Review & Interview – Lauren Dane – Drawn Together – @BerkleyRomance @penguinusa

So today we are lucky to have Lauren Dane, author of Drawn Together, featured. We’ll have our review below but we also have a great interview as well!

Lauren Dane

Interview with Lauren

 Growing up, did you plan on being a writer?

 I’ve always written. Poetry, short stories, I worked on the literary magazine in high school and in college. My husband and I had a zine back in the mid to late 80s as well. I never thought though, that I’d be a novelist until I became one, LOL.

I read that you were at RomCon in Colorado Springs, how does it feel to be attending a convention for your books, along with a ton of other amazing writers?

It’s always a wonderful time to go to conferences – I get to see my friends, meet people I only know online and I get to meet readers (which is the best part). The RT Convention is probably my very favorite because it’s so big and so much fun and readers not only come from all over the US but from all over the world.

Signing books is awesome, doing workshops is fun, but just hanging out with people who love books as much as I do is the very best part.

I know you use a lot of myth-based ideas in your stories, do you have a favorite myth?

I’m very much a great lover of Celtic mythology – Goddess With a Blade is steeped in Celtic mythology, as is Reading Between the Lines. I’ve written several others with Celtic myth woven in (as well as Hindu, Japanese, Nordic, Mesopotamian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, etc)

I read that one of your favorite authors is Margaret Atwood,(who’s a giant favorite of mine as well!) among many others. What is it about sci-fi, futuristic, dystopian novels that you like?

I love Margaret Atwood’s voice first and foremost. Her contemporary novels are just as amazing as her dystopian works. She has this way about her – her characters are so flawed and they suck me right in. No one is perfect, no situation is perfect and yet, they all have some spine, something elemental that is compelling to me as a reader.

But in general, I’m a huge fan of science fiction, futuristics and dystopian novels/worlds. Some of my favorite books ever are from these genres: William Gibson’s brilliant, Neuromancer, Frank Herbert’s Dune series, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, Sheri Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country, Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon – all packed with such big, amazing worlds in their own way. I love politics and religion and these genres can address those issues in ways contemporary novels struggle with.

Are you working on anything new right now?

I just finished a novella, All That Remains (earth-based futuristic erotic) that will be in the Marked anthology in February and now I’m working on The Best Kind of Trouble, which is the first book in my new Hurley Boys series (out September ’14)

I’ve always wondered when dealing with authors; How did you go about choosing a pen name?

I wanted something that flowed right – two syllable first name, single syllable last name (or reversed) so I played around with names I liked and things that sounded good. I didn’t want to sound like a seventies porn star or a pharmaceutical of some sort. Lauren Dane came to me pretty quickly. I answer to it as easily as my given name at this point.

Lauren Dane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several dozen novels.  Visit her online at www.laurendane.com, www.facebook.com/LaurenDane, and www.twitter.com/laurendane

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Lauren Dane

Publication Date:  Oct. 1st, 2013

Published by:  Penguin Group USA

ISBN13: 9781101625750

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Synopsis:

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…

Review:

B+ (4 Stars)

So, I need to preface this with two things… One, romance by itself is not my favorite genre, I usually like to mix in some action, suspense, paranormal ect., but I do read it pretty often, upon request usually, also, I haven’t read any previous books in this series. It didn’t hinder me in any way, but seeing other reviews, if you read previous books, you’ll come into the book with some preconceptions, which doesn’t seem to be a bad thing either.

Raven is a tattoo artist, young, vibrant, loud, all the things you’d think about when picturing a female tattoo artist. Jonah, the male lead, is sophisticated, father, lawyer, completely opposite of what Raven is. They meet over a tattoo and thing spiral out of control from there.

For those of you who aren’t erotic romance readers, this wouldn’t be for you. Unlike some erotic romances there isn’t a big story to go along with all the sex, besides the story of the couple’s relationship in and outside of the bedroom. The sex is quite kinky, a little more then I was interested in really, but the story of their relationship is sweet. Raven is broken into a million pieces, but she hides it well. Jonah fights to get Raven to open up about her life and her feelings. He and her go back and forth, but there’s some really wonderful moments where she opened up to Jonah and finally realizes there’s someone who will be there for her.

Overall, my feelings were mixed on this, only because romance without a big plot usually doesn’t interest me as much, but I enjoyed the elements of their relationship building and also seeing Raven soften up. Jonah is a good man for her, and their chemistry is there right from the start.

Romance reader, pick up this book! I think you’ll really like it, it’s got well written sex scenes, sweet romantic moments and two very interesting characters! J

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