Rough & Tumble (Men of Haven #1) by Rhenna Morgan
Publishing Date: May 29, 2018 (MMP)
Publisher: Carina Press
The Premise from the Publisher: "Live hard, love harder and make your own rules. Those are the cornerstones the Men of Haven bleed by. Heaven help the poor bastards who get between them and the women they’ve claimed as their own. Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge. He sees Vivienne Moore’s hidden wild side and knows she’s his perfect match, if only he can break it free. Earning her trust is a task unlike any he’s faced so far, but Jace didn’t get where he is by giving up.Vivienne’s determined to ditch her past, 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. Those plans are derailed when she meets the club’s seriously sexy owner. Jace is everything Vivienne swore she never wanted, but he loves just as fiercely as he fights. 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 his arms" (Carina Press).
My overall thoughts and review: I've been on a huge romance kick lately, and I remember seeing the IndigoTeen twitter mention a contemporary romance with a bit of an edge. I instantly added the first two books of this series to my cart. I didn't know what to expect when I first jumped into the book. It's clear from the beginning that Jace Kennedy lives by a certain code and shows extreme loyalty to his brothers of the Haven. On the flip side, you have Viv, who is down on her luck trying to land a good job for her event planning, while juggling calls from her drunken sister, Callie, who is always begging for a ride home from some place sketchy. They meet in a sort of an interesting way because Jace owns a club that Viv is hired to do some promotional work for. Jace is immediately drawn to Viv and I really liked seeing her let loose and open up more. She's definitely hidden because of her past, and it was nice to see her relax around Jace. I will say when I first started reading it, it was driving me a bit crazy with Jace and him constantly having a toothpick and the author drawing attention to that. But by the end, I was like "Yup! I'm on board. Can Jace also call me Sugar?" :D I got over my qualms about his toothpick thing. They both have rough pasts and despite it all, you really see them value the importance of family and friendship. I loved seeing Jace bring Viv into his world, and how he just took care of her. I also loved seeing the other brothers interact with Viv, and I honestly can't wait to keep reading the series to learn more about each of them. Overall, I really enjoyed the first book to the series. It's a contemporary romance, with a hint of mystery, and characters that are rough around the edges - Definitely check it out! ;)
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮½ (4.5/5 stars)
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