Book Review: Strength & Courage (Night Horde SoCal #1) by Susan Fanetti

14 Feb 2015


The only constant is change. The Night Horde SoCal is the new charter of the Night Horde MC, one that rose up from the ashes of a violent war with a drug cartel. 

The Horde’s outlaw days ended with that war. 

 Muse, like many of his SoCal brothers, was a member of an MC that was destroyed in that fight. A former Nomad enforcer, he’s struggled to be settled in a straight life. But Southern California is his home, his family is now Horde, and he has responsibilities. So he keeps his head down and does his best to take care of his family and responsibilities. 

 Sidonie has recently moved to Madrone, the town where the Night Horde SoCal has set up its base, to begin her job as a social worker for San Bernardino County. It’s work she feels a sense of mission to do. 

 Muse and Sid meet under stressful circumstances, on opposite sides of a dilemma. When Muse tries to bring her to his side, a fire catches between them. 

 As their feelings for each other deepen, the work of the SoCal charter becomes dangerous again. But the club isn’t the only potential danger for Sid. Her own work carries risk, too. 

 Muse needs to keep her safe. Sid needs to stand on her own. They won’t have a future together until they find the place where those needs merge and make them stronger. Strength & Courage is the first book in the Night Horde SoCal series. 

Though this series, and thus its backstory, spins off from the Signal Bend Series, and though key characters from that series appear here, this focus is on the SoCal charter. If you haven’t been to Signal Bend yet, you won’t be lost in Madrone.


4 "You're enough" Stars! 

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 Strength & Courage, book one in The Night Horde SoCal series, features Muse, an ex Nomad biker. He's now staying local for the Horde MC due to family commitments. The Night Horde chapter had several cameo appearances within the Signal Bend series so when I saw the news Ms. Fanetti was releasing a series devoted to just these guys, I was beyond ecstatic. More Bart and Riley too! 

 Sidonie is a new grad social worker for the Department of Children and Family Services when she meets Muse. She's assigned to the case of a fellow biker's son and makes the difficult decision to put the child in foster care. Muse is immediately thrown in between the two of them as a mediator. He's trying to get his friend custody of Tucker but his attraction to Sid seems to be at the forefront of his mind. 

 Where to's no secret that her Signal Bend series is bar-none, my favorite MC series. Ms. Fanetti has the ability to capture the lifestyle full of gritty outlaws but still include that sense of loyalty...of family amongst the members. This is carried through in this series with flying colors! 

Another HUGE bonus that appears throughout every MC book she writes is her tough-as-nails heroines. No weak, or TSTL heroines in her books and I love that! In fact, Sid is a woman after my own heart- she doesn't hesitate to throw out the F-bomb or call out someone when she needs to speak her mind. She is an all-around complete badass! I LOVED her. She's a professional but has the potty mouth from hell. She's attracted to this biker but isn't quick to jump into a permanent relationship with someone who's clearly got a history of violence and crime. She's realistic... But are her feelings for Muse enough to outweigh the bad that surrounds him? Who's the true Muse- the outlaw with a rap sheet, or the sweet caring brother, MC member, friend, and lover?

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 This installment was a bit less gritty than most of the Signal Bend books. I think I understand it though...this is our meet and greet with The Night Horde. Ms Fanetti is flawless in introducing each MC member and building their stories one book at a time. Each character has a book but they all revolve around the central Club scene. I'm seriously looking forward to each character having their stories told. Especially Demon. I sense huge angst with his book. 

 Although you don't have to read Signal Bend to read this series, I'd strongly advise readers to. That series was epic and it gives the background to this Club. Looking forward to all the awesomeness that is Ms Fanetti and her Night Horde badasses! 

 Ride on!

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