Brown Siblings – NEVER ENOUGH (excerpt)

Just a little over a month now until NEVER ENOUGH releases so how about an excerpt?


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?

Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing September 6

Gillian looked at her son across the table. “So, I need to talk to you about something important.”

He paused momentarily in between giant shoveling bites to give her his attention.

She hoped she managed to do this with a minimum of scarring.

“I turned in all my homework, I swear. I did get a C minus on my math test.”

She made a mental note to scare him into confessing things more often. “No, not that. Though I’m glad to hear about the homework, not so much about the math test.” She took a deep breath and forged ahead. “You remember the test you had to take? The DNA test?”

He put his fork down and wiped his mouth, all his attention on her.

“We found your father, Miles. I’ve met him and he’d like to meet you. Would you like that?”

The line between his eyes deepened as he thought. “Well . . . what do you think? What’s he like? Will I have to go live with him?”

She got up and moved to sit next to him, hugging him tight. “Miles, I am your mother. Period. You live here with me. This is our house. I never would have sought him out if I wasn’t totally sure my rights as your mum were protected.”

He swallowed hard and nodded, brightening enough to shove half a dinner roll into his face. “‘Kay then. So what’s he like?”

“He’s a musician.” She snorted a laugh.

“Oh my . . . dude! It’s Adrian Brown. That’s why Erin was here.” He jumped up. “Are you kidding me? Mum!”

She laughed and took his hand. “How’d you know?”

“Isabel, you remember her? She said I looked like him and then all the other girls, they said it too.”

A year ago, he’d have said it with mild disinterest. Now, well, now he thought it was pretty cool, she could tell.

“It’s not every day awesome rock-star bass players just come over for tea and biscuits. I can put it together. Anyway, why’d he bail for so long?”

“He didn’t know. I told you, Tina only finally admitted who the dad was in the hospital. I had to track him down. I don’t know him that well, but I do know he’s really excited about you.”

“Yeah? I guess that’d be all right. Here, right? With you around?”

He looked very young just then, vulnerable, and she vowed that should Adrian Brown ever harm her baby, she would cut his bollocks off with a rusty fork.

“I thought it would be fun, and sort of you know, low key, if we made pizza. He could come over and make them with us. Would that work for you? I’ll be here the whole time,” she added at his questioning look.

Admittedly, she felt a little better. She didn’t know what she thought. That’d he’d see the shiny daddy who is a rich rock star and perhaps forget about her? Petty and silly, but it had been a worry, albeit a very small one.

“You’ll stay? For the whole time?”

“Of course. Look, if you don’t feel ready, that’s okay too. We can start out with a phone call or two, or even some letters and e-mails. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.”

“I think pizza could be all right. As long as you’re here.”


16 comments to “Brown Siblings – NEVER ENOUGH (excerpt)”

  1. cathyf
    August 3rd, 2011 at 10:07 am · Link

    Loved it. This month is going to be like the last month
    of pregnancy…just waiting, waiting….

  2. Danielle West
    August 3rd, 2011 at 10:09 am · Link

    So excited! Release day cannot come soon enough!

  3. Spaz
    August 3rd, 2011 at 10:11 am · Link

    SQUEEEEEEEE!!!! Oh thank you! I can’t WAIT for this book! I have goosebumps after reading this =) Come onnnn September!

  4. Rachel Riddles
    August 3rd, 2011 at 10:45 am · Link

    🙂 OMG!! I’m so looking forward to this story!!

  5. Crystal
    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 am · Link

    OMG! I can’t wait for it to come out. I’ve already pre-ordered it.

  6. Chris
    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:23 am · Link

    OMG! Love it!! Can’t wait until Sept 6th! 🙂 Is it going to be available on Kindle??

  7. Corinne
    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:27 am · Link

    Smokin’……….hurry up September!! Can’t wait Lauren…thanks for the “tease”!! 🙂

  8. Vic
    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:37 am · Link

    Really excited for this book!

  9. Collette
    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:46 am · Link

    Boy, just this excerpt made me cry. This one’s gonna really get me I think. (You know the whole birth parent/adoption issue is close to my heart.) I am looking forward to it–tears and all! 😉

  10. Jimena D.
    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:58 am · Link

    I loved it!!! It looks like it’s going to be an emotional novel….I’m 99.9% sure that’ll cry when I read it….

  11. Krissy H
    August 3rd, 2011 at 2:51 pm · Link

    I preorder my copy today and I can’t wait to read it 😀

  12. Christine
    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Needed this so bad I had such a shitty day. Can’t wait to read it.

  13. Booklover1335
    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I. CAN. NOT. WAIT! Never Enough is one of my most anticipated reads this summer. Thanks for the excerpt….just wish it was longer…like from page 1-320 would be good 😉

  14. Jen B.
    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:42 pm · Link

    I will not read the excerpt! No! Ugh, I am so weak. I will bookmark this and then try to ignore it. I can’t believe it is so close. I can hardly wait!

  15. Diane Sadler
    August 4th, 2011 at 3:42 pm · Link

    It sounds good…

    1- I’m still reading paranormal books, vampires, werewolves.
    I also still read a lot of romantic suspense.
    2- Which genre do you like best to write?
    3- Right now I’m into paranormal so much I would love to see more of it.

  16. Alicia
    August 5th, 2011 at 12:17 pm · Link