They say one action doesn’t define you.
I killed a man. Stabbed him in the neck and licked the blood off my lips after I did it.
Still, one action doesn’t define you.
I could have called anyone. My father, the Prez of The Fallen MC, our family lawyer, my best friend, Lila, or my brother, King.
Instead, I called Lionel Danner, the police officer renowned for taking down the Nightstalkers MC. The man who had been my father’s arch nemesis for decades. The man who hated everything I stood for. A man who had disappeared from my life without explanation three years ago.
I called him.
And maybe one action doesn’t define you, but killing a bad man and calling in the good changed my life and it sure as hell changed his.
The third book in the Fallen Men Series. A standalone featuring Harleigh Rose and Officer Lionel Danner.
In the corrupt, unlawful, and deviant world in which Harleigh Rose Garro and Lionel ‘Lion’ Danner live, good vs. bad and right vs. wrong are not mutually exclusive concepts, and regardless of how drastically opposite these terms appear to be, they’re not as black and white as they may seem; life isn’t that cut and dry, and there’s no clear way to separate oneself in a way that allows them to be completely pure or completely unclean, so it’s unfair to categorize HR as a sinner and Danner as a saint because these two characters straddle both sides of the law, creating tarnished crowns, tattered wings, and a torn moral compass. But if people were to truly be judged by the sum of their parts – both the good and the bad…the right and the wrong, Harleigh and Danner’s courage and conviction as well as their sense of honor, duty, and family would solidify exactly where they belong – next to each other.
I don’t think I can adequately convey just how much I LOVED Good Gone Bad or how in awe I am of the way that Giana Darling crafted their story. It’s beyond clear that Harleigh and Danner required their whole story to be told, sugarcoating nothing that happened and laying themselves bare when it came to their feelings for each other, the choices that they made, and the actions that they took that redefined everything about who they were, what they stood for, and what they meant to those around them.
And because of the candid insight readers receive, we are forced to understand just how brutally beautiful Harleigh and Danner’s love for one another and Harleigh’s love for her family is while also acknowledging the fact that sometimes bad things have to be done by and for good people in order to have a fighting chance at living the life they were meant to live with the people they were meant to have by their side.
There is no easy path to redemption nor is justice something that can be universally obtained…all anyone can hope is to have someone at their back who understands exactly what they’re made of and why, despite knowing better, certain choices are made and actions are taken – ones that they wouldn’t change regardless of the risk…regardless of the cost because what matters is the endgame and getting to that point is all about survival and there are no ground rules when it comes to keeping loved ones alive and well.
I absolutely adored Danner’s little rebel and Harleigh’s lion and despite the hell that they had to endure in order to get to a place where nothing mattered but how they felt for one another, in the end, all the recklessness…all the irrational acts and choices…all the hurt…all the grief…all the scars got them to a place where they were not just a bad girl and a good guy…not just a warrior princess and a badass cop…not just a Garro and a Danner, but they were EVERYTHING that each other desperately wanted and needed and, in my opinion, exactly what they deserved.
4.5 Poison Apples