Series: Reapers MC #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 9/2/14
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
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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?
First Line Should I look him in the eye when I killed him or just shoot him in the back?
1. You read that first line, yeah? As you can see, Reaper's Stand gets off to an ominous start, with a story that kept me enthralled, reeling the entire time. Just when you think you know what's going to happen....Bam. Another twist. Another revelation. Another wicked turn. Right up until the very end.
2. Picnic finally gets his own book! The Reapers' president finally tells his story. We all know him as the hardass, womanizing leader with his tough ways and demeanor that is stone-cold when set off. We know him as Em's dad, Hunter's (former) worst nightmare, ruthless leader of the Reapers MC. In Reaper's Stand, we get to know Reese "Picnic" Hayes as the man who still worries for his little girls, the man who is responsible for many lives, the man who's wife's death left him believing he would never find a true love again, and the man who can't help but fall. This is his story of letting go off that past, and grabbing hold of the future.
3. London Armstrong is the woman who catches Pic's eye, and boy is she a handful. Jo Wylde has a knack for writing strong women, very important given the world she's created. London is a woman in control of her own thoughts and feelings. Picnic tends to be an overbearing ass, at times, but London doesn't back down. She still controls her life and decisions. London was totally badass when her girl is threatened, and isn't afraid to stand up to anyone when everything is on the line. This is the Reapers' world, but the women still rule.
4. Reaper's Stand is so much fun, with situations that provide great comic relief and often told with the wry humor I've come to expect from Wylde. There were so many great moments in there, several of the best provided by Horse and Ruger.
5. Reaper's Stand is sexy! I know, I know...Duh, Andrea, they're all sexy. Reaper's Stand was maybe the sexiest, in my opinion. I haven't really pinpointed why that is. I know that I felt one hundred percent on-board with the connection between Picnic and London, likely due to the maturity. It was open and forthright, which counts for a lot. When the two hit the sheets, it was soooo dirty hot, just like I knew it would be. I also have to say, I felt the most comfortable with this book, in that I always felt the two were always on the same page.
6. Painter! Is that a surprise? It sure was for me, given how much I didn't like him in Devil's Game. In this installment, it seems Painter has a lot going on beneath the surface, is turning into a true man.
There are a lot of moments, big and small, that indicate Painter has a big story to tell, and I'm hoping he eventually gets a book. Look out for the end, is all I'm saying.
7. Reaper's Stand is the best book in the series. I've always felt that each progressive book was even better than the last (though I've really liked them all), and that's true here. Wylde doesn't follow a formula with her books, and no two books have felt recycled in the slightest. I love that she strives to always create a story that is unique to the series, and that each feels totally authentic to what (I assume) is accurate to life in a true MC.
Heat rushed through me, twisting down between my legs, because no matter what else Reese Hayes might be, he was incredibly sexy. His mouth lowered toward mine, and then his nose brushed up and along the length of mine. I felt his warm breath whisper across my cheek. His lips hovered a fraction of an inch over mine and I closed my eyes.
"Just a taste," he whispered. I nodded. I couldn't help myself.
"Let's talk about this," she said quietly. "We should set some rules, figure out where we're going."
"We're going to fuck. Then I think we'll probably do it. After that I'll buy you dinner, but only if you're nice."
"I brought dinner with me," she muttered.
"Christ, you'd be perfect if you didn't have such a stick up your ass."
I had never, ever in my entire life felt anything so amazingly good as the sensation of his body tearing into mine.
This wasn't sex--this was revenge and it was perfect.
There was a young man wearing Devil's Jacks colors I didn't recognize. He was covered in tattoos and looked vaguely hipsterish with his skinny jeans. Wow, if Portlanders could do that to a biker, they could turn anyone into a hipster."
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