Friday, November 20, 2015


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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’re not going back to the party.”
She cocked her head, and I saw the confusion in her alcohol- glazed eyes as she wrinkled her nose at me. All cute, like a rabbit.
“You look like a bunny.”
“You look like an ax murder,” she said, frowning. “And I thought London was looking for me. Aren’t we going the wrong way?”
“I lied. I do that a lot,” I told her, staring at her lips. I reached out, catching her chin in my hand, running my thumb across her lips. Our eyes locked, and I don’t know if her pulse started to rise but mine sure as fuck did. What the hell had I been thinking, writing to this girl? She was so pretty and perfect and had this amazing, magical life just waiting for her and all I could think about was dragging her down into the dirt and shoving my cock into every hole she had.
She’d scream while I did it, too, the same sweet screams that played in my head every night while I jacked off.
I hated myself.
“Why did you lie?” she asked, her voice a whisper.
“To get you away from Taz. It’s not safe with him.”
Mel’s forehead creased in confusion, her brain moving so slowly I could practically see the wheels turning behind her eyes. She might be smart as fuck most of the time, but she’d transitioned to drunker than fuck tonight. Kit. Kit and Em. They’d done this to her.  
I leaned in closer, catching her scent. For an instant I swayed, so tempted . . .
“They told me all about you,” she whispered.
“The other girls. Kit, Em. Jessica. I know how you operate,” she continued. One of her hands rose, touching my chest. Fire burst through me, because if I’d wanted her before I was desperate for her now. She was so soft, so sweet . . . so perfect.
Then her words sank in.
“What did you just say?”
“They told me all about you,” she said, eyes dropping to stare at  my lips. “They told me you have a Madonna-whore complex.” I froze.
“A what?”
“A Madonna-whore complex,” she repeated, her voice earnest. “You like to screw dirty girls and you put clean girls on pedestals, where they can stay perfect and pure. That’s pretty messed up, Painter. There’s no such thing as Madonnas and whores. We’re all just people.”
The words stunned me. What the hell was she talking about? Just because I didn’t want her dragged down in the drama and bullshit of this life didn’t mean I had some sort of fucking complex. And who the hell were the Hayes sisters to have an opinion? I couldn’t tell what pissed me off more—the fact that they’d talked to Mel about me or that they hadn’t done a better job of scaring her off.
She wasn’t supposed to be here.
“Kit and Em are crazy, and that friend of yours—Jessica? She’s like a car crash. You don’t belong here, Mel.”
“And where do I belong?”
“With some nice kid who’ll treat you like a queen and work his ass off to give you everything perfect for the rest of your life.” The words were practically a growl.
Her eyes widened.
“What if I don’t want perfect?”
“Too fucking bad, because that’s what you’re getting.”
I've loved this whole series and this is just another installment in my long line of love.

Levi “Painter” Brooks has been in prison serving out a sentence for when he took one for the team; or in this case, the Club. The whole time sitting in a cell he can't stop thinking about the sweet girl who got under his skin before he was sent away.

Melanie Tucker didn't have an easy life, but somehow managed to remain hopeful and kind. After a scary accident while staying with her friends aunt that almost took her life she meets the cocky and gorgeous Painter. After Painter goes to prison they remain "friends" and keep in contact via letters. Once Painter is released that friendship walks a seductive line. This is where I'll stop so I don't give away spoilers. Let me just say I really liked this book. I love the character development that Joanna Wylde builds within each book and the realism. All of her books, including this one are real. The characters live like most of us do, making by on what we are given in life.

This book has some great humorous moments and once again, potato salad made its way into this book! Pretty sure that's happened in every book of this series. It's not Marie's homemade version with the bacon in it, but it's there! ;)

If you've read the rest of this series then you need to grab this one and get on it. If you haven't started this series yet, what's wrong with you??!!
I've been waiting for Levi "Painter" Brooks story since we first met him. Painter meets Melanie back in Reaper's Stand, when she accidentally blows up London's house and is injured. Painter and Mel form a tentative friendship leading up to his incarceration and their friendship grows via letters while he is in prison.

When Painter is released, he does his best to avoid Mel, believing that she deserves someone better than him. Mel is ticked off by his assertion, telling him in no uncertain terms that she will decide what is best for her. Painter finally gives in to his feelings and quickly realizes he won't be able to let her go. Through a series of events, Painter ends up screwing things up with Mel, big time. He does everything he can to make it up to Melanie, but she isn't having any of his apologies. Finally, Painter tells her he is done being her punching bag, as he's done all that he can think of to earn her forgiveness. I was a little bit irked by Mel- I think she made Painter's life too hard, especially when he was trying to do everything in his power to make it right. Thankfully, she eventually sees what Painter has done for her and finally gives in and accepts him again.

I enjoyed the epilogue....and the bonus epilogue, which has me already eager for Reaper's Fire.
Reapers Fall really focuses on the relationship struggles of Melanie and Painter. These two had a hard time keeping it together. As you know Painter has been sent to prison to serve out the sentence he earned doing club business. Even though they had brief interaction before he is locked up they feel a connection and write to each other while he is away. Melanie is trying to start a new life by focusing on school, home, and even dating, but she can’t stop thinking about Painter and the connection she felt.

After Painter is released it gets messy. Painter drove me crazy because although he wants her doesn’t feel good enough. He can’t make up his mind on claiming her or leaving her alone. Melanie wants Painter but is tired of his games. Their story was like an uphill battle with Painter always ready to do what was required for the club even if it landed him in jail. Then Melanie receives some news that makes her afraid of the other shoe dropping and has to decide if she can live his life.

I really liked Melanie up until a certain point and then I wanted to strangle her. I understood her fears and why she kept putting up roadblocks to a point. But in the end I felt Painter PROVED he could be what she needed and it all became too much.

I loved the growth we got to see in Jessica. I know in previous books people couldn’t stand her because she was a hot mess, but she has grown into a better person.

All in all I really enjoyed their story. I am hoping another Reaper is getting a book because we got quite a bit backstory for another one.
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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