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Release Blitz and Reviews: Devil's Game: Joanna Wylde


Devil's Game (Reapers MC#3)
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Coming June 3, 2014

Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.

Or so she thinks.

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I’d been so f***ing naive. Blind. Never again. From now on, I’d be making my own decisions and Dad would just have to deal with it.

Devil’s Game was a wild ride, with a sweet side. Those who have followed this series for a while now, will know something was going on with Emmy and Liam/Hunter. This book overlaps the timeline of Reaper’s Legacy for the first third or so. But as much as the storyline up to that point was a known factor, there were so many details that were unknown because Legacy was told from Sophie and Ruger’s views. What led up to the kidnapping? How well did Em really know this Liam fellow she was so enamored of? And what happened before the girls were handcuffed in the same room while kidnapped? Devil’s Game answers all those questions that came from Reaper’s Legacy and takes off, creating and answering so many more.

As the daughter of Reapers’ president, Picnic, Emmy knows about life inside a motorcycle club. She grew up watching her mom and the other old ladies handle their men, knowing that someday she would most likely also end up with a Reaper as an old man. Of Picnic’s two daughters, she is the more easy going daughter -- more likely to toe the line than rumple feathers. But being the “good one” came with it’s downside -- none of the men around her would risk angering Picnic to be with her.

Hunter is a nomad member of the Devil Jacks, the Reapers’ rival. Hunter was the main muscle behind the kidnapping of Emmy and Sophie in Reaper’s Legacy. But the situation that put the women in the place to be kidnapped in the first place was alluded to, if not all that clearly before any pages of Devil’s Game were turned.

This was a great adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet star-crossed lovers storyline. Coming from rival clubs, Emmy and Hunter should not have crossed paths, even in an official capacity. But when the Devil Jacks set their sights on using Emmy as a bridge between their club and the Reapers, Hunter must find a way to get Emmy’s attention without drawing attention to his club affiliation. And neither he nor his brothers anticipate what happens when feelings get in the way of the club’s plans.

I loved this story from start to finish. Emmy goes through such great character development. From hiding in the club’s shadow to an independent student making choices for the first time, to attempting to bridge two rival clubs without betraying either, she goes through immense growth and development. Hunter, too, has a lot to learn about himself and relationships over the course of the book, and a conversation with Picnic late in the book had me chuckling at the ignorance about what it means to be in a relationship as opposed to simply sleeping with a woman. (And knowing Picnic knew exactly what Liam would be walking into in that situation and let him do it anyway made it even funnier to watch.)

One of the things I love about the Reaper’s MC series is that it’s like reading two books in one. There is the love story developing throughout the plot, and in this case is simmering before the book even opens. And then there is also the club aspect that throws a wrench in the relationship. This means there are multiple points throughout the book where the story feels like it is reaching it’s end, only to have the club loose ends come up to tangle things up again.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 



“You deserve a man who’ll fight for you, baby girl. You remember that, all right?” 

Some of the events happened in Reaper's Legacy, but now we are seeing them through Em and Liam/Hunter's eyes. Em is the daughter of Reese "Picnic" Hayes, the Reapers MC president, while Liam aka Hunter is kind of an adopted son of the president of the rival MC club Devil's Jacks. We get to see more about their lives before and more about their beginning.

I have to say that this one was a bumpy start for me. Even though I knew the kidnapping story from the last book, getting it from their points of view was different. I already liked Em, but Liam took me a while to warm up to. Not only how he lied and used her, but getting into his head and some of his actions totally ticked me off. I wanted to kick him in the balls myself. I knew there was more to him, but he could be an ass. But I loved that Em was one tough chick who totally challenged him.

This one was full of confusion, complications, and drama. Soon I got immersed in the whole Romeo and Juliet of the MC world and started to like Hunter. He was alpha, bossy, rough around the edges, but he began to show some vulnerability. He began to stand up for himself and her and really make decisions for them and not just for the Jacks. 

Em was strong, vibrant, and did not take crap. She grew up with MC guys and knew how to handle them. She had her eyes set on one of the Reapers, Painter, but that was not going anywhere fast. And Liam was able to sneak in and grab her attention, thus ending in the whole kidnapping mess that did not end well. Due to the circumstances it was hard to tell what was true and what was set up. It was a confusing mix of longing, heart break, mistrust, misunderstandings, and hope. But she definitely made an impression and she was tough enough to make a previously unloved man start to question what is really important in life. As they started to deal with the danger and drama swirling around them, I became more invested in them as couple and finding a way to make all of the factions happy.

Like all of the books in this series, there was suspense, danger, mayhem, jealousy, anger, and a lot of mistrust and miscommunication. Liam and Em were a couple that should have never really happened but they were powerless to stop their connection. No kidnapping, fighting, lying or outside influences were going to keep them apart if they really could be honest and take a stand together. Needless to say Picnic was not thrilled that Daddy's little girl had taken up with a Devil's Jack especially when the Jacks, Reapers, and Cartel's politics were at a critical boiling point. But Hunter was not a push over when it came when it came to what he considered his.

But will they get mixed up in the turf war? And will they or their relationship survive it?

The book got more interesting and intriguing as it went along and I ended up liking it. Many of the side characters we already know were back. Em's sister Kit was also showcased quite a bit in this one, along with Skid, Painter, Cookie and Deke. And of course part of this story involved Sophie and Ruger from Reaper's Legacy. The end opened up for the next book, Picnic's story in Reaper's Stand. Should be interesting to see it play out since we have been following him throughout all of the books and we know about his past already.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Reaper's Property (Reapers MC#1)
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Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.
Maybe.


Reaper's Legacy (Reapers MC#2)
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WELCOME TO THE CLUB

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart—and her virginity—to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious—her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands—with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club—to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way…

Reaper's Stand (Reapers MC #4)
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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?


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, and has recently released ‘Reapers Legacy’, the second of the series.

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