Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
If you thought Giant, Billy, and Charlie Harrington were stubborn, readers, meet James Harrington, L.B. Dunbar’s newest hero in Silver Biker. James Harrington wins the prestigious award for Most Stubborn Harrington Brother in the Silver Foxes of Blue Ridge series. Now, you are probably saying, but Professor A, he has endured a serious trauma in his life. His response is appropriate for his loss. Well, I’m not heartless, so yes, it’s appropriate, but it will also drive you to drink as you read Silver Biker. When Dunbar was crafting her hero for this book, and she used her imaginary character generator, she legitimately chose stubbornness for his first trait and then added in possessiveness. Together, these are a heady mixture. Add to that a story that magnifies the difficulties of trauma and grief, and you’ll find Silver Biker to be an ode to couples who struggle but yet survive.
Dunbar’s Silver Biker is a tug-a-war of visceral emotions with the past on one side and the present and future on the other. If you are looking for an easy read, the ease is only found in Dunbar’s style and the careful layout of her plot. However, each turn of the page is an agreement in frustration as James and Evie balance feelings. There is a realism in this story, and it deftly illustrates the different grief processes of people. Both Evie and James have suffered a loss, but each has taken a different path to process it. Dunbar is careful in not stating there is a “right way” to do so, but she makes it clear that one may not be as healthy as the other. These two are tortured on their journey, and Dunbar makes it palpable for her reader, investing them emotionally.
This isn’t Giant’s story of second chances. This isn’t Billy’s story of laying down his secrets. This isn’t Charlie’s uber-charged $exual extravaganza and worries over the perceptions of his life (although Evie and James’s chemistry burns bright in this story). Dunbar holds our hand through each page, but there isn’t really any resolution until almost the very end. This keeps you on the roller coaster for much of the story. There are times when you want to get off of it, but you simply cannot because Dunbar endears you to James and Evie. These are two broken people trying to find their wholeness again after many years. It’s a keen admonishment about choices and the ways that we choose to live our lives. And with his award for most stubborn firmly entrenched in his character, James reminds us time and time again about the pain of letting go.
I had been waiting almost impatiently for Silver Biker. I love stories that act as a mirror to the challenges of the human spirit. Even more, the romance genre proffers a happy ending for the pain of enduring that reflection. When a writer such as L.B. Dunbar does this carefully, she owns a piece of you. And she does this brilliantly in Silver Biker. If you’ve been reading the Harrington Brothers’ stories, you knew this was coming. You knew James and Evie’s story would be profound, but anticipating it and living it with Dunbar’s characters are entirely different. Silver Biker absolutely met my expectations and offered up MORE. If you’re a reader like me who adores the broken heroes and the heroines whose tenacity and strength save them, then L.B. Dunbar’s Silver Biker is a true #oneclicknow kind of book.
In love and romance,