Review: Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood # 1) by Rhenna Morgan

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Title: Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan
Series: Haven Brotherhood # 1
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Pages: 432 • Format: e-ARC
Published By: Carina Press
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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.

four-stars

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 youngers 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 subthemes 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.

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. Frazier

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. Frazieron August 13th 2015
Pages: 277
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I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn't.

When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself.

But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I'm more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King's bed.

Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know.

I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul.

I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day.

He's already saved me in more ways than one. Now it's my turn to do whatever it takes to save him.

Even if that means marrying someone else...
two-stars

Honestly, I disliked this book for multiple reasons. Very little worked for me from the setup from book 1 to the revelation of who Doe was. I enjoy twists and turns as much as anyone but here the twists was just unbelievable.
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It was just a huge disappointment.

In this sequel, Doe has returned to her life as Ramie Price, even though she doesn’t remember herself that way. She tries to jog her memory by talking to those around her but nothing fits. In her old life, she had a son Samuel, a boyfriend Tanner and rich parents. In her new life, she had King and his tattoo pallor complete with his outlaws. Doe/Ramie begins piecing together the circumstances of her disappearance and how she ended up on the streets. This is where the chicken flew the coop for me.

First, I don’t even get the chemistry between Doe and King, but I will roll with it. Second, Doe-Ramie’s relationship with her baby daddy Tanner as well as her best friend could have only transpired the way it did, if Doe-Ramie was completely clueless and self-centered. How can one be so oblivious to her friends to miss all of that? Seriously? The explanation for the behaviors didn’t jive with me. Third, a senator’s house was so easily breached by all and sunder for continual nookie? What role did Tanner’s parent’s play in all of this? Did Doe-Ramie not have any other friends? The only part of this story that made sense was the part involving King’s comrade Bear. sad photo: sad deanwipingeyescrying.gif
That fit with what occurred in book 1. That was gruesome but it set up a compelling book.

The mystery of what happened to her and why was so far-fetched that I couldn’t believe this series went this route. I felt like being with Doe made King seem weak and I don’t see what she brought to the table at all. I felt really disappointed with this book but will read book 3.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review

Gypsy by Patricia A. Rasey

Gypsy by Patricia A. Raseyon 2015-04-27
Pages: 430
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Grayson “Gypsy” Gabor loves the ladies. As a matter of fact, the more the merrier. Life is good. That is until a mishap with a sexy as hell redhead leaves them mated. The eldest of vampires, Vlad Tepes, gives him a choice: keep her or give her up for all eternity to his one-time best friend, Anton.

Tamera Cantrell sets her sights on the Vice President of the Sons of Sangue, Gypsy. One night gone wrong, and she finds herself in the middle of one vampire who hates her and one who adores her. She’s left with three months to prove to the one who despises her that he can’t live without her.

Add in one Mexican Cartel, a vindictive primordial vampire, and a rival MC out for blood, and Gypsy has his hands full with club business. When Tamera’s life becomes endangered, Gypsy must act quick or chance losing her forever.
four-half-stars

Grayson ‘Gypsy’ Gabor, Sons of Sangue MC VP, is bitter even nine months after Tamera Cantrell broke the rules, took his blood without permission, became his mate and changed his relationship with his best friend.

Gypsy has three months to decide if he is going accept the mating. Frustrating the situation is Vlad Tepes, the oldest vampire overseeing the deadline is met plus frenemy brother biker and roommate, Anton, is obviously and impatiently waiting to claim Tamera for his own. Anton, is as desirable as Gypsy is ‘a**holish’ for this outing, tries to keep a degree of pride throughout the read.

Tamera wanted Gypsy all to herself, all the time and always but she didn’t want him to hate her. She didn’t think he’d ignore her while his ex-best friend took care of Gypsy’s responsibilities toward her. Who knew a guy could be so pissy about not having two or more women at a time?!? Tamera couldn’t believe he was actually considering giving her away to said best friend. Well, absolutely not!

This exciting installment has things heating up with war against the cartel, Rosalee still running amok, Vlad in town and rival MC, the Devils, deciding to expand their territory into Pleasant with a eye to having it all. They’re all playing for keeps with the Sons. When Tamera’s machinations put her in ultimate jeopardy, Gypsy might have to remove those thumbs and the boys get to flex their Alpha muscles.

This read is full with the Sons following through on their work with the DEA, keeping their territory free of rival MC’s and shades of the romantic triangle interfering so that the club members and mates take sides. This reader was not a fan of book two and left book three languishing in TBR land since its release date. What a mistake!

While not a cliffhanger, book two gave a great entry a better entry for this reader. Those repercussions began this installment with both threads vying for primary within a couple of pages alternately peaking and waning. Since each installment works as a series entry and stand alone so there could be more Sons on the way

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynnon July 19th 2014
Pages: 326 pages
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RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 18 AND OLDER DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE, SEXUAL SITUATIONS AND VIOLENCE.

Book 1 in the Nine Minutes Trilogy.

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.
three-half-stars

I don’t know how to rate this book nor what to say. I am not sure I even liked it but I’m so engrossed that I finished the audiobook in 2 days. Then I quickly got book 2. It’s not the writing, it’s not the characters..maybe it is both. I didn’t dislike Ginny because she was just trying to exist. I just don’t find that Stockholm syndrome to really be “love” as there isn’t consent and there is an amount of brainwashing. This book was the journey of a kidnap victim turned wife of the leader of a motorcycle gang. All these things happening before age 16. The book begins with the trial of her husband kidnapper, the unapologetic and ruthless Grizz.

There was a lot of deceit in this truly complex story. There was statutory rape and generally stalking. But there was a make shift family and loyalty…as much as you can have in a criminal enterprise. So I was intrigued, curious and engrossed with the train wreck effect. I want to find out who Grunt really is because the ending made the nice guy appear to be much more sinister and cunning than I gave him credit to. This triangle with Grizz, Ginny and Grunt wasn’t as clean as I thought.

The fact that I wanted to read book two immediately means that I must like it a little bit, right?

*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review.

Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1) by Harper Sloan

Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1)  by Harper Sloanon February 17th 2015
Pages: 301 pages
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Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.

Or I should say recognize him for who he was.

I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.

My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man.

Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen.
three-stars

I could tell this book was a spinoff even though I have never read the original series nor anything by this author before. After some research on goodreads, I found that the main characters were “Corps Security” Series, the next generation. I liked that Danielle Reid was confident in her love for Cohen Cage even if she was an adolescent. It never wavered through the book. She pursued Cohen while he ignored her. She stood by him while he served overseas in the military. She welcomed him back when his tour was over.  Then the struggled for Dani and Cohen was to get re-acclimated with their new realities.

I knew early into the audiobook that this one wasn’t going to be as fun because there was too much crassness to the characters. It wasn’t as refined of a love story as I typically prefer.  I liked the characters well enough, but the overly dominant alpha male thing was overdone. I thought Danielle was smart and savvy enough not to have Cohen constantly acting like a caveman. I have read enough to know that the over-territorial alpha male plot seem to go with Biker books so I guess for fans of that trope, this book would be enjoyable. I also didn’t enjoy the sex scenes as I like more romance and less dirty talk sex. I am not a prude but I found most of the scenes a tad vulgar (not kinky). My friends who loved the original series were very happy with this spin-off. Unfortunately, I wasn’t entertained enough by plot to want to read further into this series.

 

*Special thanks to Tantor for the audiobook for review.