Blaze by Susan Fanetti
Series: Brazen Bulls MC #4
Also in this series: Crash, Twist, Slam
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on December 2nd 2017
Genres: Biker / MC
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1998
Simon Spellman isn’t a native Oklahoman. He’s a city boy, born and raised in Chicago, but he’s lived in Tulsa, and worn a Brazen Bull on his back, for years. Tulsa is his home, and the Bulls his family—the only one he claims, and the only one he wants. As far as he’s concerned, life as a Bull is too risky, and the club too demanding, to make room for anyone else.
Especially now, while the Brazen Bulls MC stands on the brink of war, smack in the middle of their hometown.
Debra Wesson has been part of the Bulls family since her younger brother first put on a kutte. She’s known Simon for years; since a crisis threw them together a couple years back, she’s known him intimately. They are perfectly compatible, both adventurous in bed and neither interested in a relationship. They’ve enjoyed each other and kept their hookups a secret from her volatile brother and everyone else.
Until they realize that friends with benefits has become something much deeper, despite their guards against it, and they’re forced to contend with what’s real between them.
But it’s dangerous to be a Bull, or to love one, right now, as the conflict with the Street Hounds finds its flashpoint. With the enemy standing just on the other side of town, there’s no safe place to be.
When war hits home, everything that matters is in the line of fire.
Note: explicit sex and violence.
Oh boy, what a ride!
If you’re familiar with Susan Fanetti’s MC’s you’ll not need me to tell you they are not for the faint of heart. Blaze was no different but what it held was a deep understanding of grief and renewal.
Simon had no business being with Debra, not without his brother’s knowledge but sometimes life isn’t that simple. They both thought they had a good deal going, no want of a relationship, no commitments. They were just scratching each other’s itch when they could. The trouble was somehow they both crossed the line of friendship and neither had a clue it had happened.
Little did Simon and Debra know that their secret would pale into an unacceptable annoyance compared to what lay ahead for the Brazen Bulls. And without giving away the plot, be prepared to bring out the kleenex. Not that I had to, but I tend to be a hard one to crack but I could see plenty of potential where others would tear up.
What I adore in a Susan Fanetti MC read is she never sugar coats nor avoids the inevitable drama surrounding characters involved in underground dealings. So why would I choose to read an author who notoriously leans towards mayhem and drama? It is for the heartfelt feels and silver linings that come with every dark cloud that looms. The promise that even in the darkest moments of life hope is possible.
Uncannily, it was as if this book had been written for me. Having recently experienced a gentler but gut-wrenching loss of a family member, I readily identified with the different stages of grief the characters went through. The feeling of time whizzing past you while you’re methodically meandering through life was captured succinctly. I loved the way life continues while honoring the ones you have loved and lost, then discovering the energy to again harness the zest for life.
Creativity and their love of arts gave way to illustrating Simon and Debra’s personalities, providing a gentle rhythm to the writing. The lifestyle of the MC, the brutality of mother earth and the passion they shared gave the ferocity which turned Blaze into a page-turner.
Blaze began gently and ended peacefully but in between there were lots of stolen fun times as well as more than one harrowing blow to contend with. Being a Brazen Bull comes with a hefty cost and the price of the lifestyle was beyond comprehension in my opinion. Love doesn’t pick the simple path nor does it promise to be easy but love is what held this story together.
4 Brazen Stars
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