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Reaper’s Stand by Joanna Wylde

Reapers StandWhy I read it:  I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  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?

Trigger warnings:  I have hidden them because some are spoilerish. 

Spoiler

pregnancy loss for one of the characters, violence against both men and women, rape (off page) of a female character, some violence between Reese and London including some rough, dub-con sex.

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What worked for me (and what didn’t):  Reese “Picnic” Hayes has been a fascinating character right from the beginning.  As President of the local chapter of the Reapers MC he doesn’t turn a hair at violent and illegal behaviour.  He’s also a loving dad and, up until the death of his wife, Heather, from breast cancer, a devoted husband.  After Heather’s death, Reese became a total manwhore. He’d screw any willing woman, didn’t want a relationship – actively discouraged any such thinking and was convinced that there would never be another “old lady” for him.

Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde

DevilsGameWhy I read it:  I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  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.

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  There were a lot of things to enjoy in Devil’s Game – most especially the heroine, Em Hayes.  As the daughter of the Reaper’s local President, she’d grown up knowing Club culture and understanding her place in it. She’s protected in many respects because of her dad’s position but at the same time, she feels stifled as well.  Reese “Picnic” Hayes knows what guys are like, being one himself, and he doesn’t hesitate to chase off unworthy contenders.  This has left Em in the unfortunate position of being a virgin at the ripe old age of 22.  After she is kidnapped (which occurred in Reaper’s Legacy), she has something of an epiphany and decides to push back against some of the Club culture she dislikes and strike out on her own a bit more.

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