far.
Your mileage may vary
Jonah is the "I get you, flaws and all" guy that many of us would like to meet.
Raven was fascinating, and I can tell by the other reviews that when I go back and read other Lauren Dane books I won't have the same early (somewhat negative) reaction to her since I'll already know her back story. Although, this tough girl persona is so common in real life that maybe I would have had an inkling. I often meet someone who, when given a second chance, makes me realize that there's an amazing person behind the cool, prickly facade.
We all cope in the way that seems best at the time, and holding people at bay is a common way to avoid pain when we don't know who to trust. It's great to read about a group who can all trust one another; very nice created family when many of us can't turn to the one we were born with. Definitely makes me want to read more Lauren Dane!
The narrator is a little too bland for my preference.
This book was beyond boring maybe it was the monotone narrator? Maybe it was the repetitive words? Maybe it was both but my word I wanted to find some cyanide. I'm not opposed to the C word. I'm not opposed to any word when used in the right context or by a character that would use it. But sweet baby jujubes there are a plethora of adjectives for a woman's nether regions to choose from.
Definitely not. I'm a peddler of romance, erotica and smut.
Rivers male voice was so utterly boring. Scenes that should have lit my panties on fire made me close my eyes. Maybe she took a sedative to chlllout before reading it? Who knows.
Ummmm the premise was good? I went to Goodreads and there are lots of positive reviews so I may give the written version a whirl at some point.
Phew, what an emotional addictive ride as finally we hear about Raven's story whose always been misjudged (by me too in previous books) she's a straight talking, brash, strong, bisexual tattoo artist. But, as we listen to this story. we slowly find out that underneath her hard exterior she's damaged by a troubled past, vulnerable and can love deeply as seen in the small close friends she has.
She needs a strong man to understand her ways - in walks Jonah a handsome, rich, successful, Alpha male and a great father who's instantly drawn to Raven and soon the sexual chemistry between them starts to sizzle and this leads to passion and hot sex as he likes to be dominant in the bedroom. But before long he wants far more than just sex from Raven but he has to be patient, understanding, and take things slowly because he may just scare her off. Slowly Raven cautiously lowers her barriers then eventually they come down and this allows trust to develop between the lovers. Then, when her past comes to haunt her, she can slay her demons from her past and her healing can finally start, along with acceptance as to who she is and this, happily, leaves room for love to blossom and grow.
Lauren Dane has written a powerful, emotional, intense, funny, heartwarming, super sexy book which includes characters from the previous books and adds new ones to further entertain us in this riveting powerful love story.
Worth a credit? I have a feeling this is the last in the Brown series but I'm just not really ready to say goodbye to all the characters I've grown to know over time along with all the highs and lows of their lives so I may have to re-visit them again if there isn't a No. 6. Any romance lover, that likes a sexy listen, will find this series creditworthy as I did - so it's a YES from me.
Avid reader for 45 years
Raven was my one of my favorite characters from the first 4 books, so I was excited to hear her story. I liked Raven's strength, bluntness and loyalty - she says exactly what she thinks.
At first I liked Jonah, a rich lawyer whose family supported charities. While Jonah can some good qualities (hard-working, good father), he quickly showed his dominant (asshole) side. Jonah really believed it was okay to hit Raven as long as he was a gentleman who opened doors and paid for dinner. I wondered how Jonah would have reacted to some guy bruising and humiliating his 17 year old daughter.
While Raven had some self esteem issues from an abusive childhood, she didn't seem the type to accept violent behavior from a man. It was scary to see Jonah portrayed as a good guy - loving, kind, & romantic - when actually he was totally absorbed with his own needs. Why pick a strong, independent women just to turn her into a doormat?
As usual, Lauren Dane wrote an engrossing story with engaging characters. If not for the dominant crap - I don't find hurting people erotic - Drawn Together would have been a great book. I really wanted Raven to tell Jonah to f*** off and find a real man who wasn't a bully.. What a disappointment !!!
Unfortunately, I only have the audio version so I cannot give a reply to this question.
There are so many..I loved the time the spent talking when she started his tattoo, but I equally loved that she called him when she went off to find her mother and he dropped everything to go to her. While these two (2) may seem from different worlds, they are so right for each other.
I feel she brought Raven to life. I visualized her voice sounding just as Ms, Rivers delivered, sultry, sexy, but able to show the vulnerability.
I wouldn't say an extreme reaction, but I think I want a tattoo now. Reading this series is was definitely an eye opener, but Raven's story clinched it for me.
I loved how this story came together. I loved that we finally revealed Raven's past to explain some of her personality and past behavior. This was definitely worth the wait. I'm going to miss the Brown's and their friends.
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