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They call me Zen-man, the cool-headed one, the protector. I keep an eye out for everyone, take them in, find them homes. They think I’m the calm and collected one, the self-assured one, the one who knows the way. They think they see me. They think they know me.

But they’re all wrong, because inside I’m broken. I have a jagged hole in my soul I can’t fix, a festering blackness. I’ve been to the pits of hell, and nobody comes back unscathed. Life in foster care fucked me up, and now a thread is all that’s holding me together.

So I sleep around and never date, keeping chicks away. One day I’ll snap, and when I do, there’s no telling who I might take down with me.

All the same, there’s this one girl who won’t be scared away. Dakota. She’s hot, and I won’t deny I want her. But she keeps coming back, pushing me, trying to get me to talk, to open up to her.

She has no idea she’s playing with fire. When the demons come, she’d better be far away from me, just like everyone else.

Stand-alone novel. No cliff-hanger. Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature listeners only. Not intended for young listeners.

Bonus! Includes What I Want for Christmas, a Zane and Dakota short story.

©2014 Jo Raven (P)2018 Oh My Audiobooks

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  • AB
  • 04-28-21

Zane isn't so zen

This book is about Zane. Some reviews were upset that zen-man, who tells everyone they need to talk about their troubles and share within their group, doesn't heed his own advice. Well, that's how the protectors in a group ARE. He has his own childhood demons and you can't forget these are damaged 19 and 20 something kids learning to be adults. Zane has issues he doesn't want to burden his cobbled together family with and he has his coping mechanisms. He and Dakota are beginning a relationship and things are happening fast. Fantastic narration. Great story although tragic in places.

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  • 05-05-21

Okay series...but....

I didn't dislike the series, but I did not exactly love it either. The thing that annoyed me mostly is the age of all these characters.
Every single one is under age for what is IMO logical in the storylines.
Storylines that began '4 or 5 years ago' when characters were 14 or 15 and then to 'now' when they are barely 20.
I am in no way saying that it isn't possible for some things to have happened as written - but to me it would be much easier to swallow if this group of friends were all 25 or so in the 'now'.
Also, no tattoo artist is going to be 18 or 19 and running his own shop. This is something that takes years of apprenticeship to learn and become licences for. (Fully tatted here...so trust me)

Narration was decent, but again these voices are NOT 19 or 20.

Overall if you can suspend your disbelief over parts it isn't a waste of time or credits.

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Loved the story

I really loved getting into this book. I’m really enjoying the series. The only down side is the audio book ended before the actual book did. I’m left with a little bit of a cliffhanger.

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Sebastian could not save this

Since Sebastian York was one of the narrators, I was expecting hot. I didn't get it. This was so dark with past drama from both Zane and Dakota. She was patient with him while he was extremely battling his past. He was also distraught about his sister (which we never saw him connect with). Instead he just continued his drunken stupor. To me, this was boring, and these characters are so young 21 with deep rooted issues. Not worth my credit even with SY as narrator.

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intense is an understatement

it's like dang we understand he is hurt like bruh. get over it. and she is annoyingly to understanding to me. like girl it's to much at times.

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Hotness Overload!

You can feel the hotness of all these guys through the words of these books. Great characters, awesome stories. I’ve been sucked in and can’t wait to hear the next book. Narrators are doing a kick azz job. Perfect voices in my opinion for these stories. Thanks for sharing!

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Love this series

I absolutely love the Inked Brothers series. Thoroughly enjoy it and I love seeing men vulnerable too. They are not always the strongest and they need that one woman that can hold it all together for them. The queen behind them and that is everything.

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great story, but a rough storyline

This was a great story from beginning to end. The characters were well written and unfortunately the story line was believable. the pain they both suffered w a s astounding. it was good to know that all of the prior characters were involved in this book too.

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Excellent

I have read most of this series and I have to say it’s one of the best. Jo Raven has done an amazing job, it goes to show in detail real life issues both adults and children have and how they handle them in every day life and emotionally. Even though these characters are only 17-18 or so, doesn’t mean that these things don’t really happen to people of that age. They may own a tattoo shop at a young age but it’s not like it’s a multi million dollar chain, it’s a local little shop. Minors can get fake IDs and still have ways of getting alcohol as well. Plus they are fictional stories also so somethings might seem a little stretched but for the most part it could be believable. On that note GREAT JOB!

I like how they all have there different demons and child hood experience that brings them to be who they are today. As each book pops up and a different character has there turn to come to light and tell there story and each explanation makes sense to why they are the way they are it’s interesting to listen. Choice of narrators fits each character and has many of my favorites. There is a lot of sex but it feels like it’s used as an outlet that these characters use to release there demons and emotions that a lot of people have trouble releasing also they cling on the one of little things they have that make them feel good and express there love for there partners, I can see how that would be addicting to a bunch of characters who have experience nothing but heartache.

Overall this is one of the best series I have listened to and I plan on listening to each and every character. Definitely worth the credit and keep it up Jo.

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g reat series

I absolutely love this series. The characters are relatable with real world issues. can't wait for the final book. yes I am even reading the smaller books for this series.

Thank you to the author for auch amazing books.

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  • FBooks
  • 10-18-21

Excellently written and totally emmersive.

The main characters in this whole series seem to be the survivor of some seriously painful experiences, especially the men. I know these are stories but they are so excellently written that I can't help but escape into their world. Unfortunately, their situations are so relatable to some people real life experiences. I can literally feel Zane's pain as I read.

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  • 10-30-18

Zane

This book seemed longer and deeper than the first two. Looking forward to the next one

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  • i_flovebooks
  • 04-14-22

Emotional.

I loved everything about this.
The characters had been through so much and came together to heal each other.
Fantastic story; brilliant narration.

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  • P
  • 03-06-22

Another good listen from this series

An enjoyable listen. I like the story and characters have a bit of depth. The author has also NOT gone down the unbelievable fantastical route ie where they are all mega wealthy with ridiculously perfect with totally unbelievable lifestyles.
Keeping it real! 👍 I like these stories but my only critique is that I feel a bit too old to be reading them, particularly the sex scenes as they are supposed to be 18 ish I think…. Feeling slightly uncomfortable 🥴… I didn’t realise at first but was quite a way into the story. Sadly , may not listen to any more as they seem a bit more ‘young adult’ and sadly I’m not 😐

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  • karen grave
  • 03-23-22

And it just keeps getting better

I cannot believe that Ms Raven can find such different Issues but Still manages to connect the inked brotherhood boys together.
This was another dark story and It was sad as its about Zane who is normally the one who holds everyone together.
I still see that there are some issues with him which I'm hoping will come out in a later book.
Unfortunately I have worked my way through the catalogue plus with this series and now its credit or dollars time but it's so good and I'm enjoying these boys and the girls so much that it's differently going to be worth a credit if the $ .
Sebastian York you are THE bomb! I cannot believe how you have taken Zane and given him a voice that portrays his character, in my opinion as perfectly as Jo Raven has written him.
Zane has personality and witt and you bring him to life along with his brokenness, sadness and tortured desperation I can't get enough of listening to you.
Anna, you have a wonderful voice and did Dakota justice. i thoroughly enjoyed the light and dark shades of Zanes life written in this book. bloody awesome 👌