Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reaper's Property (Reapers MC #1) by Joanna Wylde

Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.


Type: Contemporary Romance--MC Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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I finally made it back to book one! lol I totally read Reapers MC out of order. Started with book two then hit up three and four before landing back at Reaper's Property to see how it all began. And whew what a beginning! See. Horse..yep that's the hero ::snort:: has a thing for this woman Marie. And Marie's brother is a total putz who is working for Horse's MC and opts to scam them a little. So Horse takes Marie as collateral. Yeah. *nods* She wants her bro to live...she's gonna have to make nice with Horse and basically do whatever he wants whenever he wants. And he wants inside her something fierce. Talk about some dramas!

All kinds of stuff. I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't my favorite of the series but it was entertaining as hell in a twisty omg no you didn't! kinda way.
  • It's crazy--It's an MC read. It's supposed to be crazy and wild and a little out there. And it definitely delivered. It's an interesting group of men and women for sure that are a touch off balance and dangerous but have a code of honor as well and are serious about protecting those that belong to them.
  • The mystery/suspense--There's a touch of suspense happening as Marie's brother lands them both in trouble with the MC and then continues to eff things up bringing more danger and a question of who is helping him and what he'll do next. I can't say I was entirely surprised how it turned out but at the same time didn't quite see it coming, ya know what I mean? Once it all came together I had one of those "aaahhhhh,yeah, that makes sense" moments. lol
  • The tension-- Marie and Horse (lord that name) are combustible. These two are like oil and vinegar. They can fight it out with the best of them but at the same time are drawn together and in their weird twisted way kinda perfect for each other. Sex scenes are hot but tinged with a bit of consent issues more often than not which might make some squeam.
  • Marie and Horse--This is more of a like than a love--They were okay characters though I wasn't totally smitten with either. Horse is a bit of a prick who needed his balls twisted more often than not though I got why he was an ass and had to treat Marie how he did to protect her now and again. And he was a protector and there for her. He could also be really sweet and gentle when he wanted.Still. I wanted him and his massive dick to suffer...often. And Marie felt a bit young and naive. She was a bit young and naive experiencing the MC world for the first time. But at the same time a survivor and full of fire. I didn't always understand her easy acceptance of things and really wanted her to put Horse in his place though I knew she couldn't for most of the book. So they were good characters but seriously made me want to bite them too.
"Jesus, Marie! Horse said, picking up the gun. "You drop a gun like that it might go off.You coul've killed yourself!"

I stood and looked at him, breathing hard.

"The casing burned me," I said, my voice faint.

"Honey, that sucks, but it'll hurt a lot more if you shoot yourself. Or me. If you're gonna shoot me, I want to do something to earn it first. Seems only fair."

There wasn't too much really. Most of my issues had to do with the book layout and parts of it that made me twitch a bit. Thankfully neither of them showed up in later books but for this one it took the rating down just a bit.
  • Time jumping-- The first third of the book did this constantly and bounced between present day and weeks earlier as Horse and Marie got to know each other. It didn't work for me at all and made my head spin a bit. I was very glad that that tapered off as the book went along. There were some double scenes because of it as the present collided with the past catching up with it and meh I wasn't wild about that either. 
  • Jarring transitions--It's told in a combo of mainly 1st person (Marie) and then some 3rd person (Horse) interspersed throughout. Sometimes that works fine. In this case it felt very herky jerky to me. Horse's parts were very limited but each time one hit I felt like I'd been knocked about a little and was ripped out of the flow of things. 
All in all though Reaper's Property was a decent read and a nice start to the series. I am glad though that I read out of order on this one. I don't know if starting with this book I would have been as excited about continuing on which would have been a shame because the last two books in the series were freaking fantastic and totally had me on the verge of fan girling all over Wylde. You could definitely see how the her style/skill levels have advanced and I love seeing that happen with an author. Some of it may have been due to a change in Publishing House as well but who knows. It's not the romance read for everyone but I think those that like slightly darker and edgy reads and love MCs will enjoy it.

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