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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Reaper's Fall: Joanna Wylde

Reaper's Fall (Reapers MC #5)
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Expected November 10, 2015

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.
The saga of Painter and Melanie.
Pen pals. Friends. Lovers. Frenemies. 
Can they get their second (or maybe fourth) chance at love?

Levi "Painter" Brooks and Melanie Tucker have been circling around each other for years. Even when he was in prison, she was his pen pal. They both have hidden feelings and want each other, but are also scared of the possible consequences. They are so different, but so attracted. He always tended to put the women he really liked on a pedestal. He thinks Melanie deserves better than him, but is also unable to stay away or keep her in the friend zone. He is also protective, possessive, and jealous. 

But even when it looks like they might finally have a chance at more, club business keeps getting in the way. Their lives are shaken up by changes that they can't control. Melanie has a strong need and desire to be his first priority, but always seems to have to compete with the club. And the club's needs could cost him everything.

These two lose years due to a series of poor choices, missed opportunities, anger, mistakes, heartbreak, lack of trust, and difficulty forgiving. It was definitely a frustrating and heartbreaking road. 

Painter was strong, tough, and loyal but he kept making choices that affected their lives negatively. Melanie was smart, strong, sweet, and sassy, but she was also stubborn and unforgiving. She had insecurities from her past that still affected her and colored her relationship with Painter. They both made mistakes. I wanted to yell at them both at times or lock them in a room together. But all along I felt they did belong together.  It was told in dual points of view, covered a time span of years, and interspersed with some other events in previous books.

A lot of the Reapers, Silver Bastards, Devil's Jacks and their ladies  are back....Picnic, Ruger, Gage, Horse, Puck, Bolt, Duck, and Hunter. Melanie's best friend and room mate Jessica, Kit, Emma, London,  sweet Izzy, and a new woman Tinker Garrett bring in the girl contingent. There is an underlying MC story going on that keeps pulling Painter and Gage in, and also some other splintered stories from previous books adding danger, violence, and suspense. It was also an angsty, romantic, sweet, emotional, and at times volatile second chance love story. I really ended up liking Painter and Melanie even when they had me tense or frustrated. We are also given a short story about Melanie and Painter's first meeting as well as 2 epilogues.

Gage's story was initiated  in this one and will continue in the next book Reaper's Fire.

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
Painter is all alpha, bossy, an a$hole of epic proportions and doesn’t deny it. But he also feels connected to Melanie in a way he has never felt for any other woman. Shortly after they meet, Painter lands himself in prison, and though they hardly know each other, Melanie sends him letters that keep him grounded during his time inside. He has been in and out of prison and jail since he was 12 years old, and going back in has never bothered him, until Melanie.

Melanie has had a crap life. Her mom left suddenly, leaving Melanie with her jerk of a dad. London and Jessica are all she has to call family. But she perseveres through all her challenges. She is strong, capable, and determined to have a better life than her parents left her. Not having grown up around the club, she is not comfortable with all aspects of club life and so stays on the periphery. But it seems as hard as she tries, she can’t shake her emotions for Painter, nor can she find anyone to date who is not somehow connected with club life in some way.

When Painter returns from prison, Melanie learns that what they built through their letters is not the reality of a relationship with Painter. The back and forth between these two demonstrated just how different their worlds were.

There were many moments in this book where I was shaking my head at one or another of the characters. There is a lot of drama and angst between these two. But it also worked for as strong as they both were. Had Melanie caved each time Painter screwed up, it wouldn’t have fit her character. Nor would it have fit for Painter to make threats and not follow through. The drama worked for them. His decisions ruined things as they could have been, but I love what he made them.

This book has the Reapers, Bastards, and Jokers working together and playing together. Favorite characters from both the Reapers and Bastards series are everywhere in the storyline. For me, the setting is as much a draw as the characters, as North Idaho is near and dear to my heart. The bonus epilogue at the end only makes me want Reaper’s Fire now. I love what we’ve seen so far of Gage and Tinker. The Reapers are a rough crowd, and this book is no exception. The gritty, raw, violent nature of these guys is balanced by the soft, sweetness of the women that come into their world.

ARC provided by the publisher 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…

Devil's Game (Reapers MC#3)
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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.

Reaper's Stand (Reapers MC #4)
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Expected October 7, 2014
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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?

Upcoming
Reaper's Fire (Reapers MC #6)
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It’s time for more men and motorcycles in the latest from theNew York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Fall...

The club comes first.

I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.

Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.

I’m coming for you, Tinker. 


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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