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Vivienne Moore is an Events Planner but she's struggling.. struggling to find a job since going it alone - and struggling to keep Callie, her wayward sister, safe from the ever increasing dubious situations she constantly put herself in by recklessly getting drunk in dangerous places. And Callie's New Year's rescue call would lead Vivienne to a Club where she would meet a tall dark dirty fantasy man whose touch would give her goosebumps, who would see beyond her suits and bring out her wicked side, who would doggedly pursue her, wickedly worship her and who would focus on making her every wish come true. He was going to change hers and her sister's lives.. along the way there would be happiness, new opportunities, a new family, feelings of belonging she never knew possible, great sex, passion and love.. but there would be crossroads, blood, pain and tears too as she asks herself "run or stay?"
Like Vivienne, from the moment you're introduced to Jace Kennedy you know there's something special about him and, behind his charismatic good looks and panty-melting smile, there's much more to this sexy Nightclub owner.. and he doesn't disappoint. Layers get peeled away and beneath them you'll find a man who is deeply loyal, fiercely protective over those he loves, caring and sensitive.. and is all Alpha. As well as those qualities he is one part of the six part Haven Brotherhood of men who watch each other's backs, skirt the law to follow their own rules, go above and beyond for each other.. and they always always put it to the vote before letting a stranger get near Haven and the tight self-made family it represents. But Jace the caveman was going to break some of those hard and fast rules for the woman that had intrigued him from the moment they first met, for the woman that had so quickly captured his heart, for the woman he'd die to protect.. his Vivienne.
I hadn't heard of this Author before so took a gamble., and I'm so glad I did because this book delivered way more than it promised and I devoured every delicious dual POV scene. From their seismic first meeting, through the hero's many good-willed manipulations, through secrets, through run-ins with a drug lord and a shady politician, through the bloody event that stretched bonds, loyalties and tempers.. and through to the tender words, heartfelt feelings and the laying out of just what he was prepared to do to keep her. Then, reflecting on the tight group of loyal brothers with their friendly banter who'd been there through it all - and finally reaching the sweet HEA ending which was enjoyed by everyone.. but especially me. Rhenna Morgan served me my favorite dish of bad-ass alpha men, an independent heroine, some drama and angst, raw passion, sex and a yummy HEA.. and I greedily devoured the lot!! And this listen was made perfectly edible by the wonderful narration by Gary Furlong whose vocal abilities brought the many characters and the addictive chapters to life.. and I sincerely hope he continues to narrate this series.
Worth a credit? Yes.. it was an awesome start to the Haven Brotherhood.. and I've already bought book 2 and now I'm eagerly waiting for its release date.
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What a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a smut biker read but the story had more depth than I was expecting. There were many more layer to the characters and the plot that I found myself engrossed in the story. There was romance, suspense, character development and entertaining brotherly interaction. This book ended up being more than meets the eye.
Vivienne Moore was a woman working hard to escape her family’s troubled past featuring two drunks, her dad and younger sister Callie. Viv was determined on exerting control of her desires so she doesn’t end up like her father, mother or sister. Instead, Viv concentrated on growing her event planning business, Amaryllis Events which couldn’t seem to get going.
Viv met Jace Kennedy, when she was rescuing her drunk sister and she decided it would be better to stay away from him as he could be the one to unleash the wild child hidden under her professional demeanor.
Jace Kennedy was the co-founder of the conglomerate, The Haven Brotherhood and he was definitely looking to get under Viv’s icy exterior. Jace projected an image of rough biker boy but inside hid a man with a heart of gold. While Jace was a sexy alpha biker, he was also a highly successful business man with a number of businesses as well as a number of charities. Jace hired Viv to plan a charity event for Haven brotherhood, it was the opportunity they both were hoping for to satisfy an itch. The author wasted no time ramping up the sexual tension before she turned up the heat with Jace and Viv.
The story was well written as there were layers to Viv and Jace. The dual point of view narration allowed the readers to be in both protagonist’s head. Each character was carefully developed so the reader was able to see the growth as both Viv and Jace wore masks that wasn’t exactly who they were. While there were hot scenes and love in this book, there were also thought-provoking themes about self-acceptance, brotherhood and giving back. I think those sub-themes showed the range in Rhenna Morgan’s storytelling. The readers were treated to a realistic relationship with great interactions with secondary characters as well as the community at large. I was excited that there are six brothers because that means that there will be at least five more books.
Rough and Tumble was a really great start to a biker-plus series. I am looking forward to the next installment.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful