Ivy Gaines has loved one man in her lifetime. After fifteen years of marriage and three kids, reality hasn’t changed that—but sometimes love isn’t enough.
West “Camo” Gaines has never wanted anyone the way he wants his wife, but the Notorious Devils’ club life has opened his eyes and awakened a desire he knows he can’t explore with the mother of his children.
Lies, misunderstanding, betrayal and silence are the bitter pills they swallow daily as the marriage they thought would last forever begins to unravel. It isn’t until club rivalries threaten to shatter their entire world that they realize how much they have to fight for.
When things get rough and real, they’re forced to remember just how deep their love goes.
* Recommended for readers 18+ due to, Language, Violence, and Sexual Content.
Rough and Real (Notorious Devils MC #7) by Hayley Faiman
Rosa's rating: 4 of 5 iScream Cones
"Blood and brotherhood."
Wow! Of course, I'd pick the final book in the series to read as a standalone and an introduction to the author. She's been on my TBR for a long time, and I'm glad I finally found the time to check her out. I enjoyed meeting the whole Notorious Devils family in this epic finale to what I can tell was a very interesting series. There was definitely "blood and brotherhood" present in this story. Camo's brothers cared too much to stay out of his business. They interfered and offered unsolicited advice, but always had his back.
I must admit that I didn't like Camo too much in the beginning. He started out on the wrong foot with me, and being inside his head made it even worse. It's a good thing my kindle has a rubber kiddie case to protect it when I get mad and want to throw it. I was right there with his brothers, wanting to tell him to wake up and pull his head out of his ass before he did something stupid that he would regret forever. See, that's where the frustration lies, in knowing what he's thinking and considering before he actually makes a final decision. I was all up in his business too, offering unsolicited advice that was ignored.
Ivy had my support from the get-go, even though she made some choices that I didn't agree with. But that's what the author was trying to show me. That everyone has flaws, and nobody is perfect. That life is rough and real. And that when you're feeling, "defeated, deflated and depressed" that "sometimes love isn't enough." It was difficult to go through such a painful experience with Ivy. My heart broke for her and her kids and I sighed and worried for them all as they struggled to keep their family together.
What an emotional journey I took with not only Camo & Ivy, but with their kids as well. I got caught up in their lives and became invested in their future. I fell for some of the other brothers as well, including their wives and kids. I felt the love and support they all had for each other and was intrigued to learn more about their stories as well. I started at the end of this series and wished I hadn't missed out on the beginning. And let's not forget the suspense factor, the club business was dark and deadly, keeping me on the edge of my seat.
I was pleasantly surprised to find some extra goodness at the end of the book that I wasn't expecting. It really added to my whole Notorius Devils experience and made me fall even harder for the amazing cast of characters that I had just met and was not ready to let go of just yet. I'm pleased to report that I've found a new author to stalk and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. The line forms here...
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.