Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: Alone on Earth ( Signal Bend #4 ) by Susan Fanetti

Alone on Earth by Susan Fanetti
Excerpt

Signal Bend, Missouri and the Night Horde MC gained notoriety after a shootout on Main Street brought down major players in the Midwest meth trade. The media have turned the Horde into folk heroes, and Hollywood wants a piece of that action.

Riley Chase is America’s Sweetheart, with a starring role on a popular television series, and now she’s the lead actress in the movie about Signal Bend. In Hollywood she’s hounded by the press, without the luxury of privacy or secrets, forced to play out her most intimate moments, even tragic ones, on a public stage. In Signal Bend, she’s nearly anonymous, able to discover who she is behind her image.

Bart Elstad is the Horde Intelligence Officer. His responsibility is to keep the club’s secrets buried, especially while the world is looking their way with a long distance lens. He’s in charge of the actors while they’re in town to research their roles.

Bart and Riley forge a quick but intense connection. A casual connection without expectations soon deepens, far more than either of them could have predicted. He sees the woman behind the starshine. She sees the man under the leather. Two very different worlds merge for a brief moment, but reality can’t be suspended forever. 

Chaos breaks loose both within and beyond the club. Tensions that have been simmering boil over, with catastrophic consequences. The Horde’s most powerful allies, concerned that their secrets might be exposed in the spotlight of fame, become dangerous enemies. Riley gets caught in the middle. With the future of the Horde in the balance, Bart makes a sacrifice that will change the club, and his life, forever.

Genre

Contemporary

Review

Hollywood is coming to Signal Bend and with it came the much abhor media attention that the Night Horde despise. What started off as mere nuisance turned into something life threatening and we might just have to witness the Horde MC disintegrating before our eyes. 

Bart is the Horde hacker, basically a geek who keep himself away from the front line violence as much as possible. I felt that he is one of the sweet-nature and least aggressive of the lot. He seems to be the only one feeling enthusiastic with the celebrities arrival. I'm excited for him as well.

Riley Chase is a celebrities and had been in the business since she was 4 year old. She basically let everyone else run her life, her mum, her cousin, her trainer etc. She was so used to her life (not that she love it) that when she reached Signal Bend, she was surprised that most townsfolk don't pay her any attention. Woah! She was definitely enjoying this new found freedom, especially away from her hovering mum. 

Bart and Riley basically had an insta-attraction and both jump on each other on the first night upon meeting each other. It started off as a enjoyable fling for both of them. But Bart was such a sweet loving guy, how can she not fall for him. No surprises there. I thought their romance was kind of sweet and nicely developed. But is hard not to compare them to Isaac and Show. Bart's story didn't really came close in the emotional depth department. They are much younger after all. 

"I don't look like you think I do. I don't look that good in real life."
"I'm not here with those pictures. I'm here with you. You're who I want to see."


What make this book enjoyable for me is of course all the supporting characters that couldn't be miss. Isaac, Lilli, Show and the rest of the Horde. I think I might just have a crush on Len despite not really knowing him as well as Havoc. And I don't understand why is Rick (Lilli's friend) join another MC instead of the Horde. Maybe there is a story there?

By half way mark, is where the shit is hitting the fan. Scorpio MC is in town and they didn't look friendly at all. With CJ, the old dude as their wild card, Isaac had his hand full and so much pressure is on him to make the right call. It was freaking intense. 

Holy shit! I just can't stomach the awfulness of the situation that is happening. It just gutted me and make me sweat and all I can think of is reading the next novella.

Meanwhile, Riley reluctantly went back to LA and Bart had some life altering decision to make for himself and his people. It saddened me to see Bart making the ultimate sacrifice. 

With all the life threatening situation going on in Signal Bend, Riley's drama in LA seems trivial and petty. There they were fighting for life and here she is worry about paparazzi, the script and the public reaction towards her new biker boyfriend. I know is not fair to be so harsh towards Riley, but it is just the way it is. I actually skimmed most of her part because I just don't feel bother. 

Overall, despite the romance being the weakest among the others, it is still a must read for the fans of Signal Bend. Yupe, it just wouldn't do right as a standalone. Every event that took place make the series evolve and changes the people. I will definitely miss Bart though. 

Rating 4/5

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