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Dylan

Inked Brotherhood, Book 4
By: Jo Raven
Narrated by: Tad Branson, Abby Craden
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)
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You’ve tried your best for years and never managed to please your demanding parents. You’ve fallen head over heels for someone who keeps ignoring you. You’ve hit rock bottom.

Tessa is close to giving up on her authoritative parents and their demands, on her studies, and on everything in her life, including Dylan. He is the one boy she has loved since she can remember, the one who dated her and promised her forever when they were 14 and then dumped her without an explanation, only to ignore her ever since. He is the one who shows up to save her from violence before the stroke of midnight, who kisses her and holds her close, only to tell her in the course of the same night that he doesn’t love her.

Tessa knows Dylan has gone through some tough times, and they’re only getting tougher. Is he telling the truth about his lack of feelings for her, or is he running from his own demons?

The way Tessa sees it, she has two options: run away and leave it all behind, or stay to fight against her controlling family and win back Dylan. She has a feeling he needs her. How can she leave when he's the only man who’s ever made her feel alive?

This is a stand-alone story without a cliff-hanger. 

Warning: This book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature listeners only. Not intended for young listeners.

©2015 Jo Raven (P)2018 Oh My Audiobooks

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5 Wall Photo Stars!!!!!

NOTE: Someone else in the reviews said that "Shane" assaulted Tessa in this book...and that freaked me out. Shane is in another book in the "Damage Control" series, related to this series, that I had read already and I was reading that review like, "WHAT!?!?" Thankfully, he did NOT assault Tessa, however. The person who assaulted her was SHAWN. So if you're reading the reviews, just be aware it was not Shane...it was Shawn. On to the review... :-)

STORY: Dylan. We've heard a bit about Dylan in the prior books to this in this series, but not much. I will tell you the first 1/3 of the book is probably some of the most depressing, but very real life story to many I'm sure, that I've heard in a bit. Dylan's Mom left his Dad, him, and his two younger brothers. Due to that, Dylan's Dad has had some mental issues and really has just given up, literally leaving Dylan for the care of his brothers and everything else, including the finances which are bad. Tessa. Tessa is the supermodel, rich girl that we have heard from in the books a bit more. (Seriously, everyone has described her as super pretty and all that.) But underneath that, is someone who is quite limited in a lot. Her parents, mainly her Dad, control EVERYthing in her life...from her clothes, to her apartment, to her college degree, to the person she should marry, Shawn. Shawn assaulted her some years back (and most likely it was rape, although Jo Raven doesn't write rape, it certainly sounds like it); and her parents don't care because their marriage would be "good for business." So that is the first 1/3 of the book...super depressing. Dylan is down, Tessa is even more down...life is just straight up bad...then it gets worse at a party and a bit of the backstory of the Dylan and Tessa relationship is revealed. Basically, Dylan let Tessa go because he's pretty poor and he knew it was better for her...but he did it in the worst way and broke her heart. Throughout the book, Dylan is having to put some of his pride down...which is difficult...and let his friends help him and let Tessa be Tessa and choose if she wants to be with him (regardless of his money) or not. Tessa, on the other hand, has to learn how to stand up to everyone, including her parents and BE who she want to be. ((I will say it was nice to hear that the other guys, mainly Asher and Zane, straight up told Dylan to leave Tessa alone...as they knew he hurt her before. They were his friends, but not tolerating him hurting her again. People need friends like that to be truthful, even when it is painful to hear.))

SIDE ZANE NOTE: I love when authors really know their characters and they put in small phrases or sentences that really hit home the character. There is a fire in this book and the author wrote something to the effect of: "...Zane was holding onto Dakota." If you have read or heard Zane's book, then this is no surprise but it was just a sweet, painful thing to hear and I love his character and Dakota's even more.

NARRATION: Tad Branson (TB)--Absolutely love his narration. Dylan was super down the first part of the book, and TB makes you know that in his narration. His voice is bland and sad...not boring and with plenty of emotions...but just down, because Dylan is super, super down. When TB speaks of Dylan and his care for his brothers, it is heartbreaking in sooo many ways. When TB talks about Dylan's love for Tessa over the years, especially that photo on the wall, sooo bittersweet. Abby Craden (AC)--I really liked AC narrating Tessa. I think she gave something to Tessa, since at first, Tessa is very people-pleasing and not assured of herself. AC let that be known heavily. I loved when AC spoke about Tessa interacting with Dylan's brothers...it was super adorable. When AC had to speak about Tessa and Shawn, that was horrific and AC did great in that too! Loved the narration!!!

CREDIT WORTHY: Yes, for sure; especially if you're following along the series. I think Jo Raven has done a great job at making a 5 series book and each book has been unique. None of the books are identical. They do have similarities--college, tattoo shop, some people, etc...--but other than that, they couldn't be more different. Even the next series she did "Damage Control" is not the same as these are and I love that! Some authors make their series tooo similar and it's boring. I have not been bored once in this series. :)

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Cute loving story... HEA

The characters are well liked but their low self-esteem got to me at times. The story is quite sweet but they keep misinterpreting each other... I love him/her... but he/she doesn't care about me. Same thoughts... Talk already!! Open up. Too many unsaid thoughts. I guess that's what makes the story.

Glad to see Tess has "balls" to stand up for herself... but, she could have done better. Nonetheless, glad to see she wasn't a victim asking for pity. She did have a lot of hopeless thinking... but so did Dylan.

Early in the story, we find out that years ago Tess was forced to have sex by Shane... He was then referred to as her "Ex". Why? They never dated. And, not once, was the word "rape" used. I really didn't understand that. The emphasis on this was under developed.

Tad Branson is amazing. His expressions makes imagining so perfect. Abby is great too but at times speaks very slowly. A bit frustrating. Over all the narration is really great.

The hot scenes are really hot. :P

Enjoy!

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Great performances

I’m a fan of Abby Craden from another book called Bully. Good story line. Enjoyed how Tessa was able to stand up for herself. Story was a little predictable, but it still was entertaining.