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(RAW Family #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  39,606 ratings  ·  5,832 reviews
Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.

Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.

Best decision I ever made.

Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.

My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unlo
Nook, 253 pages
Published January 2nd 2014
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Dana I love this book! It was intense and amazing. The ending left us desperate and hopeful for more. Please please please write a second book!
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♥DazeKat♥ The second book apparently is about two different people, named Alejandra Gambino and Julius Carter. It hasn't been released yet, and the publishing d…moreThe second book apparently is about two different people, named Alejandra Gambino and Julius Carter. It hasn't been released yet, and the publishing date has already passed and has not been updated, so I recommend you don't get your hopes up for a continuation of this story. Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
But... In the series, there's also another book, that is not published as well, titled Raw: Rebirth (The to-be 3rd book of the series) which may imply to a continuation. But take my advice: Don't get your hopes up. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...(less)

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Emily May
Mar 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, 2014
I think I saw this story on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

"Just as I’m about to give up, I see him. He watches me from under the hood of his jacket, reclining on a café chair. I know I should report this. He’s everywhere. And I mean everywhere. It almost seems like he knows where I’m going to be before I know."

I swear I wasn't going to review this book. I'm actually reading a bunch of "dark" romance/erotica books as part of a project with my college book society - we're
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
DNF @ 15%

Okay, sooooooo...

...this is awkward.


But I'm gonna go ahead and just call this one here.

Because otherwise, I would be ripping this thing to shreds.


And as highly entertaining as that has the potential to be...the only reason I would be finishing this would be so I could rate it and rip it to shreds.


Which would make me an asshole.

And mean. Verra mean.

And while I am aware that my profile name contains the word "bitchy," because TRUTH, there is a huge difference between being bitchy an
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2 stars

Being honest sucks donkey balls. Okay I'm going to cut the sweet talk and just list what I didn't like.

Numero Uno: Writing style

There are some books that have the perfect plot, amazing characters, and dynamic chemistry, but I still don’t like. Why? If I can’t even read the book because of the way it’s styled, then I just can’t read the book. It’s not that the author’s style was bad, no. It’s just for me I can’t stand all the fuckin’, darlin’, and other words missing the “g” key, along wit
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 RAW stars!

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After reading Raw, thought to myself... ‘Is this really the same author that wrote The Friend-Zoned series?’ Wow! Talk about diverse writing styles! Although it did have a touch of humor, this book was much more dark than her previous works. And I loved it! I wouldn’t call it a dark and disturbing read, although it did have its moments... the words that come to mind when I think of this book are: intense, erotic, suspenseful, gritty and, well, RAW. It's not a happy love story. Bu
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
OMG....that ending.....I'm blinking back tears and pissed off at the same time!! I don't see a #2 in Belle's shelves.....Gotta have a #2......Gotta digest this.

I can't write a review of this book...for the past hour I have sat staring at my Word Doc ---- typing....deleting....typing.....deleting. My review will not be able to do this book justice.

I can't put into words what I felt about this book - because it keeps coming out as a jumble of thoughts which make no sense.

I just want to make clear
Alexis *Reality Bites*
4 STARS out of 5
(spoilers are hidden and close to end of review)

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‘Some things in life are so sad that there are no words to describe the amount of sadness, grief, and sorrow a person is feeling. I assume this is why God allowed humans the simple act of crying. When a person cries, they feel the sadness slowly ease out of them. They feel as though they are justifiably respecting a person that has died through showing their grief. They
Sammy Loves Books
*****Spoiler Alert*****Spoiler Alert******Spoiler Alert*****
"Monsters don't always lurk in the shadows"…"Sometimes they hide in plain sight"


Lexi has a stalker named Twitch. And she kinda likes it. One night she is viciously attacked outside her apartment, and her stalker becomes her savior. Then her savior becomes her lover.
God. This guy has me so hot and bothered I actually feel tipsy.

I was all wrapped up in the story until learning Twitch was a brooding millionaire. That liked rough s
Hulya Kara Yuksel
"This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone bad."

WARNING: This book is non-traditional M/F ROMANCE with a non-traditional ending. If you're under age 18, please think twice and then you read this book.

This is a dark/hard/broken/love story and it was really, really good. You should give a chance this story and trust me you won’t be regret of it… ;)


Before I start to read this book my lovely friend Halime already gave me a little tip about this book how will it end
Clumsy Storyteller
“Monsters don't always lurk in the shadows. Sometimes they hide in plain sight.”

Despite all the craziness , confusion , creepy stuff and shocking and heartbreaking ending, Knowing how this book was going to end did not stop me from shedding tears. I really did enjoy reading Raw. 

Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4 Consuming Stars!!!

Raw and gritty, and dirty as hell.

Before I carry on let me get this off my chest.

Raw is not a dark read, it's exactly what the author says:
***Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.***

Okay, I'm done!

What a riveting and entertaining story! I really enjoyed this reading Raw, Twitch and Lexi were hilarious and infuriating at times, but I had to know their story and where it would go!

She's a social worker who has a soft spot for kids who've
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Title: Raw
Series: Standalone
Author: Belle Aurora
Release Date: January 3rd, 2014
Rating: 4.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Sweet, heartwarming and hilarious Belle Aurora is officially gone and I’m not sure if I mourned her for a single second. As much as I adored her previous novels, this time she not only astounded me but also showed me how talented she truly is. In Raw she not only challenged herself, completely changing her usual style of writing from easygoing,
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok

2.5 "IF ONLY" stars

Sorry, folks ...

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I originally DNF @ 65% then managed to get to 72% and after a lot of

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I started skimming. Then I simply gave up and skipped to the last few paragraphs of the last chapter and then skimmed through an epilogue.

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IMO, this is a perfect "IF ONLY" book ...

IF ONLY Twitch's characater appeared in a different book ...

IF ONLY Lexi didn't have an IQ of a rubber band ...

IF ONLY this book wasn't written in first person ...

IF ONLY it wasn't that obvious that Twitch (view spo
Amber Rose
5 Twitch stole my heart stars

Spoiler free

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I feel like someone came and kicked me in my chest as hard as they could and leaving me there to care for myself. Honestly that is how I feel right now. It is so hard to come to terms with what I just read and type it down.

All I know is that this is my first 5 star book I have read in 2014. I couldn't have asked for more of a perfect book, I couldn't. There is nothing I would have changed. Maybe something but when I think about it I am sad and
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Fan-freaking-tastic! I was shaking at that ending! After calming myself for 12 hours to decompress, here we go...
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Do you like a book that's a little dirty? Ya know, where it's not all hearts and flowers, the sex isn't missionary with soothing music by Sinatra? Where the hero is really an anti-hero who starts out on a mission of revenge and ends up falling for his victim? Yes? Well, then Raw is the book for you!

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After reading Willing Captive by Belle Aurora, I knew I had to read this. H
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JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
DNF at 50% ..

I don't know if I got the April Fools addition or just a bad case of PMSing but this book was NOT an entertaining read for me. I was excited to start RAW after seeing rave review after rave review on my feed for weeks . In fact, this nosey bitch did not open a single spoiler because I couldn't wait to cry and have an emotional breakdown of my very own....yeah, I'm weird like that. Unfortunately the only thing I felt was ABSOLUTE annoyance thanks to Lexi's absurd behavior, and you c
Jennifer Kyle
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 RAW Stars

”After all, the good girl always wants the bad boy. Doesn’t she?”


Well that was entertaining!

I have to say that although there were several plot holes and Twitch’s reasons for stalking and wanting to destroy Lexi were just flat out odd and my reaction was quite frankly this A LOT of the story…


I still found this to be a very hot, fast paced read!

The story is told in alternate pov which I love and although both characters behavior was cuckoo to me. Truthfully, this stranger was HO
T.M. Frazier
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all when I got the message from Belle Aurora about the ARC I flipped my shit because I LOVED Willing Captive. But then there was this list attached to it of all the deplorable things I had to do to get the ARC and well…I did THEM ALL! Just kidding, just numbers one through six, and a little bit of number 12 for good measure. hehe.

Secondly I want to say BRA-fucking-VO to Belle Aurora because this book is NOT a romance and she doesn't pretend that it's one either. It's a love story, just
Zakirrah BookBlogger
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-or-netgalley

This is how it began..

JUST DROPPED EVERYTHING..hellooo book *strokes phone* I have been waiting a long time for you (weird evil accent is being used) *kissy faces*

This is how it ended..

YOU BROKE ME BELLE! I kind of hate you right now but I still love ya!
when I saw ***Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.*** my brain was like hah! its lies don't believe it, things always work out in Belle's books.right? RIGHT? ..oh hell n
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
“Not everyone can be a fairy-tale hero, The world needs villains too.”.

Did this book seriously end that way?



I hope their story continues. So many things were left unexplained. It feels unfinished. Like we still have business to settle.

I am so furious, I am actually sobbing because of how ANGRY I am feeling, more than angry, I feel betrayed. I know I am a hypocrite, wanting authors to have
Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. I'm going soft. I can't believe I'm about to give a middling rating strictly based on some sort of connective emotion for a book which my brain is screaming at me to hate.

Honestly, I can't figure it out. The writing was sloppy in places, so many generic terms and nicknames were used, and we even had a TSTL heroine. Any one of these things alone can cause me to 1 star a book, and this time it was as if the "Stacia hates it" trifecta was out in full force.

Yet, here I am, not hating the
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
My first thoughts when I finished this were:

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then I wondered how the eff am I going to review this.....Did I like it? Did I hate it? Do I like the characters? Do I loathe them? Am I happy with the way it ended? Is this book just completely weird?

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Twitch is some kind of effed up...I mean CRAZY.....

“Monsters don't always lurk in the shadows. Sometimes they hide in plain sight.”

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and he has a little bit of an anger problem.

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Alexa must be crazy too since she's not creeped out by him
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Re-read: 02.11.2016
I think I liked this book more the second time around...yeah, I really think I did. Twitch still does something to my obvious sick heart and while Alexa still annoys me at time, I don't mind her so much because Twitch makes up for it. The story is still sick, devastation, sexy and raw. And wild, even the second time around reading it. I'm also very sure I'll re-read this yet again in the future. Though after hearing a bit about book #2 in this series, I'm not feeling it to
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book is REALLY messed up.

This book really messed ME up.

Raw was nowhere near my cup of tea but god was it intriguing. There was some fucked up shit going on but there was just something about this book that kept me going until the end.

I didn't condone about 99 percent of the things that were done and happened in this book, and to be honest I'm not even sure if I LIKED this book but this was one hell of a train wreck. And I love a train wreck. XD

And that EPILOGUE...
Lise *friends don't flag*
4.5 Hot Hooded stars...


“There’s something about Twitch. He’s just…raw. Everything about him is raw. And gritty. And unbound. He’s a raging fire. And I’m a fragile moth fluttering into the flame. Sooner or later, I’m going to get burned. I know this. Will I even survive the heat? How can I trust this man after everything we’ve been through in such a short time?”

Well get me on the Belle bandwagon, this is the first book I have read by this author and I LOVED IT!

This was a nonstop addictive read. O
✰ Liz ✰
"I’m so ashamed of myself for wanting this. His brand of sex comes with a warning label. That should make me want to run in the opposite direction.-Lexi"


Raw is one sexy and dirty read! We have a sweet heroine who has overcome a challenging childhood. Lexi has devoted her life to helping others. As a case worker, she hands out love and strength like air. She has good friends and a good life. She also has a stalker.

Twitch is hard, plays things dirty, and lives life on the wild side. He too has suf
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
What the fucking fuck?! Seriously?! Okay. I can't even! I'm sobbing! Holy shit, OMG! WTF? And that epilogue? There better be a second book. That is just cruel and, and, fucking hell I'm so wrecked right now.

Full review when I can form a coherent thought because right now I'm so stunned and my heart hurts and I'm pissed! Fuck me this is just... Where's my tissues.

I sure as hell don't know who Twitch is but I'm eager to find out!

ETA: 9/30/2013 - Eager isn't a strong enough word..
Sophia Triad
This is not a love story.

I love books that illustrate a really good borderline-psychopath stalker.
Twitch is the perfect example. He is not the cute type of stalker. He is a criminal, with a dirty soul. The worst kind. For some reason he blames Lexi for anything bad that has happen to him since he was a child. And when the time comes, Lexi has to pay. Lexi has to be broken.

You feeling uncomfortable?” I immediately nod. Squeezing my ass once more, he places his lips at the shell of my ear. “
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
4 Dirty Loving Stars!!
(BR with Melissa)

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"Raw" is definitely in a class all its own.
I've never gone back and forth between hating and loving the male lead in a story, ever.

This is not your typical love story.
I felt both characters were extremely flawed and I haven't yet read a story where a woman falls in love with her stalker...till now.

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Twitch and Lexi come from rough childhoods.
They take different paths in life.
Lexi stays on the straight and narrow.
Goes off to College and is working at h
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love

"There's something about Twitch.
He's just....raw.
Everything about him is raw. And gritty. And unbound.
He's a raging fire. And I'm a fragile moth fluttering into the flame. Sooner or later, I'm going to get burned. I know this."

Well call me crazy but I liked this one.....a lot. I'm a Belle Aurora fan--I've read all of her books. There's just something quirky and different about her writing and her stories. That's what Raw was for me--quirky and different....much like Willi
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Belle Aurora is thirty-something year old and was born in the land down under.
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