Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan (Haven Brotherhood #1)

rough-tumble-by-rhenna-morganAvailable: Feb 20, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Carina

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society’s expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other’s backs.

A self-made man with his fingers in a variety of successful businesses, Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge and he always gets what he wants. From the start, he sees Vivienne Moore’s hidden wild side and knows she’s his perfect match, if only he can break it free. He will have her. One way or another.

Vivienne’s determined to ditch the rough lifestyle she grew up in, even if that means hiding her true self behind a bland socialite veneer. Dragging her party-hound sister out of a club was not how she wanted to ring in the New Year, but Viv knows the drill. Get in, get her sister and get back to the safe, stable life she’s built for herself as fast as humanly possible. But Viv’s plans are derailed when she finds herself crashing into the club’s clearly badass and dangerously sexy owner.

Jace is everything Vivienne swore she never wanted, but the more time she spends with him, the more she starts to see that he loves just as fiercely as he fights. He can walk society’s walk and talk society’s talk, but when he wants something, he finds a way to get it. He’s proud of who he is and where he came from, and he’ll be damned if he lets Vivienne go before showing her the safest place of all is in the arms of a dangerous man.

Where to start with this book? First, I need to thank Rhenna Morgan for pulling me out of yet another reading slump. It seems as the years pass it is getting harder and harder to impress me as a reader. I’ve read so much. I’ve read it all. Sometimes I just have a month or two where I just can’t get into a book. Nothing catches my gaze. Nothing holds my interest. Then I got a request for Rough & Tumble from the publisher. Followed that evening by a friend who recc’d it to me and this friend knows her shit. She knows what I like. Then the author contacted me about doing a review. Well, by God, I knew I needed to read this book. What I found was a gem of a contemporary romance. One I definitely need in paperback displayed on my shelf along with my digital copy.

Jace is everything gray in a black and white world. He and his band of brothers live by their own rules, serve justice as they see fit and take care of each other. He is alpha to the core and it shows in everything he does. Yet, he is also often misunderstood. The journalists paint him as anything but law abiding. The locals think he’s a thug. It couldn’t be further from the truth but no one bothers to look deeper.

Living life on the edge of the legal system is not something Vivienne wants a part of. She’s been there. Done that. Taking care of her troublesome sister and trying to keep her event planning business afloat take up all her time. When she sees Jace she’s immediately enthralled with him. When she’s asked to do plan some high profile events for his businesses she’s weary.  Getting involved with him may make her feel amazing but letting go of the stranglehold she has on her life isn’t something she’s prepared to do. Ever.

Rough & Tumble is an excellent first book in a series! Vivienne and Jace set fire to the pages with their smoldering intensity that built throughout the book. I loved how Jace insisted on bringing out the Vivienne she had tried to bury a long time ago. His focus was unbreakable. His intent admirable. Both scary and gentle, he was a complex character that often surprised me as I was reading.  I loved the fierce protectiveness he had not only with Viv but his brothers as well. I look forward to reading each of their stories in turn as the series progresses.

Viv was a character you instantly love. She was selfless, always putting the needs of her strung out sister first. Yet in doing so she’d had to give up much of herself along the way. When confronted with a man like Jace, she resisted naturally, not wanting to fall into a hole like her own father and sister. Yet Jace was persistent and she quickly learned that giving herself over to a man like him meant protection, not fear.

Morgan has laid some incredible groundwork for future story lines and I have a feeling each book will only get better. Rough & Tumble was sexy, fun and un-put-down-able!

I give Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan 5 stars!

 

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