Published: October 24, 2014
Read: October 25, 2014
Reread: November 2015
Reread: February 2016
Told in dual POVs
Series: Inked Brotherhood: Kiss Me Goodbye: prequel to Asher #0.5; Asher; Tyler; Zane; What I want for Christmas: Zane and Dakota Short Story; Dylan; Rafe; and Inked Babies Epilogue
From the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Jo Raven comes the third installment in the Inked Brotherhood series which began with ASHER.
They call me Zen-man, the cool-headed one, the protector. I keep an eye out for everyone, take them in, find them homes. They think I’m the calm and collected one, the self-assured one, the one who knows the way. They think they see me. They think they know me.
But they’re all wrong, because inside I’m broken. I have a jagged hole in my soul I can’t fix, a festering blackness. I’ve been to the pits of hell, and nobody comes back unscathed. Life in foster care fucked me up, and now a thread is all that’s holding me together.
So I sleep around and never date, keeping chicks away. One day I’ll snap, and when I do, there’s no telling who I might take down with me.
All the same, there’s this one girl who won’t be scared away. Dakota. She’s hot, and I won’t deny I want her. But she keeps coming back, pushing me, trying to get me to talk, to open up to her.
She has no idea she’s playing with fire. When the demons come, she’d better be far away from me, just like everyone else.
Standalone novel. No cliffhanger.
*Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young readers.*
Inked Brotherhood Series:
Five boys brought together by fate. Five young men trying to overcome their troubled pasts. Five tattoos marking them as a brotherhood built on tragedy. Will they find understanding and rise above the pain?
Five girls tied by friendship. Five young women fighting their own demons. Five lives laced with sorrow. Will they be strong enough to save the men they love and make them happy?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Zane” Inked Brotherhood #3 is by author Jo Raven.
I can’t get enough of Jo Raven’s tortured bad boys. My heart breaks every time I read about one of them. Each book in this series guts me. My thoughts are always, ‘this can’t possibly get worse.’ Jo Raven proves me wrong every time.
First I want to say that although I originally read this book when it first released in 2014, I have since reread it twice more. The Inked Brotherhood is one of those series for me that I reread in order to keep it fresh in my mind. I don’t ever want to lose touch with these men. I know that sounds dorky and cheesy but if you’ve read any of this series you know what I mean.
Zane is the unofficial leader of the brotherhood. He is the one they go to for guidance. He always puts their needs before his own. But who does Zane talk to when the darkness threatens the little light he has left? That little bit of ‘light’ is Dakota. Still, Zane lets himself suffer; he won’t burden her with his horrific past. A past that returns too often to haunt him.
Dakota is the perfect girl for Zane. She is tough on the outside with a soft heart and loyal soul. Dakota has demons of her own. And still, she wants nothing more than to help Zane be rid of his. While Zane keeps pushing her away, denying himself her beautiful heart and soul, Dakota pushes right back.
This is one of those dark stories you need to appreciate on your own. And once you learn about some of the horrors that Zane deals with, and what happens as a result of it, his happily ever after will be that much more satisfying.
Zane made me cry. This book also made me angry and stressed as well. Jo Raven’s writing is rich in detail and complexity. All of the dialogue and inner monologue was believable. We get both Zane and Dakota’s POVs. You’ll feel like you’re right thee with them.
All of the members of the ‘brotherhood,’ their girls and even some new characters (which will have a spinoff series; Damaged Boys) make appearances. The next book will be about Dylan and Tess. Then next is Rafe and Megan’s story. After that is a full length epilogue called Inked Babies. I recommend reading this epilogue after you finished the series. It won’t make sense otherwise. Not only will the epilogue give us insight into the near future for everyone, but Zane is in trouble again. His inner demons are out for blood and everyone will come together to help.
So if you are starting the series with Zane’s book (they are all standalone with the exception of Inked Babies) I recommend you goi back and read Asher and Tyler before continuing.