Reaper’s Fall is the newest standalone in the Reaper’s MC Series. Painter & Melanie’s story is FINALLY here!
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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 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.
* A review copy was provided by the author via NetGalley for the Blog Tour *
~ 3.5 Stars ~
As excited as I was to read Painter and Melanie’s story, I have to say this wasn’t my favorite of Joanna Wylde’s books that I have read. Now I will say that I did enjoy this book but it just didn’t WOW me. I loved the overall storyline and the intriguing storyline involving all of the MC clubs, but I think what brought this book down for me was the connection between Painter and Melanie.
This book was filled with A LOT of drama and angst when it came to Melanie and Painter. Now I knew going into this that their journey wasn’t going to be an easy one, that point hits home even more once you read the prologue, but I didn’t think the angst and Melanie’s stubbornness would last the majority of the book. I did really like both Painter and Melanie as characters.
Painter was an Alpha with a bossy attitude but he also had his sweet side and tender heart (especially when Izzy came into play). You truly can’t help but fall in love with him. Yes he makes some MAJOR mistakes in this story, but you can totally feel his regret and we get to see a completely different side to him. He did everything he could to change his ways and prove his love for Melanie.
Now Melanie on the other hand, I really liked her character as well, until like the last 30% of the book. She is strong, and fierce and loved with her whole heart. She believed in Painter when no one else did. Then when things went south, she pulled herself together and made it through. What my biggest issue with her was how long she held her grudge against Painter. No I didn’t want her to just roll over and forgive him, I loved that she made him work for it, but once he proved himself to her, she still wouldn’t let it go. I had to agree with Painter when her called her a hypocrite. She would bag on him about the Reaper’s but at every turn they were there to help her when she needed it. By this point I really wanted to smack her. This didn’t totally deter my enjoyment of the book, but it was why I couldn’t give it a higher rating.
I will continue to read Joanna’s books, because when it comes to an MC story she is the best by far. Just because this wasn’t my favorite, I still look forward to more of her stories to come. I loved that she gave us a double epilogue, because the first one finished Melanie and Painter’s story and the second one set up Gage and Tinker’s story. That is a story I am looking forward too 😉
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