I debated on whether or not to request this book for review when I read the blurb on Netgalley. On the one hand, I do like my alpha heroes and can’t resist when they form a big alpha group and do lots of alpha stuff together. On the other hand, was I ready to get into yet another series of six or more books? Hmmmm….. in the end after seeing excitement for this book on Twitter I decided to go ahead and give it a go.
Let’s see if I can give you guys a quick run down on The Haven Brotherhood. There’s Jace, who happens to be the hero of Rough & Tumble, who is the owner of a nightclub, but also a lawyer who doesn’t practice but has his hands in all kinds of money-making pies. There’s Zeke, who is a trauma doctor and an extreme sports fanatic. Trevor, a cowboy, and a pilot. Beckett, who is a security expert and apparently a muscle-bound hottie. Knox who I don’t know much about yet other than he’s a hacker and a sexy nerd. And last, but certainly not least, Axel, the Scottish best friend of Jace who is incredibly charming and an original member of the Brotherhood. I’m not sure what brought all these men together, just that they consider themselves family and they seem to have both legitimate and not so legit businesses. They occasionally operate outside of the law and have no qualms doing so. They are larger than life, have a shit ton of money and other than Axel and Jace’s moms, haven’t welcomed any women into their tight-knit chosen family. There are hints that each man has had a tough upbringing and needed the safety the Brotherhood provided, but other than a scene where Jace’s mom tells Vivienne how Jace got a scar, I’m not exactly sure what those backstories are or of the hows and whys the Brotherhood came to be. I’m assuming we will learn more as the series progresses.
Now let’s talk about the heroine of this book. Vivienne has gotten over her shitty childhood (mostly) and is determined to make something of herself and her party planning business. If only she can stop her sister from partying too much and inevitably calling Vivienne to come rescue her. After one such 911 call, Vivienne goes to a club owned by Jace and the Brotherhood, where she finds her sister hopped up on drugs and alcohol locked in the bathroom. Which happens to be right across the hall from an office where Jace is half-naked and getting stitched up by a good-looking doctor. He spies her across the hallway and an instant attraction is born. BUT WAIT! He knows he might be a little too scary for her, and he’s right. Jace scrambles Vivienne’s brain with his alpha-hotness and slightly overbearing personality. Nevertheless, she finds herself agreeing to spend time with him when he does his best to manipulate it so that she suddenly has more work than she can handle, and all of it revolves around businesses Jace has dealings with.
Okay, you might be thinking, maybe this guy is a typical alpha-hole. He is and he’s not. Jace is definitely intense and in the vein of so many other romance heroes, comes across as a bit much at times, but he’s also protective and sweet. I liked him. I liked him and Vivienne together. He pretty much does what he wants first and then apologizes later when he realizes he might have fucked up, but I never sensed that he did those things for any other reason than to protect both Viv and his family. Also, he’s a bit of a dirty talker and we all know how much I love those. He and Vivienne have an intense relationship that moves fast in some areas, and slower in others. I did like Jace’s determination to set all of Viv’s worries at ease. As they are navigating their way through an intense new relationship they also have to deal with a drug-addicted sister, trouble in the clubs, gunshot wounds, and one congressional candidate who has a long-standing grudge against our hero. All good stuff.
This book was so cracky. I did not want to put it down. Each of the brothers are fleshed out enough that I’m already looking forward to each of their stories. I can’t wait to find out more about these guys and what brought them all together in the first place. I definitely need more Axel. As I’m writing this review I’m already 50% into the second book, Wild & Sweet, which I believe has a release date of April 10, 2017. I simply couldn’t help myself. It was sitting on my Kindle and I didn’t want to leave this world quite yet. And so far it’s even better than book one. So rest assured, this series only gets better. Final Grade- B-
“Come on, Alice, I’ll show you to the rabbit hole.”