Monday, February 20, 2017

ARC #Review of Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood #1) by Rhenna Morgan #Contemporary #Romance

Welcome to my review of 
Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood #1)

Goodreads Description:

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.

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Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1741 KB
Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Carina Press 
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
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My Review:

Vivienne Moore is tired of cleaning up her sister's messes.  Callie's irresponsible lifestyle forces Viv into locations that no self-respecting person; male or female, would ever dare to go.  When Callie's latest drunken binge lands Viv in a club, she had no idea she'd walk out forever changed.  While trying to extract her sister from the ladies' room, her tone of voice rouses the managers of the club.  While trying to explain what's going on, Viv can't help but lock eyes with hot guy sitting at a table.

Jace Kennedy might run questionable clubs but he, and his brothers, don't answer to the social norms.  They have their own code they live by and do what's right them and their families.  He certainly wasn't expecting someone like Viv to be in the club nor was he expecting any type of connection with her.  Now, he just has to convince her to open up, be the woman he knows is buried inside her demure and safe life, and let him be her fierce protector.

Viv soon learns that there is a lot more to Jace -dangerous man.  He is also Jace-charitable donation man; -loyal family man; and -always-gets-what-he-wants man.  There is much more to Jace than meets the eye.  He assimilates within high society, as well as the seedy underworld, at will.   There is also so much more to Viv than the straight-laced, stiff, professional she shows off.  She has a past to keep hidden, a sister to protect, and her business to nurture.

Can two seemingly very different people find love?

For the record, I would give this book 100 stars if I could.  I loved everything about Rough & Tumble.  Viv and Jace are exciting, likable, and easy to fall in love with.  The chemistry between the pair is electric and realistically written.  I was drawn into the story from the very beginning and everything about it kept me engaged.  The love scenes were steamy and sensual not animalistic and raunchy.  The author did a wonderful job slowly removing the layers of both Viv and Jace and their dynamic love scenes were perfect.

The plot was smooth and the entire story was perfectly paced.  I was never bored or overwhelmed with details.  The dialogue between everyone was realistic and conversational - it was like I was there with them.   The events and storylines were well thought out and eventually they all came together in an explosive crescendo.  Be prepared to get lost in Rough & Tumble and not find your way back out into the real world until you get to the very last word in the story!

The story also includes 5 of Jace's "brothers" - men in his life that aren't related by blood but just as close if not closer.  I'm only going to tell you that Axel is a character and I can't wait to read all about him.  The rest of his brothers are great, too, but Axel is a charmer and his story is going to be phenomenal - I just know it!

I read this book in one sitting because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!

Content is suitable for ages 18 +.  

Author provided a review copy, of which I read voluntarily.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Rhenna Morgan said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review and for sharing Jace & Vivienne's story!! ❤❤

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome! I have Wild & Sweet waiting for me too.... :)