Title: Reaper’s Stand
Author: Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #4
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.
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?
With each book in the Reapers MC Series, Joanna Wylde raises the bar just a little bit higher. Reaper’s Stand was no exception, delivering a thrilling story full of suspense and colorful characters that made me feel. After getting to know Picnic a little bit in Devil’s Game, I was definitely excited to get my hands on his story. Since he’d already loved and lost, I knew Reaper’s Stand would be angsty but Picnic’s story was so much more. Together, London and Picnic are the perfect duo. Opposite in all the right ways, they clashed just enough to create a delicious tension that ensured their journey was hot, feisty, and unforgettable. Their instant chemistry got me hooked while their developing connection reeled me in until I was so immersed in their journey that I just couldn’t stop reading. Joanna introduced a couple new characters and delved a little deeper with some familiar ones, ensuring that I’ll be back to hear their stories too. Reaper’s Stand had me totally enthralled as Joanna Wylde took London and Picnic on one hell of a wild ride!
“Then he smiled at me, the kind of smile a shark gives a castaway right before it rips her leg off.”
Joanna Wylde really outdid herself with Picnic’s character development. He was far more complex than I’d imagined and getting to know him quickly became an obsession. There were so many sides to this man and seeing how they all fit together was almost magical. Not only is Picnic badass biker royalty, but also fiercely loyal and maddeningly protective of those he loves. Every time he helped London, he showed a compassion and kindness that blew me away. He was such a beautiful contradiction of power and concern, reflecting a quality of character that was undeniably human. London was Picnic’s match in every way. Her own unconditional loyalty rivaled his. I loved watching London’s growth over the course of this novel. Picnic awakened a passion for living and a desire to love that had long been dormant. Seeing the fire inside her become an intense inferno was beyond satisfying. Joanna Wylde wrote these characters with a natural push and pull that proved mutually challenging and ultimately beneficial for this couple. As a reader, I got to just sit back and enjoy the consequences of their friction.
“I’m small, Reese, but I’m persistent. Like a rabid ferret. Don’t make me bite you, because my teeth are very sharp.”
As far as the storyline goes, this was probably the most thrilling book in the series so far. With things escalating between the MCs and the cartel, the story took a dangerous and heart-pounding turn. Joanna Wylde takes this story deep into the dark and gritty side of MC life while keeping readers on the edge of their seats. Every unexpected twist had me holding my breath and more than once I found myself wanting to throw something. Joanna has certainly mastered the dramatic build-up, creating an undeniable and palpable tension as I waited for all hell to break loose. Amongst the chaos of MC business was Picnic and London’s relationship. Their developing feelings and easy friendship was a light in the darkness and I found myself drawn to them. They had a raw passion all their own that made me blush, but there was a deeper, more meaningful emotional connection there as well. It was that something special that made me fall so hard for this fantastic couple. Once again, Joanna Wylde leaves me wanting more, giving her readers just enough to leave me desperate for the next book in the series!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Reapers MC series:
Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC #1)
Reaper’s Legacy (Reapers MC #2)
Devil’s Game (Reapers MC#3)
Reapers and Bastards (Reapers MC #4.5)
Reaper’s Fall (Reapers MC #5)
Reaper’s Fire (Reapers MC #6)
Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC #6.5)