Review: Move the Sun by Susan Fanetti


Title: Move the Sun (Signal Bend #1)
Author: Susan Fanetti
Date of publication: 4 Dec 2013
Genre/themes: Romance, Bikers
Author's links:
Website / Goodreads

My rating: 4 stars


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. Note: Explicit sex and violence.


The biker books are really popular at the moment and it feels like a new one is published everyday. I've only read, Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley and it's one of my favourite books of hers.

After reading some great reviews of Ms Fanetti's book and decided to give it try and I'm more than happy I did. It can definitely rival Motorcycle Man in my affection, though the writing style of the two books is completely different.

Move the Sun is more than just a biker romance. It's a vividly told story of love and trust, honor and justice. It has a strong Sons of Anarchy and Justified vibe, and since I'm a fan of both TV series, I liked it a lot.

On the surface it is just another biker book - there is violence and illegal activities, sexy bad boys and easy women and ultimately true love. What makes this story stand apart are the well developed main characters, especially the heroine. Lilli is not your typical good girl falling for the bad boy biker. She isn't your typical bad girl, either. She is an ex-soldier, strong and smart, completely alone after losing her family, but she is comfortable in her skin and she knows what she wants and  doesn't hesitate to goes after it.

Issac is more predictable than her -  president of an MC club, de facto leader and protector of his city. He has a softer side, though - he cares for his people, his town and comes to care most of all for Lilli. He is no stranger to violence and his adherence to the principle of the end justifies the means, didn't sit very well with me.

They are a perfect match - strong, challenging each other but accepting the other with his/her baggage and issues. I think that they really formed a strong relationship, by overcoming issues of trust and choosing to be together against all odds.

I liked how the author created the perfect atmosphere of a dying small rural town. In succinct and a bit melancholic style Ms Fanetti  manages to build the right settings for her story to develop - the town, the crafts fair, the Horde MC - they all had a character of their own.

The story flows very well, the writing is smooth and engaging. I liked how the plot is developed through flashbacks to Lilli's past. There was a good mix of romance (hot love scenea where the sex was on the rough side) and suspense. I found a minor loophole in the plotline of Lilli's mission but it didn't bother me too much.

Technically the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger in terms of Isaac and Lilli's relationship. Still, the whole story works as a build up for a certain conflict and it's all left to play out in the next book in the series, where Issac and Lilli are again the main characters.

I generally think this is a great biker story that got me deeply invested in the characters, despite the questionable morality of some of their actions. I will be continuing with the next book, Behold the Stars, as soon as possible. 

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  1. Hi Ellie! I came across your blog through goodreads, so I figured to stop by and say hello! So glad that I did because I noticed on your facebook page that you had a picture of Jax from Sons of Anarchy-- I am a HUGE SOA fan! Once I took a look at some of your posts, I came across this review. I enjoy biker romances as well, but never heard of this one. I'll definitely be adding Move the Sun to my to-read pile.

    It's almost scary what we have in common as far as tastes in books goes. I am a big fan of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and also have The King pre-ordered.

    Anyway, I am now following your blog! Feel free to stop by mine sometime. I'm always looking for new blogger buddies to chat with and I definitely will be stopping back to check out more of your awesome reviews!

    Best Wishes,
    Mia @ The Muses Circle

    1. hi Mia! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog :) I followed back.
      You should definitely try Susan Fanetti's books - there are already four published and I just finished the second one - Behold the Stars. They remind me so much of SOA, in a good way.
      I love the BDB series but I've only read the first four books. I need to get back to the brothers soon :)


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