Custom Built


Author: Chantal Fernando
Genre: MC Romance
Series: Yes. Fast and Fury #1

After losing her job, saying goodbye to a lifelong dream and having an all-around cruddy year, Bronte Pierce needs a break. A job at Fast & Fury might be just the thing to reset her life, even though she knows nothing about custom motorcycles. But taking a job isn’t the same as keeping it, and her fresh start quickly turns into a fresh nightmare.

Starting with her boss. Crow is hardheaded, stubborn and brutally honest. He may be easy on the eyes, but he runs with an MC and he’s anything but friendly to Bronte. She suspects he has a softer side—just not for her.

Her whole life, Bronte has known that the only person she can truly count on to save the day is herself. But when a single murder turns into a conspiracy and the threat to her life is more than she can handle alone, it’s Crow who comes through—and her newfound family might just become her greatest strength.

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* I requested and received a copy of Custom Built by @chantalfernando for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

This author has a unique style of writing. I’m not a huge fan of tell and not show. The author has a mix of this in her writing. She will describe things and then all of a sudden will then tell you things. It is a very weird mix in writing technique.

Outside of this mixture of writing techniques, I did want to continuously pick the book up. I believe I actually read the entire book in one day. I can’t remember the last time I have done this. I was that engaged in and interested in continuously reading this story.

This is an MC (motorcycle club) romance story. However, it had a lighter feel to it. Though the club is involved in some illegal things, the author didn’t show the violent aspects of being a club member. The story revolved around their legal ventures and helping Bronte with the different struggles that she was going through.

The romance that you follow is between Bronte and Crow. Bronte has fallen on some really hard times and has to look for another job. Through some family connections, she ends up getting a job working at a custom build motorcycle garage. This could also be considered an office romance as well, since the two involved work at the same place of business. The office tension was great to see develop and see how it progresses to them falling for each other as the work together.

The author did a great job of showing that, despite the tattoos and being a member of a motorcycle club, that they are still humans with all the human range of emotions. She does a great job with the theme of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Though these two individuals come from very different backgrounds, Crow stands by her and shows how loyal and trustworthy he really is. I loved seeing the softer side to a very dominant alpha male.

I also really enjoyed that it touched on my emotions. I did tear up in some sections of the stories. I could identify with Bronte as she went through some of her experiences. Some of her losses and sense of guilt over them is very relatable. It was also great to see how the other characters supported her through these moments and allowed her to grieve but didn’t allow her to wallow to long by herself. They gave her the space to grieve, and then pulled her out and made her go on living in a very caring way.

The only thing that I didn’t really care for was the wishy washy way that some of her family members were. There was a huge secret that was revealed, but to be at the top of his organization, the reader would think that he would be a little more ruthless and on the ball of taking care of business, especially when bad things happened to his family. Instead, the author drug out these events and allowed for more painful things to occur to Bronte, instead of the uncle taking care of things like one would have thought he would do in his high position.

Overall, this is a great read. I gave it a 4 star rating and would consider reading more books in this series. I would also like to see the author get out of the tell phase and stick to just the show through her writing.

Rating: 4 out of 5.