Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blog Tour and Christie's review: Reaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde

Reaper’s Fall is the newest standalone in the Reaper's MC Series.  Painter & Melanie's story is FINALLY here!

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The New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Stand is back in her “uber-alpha rough world of MCs”* as one woman’s future is rocked by the man whose hardcore past could destroy her…

He never meant to hurt her.

Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.

Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.


“You want to watch a movie or something?” she asked, nodding toward the TV. I had a decent one, too. Giant-ass flat-screen—homecoming present from the club.

“Sure,” I said, reaching for the remote. I didn’t have cable, but Ruger had set up some kind of box thingie for me so I could stream shit. “Whatcha in the mood for?”
“Not horror,” she said quickly, and I laughed again, remembering that first evening I’d spent with her at Pic’s house. She’d been so young and scared and vulnerable . . . I’d wanted to eat her up.
I still wanted to eat her.
“I can’t believe that you and Puck were supposed to be watching over me, and then you put in a slasher movie. That’s not how you make a girl feel safe.”
“No horror,” I agreed, although the thought of holding her for a couple hours while she was scared shitless appealed way more than it should. Watch it, asshole. “How about Star Wars?”
“You like Star Wars?”
I shrugged. “Everyone likes Star Wars. You know, I’m pretty damned sure Han Solo was a biker.”
She giggled. “You mean, like a space biker?”
“See, when you say it like that it sounds stupid.”
“I wanted to be Princess Leia. She’s badass,” she said, taking a deep drink of her beer. I watched as her lips wrapped around the neck, her throat swallowing. Oh fuck, that was good. She set the beer down on the coffee table with a clink, then let loose with the biggest burp I’d ever heard.
“Fucking hell,” I said, stunned. “I didn’t think girls could burp like that. Shit. Impressive, Mel. Very impressive.”
She grinned at me.
“We’re friends,” she told me. “And friends don’t need to worry about stuff like that. Let me guess—you’ve never had a female friend before?”
“Not really,” I admitted. “I’m think I’m a little scared.”
Scared and turned on, which was weird.
“You should be. I can do the whole alphabet.”
Damn. I kinda wanted to see that.

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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Joanna Wylde's series are some of the only MC series I follow. Even if I don't particularly care for some aspects of the stories, her books are completely addictive and just about as well written as you can get. Some of her books I've loved, some of them have just been okay for me. I've been anticipating Painters book quite a bit and thankfully, I can say that it didn't disappoint. Admittedly, these two characters will have moments that cause some frustration with their choices, but I can't say that they bothered me enough to take much off of my rating. In essence, this book is a friends to lovers as well as a second chance romance of sorts...with plenty of biker action thrown in. What really impressed me most of all about Reaper's Fall was the attention to detail, authenticity in the biker world, and the complex storyline with some real depth. So...pretty much what you always get from this author.

Painter has been convicted and sent to prison on more than one occasion for his brothers in the club. His loyalty is unquestionable and he's respected for his willingness to do what it takes to protect his boys. He's not a soft man, and he's seen and done things in his life that make him even harder. He has no interest in looking for an "old lady" or a woman to be his partner beside him in his life with the Reapers. The last thing he expected was an obsession to grow for a sweet and innocent woman-that would be like leading a lamb to slaughter. He would eat her up and spit her out. Their innocent letters while he's in prison only serve to tempt him even further though.

Melanie is a good girl and not equipped for dealing with what comes along with the biker life. She's going to school and trying to make a better life for herself. At first, I was worried that she would be somewhat of a doormat. I wasn't sure if she had the strength to take on a man like him, but she proved me wrong. Little miss sweet and innocent had a fire in her that worked well with Painter. And as mistakes were made by both and consequences had to be faced, she only grew stronger and more mature through the years. I admired her courage in facing her problems head on-but good lord could that woman hold a mean grudge. She wasn't without her faults as much as he was. This couple was a wicked ride of ups and downs. When they were bad, they weren't pretty. But when they were good...there were moments of beauty.

Painter is not a sweet or flowery type of man, he's rough around the edges...and everywhere else. I was curious to see how Joanna Wylde would turn this character into someone we could all sympathize with and become invested in. And I have to say, she handled it well. She didn't try to give him a complete personality change-she built on his true character and made his connection with Melanie more natural and believable. Painter grew as much as Melanie and I felt like he more than proved his evolution by the end of the book-with actions rather than just words. 

The action and the continuing storyline involving the MC had me as engrossed as ever. You're not going to find a better plotted or written biker book out there than the ones you'll find in the Reapers series. The book does span over a considerable time period and the romance part of the book takes a significant amount of time to resolve the conflict between the hero and heroine. That being said, I enjoyed myself reading this book and would recommend this to anyone looking for a book with a little more grit to it. After reading Reaper's Fall, I'm once again on board to continue in the next book. Bring it on!


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