Ghost (Executioners #1) by J.M. Dabney 4*
BLURB: 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?
My Review: I received a free copy for reviewing purposes This was a new to me author, and the book seems to be a spin off from an earlier series, but that didn't matter too much as the story held up well on it's own. I really liked how the author didn't hold back from being realistic without being overly harsh with the descriptions of self harm and abuse. I also liked how Ghost was portrayed as a man who is not the usual buff hero but at heart he was the best hero I've read in a long time. As for Harper I liked how, with Ghost's help, she grew and developed throughout the book without it turning to an unbelievable HEA. In fact the writing was so good and the other characters from (I presume) the previous stories were so good I don't think this will be me last J.M. Dabney book.