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.