I received this book for free from Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wild & Sweet by Rhenna Morgan
Also in this series: Rough & Tumble, Claim & Protect, Tempted & Taken, Stand & Deliver
Series: The Haven Brotherhood #2
Published by Carina Press on April 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Carina Press
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
Zeke Dugan, may be a surgeon and doctor, but his allegiance is to the brotherhood. His brothers ground him and saved him years ago and he would do anything for them. But he becomes torn when he meets their new prospects sister Gabrielle. Gabrielle is a mechanic and likes her life to be orderly and right. She looks after her neighbors, keeps to herself and her brother but struggles with making friends or having any type of romantic relationship. Gabrielle struggles with a certain handicap whenever she is around people she gets intense panic attacks. But when she is attacked and injured, Zeke is the first person other than family that gives her stability. At first she doesn’t understand her mixed emotions whether to go into panic mode or kiss him senseless. It doesn’t make sense to her, but when Zeke shows up more she becomes more relaxed and comfortable and starts to grow in ways she never imagined. But there is someone who seeks to hurt her and her brother, and it may cost her the man she loves and the family she has gained….
Plot and Story Line
In Wild and Sweet we are taken on another emotional roller coaster that Rhenna Morgan gives us once again. In Wild and Sweet I was really surprised by how much I fell for this story. This author never ceases to amaze me. We are introduced to some human factors that you never imagined. Our heroine especially, we see some mental handicaps here that really makes us look more deeply at ourselves and at others. Our heroine suffers from a disability that prevents her from making social ties. She can’t handle groups of any kind and gets powerful panic attacks any time she is in a social situation. Also we see more defined lines of good and evil in this one as well. Gabrielle went through some pretty traumatic experiences as a kid and to her certain things are always right and wrong. So when she starts to fall for our Hero, whose brotherhood live by their own “code” we see her really struggle.
You’re wrong on that. You have no idea how much you give me. For the first time in my life, I don’t have to chase some kind of thrill just to take the edge off. I can actually sit still and enjoy what’s going on around me. I’m even sleeping for a change. Being next to you settles me. Or, maybe what I’ve been chasing my whole life was you, and now that you’re here, I don’t have to run anymore. Whatever is is, I like it. A lot. Don’t discount what a gift you being in my life is.
We understand the struggle and it tears you in two because you can see both sides and how the characters almost get torn apart. But we also see how love and understanding can ground you and stabilize fear and misgivings. There is so much depth to human nature that it blows my mind as I think about it. We also get to see the bond between the brothers here. Gabrielle’s brother is their prospect. Her brother has never really known a family connection other than his relationship with his sister. But the brotherhood is his support net and we see what a great connection and bond he has with them. But I also liked that this bond we see happen doesn’t detract from the actual romance either. It has a realistic tone to the story and I just wanted more of this book and was so sad when it ended because I was SO not ready. Bring on book three because I can’t wait!!!
I have mixed feelings about this cover….I like the rugged feel to it, but it has that almost cartoonish feel to the cover.
Wild and Sweet is a story that wraps around your heart….its vibrant and emotional, sexy and endearing, a love story that battles with emotion, human growth and a sense of purpose and belonging….A SWOON WORTHY ROMANCE