Tuesday, June 28, 2016

review || ROUGH AND RAW { blog tour } by Hayley Faiman

Self-Published | June 27, 2016 | MC Romance
Notorious Devils MC, book 2


Brentlee Johnson-Corbin has always followed her mother's rules, even when it meant marrying a man she knew wasn't her happily-ever-after.

Bates "Sniper" Lukin, a retired marine, now rides with the Notorious Devils—his street name earned in the deserts of hell. 

When the most precious part of Brentlee's world is threatened by the man who was meant to love them, she escapes to the only safe place she knows. But when she seeks the shelter of her sister, Kentlee, and her husband, Fury, her past steps in—and he's determined to protect Brentlee and her daughter as his own.

Their story is one of love discarded, but Sniper won't waste this opportunity to right the wrongs of his past. 

Life has been cruel to them both, and Brentlee is certain that the love they lost is gone forever; but under his protective wing, she can't deny that this rough and raw man might be just the hope she needs

-- Series Standalone with Interconnected Characters--

{ about hayley faiman } .

32 years young... born and raised in California, did a stint in Oregon only to return to the Golden State. Lived that life a while until the Lone Star State called to us, Hill Country, Texas is where we call home, where our boots rest and loving that country life. Living the life with one bearded power pole climbing husband, two little boys that are full of energy and drive us crazy plus a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.

{ review } .

I haven't read the first book in this series, but if watching Fury and Kentlee in this book is any indication of what their story was like... My goodness, I want to go back and read them.

As it was, this book was for Kentlee's sister, and in a bit of a twist, her high school love -- who also happens to be in the same MC as Fury.

Brentlee was in love with Bates when she was fifteen. When he left for the Marine Corps, he told her to not wait for him -- not because he didn't love her, but because she had many years to live and with a person as lively as she was, he didn't want to hold her back. Rather than seeming like a bad move, it was actually written in a way that Bates seemed incredibly selfless where his love for Brentlee was concerned. He told her not to wait for him -- but that didn't stop him from trying to keep an eye on the one woman he loved.

Bates is in an MC, so of course we watch as he sleeps with other women, all while trying to figure out how to keep Brentlee out of his mind -- especially when he learns just what kind of life she fell into after he left. He holds a lot of guilt over Brentlee's life -- and again, the good guy vibes come out for him.

I enjoyed these two, and liked that the plot line wasn't the typical -- fall in love, and wait until the last chapter for everything to become resolved. There's a lot of personal growth as well as emotional growth. Their story certainly isn't easy -- and that's something that Bates can attest to.

I'm so glad that I gave this book a chance; I will be going back to read book one, as well as being on the look out for book three!

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