Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan
Series: Haven Brotherhood #1
Published by Carina Press on February 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
This book is approximately 105,000 words
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I had not read it right after Rock Chick Reawakening. The stark difference between Daisy (RCR) and Vivi was disconcerting. Daisy, despite an extremely rough and neglected upbringing, embraced who she was and didn’t give one care to what others thought about her, just doing the best she could to make the world better for those around her. Viv completely rejected who she was, denying her true self and hiding beneath what she thought was a “safe” persona. For me, it just screamed weak and fake.
Jace, the hero was a little better, but again not by much. He seemed inordinately worried about how the public saw him, constantly upset that he had to hide all his good deeds and charities behind shell corporations because he had such a bad reputation. I like my alpha’s to not care about what everyone thinks of them, much less worried about people not knowing how much they’ve donated to things. I do have to say he could grovel and apologized when he was a jerk which was a nice change.
My problem was because Vivi and Jace were so busy trying to be other people, there was no way I could understand any kind of connection between them, especially as to why Jace would want Vivi. I mean, if you don’t even like yourself and twist yourself into this fake plastic mannequin type of a person why would someone even want to go there?
The book was long, slow, and frustrating, but it did make me think about similar circumstances and how people handled their upbringing. I probably swung towards all these deep, introspective thoughts because of the agonizingly slow pace, so I’m not sure this was necessarily a plus.
Maybe if there had been more of the backstory of Haven and how it came to be, and less of Jace and Viv spinning their wheels worried about what everyone thought about them, this would have been a much more interesting book.
I was sitting at a 2.5 star rating for Rough and Tumble . It was okay but I really wanted to like it more than I actually did, and then the ending happened. What a disappointment that was, but it cemented my opinion that Jace was in no way, shape, or form an alpha badass. View Spoiler »Bad guys who put a hit out on you and end up getting your woman shot need to be put down. A loss of their inheritance and bad publicity in no way, shape or form are enough punishment for that « Hide Spoiler There went that 1/2 star.
Rating: 2 Turn In Your Alpha Badass Card Stars
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