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.
Rough & Tumble had the ‘feel’ of a motorcycle club novel, but it wasn’t. Yes, there were motorcycles, and the males were about as alpha as you can get, but they were much more. They were ‘brothers’ who ran and helped run more than a few businesses, supported charities, skirted the law and got a bad rap no matter what they did. They would do anything for family and had firm rules about who was let into their inner circle, no exceptions. Jace wasn’t one to play by the rules… even though he made most of them.
I gotta admit, I skimmed a couple of reviews before I read Rough & Tumble and I noticed that more than a few didn’t really like Vivienne. In the beginning, I kind of agreed with them. Once I got to know her though, I really sympathized with her. It’s a good thing Jace was as stubborn as he was or their relationship wouldn’t have stood a chance. The thing was that Vivienne had no real sense of family or what it meant to be a part of one. Jace’s life revolved around family and he was determined to show her what she was missing by closing herself off and not being true to herself. He had his work cut out for him.
Besides a strong sense of family, there was plenty of smexiness, suspense, interesting twists and humor shared between these witty, smart characters. I think I’m going to enjoy getting to know the rest of the Haven Brotherhood. The next book in the series is Wild & Sweet and it’s Zeke’s book. I really liked his character. Of course there weren’t any of the Brotherhood that I didn’t like 😉