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- File size : 2796 KB
- ASIN : B06XKQFYSH
- Publication date : April 1, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 391 pages
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- Language: : English
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I think the power of Susan Fanetti's writing is how she can take a situation... people you might see and think nothing of them...and dive deep to show their power and strength. She does this in all of her books. In this current series, Brazen Bulls MC, she goes back in time to 1996. She is using the motorcycle club as the hub and with that, you might think I am off base when saying she uses everyday people.
But in the world we live and also back then, MC clubs are real and everyday for those in them. We, in cities, in the hub of major areas, may only catch a glimpse when on the highways or when a rider is on the road next to us...But in the vast country and towns all over... they are there and they functioned then in 1996 and now, as family for so many.
And it is this base, this understanding which makes Fanetti MC books powerful to me. She does not make things glossy or pretty. Her books are not "Hollywood MC"... they read true to their times...true to the people who are in them... and gives us insight to how every day people can be heroes living their lives without fanfare.
Twist focuses in on Gunner, a member of the Bulls who has the rep of flipping out of control in an instant. He recently messed up at the bar in town by destroying the place and crossing with a enemy club member. He has been paying the price for it; keeping his head on straight. Working for peanuts at the mechanic shop with all of his "club" money paying off his massive debt to the bar. He has been working hard to hold everything in and not go off. He knows if he does anything else... he will lose everything... he will be kicked out of the club....
Leah Campbell is trying to hold it together, too. Just like Gunner, she has been tagged with a label she hates, Preacher's Daughter. She has been fighting this image secretly with a recklessness that frees her in the moment and then leaves her just as quickly as it comes. She has been thrust with responsibilities a wife handles...but due to her mother leaving her father and her long ago... that mantle has sat on her shoulders for far too long.
These two people crossed paths when they were much younger...when Gunner was almost out of high school and Leah was in grade school. At the time, Gunner was the star athlete who was focused on just getting out of school and away. He had already experienced the pain of loss... devastating loss and somehow managed to pretend for a time he was fine.
And then he wasn't...his way of being centered was gone and he felt like he was always twisting in the wind...The town turned on him, his reputation shot and in a small religious town with a lot of gossip and judging...it can make a huge impact.
Leah also was stuck... she had a home life none of the people could imagine. Her father was not the holy man they thought once he gave his sermons and counseling. He would get home and drink his pain away ...leaving Leah to clean up the mess, get him ready for the next day as if nothing had happened.
When these two lost but barely coping people collide, they are doing what they do to escape all the pressure and negativity.... they are numbing themselves with party drugs. Gunner and Leah connect on a level which turns out to be so much more than a hook up...It crosses over the drugged haze and makes an imprint..
Leah doesn't look anything like she usually does... and behaves Nothing Like Preacher's Daughter...she does stand out in Gunner's head long after the rave... he thinks of her as his Sparkle Fairy...
Gunner left a huge impression on Leah, too... for even though she was high... there was this moment when for the first time she felt safe...Crazy, she knows...especially give the circumstances... but wrapped in this huge man's arms... it was like being held and cared for...
These two connect again under very different circumstances. Leah is in her usual position of being attentive and helpful with the Church Ladies collecting donated clothing from a Charity Church Drive. Gunner is there with his sister and dad. He was asked to help unload their boxes. When he brings them over to where Leah is, he does not recognize her as His Sparkle Fairy...her remembers her as The Preacher's Daughter....But she remembers him as her "Safe Man"...
An incident happens at this gathering which sets Gunner off... When this happens, he loses all control; he blindly lashes out to those he wouldn't want to hurt because he becomes so clouded in his head. Leah sees this and instead of being afraid like everyone else... she sees something else... she sees a man lost and hurt.
Fanetti takes these two damaged people and has them be the remedy for each of their pain. Leah, young as a 19 year old is.... has been handling ugly life issues for quite some time. It has left her mature in taking care of others but immature in knowing what she wants to do with her life. She feels she is stuck...and it is only once she develops this relationship with Gunner where she starts to see herself as a person who deserves to live a life of her own making. Gunner gives her the courage to stand up to her father and let him decide it he will love her the way she is... not the way he wants her to be.
Gunner finds in Leah a safe haven... her ability to have him focus on her when his mind is racing and out of control. She brings him back to reality. Gunner has been carrying so much pain and loss. With Leah as a steady comfort to him, he is able to finally see what has been torturing him and starts to let it go.
These two are an unlikely pair but are so right for each other. They both have their own heroic moments... and they occur as everyday people... not superheroes.
We also get in this entry more Bulls and insight as to what this club has to deal with. It is not pretty... it is violent and their reality. Family and Brotherhood is everything in this world and the relationship Gunner has with another, Maverick, is critical. It is touching and sets up the next entry.
From what we have been given, I sense this will be something very special.
Most people are scared of Gunner because he almost thrives on pain and can go bonkers pretty easily, but Leah sees thru all of that. There are several places in the book when I tell her to get out of Dodge, but she is able to bring a serenity and calmness to Gunner that no one else can. As always, there are steamy sex scenes but what I love about the author's work is the way she allows us to see the development of the relationship between the couple - it's not instantaneous and it's not even necessarily the healthiest relationship, and they probably both need to be in therapy, and yet, they figure out how to make it work. I like getting to know the other characters in the book and hope Delaney and Griff get their own books. It's also really cool to see characters from the Signal Bend series make cameo appearances; the Brazen Bull stories take place earlier, but we get to see a young Isaac as he starts to emerge as a leader of Signal Bend Horde.
Great book, you will need some tissue for some parts but again, great read.
Maxwell "Gunner" Wesson was 28 and broken by a loss at 16 that could never be replaced. The world thought he was just crazy but I loved getting to know his story. It was told in a dual POV, but his perspective brought so much insight and empathy to his character.
Leah Grace Campbell was 19 and was known as the Preacher's Daughter. However, most didn't know the family secrets and double lives that existed within her home growing up.
Gunner and Leah grew up in the same small town of Grant, OK but with the big age difference they only slightly crossed paths. And when Gunner left for the military he never looked back except to visit his family. With Leah's nightly jaunts, she couldn't play in her hometown so she traveled to neighboring towns for her fun, thus running into Gunner, but this time as a woman versus a young girl.
I wasn't necessarily thrilled with the time period and going back into the mid nineties, but once the story developed, I was hooked. Additionally, the beginning was a little difficult for me but it was vital in setting the stage for the overall storyline. Once they were a couple and began attacking their demons together, I loved the story. It was a journey of bonding, healing, acceptance and forever love. It was emotional and I felt the connection.
I also liked the MC secondary story. It was confusing at times trying to keep up with their plot, but the additional saga brought suspense and intrigue to the overall storyline which ultimately added depth and dimension.
Although it was a fairly long book, once I got through the beginning, it read quickly. It was enjoyable and I can't wait to read the next in the series, Slam, focusing on Maverick. So far what we learned was heartbreaking and I can't wait to see the path Fanetti leads us down.
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Its well written and because of that it winds you in and I suddenly realised I really liked the book.
Its an MC book first and foremost but it tackles the face that people out forward to the world and their hidden lives.
Leah is young and complicated, a preacher's daughter with a secret life. Gunner has a compulsive personality that gets him into trouble -regularly. They meet and obviously their lives begin to intertwine.
Its well worth buying. The only reason it's not five stars is that I felt there were a couple of questions unanswered. I suppose the next in the series may answer them.
I loved how these two incomplete souls became one. They each fulfilled a need that the other lacked without realising just how much until later.
The BB MC is definitely on my reread list
Bulls seems to be tamer than the Night Horde' even though I still loved it.