In Reaper’s Stand (Reapers MC, #4) by Joanna Wylde we get to meet London Armstrong, new cleaning lady working for the Reapers Motorcycle Club. President of the club, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has had a rough few years since the death of his wife, Heather. He shut down after she died from cancer, and he focused on raising his two daughters and running the club. Reese doesn’t want any serious relationships. London has also had a difficult time. She’s been raising her drug-addicted cousin’s daughter, Jessica, a young girl with serious health and developmental issues. When Jessica gets messed up with dangerous people, London has nowhere to turn. When the safe and solid man she was dating turns out to be less than dependable, and the man she thought was a dangerous criminal turns out to be the one who’s always there for her, London has to make some tough choices.
Overall I liked this one. There were certainly parts of it that I hated. I hated that London was so stupid at times. For a woman running a thriving business, she was awfully dumb. If she thought her boyfriend was so big, bad and tough, he should’ve been the first one she turned to. Instead, she betrayed him. She was terrible at reading people, and she made some comically bad decisions. She did a lot of things the wrong way, but they turned out okay in the end. Reese was also a first class douche during the first part of the book. The scene where London went to ask him for help finding her cousin, and he was in the middle of receiving certain “services” and wasn’t polite enough to stop or ask her to come back later was just gross. This type of scenario happened twice with him. Once was bad enough. Why London would have been so attracted to this pig was questionable. I guess it fit with the bad decision-making part of her character. I also thought it was too convenient and too ridiculous that London saved the day over and over again. She saves Reese’s daughter, she saves her cousin, she kills the bad guy. Really? Why was the motorcycle club even there with her? Why didn’t she go in all alone and do it all herself? It was pretty implausible.
If you’ve read the series thus far, go ahead and read this one, too. I enjoy the author’s writing style even if her characters do irritate me at times. Her books are fast reads.
In Devil’s Game (Reaper’s MC, #3) by Joanna Wylde, we get to hear Em’s story. Emily has been raised in the club. Her Dad is the President. She lives with her father, and she’s had a sheltered life until recently. Tired of the restrictions and tired of always having someone watching over her, she’s decided at age 22 to finally do something. Her younger sister has been out on her own for a while now. Em meets someone online and begins a friendship that blossoms into something more. Liam is funny, he’s caring, and he’s into Em. They decide to meet in person, and things are going great until Liam decides to kidnap Em, and she finds out he’s a member of a long-time rival motorcycle club, the Devil’s Jacks.
I’m not sure how I felt about this one. Em has been one of my favorite characters in the Reaper’s family. She’s funny and smart, and it was great to see her stand up to her father a bit. Liam/Hunter has been around since the first book, too. I knew his story would be told sooner or later. I thought that he and Em had great chemistry together. I liked that he fought for Em, and as members of rival clubs, there were certain things they should not have been sharing with each other, but he was different. He told her things and treated her like a trusted adult, something she didn’t have within her father’s club. Liam even went against his own club for her.
There were several things I didn’t like about this book. I think there was more phone sex in this book than actual face-to-face sex scenes. Once would have been enough. The scene where Liam was dreaming (and the reality) was particularly nauseating. I skimmed that one. I also did not care for what Em’s father did to Liam after he’d promised her he wouldn’t hurt him. I understand that her father was big, bad and mean, and he was in charge, but I found that scene over the top in its intensity. I get that these characters are members of outlaw motorcycle clubs; they are members of the 1%. They are not law abiding, and they are not nice people, but having them do something surprising and unpredictable might be nice for a change.
In Reaper’s Legacy (Reapers Motorcycle Club Book 2) by Joanna Wylde, we meet Sophie and Ruger. The book opens with Sophie as a teenager dating Ruger’s younger stepbrother, Zach. Sophie ends up a pregnant teen, and her parents turn their backs on her. Ruger has always been there for Sophie, and he’s also been supportive and loving to Sophie’s son, Noah. Flash forward seven years, and Ruger is there for her again when she needs him the most. The only problem is that Ruger is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and Sophie wants nothing to do with the club. She thinks they’ll be a bad influence on her son. She also sees Ruger as a man who isn’t looking for a permanent, long-term relationship.
This is a difficult one to review without giving away too much of the story. I enjoyed it but not quite as much as I did the first book in the series. I liked Ruger a lot. It was obvious to me that he loved Sophie all along. It just took him a long time to admit it. The explanation about one of his tattoos was certainly memorable. OMG. Sophie was harder to like. She needlessly put her son at risk when she didn’t need to, and she kept asking Ruger to bail her out. Noah seemed to be in more danger from things she did than he ever was with the bikers. Sophie was also way too negative about the people who welcomed her and did all they could to help her. She kept thinking they were the “wrong sort” to be hanging around with. Why did she think she was so much better than everyone else? That got tiring after a while. I would have appreciated her dropping her high and mighty attitude sooner.
The plot in this one takes an odd twist towards the end. I thought the story was going in one direction, and it went somewhere else entirely, kind-of out of the blue. It explains why Sophie never stuck with Zach, but it was also a little hard to swallow. I suppose Sophie had to reach the turning point she did so that she would accept the motorcycle club. It also gave her a chance to exact some revenge. I’m not sure I liked the twist, though. It felt like the author had to take her down to an all-time low before she saw the people who were good to her as equals.
I just finished Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde.
Marie needs to save her brother Jeff’s life. He’s messed with the wrong people. Stealing $50,000 from a motorcycle club and thinking he could get away with it without paying in some fashion is a clue that Marie’s brother isn’t all that bright. Marie has just gotten away from her abusive husband and is living with her brother as she figures her life out. She ends up getting caught in her brother’s mess and being used for collateral. One of the gang members, an ex-Marine called Horse wants Marie. To save Jeff’s life, Marie becomes Horse’s property.
This is my first biker romance. I liked that there was an alternating point of view. While it was mostly told from Marie’s POV, we get to see some of Horse’s motivation and some of what goes on behind the scenes with the club.
In reading a number of the reviews on Goodreads, this seems to be the type of book that people either love or hate. What cracks me up is that many who wrote negative reviews missed the point. It’s a romantic FANTASY. It’s not real, people, and the characters are fictional. He’s supposed to be rough, crude and domineering. He’s a biker. He’s not Casper Milktoast, the Accountant. I didn’t take as much offense to his aggressive, rough side as some did because that’s what I was expecting from the character. Marie wasn’t all virginal sweetness either. She’d had a rough upbringing, her family is less than impressive, and her marriage was horrible.
While I did find her character stupid at times, most romantic heroines are. They do the exact opposite of what they are told to do, and they get into trouble so that the hero can save them. I liked the twist in this story where Marie came to his rescue instead.
I enjoyed this book enough that I read it in one day. I don’t mind my heroes a little rough around the edges. He made more sense to me than those otherworldly (totally unbelievable) heroes (vampire, demon or some other immortal or non-human type lover/romantic lead). Yes, the story is a little racy, but racy is good, and it has the happily ever after that I need in a romance.
Count me as someone who really liked this book. I’m reading the second installment in the series now.