Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: Behold the Stars ( Signal Bend #2 ) by Susan Fanetti

Behold the Stars by Susan Fanetti
Excerpt

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.

Genre

Contemporary

Review

I was on the fence about Book 1, but this Book 2 absolutely sold me on this series. We are still with the first couple, Isaac and Lilli, as we see how their relationship progress in the midst of all the havoc in town. The violence was kicked up a notch and the romance got even more emotional and intense.

Lilli had officially move in with Isaac and become his old lady. But due to her presumed failure in Book 1, she was disappointed with herself and wanted to prove to Isaac that she didn't need him to be hovering over her all the time. She was beyond frustrated and pissed that everyone viewed her as something fragile and weak. The more Isaac care for her, the more she went against him. I was beyond frustrated with her tantrum. Isaac, you can hover and wrap me up anytime! Thank God the girl had some sense and the warrior woman bullshit didn't drag on.

You're arrogant. And you're an asshole. It's not your job to do anything about me. I take care of myself. I do what I want.

Meanwhile, Signal Bend is in some serious trouble from the drug kingpin, Lawrence Ellis who wanted a piece of land in Signal Bend for his meth production. The man will resort to anything to bring down the Horde MC and the town to get his way. No one is safe and Isaac is in the brink of a meltdown from all the pressure he is facing to protect his people.

There is more violence in this installment with some scenes that make me gasp! Holy shit! But I also appreciate that the author didn't went too graphic with the nasty bits. Buckle up for a wild ride because Signal Bend is having a freaking war!

Although we are still with the same couple, their relationship still have much to explore. There are times when their love is being tested, add on with some much heartache that happened, Isaac never once falter. No matter how Lilli pushed him away or close up herself, the man just keep coming back stronger than ever. He will never let her self-doubt destroy them. The man was absolutely without doubt one of the more emotionally strong heroes around.

Tell me what you want, and I will make it happen... Just - stay with me. 

One thing I don't understand is why did all the bad shit have to happen to Lilli? The woman can't seem to get a break right till the end. Poor Isaac might just have a heart attack before long.

Lilli. Fuck me, baby. My heart can't take this shit.

Let's talk about some of the more prominent secondary character. Poor Show. He is a man desperately in need of his own HEA after what happened to his family. I have to read his book next. The young Badger was definitely growing on me. I can't wait for him to be all grown up and manly.

I'm definitely hooked on this series now. After such an amazing Book 2, I've grown to love the Horde MC and people in Signal Bend. Can't wait to read more about the rest of the crew.

Rating 5/5

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