Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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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.
Em is the daughter of the Reapers MC president. She’s lived her life under a microscope and has finally gotten the balls to move out of her father’s house and into a different city. She’s loving her independence! Online she meets Liam. For 3 months they text back and forth and she feels that though she hasn’t met him he might be “the one.” She arranges to meet him for a drink and when she sees him she’s thrilled. He’s not only gorgeous but he’s just as nice and wonderful as he was via text. They head to another location because the bar is too loud and the attraction Em felt over the phone intensifies. When Liam starts to take her back to his car in the back of the bar, however, Em is smart enough to know when to cut and run. Unfortunately she doesn’t run fast enough and is caught.
Em eventually frees herself and life goes on but she feels incredibly betrayed to know that Liam only contacted her because of MC business. She’s not a pawn to be played with. That doesn’t stop her from yearning for Liam and the way he acts shows her that he cares for her as well. They are, however, like a modern day Romeo and Juliet and Em doesn’t see how they can ever be together with Liam in a rival club from her father.
I was pleasantly surprised when I got into this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Em and Liam aka Hunter. It was kind of a New Adult book but a lot grittier and rougher than most I’ve read – which I absolutely loved. I thought that having Em and Hunter as younger characters really worked for this story line.
Hunter was a good guy. To say he was a bit torn between Em and his MC was an understatement. I really appreciated the fact that he would do anything for Em though, including leaving the MC, if that’s what she wanted. I thought it showed how devoted he was to her and to making their relationship work.
Em had a pretty good head on her shoulders and I liked the fact that she was knowledgeable about the MC from growing up in one so she didn’t freak that Hunter was in one. I think it brought a nice contrast to the first two stories in the series. Those books were about women who had no clue about the happenings in an MC and having a heroine that knew the ins and outs made the romance between Hunter and Em that much better. (Not that I didn’t love the first two books, I did!) This story could go straight to the couple rather than having any explanations about club life standing in their way. I thought that Hunter/Liam and Em were perfect for each other.
Overall it was a great read and one I definitely recommend.
Rating: 4 out of 5