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- Print Length: 379 pages
- Publication Date: December 2, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B077GJ7F9B
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Blaze (The Brazen Bulls MC Book 4) Kindle Edition
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With each new Fanetti story we get real life emotions in a perfectly constructed fictional setting and this book follows that same great pattern. It's a big book in terms of club events. It moves forward in some unexpected yet expected ways for the Bulls. Simultaneously some big events are happening in the Wesson family outside of the club as Simon and Deb work towards each other in a momentous fashion. I love the solidarity of their connection and the contentment they find with each other. I love that in the upheaval of real life these two find a way to be the most connected. The mutual, unwavering respect the hold for each other provides a deep romance between the two.
As per usual, Fanetti's absolute conviction of strong women shines through the story. Deb's life is simple but the amount of strength in her character and faith in her heart are unshakable. She's a pillar of fortitude and love. There's something quite unique about this heroine and I think it stems from the simplicity of her values and the power of her desires. She's an admirable character I felt strongly connected to throughout the time I spent with her. Her reserve and loyalty to her family, her unquestioning belief in her man's choices, and her compelling independence make her so easy to relate to in ways that make you want to better yourself. And additionally there's qualities to be learned from Deb's straightforward understanding of the world she lives in, something organic and pure to how she sees herself. I loved everything about this heroine.
And on the other side of the same coin, Simon Spellman is such an intriguing male lead. He's different from the other Bulls in many ways. Seemingly more intrinsically astute than his brothers, Simon finds solace he never knew he needed with Deb. How he sees her and the subtleties of goodness she brings to his life I found so romantic. There's amount of overdone affection from him but his quiet adoration and admiration of her makes me believe in them both that much more. His loyalty to his club and his brothers also infallible. He's a brute force of beautiful nature to be added among the great Fanetti men.
This series has become a new favorite of mine the deeper we get into the lives of each Brazen Bull and how those lives and choices effect the club as a whole. Susan Fanetti precisely constructed a story of an MC very different than any before. She's taken the fundamental elements that make up an outlaw MC to create a world in which we love to spend time. By adding new, complex characters with each book she entrenches us in Tulsa. Making no apology, we get hardcore MC real life romance in an un-put-downable book. Blaze is as hot as it sounds, a vital part to the series, and a story with characters to fall in love with.
The plot and action of this book have me deeply invested in the continuing saga of the Brazen Bulls. The choreography of the clubhouse scene that changes the club forever was distressingly fluid. Susan Fanetti is the Balanchine of crime-family fiction. I haven't been as shocked at how something played out since Gemma stabbed Tara in the head with a fork on SOA. I was aghast. My heart was in tatters.
The subtext of racism was handled deftly and made the point more efficiently than if it had been a prominent dialogue throughout the book. Having racial attitudes be the catalyst for the Bulls internal tragedy packed a punch. It's subtle until it catches Simon, but not Griffin, by surprise. I'm in awe of the writing from the implosion scene. It's one of the best views (action/reaction, cohesive, stunning, happening in a flash of time) I've ever read or watched. Like an episode of the Sopranos.
Overall, Blaze is a staggeringly good book. The centerpiece of the novel is Simon and Deb's relationship, two likable, mature characters that have blazing hot sex, and a deep love for each other. Surrounding it, fast-paced forward movement of the series story arc, devastatingly good storytelling and a big dose of "the Fanetti treatment" made Blaze a 10 star read for me.