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New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…
Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.
Or maybe not.
Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.
Right from the first.
Joanna Wylde is back, and she’s nailed it with this short, sexy, funny and dramatic MC novella that is a fantastic read from start to finish. It’s set in the Reaper’s MC World but doesn’t really tie in to the other books in the series so can easily be read as a standalone. It features Reaper’s National President, Shade, and introduces his kickass heroine, Mandy.
Mandy is a down-on-her-luck waitress who has had a hard time, but who has moved to a dead-end town in Idaho to help her sister with her three little girls. She is struggling for money and is desperate to be free of the dramas from her past, and she is headstrong and determined to get there. She’s in a sort-of relationship with a biker from the town, but after watching her mother, her sister and herself be hurt over and over again by men, she wants nothing to do with relationships or anything long term. But then Shade walks into her life.
The man radiated power, strength and raw sex. He was the biggest, nastiest bastard in the room – not to mention easy on the eyes – and deep down inside I just knew we’d make beautiful babies together. Too bad I already sort of had a boyfriend…Shade was so potent we’d probably have quintuplets or something crazy on the first try.
You don’t even want a baby, I reminded my quivering ovaries.
Jump him! Jump him and ride him like a cowgirl! they snapped back.
Shade is everything that Mandy wants, but everything she shouldn’t want. He’s dark and dangerous and infinitely sexy, but she doesn’t want to get tangled up with him or his club – but circumstances lead to just that.
Their chemistry is electric right from the very start. Shade wants her and he makes no secret of that, and each and every encounter is sizzling with sexual tension. With the boyfriend history and Shade not letting up, Mandy gives in to what she believes will be a one night stand, but they soon discover that one night won’t be enough.
Whatever this was between us, it wasn’t one sided and I wasn’t the only one blown away.
“You can’t tell me this isn’t happening,” he said, the words torn harshly from his throat. I wanted to deny it but I couldn’t.
“I’ve never felt anything like it in my life,” I admitted. He growled, all savage satisfaction at my admission. Then his hand twisted hard in my hair, bringing his mouth back down over mine.
But Mandy is still sworn off relationships, and Shade certainly doesn’t do commitment. And with him just passing through town and due to hit the road again in just a few weeks, what else could they expect anyway?
“You can bullshit all you want about sex and one-night stands, but I’m not done with you yet and you know it. I get what I want, and I want you.”
It’s a fun, banter-filled, passionate ride for them. I loved the dynamic between them as a straight-talking smartass who has sworn off men goes up against a straight-talking badass who is used to women flinging themselves at him. Shade has a battle on his hands with Mandy, and he couldn’t be happier about it. They clash and they argue, but their passion for each other is undeniable, and they are so freaking hot together! But more than just sex, there’s an underlying connection that builds beautifully as the story progresses.
“What will you be?”
“I’ll be yours, Mandy.”
“For how long?”
He leaned forward, resting his forehead against mine.
“For as long as you want me, babe.”
I loved this book. The story is written primarily from Mandy’s POV, but there are some occasional chapters from Shade, and I really enjoyed them both as characters. They are great on their own, but together they are fantastic. I loved them and their story, and I wish we got more of it! Don’t get me wrong, I thought the pacing of this novella was great – I felt what they were feeling, and it all felt realistic and natural, I just wanted to get to know them more (Shade especially), and though I finished the book with a smile on my face, I was enjoying myself so much that I wanted more of them!
This is a fairly angst-free read. There is no game playing or stupid behaviour. There is some drama with Mandy’s family that adds a great edge to the story – complementing the story rather than getting in the way – and together with the other elements of the story, it all comes together to create an exciting, interesting, sexy, dramatic and fun read and I couldn’t put it down.
I loved being back in Joanna Wylde’s world, and look forward to whatever is coming next.
Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Reapers MC series
“You’re full of sh*t!” I said, waving my hand grandly. My drink sloshed and I licked the side of the cup, because this whiskey was way too good to waste even a single drop. “Wonder Woman is better than Batman. She’s got real power, not just fancy toys. Although she has those, too, which means anything Batman can do, she can do better.”
“Nope,” Shade said, shaking his head seriously. “She’s hot, I’ll give her that, but he’d take her in a fair fight.”
I held up a hand for him to wait as I polished off my booze.
“No way. She’s a goddess of war and she’s one of the best hand-to- hand fighters in history. She’s got an invisible jet, for God’s sake. How can you compete with that? All he has is a bunch of money and the stupid Batmobile.”
“Hand over the cup,” Shade said, narrowing his eyes.
“Why?” I asked, narrowing mine right back. I was good and drunk now, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to be done for the night.
“Demonstration,” he replied. “C’mon. Or are you chicken?”
“What are we, kindergartners?”
“You’re the one insisting Wonder Woman can take Batman,” he replied. “Chicken.”
Then he leaned toward me, raising a single finger to poke me in the center of my chest. Not copping a feel or anything remotely sexual, either. This was pure taunt. I handed him the cup and he tossed it on the floor, nearly falling off the bed in the process. I smirked—guess I wasn’t the only drunk one. Then he started listing to the side and I lunged for him, grabbing his shirt to keep him from going over.
Shade caught my arm, using the momentum to pull me onto his body with sudden force. My hands hit his chest and I raised my head to stare at him, stunned.
“What the hell are you doing?” I asked. Shade wrapped his arms around my waist, holding me tight to his body.
About Joanna Wylde
Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.
Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.