Series: Brown Family #6
Published by Penguin on 2013-10-01
Reviewed by Jo
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... MATURE AUDIENCE
Raven Smith hasn’t had what you would even remotely call an easy life. It’s been an existence of clawing for what she wanted until the last few years. But the past has left Raven very jaded and snarky with all but her closest friends and most especially their children – who Raven loves unconditionally. Raven’s world is about to be turned totally upside down when she agrees to tattoo a smooth talking attorney.
Jonah Warner is drawn to Raven first as a great tattoo artist and then as a sexy woman. Jonah’s life hasn’t been nearly as rough as Raven’s but his mistake of a marriage has him scared to reach out with his heart anytime soon. But as he begins to unravel the emotionally, closely guarded woman named Raven, Jonah begins to believe she might just be worth the risk to his heart.
Raven has very hard rules concerning relationships for very good reasons, but as she begins to know Jonah, he tempts her to break those rules and give their romance a chance. As Jonah and Raven cautiously walk towards a loving relationship, of course, they encounter obstacles both large and small. Just when Raven and Jonah believe they have won the battle, and that a loving future is within their grasp, a blast from Raven’s past proves that everything Raven believed about her family was a lie. It’s going to take all the love, understanding and strength that Jonah and Raven have found together to find the truth about Raven’s family. Will it be enough to lead Raven and Jonah to the future they have built towards or will this last hurtle be one too many to overcome?
A jaded tattoo artist and a successful attorney come together in an intense story of love, heartbreak and life in Drawn Together. I have followed Raven throughout the entire Brown Family series and have alternately loved and hated her, but I always hoped that somehow she would find a happy ending that I thought she deserved. When I began reading about Raven and Jonah and learned just what made Raven as she was, I came to respect her for what she had gone through and emerged from. I loved how gentle Jonah was with each step and how much strength he gave to Raven just when she needed it. I also loved that Raven was able to love Jonah enough to overcome her many reasons to never allow the type of love they were building. I all but cried as yet again Raven was hit with more hurtful lies that formed her past, but by then I knew that Jonah would never let her be alone and would give her the strength to deal with it all.
I loved the intense and emotional journey that Raven and Jonah had in Drawn Together and more importantly was thrilled with the loving relationship that they came out with. Having Raven get her happy ending was the best ending, for now, to a series that I have absolutely loved. Ms. Dane never shies away from the emotional or the bumps in the road that happen in real life and relationships and, for me, that makes her books ones that I look forward to. Drawn Together was just another example of that; a book that is a must read and a true keeper. In other words, it’s a Joyfully Recommended read that I know will never leave my reader and I bet it will never leave yours or your bookshelf either.