Dream & Dare by Susan Fanetti

January 9, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

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Dream & Dare by Susan Fanetti
Series: The Night Horde SoCal #3.5
Published by Freak Circle Press on June 20, 2015
Pages: 257
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Jerome “Hoosier” Elliott is the President of the Night Horde SoCal. He has worn a patch for many years, and he’s led his club, and his family, through times of strength and times of struggle.

For most of those years, his old lady, Bedelia Beth—“Bibi” to those who know and love her—has stood by his side. Club life has had its challenges, some almost insurmountable, but they have made each other strong and waited for each other always.

Together, they made the club a family.

After club violence tears them apart, Hoosier needs Bibi to find him and bring him back. The way to their future is their past: the story of the life they’ve made together, and the dreams they’ve dared to make come true.

Note: explicit sex and violence.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

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By LilyLoved it! 

Hooj and Bibi’s story was one of the most beautiful stories of love I’ve read in a while. It tells how the strength of love can get you through life’s impossible challenges and how true love can survive. The Night Horde is an MC/ Biker series but this was not your usual biker story.  It was more about two people who happened to be associated with a biker lifestyle than club life itself, reminiscing about their early years. While the setting was not in a club per se, club life was still a prevalent aspect to the story.

Jerome Andrew Elliott and Bedelia Beth Ladue vowed their love and commitment, until death did them part.

Bibi finds herself at the bedside of the man she has loved for decades. Hooj is in a bad way and far from the man he once was. Willing him back to life again, Bibi shares her memories of the life they’ve lived, good times and bad to try and help his recovery. Recounting through memories her introduction into the life as a biker’s old lady and how she became so loved and respected.

Trapped in a tortured shell of the man he once was Bibi has to trust her heart, believing Hooj is there with her. Patiently using every ounce of energy she has, she balances what is good and strong within her life with the hope of trusting Hooj will recover from his injuries.

Dream and Dare is told in two parts, first being in Bibi’s POV and the second in Hooj’s. Like most of my favourite series, Ms Fanetti has included characters from previous books allowing catch up time with Faith, Deme, Margot, Connor and Pilar. The beauty was in the balance of intertwining the past with the present keeping the memories and present relevant, neither overpowering the other. Quite often when a story is told through past and present tense, there’s a yearning to stay in the present but not with Dream & Dare. The effect of using both tenses was implemented effectively and there was no sense of loss moving between the both. It was not about a couple reliving their younger years, rather a moving story of a couple using their past experiences to get them through the present.

If I’d known how much I was going to be wrapped up in Dream & Dare, I would have purchased it as soon as it was released.  Fate was on my side, my timing ended up being perfect. It turned out to be the antidote I needed after the hectic running around of Christmas and a wonderful way to ease into the New Year!

Lily’s rating:  5 Stars 

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