ARC Review: Wild & Sweet by Rhenna Morgan

Series: Haven Brotherhood #2
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Rating: 5/5
I volunteered to review an ARC from the publisher.
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Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society’s expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other’s backs.

Zeke Dugan is not a man who walks the straight and narrow. He may have sworn an oath as a trauma doc, but he has zero problem leveraging his medical skills outside a hospital if it means giving the Brotherhood—the group of men he calls family—an advantage. Blood before business. All that changes when shy Gabrielle stumbles into his life and ignites his protective instincts.

Mechanic Gabrielle Parker prefers the complexities of an engine over men. Her life wasn’t always quiet and well-ordered, but now that it is, she finds peace in the solitude. When a robbery in her neighborhood forces her out of her safe bubble, she never fathoms that a dangerous, cocky trauma doctor will fix more than her injuries.

Zeke doesn’t play by the rules that Gabrielle follows but knows that he’s exactly what she needs in her life. He’ll show her the fierce and uncompromising protection that comes from belonging to a man like him.

When tension outside the Brotherhood threatens Gabrielle, Zeke will do anything to keep her safe, and damn the consequences. No one will hurt his woman, even if it means putting the very men who saved his life at risk.

This book is approximately 95,000 words

It’s just so easy to fall in love with a story that has no heavy drama but too full of feels that you couldn’t help to reread the moment you’re finished. That’s the exact book hangover case with Wild & Sweet by a new-to-me author, Rhenna Morgan. Her writing was fluid, not boring and she created the total polar opposites of characters who are just so perfect for each other. Also–swoon level? Maximum! Satisfaction guaranteed! While there are things that might bother other readers like lack of wow factor in terms of plot twist, I overlooked it because I was enjoying their story way too much. This is the second book in the series and it stands alone. I have not read the first one but I didn’t feel like lost at all. The history of how the Brotherhood came about isn’t here so maybe it’s preferable to read the first one if this is something that you wanted to know.

Gabrielle isn’t even in the picture until she was met by an accident (the looming mystery of the story) and her brother needed to look after her. Her brother, Danny, is somehow connected to Haven Brotherhood because of Zeke. But he’s not a member of the Brotherhood yet. He’s trying to be one though, learning all the tricks and other things that they really do. So Danny and Zeke is connected in a way that Zeke was the one who did the introduction between Danny and the rest of the brothers. Which is why when Danny needed help to check on his sister, Zeke being a trauma doc, stepped in because he saw how anti-people Gabe was.

And I think that was one of the things I loved about this book (spoiler: I love everything about it LOL): Zeke’s patience to Gabe’s flaws. She has a huge trust issue on people because of what her ex did, also her mother to her. She just doesn’t let people in that easily and doubts people’s intentions on her. That’s the main reason she kept Zeke at arm’s length. But she’s not annoying or anything. In fact, I found her quirk a little cute and adorable because the awkwardness and chemistry between her and Zeke were really palpable. But it was really Zeke who brought out all the romance in the book. He’s patient, alpha but not over the top, loyal and perfect love interest material because he knew his intentions well and he’s not afraid to go after it.

In fact, he even told Danny about it! That’s a huge plus. Telling your girl’s brother that you wanted to pursue her.

And really, the story was perfectly romantic with a dash of suspense despite the lack of shocking plot twist because Gabe finally worked out her issues on her own for her own good and also because she wanted to be better for Zeke. And that epilogue where Zeke revealed his future plans with Gabe? AAAAAHHHHHH. I love it so much!!

Despite the plot twist being predictable (in a way that I figured it would happen, it’s just a matter of who and when), Wild & Sweet is one of those books that I won’t ever get tired of rereading over and over. It’s an instant reread book! I love it with all my heart and I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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