Sep 15, 2011

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Review: Never Enough by Lauren Dane (Brown Siblings #4)

Contemporary Erotic Romance
September 1 2011
Trade Paperback
304 pages
Berkley Heat
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Adrian Brown
Kick Ass Chick – Gillian Forrester

From Goodreads –
Gillian Forrester spent most of her life running from who and what she came from. Until Miles came along. From the moment she held the tiny newborn her older sister didn’t want, Gillian stopped running and began to build a life for herself and her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, as Gillian’s sister lay dying, she reveals the father’s identity and makes Gillian promise to find him.

Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. He’s seen and done it all, with few regrets. It takes a lot to shock him but the bombshell that he has a thirteen-year-old son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up, elegant woman who’s raising Miles snags his erotic and romantic attention.

The last thing Gillian expected was to find herself getting hot and heavy with a person like Adrian. But as much as she wants to open up and give herself fully to this amazing man, she’s afraid the secrets of her past and Adrian’s problems with trusting people may keep them apart for good. If love isn’t enough can they find the trust they need?

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Finally.  Finally, we get Adrian’s book!  Adrian Brown is one of the hottest sweetest rock stars you can read and he finally gets his own book with his own HEA.  *sigh* Adrian…

Adrian’s book, also known as Never Enough, is the fourth and final book in Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings series.  First we had Erin’s book, then we had Brody’s (which is still my favorite), then Cope’s book (a close family friend) and finally we have Adrian’s book.  *sigh* Adrian…

As you can tell, I have been looking forward to this book for what feels like ages.  Adrian is in each and every book in this steamy and emotional series.  He is such a sweetheart in the other books!  The one you want to run to and hug every chance you get.  But he’s becoming a little more cautious and jaded.  He is a superstar rock star and therefore has to deal with fans and paparazzi and all the craziness that comes with being a celebrity.  He understands that that is the price to pay for making his music, but he’s finding it very hard to trust anyone.  It’s getting worst and worst and now it’s to a point where he only wants to be around 10 or so people and only go to the same places over and over.  So you can well imagine that when a lovely British lady approaches him with news that he has a 13 year old son, he sort of loses it.

Gillian adopted Miles pretty much as soon as he popped out of her sister belly.  Her sister never told her who Miles’ father was until she lay dying in the hospital.  Never Enough is about how Gillian approaches Adrian and how they eventually learn to be a family, even though Adrian has major trust issues and has a huge stick up his a**.

Yes.  There.  I said it. Shocking I know seeing how big of a crush I have on that man.  Now, I totally understand why Adrian would freak out upon hearing Gillian’s news, it isn’t the first time someone has alleged that he was their baby’s daddy, but seriously?!  I was very proud of Gillian and how she reacted to Adrian’s being a jerk.  I think I may have actually shouted ‘woo hoo, you go girl’ the first time he appears at her door.  As loving and sweet as Adrian is in the previous books, he really wasn’t all that in this one.  In the beginning anyways.  I didn’t understand why he was so anxious for Miles and Gillian to fit in with his friends and family!  How could he not understand that maybe it takes someone more than 2 minutes to warm up to a group of people as close knit as the Browns?  I wanted to smack him.  Then smack him again.  Then lick his tattoos.  Then smack him once more.

Other than that, Adrian was all I was hoping…and then some.  Listen here ladies – Adrian is a dirty dirty talker in the bedroom!  Who would have thunk it?  I most certainly didn’t expect that but you know what?  Julie like.  And Gillian is right there with him!  Holy smokin’ this book was quite steamy.  Of course it is, it’s a Brown Siblings book, but really…*fans herself* I also think it’s cute, funny and great that Adrian gets all turned on when Gillian is just being her prim and proper British self.  That was amusing.

I really liked Gillian.  I found her to be a very likable character and I liked her back story.  I loved her interaction with Miles too.  She has a sh*t past and she wants to keep it quiet, but she knows that all will eventually be revealed.  And even though I seriously didn’t agree with how Adrian, and even Erin for that matter, reacted to the news, I found Gillian reacted how she should have.  Her character was realistic and I found myself feeling very attached to her.  Do I think she should have sucked it up and said something sooner?  Maybe.  But if she did, it would have been out of character.

I loved Miles and I loved Rennie.  She is just the cutest thing ever!  And I love how the adults treat the kids in this series.  They are firm but still let them have fun.  And they treat them with respect and like people – not babies.  I’m always struck by that.  I loved how Adrian was with Miles and I love how Brody is with everyone.  Brody is so amazing I want hug him big time, then I want to lick his tattoos then throw him on a desk.  (Okay, yeah, I know.  My dad is most likely reading this review.  I must stop talking about licking boys’ tattoos… *sigh* It’s just so hard when talking about these Brown men!)

Overall, I was pleased with this installment even though I wasn’t all together impressed with Adrian.  In the end, he comes around though.  There are a few little unanswered questions that are left hanging at the end of the book and they will apparently be dealt with in Lauren’s new Delicious series that will make its debut in August 2012.  They will feature Gillian’s friends so of course Adrian and crew will make an appearance.  Yay!

Never Enough is a nice ending to a solid series.  The Brown Siblings books are filled with strong emotion, great characters and heart wrenching stories.  These are people I would totally want to hang out with…as long as they don’t mind if I lick their tattoos a bit.  Because I may want to do that.  Maybe.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

He stood there, struck stupid in love with Gilligan Forrester.  Though he wouldn’t know it for a while yet.

She gasped it in, coffee and an Altoid.  Stupid to get wet over it, but Forrester women never had very smart pussies, and that’s what was doing the thinking just then.

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“’I fight with you.’

‘Because you’re a particularly vexing man who is very attached to getting his way.’

He smiled despite his annoyance.

‘Yes, I admit that.  I only fight like this with people I love.  What does that say that we’ve been like this since the first time we met?’

‘Are you trying to defuse a fight with this romantic stuff?’

‘It just occurred to me.  Answer the question.’  He’d just told her he loved her, damn it.  He wanted her to face that.

‘I think it’s probably true that I love you too.  And quite honestly you’re too vexing for any other woman with a weak constitution to handle, so I must take this on myself.  You know, for the good of the world and all.’”

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“You have something extraordinary with her and Miles.  Chances like this one are rare and in my totally not humble opinion, you’re a fucking dipshit is you don’t take it.”

Books in the Brown Siblings series –
Laid Bare
Coming Undone
Inside Out
Never Enough

  1. Oh man, I really need to read this series too. I’ve noticed this book on your highly anticipating shelf FOREVER and I’m glad you were finally able to get it and read it AND enjoy it! 😀 Also, who is ever against a hot steamy man who can talk dirty while doing the dirty?! I know I’m not. 😛

  2. Yum, I must read more Dane books. I liked the one I read even if, well too much dirty talk. Sheesh, I am a prude!

  3. I haven’t or anything but this author, but after “I wanted to smack him. Then smack him again. Then lick his tattoos. Then smack him once more.” I think I need to solve that problem ASAP.
    Great review Julie.

  4. I haven’t read any of the Brown siblings books, but this one is calling to me. Now the debate is…do I just read this one or add all 4 to my TBR pile?? smiles…

  5. Deanna – Me either! And I’m glad I enjoyed it too. 🙂

    blodeuedd – You are not a prude! If you were, you could never read romance! LOL It’s tricky to find good solid erotica, so I know what you mean about sometimes finding it a bit much.

    BookaholicCat – Yes you do. They are dirty books but with addictive characters and strong stories. 🙂

    Christi – You should start with book one because that is where the character development starts (and if you do, remember tissues!) but there is a m/m/f relationship in it that I know some people aren’t fans of. If you aren’t bothered by it, start there. Otherwise, read book 2 then book 4. I LOVED book 2. It was amazing!!!

  6. When is the next book from “The Brown Siblings” coming out?

  7. Melissa – This is the last one in that series, but the Browns will make an appearance in her new ‘Delicious’ series coming out in August 2012. Apparently we will be hearing/seeing Adrian and Gillian plan their wedding in the first book. 🙂

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