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ARC Book Review-Trusted & True by Rhenna Morgan

by | May 21, 2022 | Book Reviews | 2 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

Come hell or high water, the Men of Haven always ride or die for one of their own. Follow the brothers as they come together once again in the long-awaited seventh book in Rhenna Morgan’s Men of Haven series. 

The last person Callie Moore is prepared to see when she shows up for a job interview is Danny Parker, the guy who witnessed her at her worst and gave her an ultimatum: get clean or don’t ever ask for help again. It’s been years since then, and Callie’s been through hell, but she’s finally doing the work to change her life. That doesn’t mean she couldn’t use the job. And it doesn’t mean her troubled past is completely behind her, either.

When his best friend’s sister-in-law walks in looking for a job and a second—or is it third—chance, Danny isn’t so sure he’s willing to risk it. Even if he does desperately need the help at his custom car shop.

Letting Callie back into his life opens Danny’s eyes, and heart, to the woman she is now—and the man he wants to become. If anyone has a problem with that, too bad. Including his skeptical Haven brothers. But when a dangerous part of the life Callie’s left behind comes to town, seeking revenge, the family will have to join together to save her—as well as the innocent Haven life caught in the cross fire.

But it was her eyes that held me. The deepest green i’d ever seen. Open and locked to mine. Showing me everything. All her fears. All her hopes and everything in between. This was what it meant to be connected. Bound to someone in the most fundamental way.

My Review

First Impressions

Trusted & True is the most recent release of the “Haven Brotherhood” (or also known as Men of Haven) series. I was so pleased to see that this author is back to writing again and picking up this book was like seeing a best friend after years of separation. From the first few pages of this story, I was completely hooked into this one and I knew that this author had not lost her magic and charm and I so gravitated toward our pairing,. It’s been so long since I had this series or this world, and I have missed it so much! I definitely want to do a re-read as soon as I purchase the series in print (and yes I will be doing this soon). Trusted & True is a redemption story and I was completely on board with this trope and the manner in which it was implemented. We also get such fun times with the other men of the brotherhood and I just love such male bonds be so focused and getting back to this world was like coming home. There was so much wit, warmth, and endearing character that satisfied me in every way.

Summary

Callie Moore is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, she has harmed so many but especially her sister and she has been sober for at least a year and she is determined to make sure she lives her life as she was meant to before her addictions. During a AA meeting, she meets someone that leads her to Danny Parker for a job as his office manager. Danny has been the only one other than her sister who has given her chances. She knows it’s a risk coming to him for a job, but Danny is a man that she knows she can trust. Danny is shocked to see Callie, and in a way that he has never seen before, with added healthy weight and a bright light in her eyes that was always dimmed with addiction from before. He doesn’t know if he can give her this chance, as he knows how easily an addict can fall into their old ways. But after discussing it with his men from the brotherhood, he knows he needs to do this. A sweet budding friendship begins between Danny and Callie, which turns slowly into a love that neither of them expects, but isn’t to be wasted. But can their love survive the mistakes of the past and into a bright future of healing and forgiveness?

This was it. The beginning. One I hadn’t seen coming and had no desire to turn away from.

What I Loved

Trusted & True was such a magnificent read that I fell so hard for, I honestly couldn’t put this one down. I had such a fun time with this read and I was so easily swept away into the story. Its a story that really showcases growth and journey into a story of redemption. Both of these characters I fell so hard for. Danny is such an alpha-mellow of a hero. I just loved how strong and protective he is, but also so understanding and compassionate, and patient with Callie. He never rushes her and is a solid wall of strength and protectiveness. Then we have Callie, who we have seen in past books, and I really liked that we got to see her story. I just adored her story coming to light and how well-focused her journey is that is balanced out with the romance. You see how strong she is and determined to fight her battles. She is creative, intelligent, and kind. She makes such a good match for Danny. I adored seeing them together and the way that they come together in such a heartfelt way. Their romance was so endearing and poignant. I just wanted to indulge in their quiet moments of intimate connection. This is one of my favorite books from this author, because it had my emotions all over and sparkled with so much heart and well-built heat within the story. Also seeing the way that Callie slowly works her way back into her sister’s life and the lives of the Haven Brotherhood was so lovely to see. I felt such a kinship with Callie and it was beautiful seeing her romance blossom with Danny. If you are looking to get into MC romance and want something with all the best aspects of an MC without the toxic elements, you definitely need to pick up this series!!

What I Struggled With

NOTHING! IT WAS PERFECTION

Overall View

I found Trusted & True to be a magnificent ride of enduring love, reconnection, and healing. It’s a story that will pull you into a romance of sweet poignant love that captivates the tender felt emotion and majestic heart!

Title: Trusted & True

Author: Rhenna Morgan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: eARC

Source: Carina Press

Length: 335 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 5

Story Itself: 5

Character Development: 5

Writing Style: 5

World Building 5

Feels + The Romantic Heart 5

Pacing 5

Plot 5

Cover Art 4

Ending 5

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Trigger Warnings

Recovery Drug Addition, Violence, Kidnapping

Series Order

Haven Brotherhood

Rough & Tumble-Pub 2017 #1 in the Series

Wild & Sweet-Pub 2017 #2 in the Series

Claim & Protect-Pub 2017 #3 in the Series

Tempted & Taken-Pub 2017 #4 in the Series

Stand & Deliver-Pub 2018 #5 in the Series

Down & Dirty-Pub 2019 #6 in the Series

Trusted & True-Pub 2022 #7 in the Series

About The Author

A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie and has a resume that reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.

Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dawn to dusk. To combat the crush of reality, she’s turned to romance as her primary source of escape ever since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want.

For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You can also find her social media links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.

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2 Comments

    • Lover of Romance

      Oh really? I wouldn’t consider this author dark at all. This is more contemporary than dark romance. Because while its MC like, its super light aspects—its all the good without the toxic stuff (which the toxic aspects is what normally makes it dark). She is probably closer to authors like Kristen Proby or Melissa Foster or Jennifer Ryan or even Kristen Ashley than actual MC authors like Joanna Wylde or Giana Darling. Hope that makes sense!! She also has books that are fantasy and paranormal if that appeals to you more.

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