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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Never Enough by Lauren Dane



Never Enough by Lauren Dane
Publishing: Berkley Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (310 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

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?

I have always felt in choosing a book, the blurb on the back is so important, the author is always a consideration and the little excerpts that you find on blog is a great resource. Never in all my years have I chosen a book just by looking at the cover…until now. Wow!! Just seeing this cover, I wanted to know the story of this man. Then I realize it is the work of Lauren Dane, and then I find it is the finale of her Brown family saga. This is Adrian’s story--sexy, studly Adrian the rock star whom I have followed for three books. I am a happy woman!!

Super rock star Adrian Brown is just returning to the stage after a self imposed exile to retool, to reboot, to reacquaint himself with the family he adores. He is home, doing what he loves the most. He is a rock star with everything he wants, except a woman to share his different lifestyle, the lifestyle of a celebrity. As a celebrity he has had his share of cons, stalkers and just plain crazies but nothing prepared him for a phone call out of the blue announcing a son he never knew he had.

Gillian Forrester is the perfect mom but she is a mom by no choice of her own, and is raising her sister Tina’s child. Thirteen years later on her death bed, Tina finally tells Gillian the name of the father and makes her promise to contact him. How does she explain this to her child but most importantly how does she explain this to his father?

Believing she is about to blackmail him, Adrian reluctantly meets with Gillian and her son and begins a relationship that is going to totally change his life. Surrounded by all the Browns and their extended families, Gillian and Miles become the center of Adrian’s life and the direction of his future. Not exactly getting off with a great start, Gillian and Adrian find a connection and an attraction that brings them together not only as parents but as lovers as well. Adrian is the dark, sexy, dirty talker that Gillian longs for in her bed and she becomes the angel that stirs his emotions and desires so much that he cannot stay away from her.

Nobody writes family like Lauren Dane. The Browns are an eclectic group of loving individuals that leap off of every page. They are personable, attractive, comforting and their family dynamic is real and relatable. At every turn they draw you in and keep you here. There is never an uncomfortable moment, or regret their movements and decisions. I must admit after developing somewhat of a relationship with the Browns and with Lauren Dane, her character of Gillian is not exactly personable or endearing at first. She is distant, combative and even a little snobbish, but the continued attention and determination of the Browns soften her exterior and her heart. It is a treat to watch the defensive walls built by both of the characters slowly come tumbling down.

When it comes to family drama and romance you will never go wrong with a Lauren Dane novel. This is one of her best!!

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