Behold The Stars by Susan Fanetti

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Title : Behold The Stars (Signal Bend #2)

Author : Susan Fanetti

Publication Date : December 7th 2013

Lawrence Ellis, with vast wealth and power, has made it known that he wants control of Signal Bend, Missouri. He is a man who always gets what he wants; there are no limits to the lengths he’ll go, and he has the means to pay all manner of people to do his dirty work for him. The Night Horde MC, led by its President, Isaac Lunden, is wildly outmatched but prepared nonetheless to defend their hometown to the last man, and they are willing to do whatever they must to protect their home. Lilli Accardo, Isaac’s old lady, with her own special skills and resources, stands with them, rebelling against Isaac’s need to shield her.

After toying with them for months, Ellis loses patience for the game and rains down destruction on the Horde, their families, and the town itself. Tested to their very limits, beyond anything they could have imagined, forced to travel dark roads, the citizens of Signal Bend fight a war no one—not even they themselves—thinks they can win.

Challenged constantly from without, beset by their own inner demons, Isaac and Lilli must find the true strength within their bond. Isaac needs to protect what is his; Lilli needs to stand on her own; but they are stronger side by side.

Even in the deepest darkness, love brings hope.

Review :

4.5 stars

Behold The Stars picks up after where Move The Sun ended. The story focused not only about Lily and Isaac romance but more on  the threat from  Lawrence Ellis and MC business. Please noted that it highly recommended that you should  read the first book.

If the first book is raw, this second installment went beyond. It was gritty of the grittiest, very very real, absolutely gut wrenching and simply epic. Do not expect warm, fuzzy, sweet, and nice romance.  A lot of OMG moment, unbelievable act, gruesome scenes, and tragedy (es). Such heinous act being done in this story, by both side, the villain and the hero. Yup, it was about outlaw and biker, and the hero is the president, the writer does not sugar coat the life-much- alas it was real (as far my knowledge of their life).

Speaking of the romance, we see how the H/h building their relationship, growing together, handling their problems and issues because there were always stories behind every HEA. Lilli and Isaac stand still and strong because they were in love and believe with their love. The love scenes are hot and sexy, very satisfying (not repetitive and still make me squirm, LOL).

The characters were develop beautifully. And it was nice getting to know other members, escpecially Show. As this book was the turning point of his story in the third installment.

There were little thing that felt off to me, Isaac characterization. Isaac seem overly change, not as badass as the first, tid a bit sappy few times. I also felt way way off with the club act of seeking retribution toward the traitor. Yes, I know they were an outlaw, dealing with drugs, and not your white collar type. But still it was too far for me (Geez I almost hate Isaac for his decision).

The most devastating and heart wrenching from this book are the tragedies (plural guys). Such abuse and torture were beyond me. Weirdly, I mostly heartbroken that it happen to the girls rather than Lilli, because I knew she could held her own.

Behold The Stars was a very satisfying read and a very memorable one. Mix of emotion roll into one and made me want more of them when I finished the last page. As a book with great storyline, deep characters, and written wonderfully, kudos to Ms. Fanetti.

Link to short story of Isaac and Lily
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Move The Sun by Susan Fanetti

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Move The Sun (Signal Bend, #1)

By Susan Fanetti

Publication Date : October 27th 2o13

Source : Freebie Amazon

Lilli Accardo moves to the dying town of Signal Bend, Missouri, where the citizens have made a devil’s bargain to stay afloat. Lilli quickly garners the attention of the whole town, particularly Isaac Lunden, President of the Night Horde Motorcycle Club and de facto protector of the town and its citizens. When it turns out that Lilli is there under murky circumstances, Isaac decides to get close and try to figure out what she’s hiding. Their chemistry is instantaneous and electric, but each is a potential danger to the other. Action, sex, and drama ensue as Isaac and Lilli try to navigate the rocky terrain between trust and threat.

Review :

A GEM!!!!

5 STARS!!!

Whew… what a wonderful journey I had with this book.

It’s not eye dreamy Cinderella story with flower and candy, but it was definitely REAL.

I dunno a whit of any MC real life, an outlaw, or even government agent but the story and characters are believable. And it make the whole book loveable.

Didn’t expect much when I take a chance on this new author, but Ms. Fanetti succeed entrap me to the Horde world.

Speak of the romance, the instant-lust between Lilli and Isaac was described rightfully, and their relationship thorough the story simply beautiful.

Off course, the sex scene was extra hot, out of the world hot. Not sweet but raw, gritty, and kind of dirty (in a good way).

Can not wait to read the next installment.

Jagged by Kristen Ashley

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Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5)

By Kristen Ashley

Publication Date : November 5th 2013

Source : Forever via NetGalley

Rating : 2.75 stars

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

Review :

I’ve waited so long for this book and when the publisher provide the ARC via NetGallet I was like deliriously happy. If you are KA’s addict you must know what I’m talking about.

So yeah, after such emotionally excited feeling, I expecting that the story will blown my mind away, just like KA did with the previous book in the series, Breath. Did it? Sadly no.

It was Meh. Beyond Meh honestly. I was sooo disappointed that it not great, almost not good, just quite good. The disappointment much worse because it was KA’s. And beyond worse because her latest book, Fire Inside, also lack of greatness which means that it wasn’t just a lapse but there was something going on here with KA. It was strike two to me and I pray-wish-beg it won’t goes to strike three.

Enough of my rant, lets cut to the review.

Many readers said that KA books are starting to sound very much alike, badass alpha hero and damsel in distress who plays way too hard to gets. But I like her premise, so it wasn’t about the lack of diversity which made this book not awesome but lack of feeling. I didn’t get the love between Ham and Zara (Cookie). I never felt those lack of love before from KA, but this book somehow made it. I didn’t mean love in the sexual terms, but in the romance and feeling department. The non existing grovelling scene didn’t help it either.

Talk about the hero, Graham Reece a.k.a Ham (weird name btw), he was a jerk, manwhore, and not a loveable character at all from the beginning till the end. And the heroine, Zara Cinders (I love her name), feel like a shallow woman. Must said that it was bugging the hell out of me that KA portraying her ex-husband, Greg, as someone who thought that night well spent is watching a subtitled film at home rather than getting sloshed in the bar as something less cool. Was it wrong to enjoy your solitude? Was it not cool if people didn’t went to bar every night?

Okay… so what the good points from this book? Good storyline, hot scene here and there, nice epi, and better execution about Zara insecurity as second best.

I didn’t said that I hate the book, but absolutely didn’t love it. Just quite like it.