Anyone who has met me on goodreads knows of my love for Brody Brown. In my all time favourite heroes Brody stands side by side with Roarke and that’s a tall order. Even my love for Curran doesn’t get quite to that level, so in reviewing the latest instalment of the Brown siblings series by Lauren Dane I am going to attempt to not turn this into a love fest just because I got to see Brody again. Really… I’m going to try…
Brown Family, kids that aren’t annoying, heat factor, dirty talk done right, that cover, Brody!!!
Quote that best sums up the lead (male) character:
“In that moment, just as his pick was about to stroke the string, he knew he’d done right to make himself take the time away from the business. Because he’d needed to be lost a little while before he could find himself again. He wasn’t found totally, but he was on the way.”
If I had to describe the Brown Siblings books in a word I’d say family. Family forms the heart and soul of this series, and yet manages to be refreshingly normal (and not overly sweet or sappy). The fact that these books are considered erotic doesn’t really change that core foundation and is instead integrated seamlessly into the storyline.
Never Enough is Adrian’s book. The discovery that he has a son by a woman he doesn’t remember gives Adrian a chance to grasp hold of a life he’s desperately wanted. His attraction to the woman who has raised and loved his son since birth begins even before he is told about Miles (which he doesn’t handle well). He is at times paranoid, overly sensitive and slightly spoiled – all of which you would expect a rock star who has lived through what happened to his sister and niece to be. The skill of the author means that these character traits added a depth and vibrancy to his character instead of making him annoying.
That vibrancy is carried through in Gillian’s character. She had a tough childhood and has all the issues that come with it, but again in a non-annoying way. She is intensely private which makes her hooking up a rockstar problematic to say the least. But her main draw as a character is the love for her son and how she, bless her cotton socks, fully owns her sexuality and sexual needs whilst being a good Mum. She has a temper, and I have to say that I loved the way other characters could spot her mood when her accent changed.
Miles skidded into the kitchen and looked from his mother to his father and chuckled. ”You’re in big trouble, mate. When she starts sounding like an episode of EastEnders I usually just run for it. Protect your junk.”
I really appreciated the realism in this book. What are the chances that Adrian would remember some random encounter more than thirteen years ago? The fact that he didn’t removed the “comparing sisters” drama that would have bogged down the storyline. And the fact that they had to… delay matters… more than once because of Miles was refreshing. In fact just the fact Miles was actually around on a regular basis doing normal kid things was great to see.
There were some things I would have liked to have seen in this book. Brody wandering around shirtless holding his baby for one. Oh, and the scene where Gillian recalls spotting Todd and Ben kissing… yeah would have liked much more detail on that please. Oh, and I guess I would have liked to have found out how the whole situation with Ben’s family is progressing. But all of those things come from my love of the series and this family (and my never ending desire to see Brody in any state of undress).
If you happen to pick up Never Enough without having read the series then I think it would read well as a stand-alone. But do yourself a favour and pick up the rest of the series. Alone, Never Enough is a great book. As part of the Brown Siblings series, Never Enough is amazing.