Brown Family by Lauren Dane
Many moons ago I stumbled upon the Brown Siblings series by Lauren Dane. I was barely dipping my toes into contemporary romances coming from my long standing love for paranormal stories. Lets just say this wasn’t my “cup of tea” then. Strange, I know. But the connection I had with this series was instant. The stories all dealt with some hard and emotional topic, they dug deeper for me than what I was used to reading in contemporaries (my experience was mostly Spice Harlequins and such after all). And I fell in love with these characters. Here’s a family that to this day I remember, and one of them is even an unlikely hero that I’m still in love with and keep on my list of book boyfriends. So I thought, what better series to feature than this one if you want to pick up something that’s completely finished and should be a breeze to read. I think you’ll come to care about these characters as much as I did!
“She knew who she was and what she was. There was no escaping it even if she wanted to. And she didn’t. If Todd Keenan wanted a woman comfortable with her sexuality, he’d come back.”
A few things stand out about the book. It’s probably the one that tugs at the strings of your heart the most in this series because of what our heroine goes through. It’s also the one that offers the bigger range of kink 😉 This is a triad, there’s some m/m scenes and it’s also a D/s relationship. Now on the trope side, this is my favorite. A second chance romance. It’s also in the rockstar category, although not told in the typical fashion. Erin and Todd are perfect and I really loved how they explored how they complemented each other. But once you add in Ben to the mix, I thought this was done in a way that can feel realistic and I never felt he was left out. Touching and hot. One I have re-read! ~ Under the Covers
“I hope you find a place in your life when you can let go and be happy. But I’m not a dirty secret. I’m not bad and wrong for being comfortable with myself, and I won’t let you make me feel that way.”
Brown Family #2
by Lauren Dane
She was coming undone and there was nothing to do but let it happen.
Guys. Honestly, there was a time I thought I made Brody Brown into more than he actually was in my head. So I decided to re-read this book a few years back just to see for myself if this was true or not. And he is, to this day, one of those staple and unlikely heroes in my book boyfriend list. This is the man we all want to fall for. He’s an older hero (40), a tattoo artist, with his own shop, and the one responsible for raising his younger siblings and making sure they got everything they ever wanted. He made it possible for them, carried that responsiblity on his shoulders with a smile on his face and little care for himself. And he’s sexy beyond belief. Truly. When he falls for his ballerina neighbor, who has an adorable and precocious daughter and you see him interact with her… All bets are off. I can’t say enough about how awesome Brody is. ~ Under the Covers
“Baby, you two are my girls. I’ll protect you. I’ll protect you both.”
“I know he’s a nice guy, but he comes in bad boy wrapping paper.”
This series is not known for sexy bad boys. It’s all about those sexy good boys. And Andrew Copeland is just the perfect example of that. He’s the good boy that will center our heroine Ella who is coming out of a bad and abusive relationship. Although this wasn’t my favorite in the series as I think it lacked some of the depth of emotion I expected from the previous two, this was still a very endearing story with charming moments to be remembered. If there’s one thing that always makes an impression in this series … the heroes. You definitely want to read just for that. I also loved the romance of the letters/poems shared between Ella and Cope (including Pablo Neruda). So sweet. ~ Under the Covers
“I don’t have poetry like you do. I only know that I love how my sheets smell after you’ve been in my bed.”
“She ruined him for all others, and that was fine since he didn’t plan to have any others but her.”
We finally get to the rock star’s book. We’ve waited for Adrian’s book since the first one and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. I am sucker for this kind of plot as well as the heroine of this story is the adoptive mother of a teenager and she finds out that Adrian is the biological father and wants him to have a place in his son’s life. I admire Gillian as a woman and a mother, and I thought she complemented Adrian, the big shot celebrity with a heart, quite well. There were some very hot moments in this book as well (I certainly remember a hot tub scene) ~ Under the Covers
“That mama-bear, elegant-and-modest-on-the-outside, hot-as-all-fuck-on-the-inside thing was ringing his doorbell. And God help him, he knew it was beyond inappropriate to be making up fuck fantasies about this woman right then but he couldn’t help it.”
“His entire life was right there and it filled him with joy.”
This is a slice of life of our first triad in this series. Erin, Todd and Ben take center stage again in this story to give fans a small taste of our beloved characters. It also shows that not everything has to be perfect after the HEA but things that come up can be worked on and overcome. It was nice to see Ben and Todd more comfortable with each other in this book as well. As expected, this was sweet and emotional but smoking hot as well. ~ Under the Covers
There was no denying it. No denying this woman brought so many things to the surface. More than need, which he nearly drowned in. More than lust and sexual hunger for her. He wanted to dominate her in all the best ways.
And here we come to the book I thought I didn’t want to read. The heroine in this story is the one I love to hate throughout the whole series. Yes, I was glad she didn’t snatch one of the Brown siblings because I would’ve thrown a fit. But I also wasn’t sure I would respond favorably to seeing her get an HEA after all the shit she’s pulled. I should’ve just trusted. I did a 180 here and I couldn’t have been happier. The hero is a dominant to die for, but as much as I loved the hero, Raven was really the hit for me. I think because of how I’ve felt before and how I connected with her in this one. Job very well done and expectations met. ~ Under the Covers
“You have flaws, no lie. But you own your shit and a hell of a lot of people don’t. Just let this guy love you. Understand you’re worth loving. Because you are.”
READING ORDER SUGGESTION
That means before diving into the last book of the Brown Family, DRAWN TOGETHER, read these:
*My precious signed copies*
Have you read these already? What’s your favorite one?
I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!
I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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