Monday, January 27, 2014

Reaper's Legacy (Reapers MC #2) by Joanna Wylde

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart—and her virginity—to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious—her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands—with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club—to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way…

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though very little)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Aaaannnd we have a pierced cock! *whispers* Is it bad that that was totally my favorite part of the book? I mean, I am just fascinated by them. And yeeeaaah. Yall just learned a little too much about me, huh? *looks around oh-so innocently* Okay, to the book. Reaper's Legacy. Not bad, not bad at all. I enjoyed it. But for me? It was a pretty mainstreamed, prettied up and polite MC read. Again, not a bad thing. Just not what I was expecting.

Sophie and Ruger are an interesting pair. I liked them both and watching them come back into each others lives and try to figure their shit out was a good time. These two have known each other for ages, are connected in a powerful way and they drive each other absolutely batshit. They can't seem to be in a room for 2 seconds without either trying to jump each other or letting words fly. And it's pretty entertaining though after a bit I wanted to shake them and make them fucking talk to each other. Lordy.
"What do you think?"

"I think you're a raging asshole."

Ruger laughed.

"Yeah, well I think you're a bitch, but my cock likes you, so we'll figure something out."
LOL, yeah. They're *hangs head* they're a little special. And perfect for each other even if they're a bit combustible and a little messed up.

One thing they're always on the same page about though is her son. They are passionate about Noah having a good life and I loved that--he was an awesome kid too. Wylde is one of few authors I've read that really got a kid down pat and made him believable. I was really impressed with that.

Steam-wise. Well. You know I loved the pierced cock. Yeah. That was totally working for me and had some nice details. There weren't too many scenes. More tension building than actual nekkid time. What was there was nice. Not in a make you bit your lip and beg for more way but still not bad. I was expecting WAY more hot and heavy though after hearing about book one.

Now the club. This is where the story lost a bit of steam for me. I was expecting more...oompf to these badass bikers and their women. And overall it felt like a mainstream romance that happened to be set in a motorcycle club and was just too nice and tame for what I was expecting. Some bad shit goes down as Sophia and Ruger fight their inevitable relationship but most everything seems to take place off page so there's no real grit and rawness to it. A couple things do happen on page but even those were pretty cleaned up versions of others I've read and loved.

Even though I wasn't completely blown away as I'd hoped after hearing raves about book one overall I did enjoy Reaper's Property. It was a very easy read and well put together. There was some nice humor too that evened out the frustrations they had with each other and I really enjoyed quite a few of the secondary characters. And Wylde had me reading way past my bedtime and wanting to see how everything would come together. The last quarter of the book had me hooked and in the end I am curious to see how the next one will turn out. I'm going to head back to book one as well. From what I've heard it's way more intense and not quite as mainstream so sounds more like what I was hoping for. I think this one is good for fans of the series and those that want to try an MC world that might not be as gritty and in your face as others out there.

Have you read Wylde? What did you think?
Do you have a favorite MC read?

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