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…
I was blessed to win this book in a contest and it is the first book I’ve read by Lauren Dane. That being said, neither will influence my review.
This is the 6th Book in Lauren Dane’s Brown Family Series, so to say I’ve missed a lot of the past relationships and trials these two main characters have had is an understatement. However the way it was written didn’t make me feel like that. Yes I had a sense of a past between a couple characters, but it touched on the explanations, so I never felt lost. I was very impressed with that.
The book starts out with Jonah and Raven meeting. He’s wanting her to do a major tattoo. There is an immediate mutual attraction for both of them.
“So Levi tells me you’re a tattoo artist.”
Jonah Warner was beyond hot. He was on-fire sexy. Like panties on fire. Raven looked him over, imagining him naked. Imagining him over her, under her, whatever. Just naked and doing something sexy with her would do just fine.
He had a voice like smoke. Like caramel and other things made with heavy cream and possibly deep fried. He was whatever things that were a thousand calories that you ordered anyway because you had to consume them.
“I do okay.”
He looked her over with slow perusal. As if he was wondering what she looked like naked too. Which was absolutely fine with her.
One corner of his mouth lifted and she licked her lips, imagining his taste.
“You do more than okay.” He held a hand out. “I’m Jonah Warner. Levi’s brother. I know we’ve seen each other in passing at various events but I don’t think we’ve formally met. I’d have remembered.”
She took the hand and he slid a thumb over her wrist as he shook it.
He made her all tingly in the absolute best way. She wanted a bite of this man. Maybe a whole mouthful.
Jonah is coming out of a messy divorce and Raven is quite bluntly the fuck em’ and leave em’ type. They make plans for her to do the tattoo at his house. In Raven’s mind, this will be an amazing time. Business then pleasure. As Jonah gets to know more about Raven, he realizes there is more than meets the eye…that she’s someone special underneath that tough exterior.
Raven starts feeling things she has never felt before and it scares her. Jonah scares her. Her past has taught her getting close to someone, especially a man, will just hurt her. He’s also some rich top notch lawyer from a wealthy family. Raven was a child of the state, being thrown from foster home to foster home. Can this relationship even work? Or will Raven’s past come back to destroy everything she has worked for and overcome. Then there is Jonah’s ex-wife. When she comes back into the picture, will Jonah realize all Raven ever was, was a walk on the wild side?
My final thoughts…I LOVED this book! I immediately loved Raven. She can be a bitch, but when she gives her love, it’s for life. I have all intentions of starting from the beginning with this series and I can’t wait!! I want to see how Raven and the other characters became the people they are by book 6! Lauren Dane definitely has a new fan!!