Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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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.
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?
London is 38, single and runs a cleaning business. She’s raised her cousin’s daughter, Jessica, for years. Jessica is now 18 and rebelling…hard.
London is dating a deputy sheriff who’s a complete douche.
Reese aka Picnic is 43 and the president of the Reapers MC. He’s wanted London in his bed for months so when he sees his chance – he goes for it.
London knows Reese is a bit of a man-whore but still wants him badly. She finally decides to go for it and it’s Oh. So. Good.
Reese knows there’s something special about London but he refuses to think she can be anything more than his sex partner. Despite that he can’t get her out of his head and he’s not willing to let her go without a fight.
Jessica takes off to her mother’s house in San Diego and ends up kidnapped by the drug cartel that the Reapers MC are at war with.
London is blackmailed. Do something horrible to the Club or Jessica dies. Can she betray the club and the man she’s falling in love and seal her fate just to save her niece?
When all hell breaks loose London knows she’s a dead woman for betraying the club but she might be able to get out of it just by being the strong, single-minded woman she is.
I have to admit that I haven’t been a huge fan of Picnic’s throughout the series. It’s not like we got to know him very well but he seemed like a hard ass with no heart. Wow, was I wrong or what? Reese is awesome and I loved almost every minute of his story.
Joanna Wylde wasn’t afraid to go for it in this book. We get family relationships, club relationships, hot sex, violence and love all wrapped up into one awesome story. When it came down to London betraying the club, she didn’t get a slap on the wrist – she got hauled in and strung up like any other person would have. Granted they went easier on her because she was a woman that Reese had been sleeping with but not knowing how things were gonna pan out for her had me on the edge of my seat.
The story is well written, gritty, violent, sexy, fun and at times shocking. I think it’s my favorite book in the series along with Horse’s story. I got the book in the mail and decided to just read chapter one – I was into another book at the time so I was just gonna take a glimpse – yeah, right. I didn’t put the book down until I was finished, it was that good.
While I loved this book I know it’s not for the faint of heart. If you want a romance novel that’s all butterflies and roses this is NOT for you. But if you want a strong love story with strong main characters then you definitely shouldn’t miss this one.
Ok, now I think I’m going to go back and read it again. 🙂
Rating: 5 out of 5