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…
Let me start off my review by saying that I received an ARC of this book from Ms. Dane! Okay, that is out the way… The next thing I will say is I have been following Ms. Dane on this series since the first book Laid Bare with Erin, Todd and Ben… That is where you meet the whole family that you will come to think of as your own… Then you read Coming Undone with Brody (oh dear Sweet Baby Jesus this man has plagued my dreams) and Elise (she is a sweetheart too)…. And you just simply fall in love with each and every one of them… Then you will read Inside Out with Ella and Andrew and your heart will melt… Then you read Never Enough with Gillian and Adrian and you are really invested in a family that stays together…No.Matter.What! And then you become addicted and read the Delicious series too meet the other friends and family…
This is a series that Ms. Dane has devoted a lot to and it shows. No one is ever left out or put to the side with her stories but they do not over crowd the story. She has created a family that is so rich with love that the bond is as easy to see as the tats they wear. These stories are simply amazing and will break your heart, tear your defenses down, build up your love of all things family. These stories will make you tear up, sniffle a little but mostly they will make you fall in love.
I have waited for Raven’s story… She is not a Brown by blood, but she is family. You get a sense from the other stories that Raven is a hard core bitch that has a past that could eat you for breakfast and spit you out. You are left with a sense that she is not to be messed with; you will not be inviting her over to have a glass of wine with you nor will you be asking her over to your house warming party. She gives off the impression that she is not to be fucked with. If she wants to include you in her life, she will include you – if she doesn’t… then don’t try! But I knew there was more to Raven than meets the eye. I knew she had a past that hurt her, scared her even but I also knew that she has a soul so intense that once she found that person to love and accept her for herself, all hell would break loose… even her rules!
I was not disappointed! Raven’s story is all I thought it was and so much more. Ms. Dane crafted Raven’s story as it should have been told. Raven’s story was perfect… Tear jerking, throat punching, heart tearing, hot sexing, raw emotions and just perfect. Raven’s story is told in true Raven class.
I love Raven. She is hard core but I love her to death. She is raw but a raw that you will admire. She is a woman that goes after the jugular when you come after her. But when you get past that layer that is rough and bitchy you see the true Raven. The one that loves fiercely with all she has… She is use to the love them and leave them kinda relationships and that is cool with her… and normally with her partners as well… But because of her past, she has built walls around her heart that are the size of the Mississippi River. She has put rules in place to protect herself… But when she meets Jonah, it seems all those rules get broken and it seems Jonah has learned to swim the great Mississippi! But letting someone in has not been Raven’s strong point…. Is Jonah worth having her rules broken… or will Raven’s past come back to haunt her…
Jonah is a man in his prime… His daughter is going away to college, his practice is doing great…. He is a man that is not used to being told No. He is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. He is not an obnoxious asshole kinda guy. He is actually quite the opposite, he is a man who helps and serves his community. He loves his family and is very devoted to his daughter. He does have an ex-wife who is a piece of work though… I will let you meet her yourself because believe me… (((psssttt when Raven meets her, it is priceless))) you will want to bitch slap the shit out of her… You would think that Jonah’s mother would be the woman you would want to bitch slap, but she is a woman who will do anything to protect her family. Jonah is a man that wants what he wants… remember… well, he set his sights on Raven but will Raven cave to him…. or will her bullheaded self keep him at arm’s length…
Just having Raven’s story told just as it was – was very….. Perfect. Ms. Lauren pushed boundaries that were set in stone, she tore open old wounds, and she broke my heart – but she put it back together after it all was over. Raven’s story is not all rainbows and unicorns. If you want pretty, neat and hot romance – this is not your story….. But if you want deep, raw, passionate, messy, lovely, humbling, to the core deep with loyalty – this is your story. Raven is not one to sit and tell you all about herself, she is not one to just open up and let you in… Nope. She will make you work for it. For her. And you should because she is just that worth it.
Watching Raven fall in love was priceless. Her heart break was painful but watching her grow and learn to become the woman she is today was all worth it. And Johan – well….. He was an added bonus. A hot bonus but ohhhhhh so delightful.
Ms. Lauren, I commend you on Raven’s story. It was well worth the wait….
This series is an amazing series and I urge you to read them all… Not urge… demand you to read them all.
To find out more about Ms. Dane and her delightful stories, please go to her website – here!