Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rough & Tumble (The Haven Brotherhood, #1)Title:  Rough and Tumble
Series:  Haven Brotherhood, Book 1
Author:  Rhenna Morgan
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating:  5 Sweltering Keys

**Disclaimer:  A copy of this book was provided to me by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Rough and Tumble was off the charts good!  It was creative, fast passed, featured alpha males who toe the line of good/bad and a strong family bond.  I went into this thinking that I would like this book okay and quickly found that I could not put it down.  It was that good. 

Jace's character has so many different dimensions...he's sweet, thoughtful, possessive, loving, brutal, deadly, and has a strong sense of family all rolled into one character.  His attraction for Vivienne is instant but he sees beyond her outer beauty and recognizes that she has more layers than what she shows the outside world.  Jace, never one to give up on a challenge, decides to make it his mission to set the real Vivienne free. 

Vivienne is a self made business woman that is struggling to establish herself in the world event planning world.  To do so, she believes that she has to present the perfect image so that she attracts the right clientele.  Coming from an abusive background where she was made to be the responsible one well before her time, she doesn't see that she's been hiding her true self.  When her chance encounter with Jace leads to something more, she struggles with following her heart or following her dream.  It takes her a while but she soon realizes she has to let go to find both!

I loved loved loved everything about this book but most of all the supporting characters.  The scenes with family night in the house were absolutely hilarious and I thought Viv's interaction with Jace's mom were priceless.  I'm looking forward to the other books in the series because I think Rhenna nailed it with this one!  I'm giving this one 5 Sweltering Keys.


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