Crash by Susan Fanetti
Series: Brazen Bulls MC #1
Also in this series: Twist, Slam, Honor
Published by Freak Circle Press on December 3rd 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1995
Conrad “Radical” Jessup, Sergeant at Arms of the Brazen Bulls Motorcycle Club, has life just about where he wants it: he’s free of a bad marriage, and his club is cruising along healthy and strong, their business relationships as solid as their brotherhood. He’s a contented man, riding his road at his speed.
Until a massive highway wreck brings a blonde on a little sportster crashing into his life.
Willa Randall is making a new life in Tulsa, working hard to put a demolished past in her rearview mirror. Trying to keep herself safe, she’s built a life insulated by locks and walls. Inside those walls, she’s alone, but she feels secure, and that’s enough.
Until a big, tattooed biker holds out his hand and helps her up from the pavement.
A love seeded in chaos grows fast and deep. But when chaos is a constant, can any love endure?
Note: explicit sex and violence.
What a great beginning to a new series!
Crash typifies why I enjoy reading darker romances. While this was nowhere near the darkest book I’ve read, it did have its moments. I’ll be the first to admit I was a bit freaked out after reading a post by Ms. Fanetti depicting the meaning behind a Brazen Bull. Got to say, I was pleasantly surprised Crash was not as brutal as I anticipated. The story had dark undertones, but it also included all the feels Ms. Fanetti is so good at portraying along with strong characters.
Her scowl had smoothed away as he’d spoken, and now she was staring at him with wide eyes, her mouth open. He waited.
“That was quite a speech,” she finally said.
“I ain’t shy about speakin’ my mind”
Willa & Rad were a delight to get to know. It’s always refreshing to read about characters who have settled into life and have it upturned when they end up meeting someone who lights a fire within them. Doing her best to not lean on Rad or his club, Willa finds herself in a position she was determined to avoid. What it triggers is the chance to allow her guard to drop and accept assistance from Rad and the club. I loved that even when she softened towards Rad’s requests, she still stayed true to her convictions.
Reading about the secondary characters, especially Ike and Little Ike, gave me an overwhelming urge to go back and read the Signal Bend Series again. With so many series and books on the go at the same time, while the characters are familiar, the details of their stories get a little buried in my memory. This is the beauty and the pain of authors who can introduce past characters into new stories. It’s what I adore and don’t want it to stop! There’s no hardship in revisiting books I enjoy 🙂
Biker romances are a genre when done well are fantastic and this book ticked all my boxes: suspense, grit, action, a strong heroine, alpha who isn’t lost in his own greatness and brotherhood. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
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