Honor by Susan Fanetti

February 27, 2018 Book Review 2 ★★★★

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Honor by Susan Fanetti
Series: Brazen Bulls MC #5
Also in this series: Crash, Twist, Slam
Published by Freak Circle Press on February 24th 2018
Genres: Biker / MC
Pages: 373
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1999.

Born on the day after the moon landing to a father with his head in the stars, Neil "Apollo" Armstrong has never felt that he could reach as high as his father's dreams. He got as far as Tulsa, and there, with the Brazen Bulls MC, he found a way to fly on wheels. But he's worried now that the club has lost its way.

The Bulls are reeling from a bloody, blazing street war that tore through the heart of the club. Their brotherhood has been badly damaged, and the trust among them is fragile.

Jacinda Durham doesn't have a lot of trust to give. With a painful past still weighing on her present, she keeps people at a distance, preferring inconsequential encounters, to guard against the chance of being hurt. The career she's chosen is another piece of her armor; she makes a living of suspicion.

After a blistering-hot night together, Apollo and Jacinda go their separate ways, despite a mutual sense that their attraction is deeper than skin. Then a fateful coincidence throws them violently back together, and Apollo finds himself standing between his club and a woman he barely knows, each a possible threat to the other. Where his loyalty lies should be clear, but his trust in the Bulls is shaken, and he can't allow another innocent to be hurt.

It's more than a question of loyalty. It's love as well, a deeply rooted love for his club, and a powerful new love growing between him and this tough, beautiful woman who's offered him her precious trust.

To save all he loves, Apollo must put everything on the line-his honor, his love, his life. He will have to pay the price that settles all their debts.

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.

By Lily

Honor, the fifth book in the Brazen Bull series is a daunting reflection on the choices made in life by Apollo.  Neil Apollo Armstrong is a strong, determined and reliable man who discovers the harsh realities of what it entails to be an honorable man. A chance decision to buy Jacinda Durham a drink leads to a lot more than either of them imagined.

Jacinda leaves Apollo in no doubt of her boundaries and is adamant she is only up for a one night stand. Apollo is used to calling the shots and gets a dose of his own medicine when Jacinda dictates their unplanned dalliance. The entertaining banter between drinks to good morning was a brilliant set up to the story. Details were withheld by both which came through as a tactic they each discovered didn’t bide well in practice.

Sharing all is a gutsy move bound to leave a person vulnerable. Holding back information with the hindsight of time can prove a fateful error. Finding the right moment to open up to others is never an easy call. A lesson both Apollo and Jacinda learn the hard way.

Loving and caring moments feature prominently throughout the story. Being a couple who had just hit 30, they provide a laid back, no nonsense approach to life. Serendipity or fate accelerates the romance a lot faster than expected. Jacinda is torn between her heart and memories of a past relationship that cost her dearly. Apollo is determined not to bring more heartbreak into her world but his ability to protect her is beyond his control. A hard pill to swallow for a man who has chosen a life etched clearly on honor, loyalty and trust.

There was a major call that ripped my heart into shreds. I struggled to comprehend how and why it was accepted. It was barbaric and I was sure it would taint my overall reading experience. While I haven’t forgotten, I did move on because the story did, but getting through the last few chapters took me longer than I thought it would. I loved the ending and the way the story came together.

The section of the story that unsettled me took up a relatively small portion of the book. What is important to reiterate was the witty lines and candid conversations took me to my happy book space. Honor was a love story between two people in the prime of their life who together found their way to contentment. Hoping there will be more tales from the Brazen Bull MC soon!

What I struggled with:

  • Jacinda’s parents at times
  • Rules and consequences

What I loved:

  • Apollo’s parents
  • The steamy action
  • Jacinda’s down to earth personality
  • Apollo’s patience

4 Stars

 

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2 Responses to “Honor by Susan Fanetti”

  1. Danielle Thomas

    Spot on review! I really enjoyed Honor and experienced the same distress. However, like all Fanetti novels, the perfection of the writing and story as a whole outweighed my dismay. It was a five-star read for me.

    • Lily

      Thanks Danielle! It is always a challenge to convey the emotion and enjoyment in a review without spoilering the experience for another reader.

      I had an inner debate over the rating, but I settled with 4 Stars because while I was frustrated with the event I wont elaborate on, it evoked such a strong reaction with me. A good example of excellent story telling. And this is coming from someone who shed tears but didnt get angry over the Signal Bend series – if anything that series solidified my respect for Ms Fanetti’s writing.

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Honor too and I’m sure you’ll be eager for the next Brazen Bulls book 😀

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