Reaper's Stand

Joanna Wylde
Reaper's Stand
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Penguin Group
Release Date
October 2014
Book 2 of Reapers Motorcycle Club Series
Contemporary Romance

The sexy continuation of the New York Times bestselling Reapers Motorcycle Club series

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.

London is independent, and she likes it that way. 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?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Oct 11, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
124 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge fan of Motorcycle Club (MC) romances, and Joanna Wylde is one of the best writers in this niche romance sub-genre. From the hot, gritty sex scenes to the club business affairs and related action-packed scenes, Ms. Wylde knows how to deliver a deeply satisfying MC romance. I also particularly enjoy her special sense of humor which she aptly uses to bring her characters and the MC world to life. REAPER'S STAND is no exception. From the opening prologue, which starts out with a bang, to the last page, Ms. Wylde had me entertained and fixated on finishing this immersing read.

For those of you who are wondering whether this book can be read as a standalone, it most certainly can, as each book in the Reaper's MC series primarily focuses on a different hero and heroine couple. Additionally, while there is some carryover of club business, for the most part, the immediate threat covered herein, the encroachment of the Mexican drug cartel on the Reaper's and several other close-by MCs' territory, is developed within the pages of this book. The one area where you will no doubt get more out of the series if you read it in order is from a character development perspective. For example, there are spoilers in this book regarding the couple from Book 3, Hunter and Em, but that is mostly because Em is the daughter of the hero of this book.

Reese "Picnic" Hayes, the President of Reaper's MC, is a devoted father of two grown-up women. He used to be a devoted husband, but tragically he lost his wife, Amber, a few years earlier. After that devastating loss, he never imagined he would love another woman, so he didn't bother trying. Instead, like many other MC members, his involvement with women was limited to sampling as much Club property as possible.

Into this fairly established life, where Club business is the priority and women are disposable, enters London Armstrong, the owner of the cleaning business that cleans one of the Club's properties. Picnic has no time to waste with a high and mighty, good-girl, cleaning lady like London. But seeing as he can't get the picture of the two them doing the nasty out of his mind, he takes advantage when the situation arises and proposes a compromise.

London needs Picnic's help to once again bail her junkie cousin's teenage daughter, Jessica, out of danger, and Picnic needs to relieve his itch. Fortunately for Picnic, Jessica has an affinity for getting in trouble. Knowing that London won't just agree to what he has in mind, he gets her to agree to be his cleaning lady. He's confident the rest will follow.

What then transpires is a comical courting which is made especially interesting by the fact that London is already dating the assistant deputy of Coeur D'Alene, or as Picnic likes to call him, "Deputy Dick".

As is usual of a great read though, not everything is as it seems and pretty soon, London can't help the attraction she feels for Picnic, never mind the fact that she needs his protection. But is Picnic what she wants long-term, and is a long-term relationship even in Picnic's vocabulary anymore? Moreover, when danger presents London with one hell of ultimatum, will she make the right choices to stay alive, protect Jessica and find her HEA? Is that even possible?

I really loved Picnic! So much so, that in some respects he reminds me of one of my all-time favorite MC bikers: Tack Allen from Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley. Although, yes, Picnic is an outlaw, and Tack deals in mostly legitimate businesses, they both share a maturity that can generally only be found in a hero who has lived life (both being in their forties). For example, both are devoted fathers, and therefore this sense of responsibility colors their actions towards family and their general understanding and acceptance of situations that other younger heroes might not get. Additionally, with maturity, comes a little more self-restraint, and determination to plan for what you really want, rather than losing your self-control. And, both are of course sexy alpha heroes, who go all-in to protect their loved ones. Never mind the dirty talk and actions they both partake in when pursuing their favorite activity!

Opposite to Picnic, however, I do have to say that London is not my favorite biker babe heroine. In all fairness, this is mostly due to one decision, which I just can't understand, much less forgive. But in the end, she does come through and her chemistry with Picnic is off the charts. So all in all, this was another 5-star Reaper's MC read for me!
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