Review and Excerpt Tour: Shade's Lady: Joanna Wylde

Shade's Lady (Reapers MC #6.5)
Joanna Wylde
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Release Date March 15, 2017

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. 

As the Reaper's National President, Shade knows what he wants and is used to getting it. But Mandy is not going to make it easy for him. She is independent, strong-willed, resistant, untrusting, and believes she really does not want a man in her life, especially a controlling one. She has been there, done that, and moved on. So even though Shade is all kinds of hot and sexy, the fact that he is a bossy, imposing, dangerous MC club member are strikes against him.

Events happen that both bring them closer and make her angrier. There is a lot of push and pull, but eventually their hot chemistry wins out. He is stubborn, determined, and has unlimited resources. He knows he can wear her down. She's feisty, but does not have an easy life.  His attention and pleasure is not a bad distraction. They are volatile together. But their lives are messy. they both know they don't want a real relationship. But a one-night-stand sounds perfect--or maybe a two-night-stand--or three. Just until they get tired of each other.

But does his and the Reapers' presence in her life make her and her family safer or in more danger? How long can they continue their undefined multi-night stand without making a decision one way or another?

I liked the side characters of her sister, Hannah and cop, Heath. I also enjoyed her co-workers, Sara and Bone, and Reaper, Dopey. The background plot had some interesting history and built in drama. How they deal with it could make or break them.

This is a stand-alone Reapers' novella told in both points of view. It was fast-paced, sexy, gritty, and a bit angsty. The Reapers never pull  punches and Shade is no exception. After all he is the baddest of the Bad A**es as their National leader.

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

As Reaper’s national president, Shade is often moving from place to place. His reputation precedes him, and his position gives him power he wouldn’t otherwise have in the small towns he often visits. He is used to getting what he wants and then moving on to the next.

Mandy makes ends meet, living on her sister’s couch, picking up hours waitressing in a bar in order to watch her nieces while her sister works. But though their family may be tight, things with her sister’s ex are tense. She has paid heavily for bad taste in men and has decided that men just make things harder than they should and she’s fine with her family as it is now.

I couldn’t help but be surprised by the events that pushed Mandy and Shade together, as she had been adamant that nothing happen and she actively avoided him unless absolutely necessary. But events outside her control mean she is stuck with no phone and nothing to do but rely on Shade for help, even if that’s not what he thought the deal was.

Though Mandy wasn’t quick to trust men, she was up for a one-night stand with the hot MC president. But according to his rules, that one night stand spanned more than a simple night, especially as things heat up at home.

The side characters made this a fun read. The three girls, particularly the oldest (at 5), added a sweetness and a purpose for some of the dramatic quick movement that Mandy and her sister plan. Even the addition of the deputy, Heath, added another aspect of the story that was interesting to watch.

Though the tension isn’t directly from Reaper’s business, it helps that Shade has taken a liking to Mandy. She is hesitant to trust men after having been burned too many times be the men in her life. Even the local sheriff’s deputy has her questioning everything as he circles their trailer, seemingly at the most inopportune moments.
This was a quick read that brought me quickly back into the Reaper’s world. It stands alone completely, but also ties in nicely.

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

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.
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Author’s Note: This book was originally released through a small publisher in 2013. This independent edition has been lightly edited, and contains a bonus short, “Sticky Sweet” (originally published on the author’s website) and a Q&A with the author.

Reaper's Legacy (Reapers MC #2)
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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?

Reaper's Fall (Reapers MC #5)
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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.

New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the “wild and raw”* world of the Reapers MC with the story of Gage and Tinker…

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  

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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