Book four in the Men of Haven series by Rhenna Morgan features computer programmer, hacker extraordinaire Knox Torren. Knox spent his childhood in foster homes, always longing for a family and a place to belong. Then he meets Jace and Axel and settles down with the men of the Haven Brotherhood. A certain incident in his teenage years has programmed him to believe that relationships aren’t for him, but the only way he can let his mind rest and get a decent night’s sleep is to wear his body out through sex. Which he does through hooking up with a string of beautiful women, but they always know ahead of time that a hook up is as far as their relationship will go. Then he meets Darya and suddenly a relationship with the mysterious woman on the run is all he can think about.
Darya Volkova, aka JJ Simpson, is trying to leave her life in Russia, and the dangerous man who won’t stop searching for her, behind. She made a promise to a friend that she would live for today and do things that make her happy and that is exactly what she intends to do. Skip tracing pays her bills, but she wants more. Knox Torren is the best at what he does and Darya hopes that he will accept her as an apprentice. As soon as they meet face to face the first time the sparks fly and it’s all Darya can do to keep her thoughts on code and apps and computers and not on the man who sets her body and mind on fire.
Knox officially turns this series back around to the bossy, alpha men of Haven. Knox reminds me a bit of Jace, although less on the tough guy swagger and more on the sexy geeky side. He’s definitely a smooth talker. Despite his determination that he won’t fall for Darya, he does, and he does pretty fast. They had a chemistry that burned up the pages. Like a lot of pages. They fall into bed pretty quickly and there are plenty of love scenes to make fans of this series happy. I liked Darya and her take life by the horns attitude. She’s intelligent, hardworking, and holds her own with the (IMO) controlling Knox. There was a bit of a mystery to her backstory that had me turning pages in anticipation. So far we’ve seen the men of Haven tangle with drug dealers and bad guys, but the Russian mob is on a whole other level and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen.
While I’m actually kind of over the overbearing alpha males in my contemporary romances, this series remains one that I request as soon as I see it up for review. I know what I’m getting and I don’t care. There is something about this group of guys that I really like. They are all so alike, yet different in their own ways. I was looking forward to Knox’s story and was pleased with his romance and HEA.
I’m kind of jonesing for Axel’s story, although I know he will probably be last in line in the series. I have a feeling Beckett will be up next and you can be sure I’ll have my one-click finger ready. Final Grade-B-/C+
“Then give me slow. But let me love you with my eyes the way I love you with my heart.”