Drawn Together is the sixth book in Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings series. Admittedly I’m a big fan of this series, and Lauren Dane is in my list of top 5 favorite authors. Her writing has a way of drawing you into the stories and connecting with the characters all while being deliciously erotic.
Drawn Together is Raven’s book. I was a bit nervous for Raven to get her own book and was concerned I may not connect with her like I have all the other characters. Raven has some history throughout the series that didn’t always put her in the best light. I think she’s been easy to dislike in previous books. Recently Dane tweeted: “Remember, we’ve only seen Raven through other people’s perceptions. DRAWN TOGETHER is the first view through her eyes.” And she makes a perfect point about Raven to think about if you’ve read the other books in this series and are considering reading this book.
Raven is a complicated soul with a very troubled past that once you learn about, you start understand her better. In Drawn Together she is paired with Jonah Walker, a rich attorney who is persistent, passionate, and has a way with words. I have to say the minute Jonah walks onto the page and opens his mouth, I was hooked. There was something about Jonah that felt like a good match with Raven even though they come from different worlds.
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.
Jonah knew there was an element of danger with a woman like her. There were shadows in her gaze. She wasn’t an easy sort of person. He got that from the way some spoke about her.
Right up front, Jonah knows most of what he’s getting himself into. And I think that helped the story work between Raven and Jonah and made it feel believable from the beginning. Raven isn’t a BS kind of woman and Jonah got that. I think that was an important tone to set.
As Jonah starts to break through Raven’s tough exterior (partially helped by his control in the bedroom), I started to find myself getting attached to Raven. I loved seeing her unravel and showing her softer side. The sex between the two of them was hot, erotic, yet almost immediately there was an unexpected emotional connection that felt natural. And while in the end I enjoyed seeing the real Raven, I felt the real star of this book was the hero, Jonah.
I could see where readers of the the previous books could be thrown for a loop with the Raven we get in this book. I was surprised with the direction Dane went with the character and equally surprised with the guy Raven ended up with. Okay – super surprised. However, for me it was an enjoyable read that I connected to, and Jonah is right up there with my favorite heroes Dane has written.
Raven: “You’re going to be a handful, aren’t you?”
Jonah: He nodded. “I’m told it’s a flaw. I’ll try to be worth it.” This woman was a challenge, yes. But one he had every intention of undertaking. He wanted in.