Rafe (Inked Brotherhood #5) by Jo Raven
Released: April 13, 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed by Lena
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His name is Rafaele Vestri, Rafe to his friends.
He’s tall, strong, handsome. Distant. He often comes to the café where I work, but we don’t talk much. He looks at me, though. Stares at me, his gaze heated, and I can’t help but stare back. I want him, I won’t deny it. I’ve never seen anyone that beautiful, anyone that powerful, in my life.
But he’s growing more withdrawn by the day. Something’s up, and he won’t tell. I know about his past – the murder of his family when he was fifteen. I can imagine what it must have cost him. So much violence contained in that strong body, waiting to be unleashed. What is he seeking? What is he training so hard for? Why is looking at me like he’s dying to touch me, but won’t dare?
Even as I try to stop thinking about him, get interested in other boys, I realize I can’t. I’m caught, body and soul, just like that. And I tell myself, Megan, girl… What have you gotten yourself into this time?
Standalone novel. No cliffhanger.
*Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young readers.*
This is the fifth and final book in Jo Raven's Inked Brotherhood series. This was Rafe and Megan's story.
Out of all the guys, I have been looking forward to reading Rafe's story the most. There was always so much mystery surrounding Rafe. He was the quiet brooding man of few words that seemed to exist just outside of the group. In reading the other books in the series, I knew the story of how he came to belong to the brotherhood. That despite the horrific event he survived, he was always the one willing to lend a helping hand to others who were in need. But like the rest of the guys he was stubborn, always willing to help others but unwilling to ask for help. His experiences made him believe he was underserving of love and light in his life. This belief is what made him keep others at arms length. That all changed with Megan. With her he wanted more but was afraid to pursue it.
Megan was brought into the group through her friendship with Zane. She had a very dark past of her own. Fighting internal and external demons causing her to not trust easily. She may have thought of herself as just another girl working in a coffee shop but to Rafe she was so much more. As much as he tried, he could not stay away from her. The push and pull between these two was maddening at times but so worth it when they finally got together. To me Rafe was the hottest of all the Inked Brothers. He could dirty talk with the best of them. I caught myself fanning myself; it was so hot.
I was sad to see this series end but am looking forward to the Damage Boyz series where I am sure these fine men and their ladies will be mentioned every now and then.
Rating: 5 stars
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You can always find me with my nose in my Kindle reading a romance novel starring a tough talking, hard loving alpha male and sassy heroine. For the past six years reading has been my addiction. I am always up for a good read and am excited when I get any suggestions. My other loves are working out and spending time with my hubs, family and friends.