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Guest Review: Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde

Posted April 13, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Shade’s Lady by Joanna WyldeReviewer: Tracy
Shade's Lady by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #6.5
Also in this series: Devil's Game, Reaper's Stand, Reaper's Fall, Reaper's Fire

Publication Date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars

Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.

Or maybe not.

Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.

Right from the first.

Mandy is a waitress in a bar that the Reapers MC hang out in when they’re in town. On one night they’re holding a meeting in the back room and Mandy is their waitress. She feels the National President of the Reapers eyes on her but ignores it. Shade’s made it perfectly clear that he wants her but she’s not interested. Her soon to be ex-husband turned up a bad boy and that had her ending up in jail and now on probation.

At the end of the night Mandy’s current boyfiend, who’s a total douche, states that he’s purchased Shade’s bike that he has for sale. He states that Mandy needs to ride on the back of Shade’s bike and he’ll follow in the truck as he doesn’t have room. She agrees but when she gets there finds out that her boyfriend had offered her up as a whore for Shade to pay for part of the bike. Mandy is pissed and wants to leave but has no way home and no way to call anyone. She thinks Shade is a dick but ends up spending the night talking to him anyway and finds he’s a pretty decent guy. She gets to know more about the club as well and ends up seeing them for more of the family they are than just a bunch of thugs.

Mandy lives with her sister while she’s on probation and helps take care of her nieces. Their father is a deadbeat and a drug dealer and Mandy will do anything to keep him away from her family. Unfortunately he doesn’t stay away for long and then the shit really hits the fan.

Mandy just wants her family to be safe and strangely enough it’s Shade that ends up helping her. Despite trying not to she ends up falling in love with Shade but where will the relationship go when he’s not even in town for long?

This was a great little novella. I love the way that Wylde writes the guys from the Reapers and makes them real. Yes, they’re one pecenters but she writes them so you actually want to get to know them.

In this story I really loved Mandy. The girl had had it rough but still carried on. She did what needed to get done and didn’t complain about it. She had a running conversation with Wonder Woman going on in her head that I found hilarious. Seriously. she even had an argument with Shade at one point about how Wonder Woman could take Batman. Too funny.

Shade was a good guy. Sure, he had his issues but he took care of his family and even though he tried to fight it, that included Mandy as well. He did a lot for her and I loved him for it.

Shade’s Lady ended up being a really great novella and one I’d recommend even if you haven’t read any of the other Reapers books.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Guest Review: 1001 Dark Nights: Show Me Baby by Cherise Sinclair

Posted August 13, 2014 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s reviShow me Babyew of Show Me Baby (Masters of the Shadowlands #9, 1001 Dark Nights #8) by Cherise Sinclair

After his last lover chose her career over him, Jake knows he wants a woman who will put him at the top of her priorities—as he would with her. One of the trainees, Rainie, has caught his attention. Lush body, a gift for living life to the fullest, always laughing or smiling. Yeah. She trips all his switches. But she’s never given him a second look and that’s damned annoying. 

Rainie has been burned enough times that she’s not going to get serious about any man. Sure, the BDSM club trainees are supposed to be looking for a permanent Dom, but no harm, no foul—they don’t need to know she lied. Trainees get to be involved in everything—and with everyone. But there’s one she avoids. Master Jake is always frowning at her. No matter how gorgeous he is, she doesn’t need any disapproving Dom up in her business. Unfortunately, her best friends are having a double wedding. Little hearts are floati ng in the air. Every breath is filled with romance. Rainie is doomed.

This is the August release in a series of novellas that is styled along the lines of the classic 1001 Nights of legend and each story is written by a different author whose readers are delighted to receive their efforts.   Not only that, but this is the 9th story in the Masters of the Shadowlands series by Ms Sinclair and is a delightful addition to the series.   Each story in this series features a man who has attained “master” status as a caring and well-trained BDSM Dom and who is dedicated to safe, sane, and consensual participation in the lifestyle.  This story is about Master Jake, one of the newest of the Shadowlands masters, a dedicated veterinarian and caring man whose heart is now bruised because the woman who he planned to marry had chosen her career over their relationship.  He only knows Rainie as one of the trainees and it is only because of an injured dog that he begins to see her through a different set of “lenses.”   Rainie is a woman who has prevailed in gaining a good education, whose mind and heart are true and whose skills are a credit to any business who hires her.  Yet her fears over discovery of her past, her insecurites rooted in her destructive self-image keep her from allowing her attraction to Master Jake to blossom.

As always, Ms Sinclair tells a story that is filled with the emotions of real people, filled with the hurts and hopes that drive people to seek relationship, to seek fulfillment in so many different ways.  It bears the mark of realism that comes from a writer who knows that about which she writes and brings that first-hand knowledge to the writing task.  Even those readers who do not have any desire to participate in a BDSM context can feel the pain and joys of people in this story, the need to be who they are, to experience the best that living and loving can offer.  The wedding of several of the Shadowland Masters is also a much anticipated happening and one that readers of this series will enjoy.    It’s a novella, that’s true, and ordinarily I am not very jazzed about this shorter story format.  However, this is a work that feels like it is longer than it really is and packs lots of story in this shorter form.  Ms Sinclair always makes every word count.

Lastly, I really have to comment that my favorite aspect of all the stories in this series is the comraderie among all the characters–the loyalty that all the submissives show toward one another, the deep friendship they share, and the fun they seem to have whenever they gather.  The bachelorette party scene is a hoot.  Also, the fact that the masters, dominant to the core, still live by a code that respects and values submissive women and men deeply and to the extent that their moral code is built around that respect.  All in all it is a really good read and one that should be enjoyed and appreciated.

I give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This title is available from Evil Eye Concepts Inc.  You can buy it here in e-format.


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