Nolan: Return to Signal Bend by Susan Fanetti
Series: Signal Bend, The Night Horde SoCal
Also in this series: Move The Sun
Published by Freak Circle Press on June 4th 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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Librarian note: This book is being listed under the 'Signal Bend' and 'Night Horde SoCal' series for reader convenience. This is a semi-standalone novel in that it is not part of any series, but its backstory, common characters, and locations encompasses both the Signal Bend and the Night Horde SoCal series.
Nolan Mariano is a man shaped by loss. All his life, people he’s loved deeply have left him in one way or another. In Signal Bend, Missouri, as a son and then a member of the Night Horde MC, he’s found a home and a family. His mother and his younger brother are protected and loved, too.
But Nolan can’t trust it. The past haunts him; injustices left unanswered loom over his present and threaten his future. One injustice in particular.
Iris Ryan is a Night Horde daughter who knows loss of her own. Taken away from her home as a child after unspeakable horror tore her family apart, she returns to Signal Bend, and her father, when she’s grown because she’s never felt at home anywhere else. As Iris settles into a new life of her choosing in the home she’s regained, she and Nolan connect.
As his love for Iris deepens, Nolan can’t ignore the way that loss has warped him. The past is a shadow over him, and he can no longer live under its weight.
He needs vengeance. At any cost.
Note: explicit sex and violence. For Adults 18+This is a semi-standalone novel in that it is not part of any series, but its backstory encompasses both The Signal Bend and The Night Horde SoCal series.
Possibly my favourite book of the series so far!
Nolan is the reward readers of the Signal Bend series have been hoping for. I have had a soft spot for Nolan from the time we met him when he was just a boy who looked out for his mum and who, when life got too much for him, would go for long walks. The last time we met Nolan, it was to follow him on another emotional roller-coaster in his life, except this is a ride he chose to make. In this book, we catch up with Nolan and the Night Horde at Signal Bend 4 years later.
He turned and saw Show and Bart on the porch, watching the whole scene. “Fuck.” Iris laughed. “One, we’re grownups. Two, we weren’t doing anything. And three, if he’s mad, it’s you he’s going for, so I’m good.”
It’s Show’s girl, Iris, that stirs Nolan’s heart and has it beating in a way he hasn’t felt in years. Both Iris and Nolan have survived horrific losses as children and the scars they carry are mostly hidden. They have to dig deep and decide whether or not they are willing to take their new-found friendship to the level of what they suspect it could be but under the watchful eyes of every member of the Horde and the town. One inkling that romance is in the air and tongues will be wagging, eyes will be following and word will travel fast. There will be no going back in this small town, so they know that once they appear to be an item, their personal lives will be private no longer.
Catching up with the Night Horde means you brace yourself for the worst. Past experience had me prepared but this time, the majority of the drama existed in fighting demons of the past and the determination to not let go of the events that have changed the lives of so many. Well except for Bart, he was all about keeping the equilibrium and the peace that came with it. It was great to catch up with the others from the Horde and to see the town back to normal again.
Nolan had put his arm around his mom’s shoulders, and she’d rested her head on his chest, and he’d known right then that it was the best moment of the whole holiday.
There were a couple of predictable scenes but mostly the plot twists didn’t pan out as I expected. A lot of soul-searching, and some seriously hot action from the man Nolan had become showed he was totally alpha but who had also perfected his caring nature. It was his raw energy that set him apart and when it was channelled in the right direction, it was impressive. The vulnerable side he lets slip out occasionally is a reminder that we never stop learning the important lessons in life.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nolan to anyone who has read the previous books in the Signal Bend or the Night Horde So Cal series. This is your reward for hanging in there through thick and thin. Have the kleenex ready as the tears from the beautiful reflections began for me at 1%. This was a 5-star book from beginning to end.
What I struggled with:
- Iris’s Mother
- Not calling for help
What I loved:
- Iris’s career choice
- Their first kiss or was it the second or third (maybe it was all three!)
- The family Havoc provided for Nolan, Loki, and his mum
- Nolan stepping up as a big brother
- Iris’s boss, Geoff
- New Year’s Eve and overindulging
- Lilli’s description of why it’s OK to wear what something special when it is for the right reason
- The epilogue and what they shared with Show!
- And so much more…truly, this is a book where my list of what worked for me would consist of summarising chapter after chapter
Lily’s Rating: 5 Star
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