Today & Tomorrow by Susan Fanetti
Published by Freak Circle Press on April 11, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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Nolan Mariano is on loan from the Night Horde Missouri charter; he’s been sitting at the SoCal table for almost a year. Though his family is clamoring for him to return home, he doesn’t feel ready yet—he doesn’t feel that he’s been tested enough. Despite the patch on his back, he’s not sure he’s earned the right to sit in the seat his father once occupied.
Analisa Winter meets Nolan when he volunteers to teach her to ride a Harley. Learning to ride is on Analisa’s bucket list, and that list is of paramount importance to her. She is dying, and she’s determined live her full life first.
Nolan has no intention of falling in love with a dying girl. But Analisa is the kind of girl you can’t help falling in love with, even when you know that love is doomed.
Nolan becomes a man in California, and he learns what kind of man he has become. His story is just beginning.
Note: Explicit sex.
I smiled, cried, sniffled and found myself constantly dabbing my eyes so I could read again. This is a story that was about living and living life well. It’s far from an easy read, but I am so glad I did.
Ever wondered what the perfect antidote to a book binge is? Well, I’ll share. It’s a book so moving that you have to stop, reflect, and rest your eyes. It takes a lot to have me tearing up while reading, but Ms. Fanetti’s cracked my outer shell with Today & Tomorrow. Nolan is still in SoCal, living like there’s no tomorrow, trying to earn his ‘man badge’ so to speak. SoCal is an interesting mix of life with the rich and famous, while dealing with the side that many would hope only appears on screen. Riley suggests that the Night Horde can help a friend of hers whose daughter has requested the Make-a-Wish charity assist her with her daughter’s dream to ride a Harley. Nolan walks into the discussion and offers to take on the challenge. Riley doesn’t think that he’s the best one to help, trying to protect him from more hurt than he has already experienced in life.
“It’s not on her bucket list that I have to fall in love with her, right? Just teach her how to ride. I think I’m man enough to handle that.”
It’s pretty clear from the synopsis that Nolan meets a girl with a terminal illness (This was my first cue to get the kleenex ready). Nolan’s in no hurry to return to the Missouri charter until he becomes the man he aspires to be. Havoc’s legacy has Nolan needing to honour the father he admired and respected. His mother and brother are desperate for him to return. It’s when he finally agrees to a date he finds himself drawn between two very differently-weighted responsibilities.
“I’m not just going to sit around and wait for It to kill me. I don’t even want to think about It. I just want to live. I want to pack as much of my life as I can in as long as I’ve got. All the things I want to do. My whole life as fast as I can. No fear. No hesitation. No regrets. Right?”
She’s 19 years old and not at all what Nolan expects. Knowing that he can see no one else that he would recommend take on making her wish come true, Nolan steps up and offers to give her a lesson. And so begins a friendship that has both Nolan and Analisa cramming a lot of quality living into a short time frame. Her determination to live life as she chooses has her family, and at times Nolan, shaking their heads in worry. Difference between Nolan and her family is that Nolan knows that there’s nothing better than living life to the fullest. Sharing her list with Nolan shows him that the immediate future is going to be a challenge, and that’s without seeing her secret list.
Today and Tomorrow is set predominantly outside the MC, but, as I was eager for Nolan to have his own book, this didn’t phase me. It was sad at the same time as being inspirational. Given the fact that Analisa is so ill, I didn’t expect the level of passion and steam to be as present as what it was. It’s a story of selfless (well mostly) love and freedom. So although I may have gone through a lot of Kleenexes, there were still lots of wonderful moments that made me smile. For me, it was a great balance of tough and sweet and has made it to my favourites list for 2015. Hope this isn’t the last we hear of Nolan.
What I loved:
- Analisa’s determination to live life to the fullest
- When some say “I love you” because they mean it
- Taking the risks in life
- Families, being one and having more than one
- Nolan’s explanation about what defines a real tough guy
- Thanksgiving – perfect with all the imperfections
- The movie
- The list
- The secret list
- Ticking off the lists
- Finally sharing what was on the lists
- Her father’s gift to Nolan
What I struggled with:
- Teary eyes
- A lump in my throat
- Nothing at all with the story
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars
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