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- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publication Date: August 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B011PJBDNM
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I got that same feeling in this book and having finished it a day ago I can't figure out why I had that feeling of dread. Susan Fanetti is very capable of pulling so many emotions out of her readers; sadness, despair, heartache, and utter joy. It’s all in her books and this book in particular had some of everything.
KNIFE & FLESH is a very poignant tale. A very emotionally damaged man who can't seem to get past what he had to do in the military and then the aftermath of doing his MC duty only compounds the PTSD. Then the complication of meeting that one special woman along with her terrific young daughter and his emotions are all over the place. At times I thought him to be emotionally crippled. TRICK is a man who thinks deep, loves deeper, and hurts deepest. At times he is like a bomb ready to explode and in a way that is just what happens. More like; he implodes.
Takes a village to bring him through the darkness and the Night Horde SoCal MC is that village of very special men and women who help him back into the light. Mostly however; it's that one woman named JULIANA who brings him back to the life among living. Throw in a very cute little girl named Lucie and Trick finds out that he can be more than what he thought he deserved to be because of his past actions.
This story is so special and yet it's no better than any other book Susan has written in her two MC Series. Each is unique. Each is unforgettable. Each tells the story of a man who finds that one woman who is meant to be his.
What a great pairing in Trick and Juliana and such a fine addition to this series. I adored it all. Thank you.
NOTE: La ZORRA surprised me in this story. She is a woman with a mission and a woman who can think outside her own ego. There is more to her than we readers have yet to know about……….
"I want everything to be beautiful and nothing to hurt."
Knife & Flesh is Trick and Juliana's story. He is an ex-sniper with PTSD and current Night Horde SoCa solider. Now that the MC's dealings getting a bit darker, he is struggling with the repercussions on his already fragile mental state. Juliana is a single mother determined to finish school and provide her daughter with a happy, safe life. Trick has made his interest known in the past, but Juliana refused his advances. But life brings these two together and Juliana finds herself questioning if Trick could be the man for her. Just as things seem to fall into place, the unexpected happens. Their story is not without heartbreak, these two go through a lot - and it was painful at times, but I loved every minute. Trick was perfection, while Juliana took a little time warm up too - I was routing for them to find their happily ever after.
"What do you want, Trick?" ...
"I want to deserve you.?
The state of play in the Night Horde SoCal MC inches forward more and more with each installment of the series. These men are outlaws, the live a lifestyle in which they believe to fullest extent and that they work to preserve because of that belief. Where Fanetti takes the forward motion of the story of the club as an entirety in Knife & Flesh was a little different compared to where she’s led us before with her plots. Pain comes as a guessing game, then an afterthought but it lances it us just as deep as being in our faces. The depth of that pain further solidifying the trust and love within the club between these brothers and their families to guide us through. More so than the plot though, Trick’s book is an exploration of his character and Juliana. Every time I read a Fanetti book, my connection comes from her great characters. Her books are driven by the fascinating characters who mold together as a couple in the most beautiful ways; the plot is just a great added bonus.
Trick Stavros is not your average biker. Not in appearance, not in lifestyle, not in mind. He’s an outlaw, indeed, he lives by a code in which he believes with his whole heart. He’s seen and done things in his life that make him cringe. He thinks broader and deeper than any other hero I’ve ever read. Profoundly philosophical, Trick’s views on the ways of the world really make you stop and think pondering the validity of what’s around us. Trick embodies everything he stands for and against. He has an easy, charming grin he uses to try and hide his internal anguish. Trick carries the weight of the world – that of his past, his present, and his future on his shoulders. He’s a broken man fending off the demons of his mind. He loves deeply cherishing the family he’s been given, needing them in such a deep way the connection is literally everything to him. When he makes this connection with Juliana the roots of his love already in place flower and grow in the most amazing way really showcasing everything that Trick is and what he has to offer. His moments with Lucie literally make you dizzy with happiness for this man who believes so much in the power of love and the connection it brings you once you’ve found it. I’m quite taken with this man as he breaks the mold of a “typical” bad ass biker creating a whole new dynamic of a character and the term “bad ass”.
As much as Knife & Flesh provides the evolution of Trick Stavros it evolves the life of Juliana Dominguez. She’s beautiful, head strong, smart, independent, and Juliana has a plan. The center of her world belongs to her little girl, Lucie. Juliana carries the weight of her world and Lucie’s on her shoulders providing a daily reminder that she needs to stick to her plan. The beauty of Juliana, for me, came from the fact that at first I didn’t realize her strength – there was something about her protection, her hesitance that I found almost cowardly as if she were hiding. I soon learned I was very wrong, she was strong, very strong – she didn’t know it yet. Juliana can be found in good company with the strongest of Fanetti women. A quick turnaround made me reflect and realize I’m drawn to her – her hesitance, her resilience, her faith, her resoluteness in the love she has for her child, her complete selflessness later on. Her stalwart patience and love for Trick when he most needs it made me all kinds of weepy. Juliana is a strong woman who finds her strength where she least expects it.
Their connection to each other draws honest, raw passion to the surface that cannot be denied. Their partnership a blanket of security even when Juliana doesn’t want to believe that’s true. Trick is in for the battle of his life, he falls into the recesses of his darkness so acutely painful to the reader. We feel the depth of his pain, the emotion of Juliana’s as they both fight for what they ultimately need. Life altering events completely change the course of both of these characters lives. Events that change the course of action for other’s characters. They’re seen in new ways. Live in new ways. Trick reenergizes the meaning the outlaw for himself and for the family he intends to build. His plight in getting to that moment is nothing short of heart breaking. But just as with any Fanetti story, you have weather the storm, find the beauty in the destruction, and rebuild even stronger from it.
All the boys are back in a big way in Trick’s story. Their President with his sage wisdom. Trick’s SAA and best friend Connor has a great moments. Demon too. And all the women as they extend welcome to a new branch of family into their fold. And if you’ve been reading along this series, which don’t read this book if you haven’t been because you need to read the whole series in succession, you’ll some very forthright, compelling information about Dora Vega.
Masterful. Boiled down, that’s what I think of Knife & Flesh. Brilliant, also. Fanetti’s writing so vivid you’re transported to Southern California engulfed in the world of Trick Stavros. You feel everything the characters do as if you’ve known them forever. The story is painful and beautiful juxtaposed in such a way you can’t put it down once you pick it up. There’s so much to say about the book I feel like I could type forever and I still wouldn’t cover it all. I cried through the last five chapters, reading through my tears of pain and triumph. There such moments of pure, unfiltered joy this author makes you take a step back remembering the hard so vividly it makes the joy sweeter than any sweet you’ve experienced thus far. And Fanetti does it every. damn. time. She’s a rock start of the MC world. The romance world. The writing world. She rocks my world with each and every book. If you haven’t read her books yet, now as good a time as any to do just that.