Title: Reaper’s Fall
Author: Joanna Wylde
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standlone book 5 of Reapers MC series
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: 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.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Levi “Painter” Brooks found a family he was lacking in real life with the Reapers MC. The club was his number one priority, so much so he took a fall for them, simultaneously ending what could have been a start of a relationship.
Melanie Tucker found a surrogate family with London, partner of the MC President. Everyone close to her warned her about getting involved with a brother, but Painter caught her attention even after he was sentenced. She pined for him and kept in contact for 13 months until he was released. But as soon as he breathed fresh air, things were more complicated than she anticipated.
Painter has been my favorite since he first appeared in the series. I know he’s not the favorite of a lot of people for what he did (or didn’t do) in the past, but I will always have a soft spot for underdogs and the ones who got fucked.
“That’s the thing about having brothers Mel – they got you covered when you can cover yourself.”
Painter was incredibly loyal to the club and his brothers. His reasoning to put himself on the line was honorable even if it seemed unwise. There were a few times I wanted to smack his head for letting things slipped of his fingers, but he made it up for it ten times over.
I couldn’t afford to get used to having him around, or depend on him. It’s destroy me if – no, when – the next crisis hit.
I am not exactly a fan of Mel. Yes she had to deal with some things on her own and I think she was strong that way, but she “judged and punished” people around her too much. She could hold a grudge like nobody’s business and it felt like a waste of opportunities.
The story started at present time with intense animosity between the couple. Then it goes back a few years earlier from the beginning of their relationship and the reason behind their bad blood was unfold as the timeline progressed.
I like that the story progressed this way because it made the readers crave to know what happened during the breaking down of their relationship. However, I was actually hoping for it to have more angst considering Painter’s past, but no, there wasn’t really any.
Painter and Mel had a good level of tension between them and when they came together, it was combustible. My favorite scene was definitely the angry sex in the woods.
He stilled. Eyes crawling over Mel as I realized she lost the bra when she’d fallen.
“Nice artwork,” he said, grinning broadly. “But I think you missed a couple of spots”
One of my favorite minor characters was Taz. He wasn’t on a lot but he was a scene stealer. I wanted more of him.
Reaper’s Fall explored the volatile relationships of two individuals and what happened when loyalty and responsibility are put to test. It would definitely appeal to the series fan especially to Painter’s fan because he finally gets the chance to show what he’s worth.
I am fangirling on the bonus epilogue! I’m so excited for this person’s story in the next book Reaper’s Fire.
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Joanna Wylde is the secret identity of an international library spy who has travelled the world in search of exactly the right book to read. Despite her endless efforts, she’s still seeking the Ultimate Story — a story so powerful, so incredible that time itself stops while it’s being read, kittens spontaneously spring forth from rainbows, and unicorns bow their heads in praise. Joanna’s hobbies include manatee wrestling (six time north Idaho champion), arguing about the pros/cons of the Oxford comma and refusing to accept that Chicago style should trump AP. You can learn more about Joanna and her work at http://www.joannawylde.net