Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde

Book Four in the Reaper’s MC Series

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?

What I thought about Reaper's Stand

At the end of Devil’s Game, Reese “Picnic” Hayes notices London Armstrong, the owner of the new cleaning service hired to clean the pawn shop and strip joint managed by the Reapers.

Of course he wants her. Pic wants them all. Since his wife passed away, he’s been hitting it hard,mostly with women his daughter's age. But when London comes out to the Armory looking for someone partying there, he gets his chance to convince her to give him a ride. London isn't interested yet, and she makes him a different deal which involves cleaning his house. Pic takes her up on it, since he is willing to be patient. He knows London wants him too. 

There's only one problem. London is dating a local cop and she has to choose between them. I liked London. She’s got a big heart. She's done a lot of good in her life, from taking in her cousin's daughter Jessica, to helping Jessica's friend get out of an abusive household. She’s funny and sometimes drift-y, but she knows what she wants and has no problem working for it.

She’s always taken care of herself, but that doesn’t work out so well when the cartel decides to use the Jessica to motivate London into taking serious actions against the MC.

Things take a dark turn at this point. London puts Picnic in a very precarious position -- he’s falling for her, but she’s betrayed him and the club. What’s an MC prez to do? This part of the story had some nice tension and I thought this piece was handled realistically and my heart broke for both of them.

I loved how Picnic handled the Em and Hunter situation in Devil’s Game, and he shows that heart again in Reaper’s Stand. There are so many glimpses of the man under the MC President persona, especially the heart-wrenching moments when he dialogues with his dead wife which was a great way to bring her into the story. It could have have been creepy, but it was sweet and a little bit sad.

I re-read this series this week in preparation for writing this review. Even though the Reapers sometimes do and say things that can make you want to cringe, the brotherhood between them and the way they protect the people they love is nicely depicted. It's all told with a good dose of humor, which makes this a standout series for me. 

I like this series. It’s fun and sexy without being preachy or diluting the violent aspects of the MC. These guys are bad dudes, but they are also loyal, protective, and know how to take care of their women in and out of bed. It’s an entertaining ride that I’ll take again. If you like MC stories and haven't tried this one, I'd recommend you give the Reaper's a try. 

Previous Books in the Reaper’s MC Series

Reaper’s Property (bk 1)
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Reaper’s Legacy (bk 2)
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Devil’s Game (bk 3)
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Author Information
Joanna Wylde

Joanna is a freelance writer living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She started writing fiction in 2002, then took a long hiatus to explore other writing opportunities. She returned to fiction in January 2013 with ‘Reaper’s Property’, the first book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

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