Gideon Jane earned the name Ghost for his reclusive nature when he joined a group of guys in Powers, Georgia in a band called Executioners. It had been his way of settling into small town life after living in New York for the past twenty years. He loved the band and his small organic farm. What he didn’t love was being single, but it appeared it was his new reality. He didn’t want his ex back, although he did want something. What that was eluded him until the evening he walked into Nightingale’s Books.
Small town girl Harper Sage knew pain, and she’d lived with it—she had the scars both mental and physical to prove it. It would’ve been easier to hop in her car to find safety and anonymity, but Harper stayed to prove she was stronger than hurled fists and bruising prejudice. She found herself within the safety of a close-knit group of rough bikers and bar bouncers. That didn’t mean it was all perfect.
What’s a girl to do when she craves normalcy and acceptance: she just smiles. Choices are made, some with dire consequences and others that bring her closer to her dream. Will she make the right decision or finally discover escape is her best option?
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the first in the Executioners series and it features familiar faces from the Brawlers and Twirled World Ink series’. They’re hard, tough, full of brawn and attitude and you could be forgiven for being a little bit leery of them but once you’re ensconced in that world and they claim you, you’ll have no-one better at your back. We know that even the toughest ones have a heart and will do anything for the family they’ve found in their close-knit group… In this story, we have Harper, a small town girl working in the local bookstore; she’s tormented, full of pain, sadness and resignation. She’s desperate to remain anonymous and feels so undeserving of any form of love of happiness and Ghost – or Gideon to use his given name – a big gruff bearded redhead and a transplant from New York who needed to get away from it all and get over a lovers betrayal. He walks into the local bookstore and meets Harper and what follows is an exquisitely beautiful beginning to a relationship. Harper is extremely damaged, still haunted by her past, of living in a small town as a trans woman and never feeling worthy of any love or kindness, even from herself. Ghost takes his time with her and with lots of patience and tentative steps, shows Harper that she does have worth and she begins to learn to trust again. This isn’t an easy task and there’s also someone out to remind Harper of her demons. I love this world that J. M. Dabney has created, it’s tough, it’s brash, it’s colourful and full of love and I’m sure I can even smell the beer, sweat and leather as I’m reading . This is a fantastic start to the new series and I’m chomping at the bit for Jokers (and Killer’s!) story.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
J.M. Dabney is a multi-genre author who writes mainly LGBT romance and fiction. She lives with a constant diverse cast of characters in her head. No matter their size, shape, race, etc. she lives for one purpose alone, and that’s to make sure she does them justice and give them the happily ever after they deserve. J.M. is dysfunction at its finest and she makes sure her characters are a beautiful kaleidoscope of crazy. There is nothing more she wants from telling her stories than to show that no matter the package the characters come in or the damage their pasts have done, that love is love. That normal is never normal and sometimes the so-called broken can still be amazing.
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