Publication Date: 10/07/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Books
Genre: Motorcycle Club
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Books)
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Books in the series:
1. Reaper's Property
2. Reaper's Legacy
3. Devil's Game
4. Reaper's Stand
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As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese "Picnic" Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he'd never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy--he definitely doesn't want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong
Too bad he's completely obsessed with her.
Besides running her own business, London's got her junkie cousin's daughter to look after--a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she's attracted to the Reapers' president, but she's not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life--how far will she go to save her family?
Joanna Wylde is the queen of motorcycle club romances. With the release of the fourth Reaper's MC book, Reaper's Stand, Wylde solidifies herself as one of the greats. This is a series that takes the reader into the brotherhood of the MC. Wylde doesn't sugarcoat anything and readers get a inside look into how bad and how good the MC lifestyle can be. This one isn't for the faint of heart. It is a little darker than previous books in the series and the pace is lightening quick. A great addition to this series!
What I liked:
Joanna Wylde has always impressed me with her take on the MC world. What most readers know about MC's comes from what they see on TV or have heard about with groups like the Hell's Angels. The portrayals are somewhat realistic but they are sensationalized with tons of violence, gratuitous sex and hatred. Wylde however shows that despite the harshness of the MC world, these are still men and women with issues just like you and I have. The realism is what gets me with this series. These are hard men, they often don't care who gets hurt as long as the brotherhood survives. I liked Wylde's take on the leader of Reaper's MC. He was a hard man, with a soft heart.
Picnic is little older than Wylde's previous heroes in this series. He's lived a little more, experienced more and has a seasoned outlook on life. The loss of his wife has hardened his heart to some extent and he uses women to fill the void of losing her. He has issues with trust, outside his Reaper brotherhood. He isn't an easy man to like, but wow what a fantastic character! In Picnic, Wylde gives reader a older hero who has been hurt and despite everything from MC politics to troubles that strike a little closer to home, he still wants to be loved. I found that very endearing.
London is also a little older. She has her own business. She is taking care of her niece who seems determined to get herself into trouble with the MC. London is very level headed. She doesn't want to get mixed up with the MC but when she does, she doesn't go in blind. She knows what she is getting into and shes willing to face the consequences of her decision. I liked how feisty she got with Picnic. She was in his face and she was able to take what he dished out. There were moments when I wanted to shake her, but all in all she was a great heroine.
The pace of this book is frantic to say the least. The last few chapters will have readers biting their nails and covering their eyes for a minute. This is a darker book than the previous ones in the series and there is bit of violence and reprehensible behavior. I was literally shocked a time or two at Wylde's descriptions of what was going on. She doesn't hold back and readers should be aware of that. Don't expect a fluffy love story with this one. It's dark, it's gritty and it's powerful. Be prepared to hang on for dear life!
What I didn't like:
As I said the pace was like a lightening strike, it's a wonder that the pages didn't catch fire, LOL! Unfortunately, that meant that some of the issues going on in the club were resolved rather quickly with a major dose of testosterone and heroics. It was a bit too easy in some cases when a longer resolution might have been more realistic. I still loved it though.
If you like MC books, Joanna Wylde is the writer for you! Reaper's Stand is in my opinion the best of the series so far. The hero and heroine are more seasoned and worldly wise. The chemistry between them is rough around the edges but that is characteristic of men in the MC world. A great addition to this gritty, raw series.
Reaper's Stand is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Joanna Wylde has written several erotic romances for Ellora's Cave and lives in Idaho. She is also the author of Reaper's Legacy and Reaper's Property.
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