Saturday, February 1, 2014
SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Into the Storm" by Susan Fanetti
Signal Bend, Missouri survived a war on its streets and has arrived at a period of growth and peace. The town and its guardians, the Night Horde MC, relax into this moment of hope, looking toward the future for the first time in decades.
Everyone but Robert “Showdown” Ryan. Having suffered tremendous loss in that war, and taking on the burden of blame for it, Show has nothing left of himself. He is an empty husk of a man, drowning in grief and whiskey, seeking relief in numbness.
Shannon Bannerman has come to Signal Bend to manage the new Keller Acres Bed & Breakfast. She has left a successful city life to start anew in this tiny town, trying to keep the door closed on the regrets of her past.
Shannon is drawn to Show despite his stony detachment, and he is drawn to her despite his need to stay numb. But the pain in their pasts is deep and damaging. Only real love, like neither of them has ever known, could heal it.
This one is more about depth than breadth. With the action-packed, super sonic pace story of book 2, this one is a slow burn.
Looking at the three books in the series together, each book has a different tone and a totally different kind of story. I appreciate that there are no formulas. However, the books are all well written. I love Susan Fanetti's prose.
The characters are the strength of this story. It is an exploration of a relationship between Showdown and Shannon. It is about how two people can help heal one another. The narrative is measured and does not have a lot of heart-dropping drama. Some might say that there isn't a lot that happens in this book, but this about being more granular - going deep and learning more about two people learning to heal and love.
IN A NUTSHELL:
If you looking to learn more about Showdown, the deliciously wise and tragically damaged VP of the Night Hoard, you need to read this book.