Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde

Meet Puck and Becca on April 7!


First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels.

Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward--full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That's when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he'd violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.

Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She's been terrified of him ever since, but she's even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from... But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She's living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can't ignore. She has to go back, and there's only one man she can trust to go with her--the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.

Puck will help her again, but this time it'll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants...


Ignoring him, I settled back on my stool and surveyed the room. We sat in Becca’s section, and what I saw wasn’t making me happy. I knew she was a good waitress, but she’d just started here and it showed. Not only had she fucked up several orders, she didn’t quite seem to get the rhythm of the bar. That wasn’t my problem, though.

My problem was that despite these fuckups, nobody seemed to mind. I had a nasty suspicion this was due to her perky tits, friendly smile, and tight little ass that seriously just needed a bite taken right out of it.

She really, really needed to get a new job—every man in the place wanted her. Including me. Especially me. I hated them. All of them. I shifted uncomfortably, because just like every time I shared a room with her, my pants had gotten tight.

Torture. Becca was just so fucking fine on every level, and not just her looks. There was something about the way she carried herself . . . I couldn’t put my finger on it. Like she was dancing through life to some song nobody else could hear. Never met another woman like her—she wasn’t just sexy, she was a survivor and I admired that.

She’d grown up so much since the first time I’d met her. Bigger boobs, a nice fullness to her ass that was nowhere close to fat but would be perfect to hold tight while I fucked her. Her lips had plumped, too, and over the years she’d gained a sparkle in her eyes that turned her from pretty to 100 percent spectacular.

Not to mention how she’d tasted.

Nearly blew in my pants when I’d taken that mouth. Just the memory got me hard. Make that harder. Fucking basket case.

When I’d pulled up to find her sitting outside with Collins, a thousand murder scenarios ran through my mind. And yeah, I know I covered that already, but if anything ever deserved empha- sis, this was it. Collins needed to die. I didn’t care how nice he was. After that I’d throw Becca on the back of my bike and make a run for the hills . . .

Okay, so there were a few problems with the plan, the top one being she hated me. Or she should—I’d certainly given her cause. Boonie nudged me.

“Did I mention you’re pathetic? You want her, take her. Other- wise let it go because you’re an embarrassment to all men in general and to the Silver Bastards in particular.”

About the Author:

Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.

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Signed Paperback of Silver Bastard (3 copies)

I'm not a huge reader of the MC genre, but I know talent when I see it. Joanna Wylde has it. Her books are my biker kryptonite. When I clapped eyes on Horse in Reaper's property? I was sold. Lock, stock, and barrel. Every book since has been an auto-buy, no need to read a synopsis. Those Reaper boys had me hooked. This book made my most anticipated list of 2015, I couldn't wait to meet the whole new group of brothers in leather. 

This was a somewhat hard for me to rate because I wasn't crazy in love with either main character. But looking at the groundwork the author put in to build a solid series with this introduction book makes me appreciate the bigger picture a little more. If there's one thing JW is a pro at, it's attention to detail. It could never be said that her stories are weak or unrealistic. That's one of the main draws that continues to pull me in each and every time. They're raw, and they embody everything a biker book should be.

If you've read the Reapers books, you know Puck was a prospect for the Silver Bastards and got sent to prison with Painter (from the Reapers) for a year. The book starts out with these two men's release and a celebratory party in their honor. What follows is one big clusterfuck. Little things like forced prostitution, unintentional statutory rape, bloodshed...you get thrown right into some heated, intense moments-no time wasted.

Puck comes to realize Becca isn't the woman she at first appears. On the other hand? He is exactly what he appears. 

Everything about him was rough, almost brutal, and while I knew he wasn't that much older than me, there were ten lifetimes reflected in his gaze.

He's as tough as you'd expect from an MC member; to put it bluntly, he's self-serving and unapologetic in his ways. When the Silver Bastards discover Becca's situation the next morning, they remove her from her home and she falls under their protection.

Starting out, I thought I was going to have a little girl crush on Becca. She came out of a truly hellish situation and surfaced on the other side with ambition, a sense of humor, and the ability to try to see the bright side of any situation. She isn't one to wallow and she chooses to try to build a better life for herself-no looking back. Her one chink in her armor is her poor excuse for a mother. She tries to stay strong against her at first, she really does.

Since coming to California, I've lived my life according to one basic rule-I called it the Mom Principle. When in doubt, think about what Mom would do. Then do the exact opposite.

But this woman is a piece of work and she finally succeeds in making her go all kinds of crazy and irrational. I was about ready to scream at her weakness for her mother's manipulation. She's like an insidious disease that seeps into this poor girls head-it was sickening. 

As tough as Puck was, he always had a soft spot for Becca and his long years of forced distance have finally worn thin enough to break. He doesn't immediately cave and go after her because of their complicated past, but once he finally make his choice to claim her, it's a done deal whether she likes it or not. She puts up the good fight, but let's face it, these boys take what they want and she's been his since he set eyes on her years ago. It was only a matter of time.

I do feel like I never really fully connected to Puck and Becca-they both had some moments of insanity that pushed my limits. He had pretty much zero sensitivity in him, and she made some bad choices. However I did end up liking them together, they just weren't my favorite of JW so far. Series starters can always run that risk of falling prey to lack of connection to the main characters. So much time is needed to build characterization of an entire group of people, backstories, lead-ins to future books, and so forth the MCs can lose some of the spotlight. So that's partly a contributor for me. 

The book culminates in plenty of action that kept me turning the pages. As always, the plot and character development were 5 star worthy. Overall? I would still give it a positive rating and I'm thoroughly intrigued with the tease to the books to follow. It's gone past the want stage, I NEED the next book. That "bonus" scene thrown in at the end?? Now that was just mean. Author cruelty-my grabby hands are twitching.


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