Fight by Susan Fanetti
Series: Brazen Bulls MC #6
Also in this series: Crash, Twist, Slam
Published by Freak Circle Press on June 2, 2018
Genres: Biker / MC
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2000.
Fernando “Ox” Sanchez spent more than two decades as an enforcer in the Brazen Bulls MC before he was named to take the Vice President flash from a brother lost in club turmoil. In the time since, as Ox has settled into his place at their president’s side, the club has cleaned out festering wounds and begun to heal.
The Bulls are strong and growing, their work is expanding, and Ox’s life with his old lady is perfect. Their love has never wavered in fifteen years, their lust for each other still burns hot, and together, they’ve made a home that is a sanctuary from their past and their present.
Life is good. But Ox came from nothing, and scraped for years just to get by. He’s lived long enough to know better than to take the good times for granted.
Madonna “Maddie” Donne met Ox when she was at her lowest, and with him at her side, she’s climbed to heights of success and power matched only by the Bulls. After spending her whole life fighting for survival, she built herself up from that nothing, and Ox offered his shoulders for her to climb on when she couldn’t reach alone.
Together, they’ve built a beautiful life. But that beauty won’t protect them from the fight they’re about to face.
When Ox, named for his size and brute power, takes ill, he and Maddie will need every ounce of strength and resolve, every moment of love and trust, to fight the battle before them now.
Note: explicit sex and violence.
You know you’re in for a challenge when the introduction to a book comes with a warning. As a reader who doesn’t stress about triggers in a story, I followed the advice for the brave and skipped right on to chapter one. It was a good move because I believe even though there are hard to digest scenarios raised in Fight, they were all handled with respect and care.
This story isn’t a downer, far from it, it was uplifting. It ran my emotions ragged, which I believe is healthy every now and then to experience. Ms Fanetti brought me to tears, left me with a lump in my throat, made me smile and most importantly showed me the beauty of love and how precious it is.
The story focuses on Ox and his partner Maddie. Both are enjoying the good life and the fruits of their hard labor now, having experienced a lot of hardship in their early years. Maddie subtly shines a light on their affluence and influence by being known as a master takeout-orderer. Being the master shopper, cook and dishwasher-loader in our house had me aspiring to such heights myself!
Their life is complete but that’s not to say they don’t experience hard times in the present. Throughout their struggles they maintain a healthy life balance and continue to share their inner thoughts and place a considerable amount of trust in each other. It was during these times, this hard reader reached for the Kleenex on more than one occasion.
When the good times flourished from the troubled moments, it was a cathartic cleansing. The thoughtful gestures, the consideration for others and just doing the right thing by others was another reason I didn’t hesitate to bring out all the stars for Fight.
What I adored was the mature reflection on female friendship from Maddie’s point of view. There was no judgment between the way the younger old ladies partied hard and the laid back way Maddie and her friends chilled together. It was recognition of different ways of unwinding.
Fight is a relationship driven story set within the Brazen Bulls MC. There was sufficient club time, taking the overarching story between books in this series a little further. More importantly it got the balance right. I still got the feeling of a strong imperfect brotherhood, resistance from within and outside the MC to the lifestyle and a clear view from a seasoned feminine voice. Maddie showed her willingness to bend and accommodate the people around her at the same time as embracing every loving moment she could.
What I struggled with:
- The unthinkable business that came to Maddie’s attention
- Cruel harsh realities of life
What I loved:
- The Sisterhood (OMG, the contents of the little boxes was perfect – they brought on happy tears)
- Taking time out for a holiday – perfection when I least expected it
- Spanish lessons – Might be a bit hard to stay focused, but a fun way to learn!
- Brotherhood, traditions and respecting others
- Hurt and the way it was addressed in the book
- Imperfections acknowledged but not as a regret
- Understanding each other and never fearing to share having a different opinion
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