Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review ~ Wild & Sweet (The Haven Brotherhood, Book 2) by Rhenna Morgan @RhennaMorgan

Wild & Sweet by Rhenna Morgan

Series:  The Haven Brotherhood, Book 2
Kindle File Size: 2532 KB
Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Carina Press 
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
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About the Book:

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. 

Zeke Dugan is not a man who walks the straight and narrow. He may have sworn an oath as a trauma doc, but he has zero problem leveraging his medical skills outside a hospital if it means giving the Brotherhood—the group of men he calls family—an advantage. Blood before business. All that changes when shy Gabrielle stumbles into his life and ignites his protective instincts. 

Mechanic Gabrielle Parker prefers the complexities of an engine over men. Her life wasn't always quiet and well-ordered, but now that it is, she finds peace in the solitude. When a robbery in her neighborhood forces her out of her safe bubble, she never fathoms that a dangerous, cocky trauma doctor will fix more than her injuries. 

Zeke doesn't play by the rules that Gabrielle follows but knows that he's exactly what she needs in her life. He'll show her the fierce and uncompromising protection that comes from belonging to a man like him. 

When tension outside the Brotherhood threatens Gabrielle, Zeke will do anything to keep her safe, and damn the consequences. No one will hurt his woman, even if it means putting the very men who saved his life at risk. 

This book is approximately 95,000 words 

My Review:

Wild & Sweet is book 2 in Rhenna Morgan's Haven Brotherhood series and it is fantastic.  Zeke's trauma doctor and Gabrielle's (Gabe) mechanic are complete opposites yet Rhenna Morgan makes them compatible.  As a car girl, myself, I love that her occupation involves vehicle repair.  I was a purchasing agent for 12 years at a company that manufactures and distributes reproduction parts for vintage corvettes.  I was also a sales person, requiring vast knowledge of the required parts and components of 1953-82 vettes.  One of my many job duties involved locating and purchasing used Chevy blocks and having them trucked to Michigan and sending used parts out to various vendors for repair/restoration.  Anyway, I connected with Gabe right away on several levels.  

Gabe's character is fragile and her inability to be around strangers or in groups/crowds drives her anxiety levels to panic attack proportions.  There are events in her past that she is unable to work through and they cause Gabe to shun everyone but her brother, Danny.  Until Zeke walks in to assess her condition after a burglar tosses her into a neighbor's coffee table.  The connection is almost instant and alien to Gabe.

Zeke is a badass Haven brother who is a licensed trauma doctor, as well as, an under-the-radar medic in the seedy underworld.  Careful not to do anything that will get his license revoked, Zeke still tap dances along the edge of black and white, firmly in the gray zone.  His connection with Gabe shocks them both but he knows he's exactly what she needs and vice versa.  He'll run to hell and back if that's what it takes for Gabe to see they are meant to be together forever.

I loved everything about Wild & Sweet. Gabe and Zeke are likable and easy to fall in love with, separately and together.  Both characters have uniqueness, yet are perfectly paired in the author's brotherhood wold.  The chemistry between them 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 peeling away Gabe's layers and pulling her out of the anxiety-filled world she's grown accustomed to for so long. 

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 Wild & Sweet 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 all of Zeke's "brothers" - men in his life that aren't related by blood but just as close if not closer, including an up-and-comer.  I still stand by the statement I posted at the end of my review of Rough & Tumble, Book 1:  "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!"  Alas, he is not the star of book 3 (I already have the ARC) and my agonizing wait continues.

Content is suitable for ages 18 +. 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Wild & Sweet provided to my by the publisher via NetGalley.  All opinions are my own.

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