Title: Rough and Ready
Series: Notorious Devils MC #5
Author: Hayley Faiman
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: 16 June 2017
Cover Designer: Pink Ink Designs
Cover Designer: Pink Ink Designs
Cleo Hill is a married woman, in love with a man she's never really known—her husband, whom she hasn't seen in eleven years.
Paxton "Torch" Hill is a Notorious Devil, a man who's been wrestling with his personal demons since before he knew the horrors of war.
When a threat against his club means danger could be lurking around his estranged wife's door, Paxton is determined to protect her. Yet, one look at the woman he left behind, and he knows his plans are about to change.
The past is not an easy thing to forget, especially not for a woman scorned. While Cleo isn't the innocent catch he once knew, there's something about that rough and ready man she's not sure she can deny.
After all—they promised each other forever.
This is the fifth book in the Notorious Devils MC series and is Torch and Cleo's story.
Paxton and Cleo were married young before Paxton takes off to do his first tour of duty. When he returns he is a different person and is no longer the loving boy she fell in love with, but a man with haunted eyes. After a night of alien behaviour from Paxton, Cleo wakes up alone and confused. When Paxton doesn't return she tries to move forward with her life without her husband but he has always been there in the background of her heart and mind. Fast forward eleven years and Paxton is back and again he is totally different to the man she remembers. His hulking body, his broody eyes and a leather cut omits a persona of a man not to be messed with. Even more surprising he says he is back to protect her and wont take no for an answer.
Paxton is a man with many dark demons which started even before his many tours of war which have only added to the many burdens he carries on his shoulders. One of his biggest regrets is shutting Cleo out and taking off so she no longer had to deal with his darkness. Now a brother with the Notorious Devils, The Cartel are closing in and the biggest threat they have is to target the families and wives of the MC. Still married on paper at least, Paxton, road name Torch, knows they can easily link him to Cleo and hunt her down so he makes the decision to do that first and make her safe and more importantly make her his again.
This was a decent second chance MC romance which started off good with the young newly weds being branded by war. However one thing that didn't change was Cleo's doormat behaviour which you could expect from an nineteen year old but now thirty-one I would have expected her to have some backbone. This eventually does transpire but it was frustrating in the beginning with how she easily falls in with her estranged husband with no recriminations of his past behaviour and desertion.
I haven't read all of this series but it was easy to pick up on the other characters and their involvement to date. For those who have not read any of this series it would be easy to read as a standalone anyway as Torch is a new transfer to the MC from another chapter.
Overall I did enjoy this MC read which although not as dark and gritty as I like, it did give a realistic portrayal and was not a sweet and innocent storyline. Much better than the first book I read in this series and I did eventually fall for the pair. Lots of hot sex and some drama for added tension. Four stars.
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.