Title: Reaper’s Fire
Author: Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #6
Release Date: August 9, 2016
The club comes first.
I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.
Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.
I’m coming for you, Tinker.
Joanna Wylde is back with a bang in this newest installment of the Reapers MC series. Reaper’s Fire packs all the heat, action, and emotion I’ve come to love from this series and then some. Gage’s story is a bit different from previous books, taking place away from home and undercover. While I missed seeing the rest of the Reapers for so much of the story, Joanna Wylde introduces some fantastic new characters that kept me laughing, feeling, and falling in love. Carrie in particular proved to be a hilarious and fiercely protective best friend I just couldn’t get enough of. Her relationship with Tinker reminded me of my own best friend and left my heart feeling full. Reaper’s Fire is unmistakably sizzling. Gage has a dirty mouth and an even filthier inner monolog. He definitely knows how to make a reader blush. Gage and Tinker shared a chemistry that was absolutely electric and watching them fight the sparks was nothing short of entertaining. I loved their sexy banter, filthy flirtations, and the delicious tension that practically poured from this couple. Joanna Wylde has created a fantastic dynamic between Gage and Tinker that fans of the series and anyone who loves MC romance will not want to miss!
“But there’s something there. Feels real to me. I’m not gonna walk away until I know what it is.”
As always, Ms. Wylde delivers some great character development in Reaper’s Fire. Tinker took me by complete surprise. From the very first page my heart ached for her. The raw emotions with which her past unfolded were more than enough to pull me deep into this story. As Joanna Wylde further unraveled this character, her pain and grief made way for a loyalty and ferocity that blew everything else away. I loved the feisty, sarcastic, and sometimes totally badass Tinker that slowly made herself known. The push and pull between her and Gage was utterly addictive and I found myself not only rooting for Tinker, but connecting to her as well. Gage’s development was a bit more unconventional. The side of him we saw when he was on MC business was less than desirable, leaving me to defer to his private thoughts of resentment and regret towards his situation for a glimpse at his true character. As his relationship with Tinker developed, Gage allowed himself to let go of the façade and I quickly fell in love with the sweet, helpful, protective, scorching hot alpha male that revealed himself. When we finally get to see Gage back with the Reapers and settled in as a major player in Tinker’s life, that final piece of the puzzle fell into place and I was left a swoony mess at the hands of this biker BBF.
“I’ve been suffocating, waiting for you, and I don’t think you’ve had it any easier, have you?”
One of the things that struck me with this novel was the way in which Joanna Wylde integrated recent events related to the setting of the book into her storyline. Not only did she incorporate the massive local wildfires that plagued the region into Gage and Tinker’s story, but she did so in a way that was fascinating and informative for the reader. This successfully grounded Joanna Wylde’s fictional world in reality and left me with a better appreciation for everything the locals must have. Admittedly, Reaper’s Fire got off to a bit of a slow start. While the groundwork was being laid I was getting impatient, ready for some action to get my blood pumping. Once the story picks up, however, it is impossible to put down. The MC drama is off the charts and Gage definitely had my heart pounding a time of two. I would have liked a more solid resolution in terms of the storylines with Marsh, Talia, and Brandon instead of just assuming that things eventually settle, but I will say, Joanna Wylde knows how to write an Epilogue! She pulled the story to a close in a heartfelt way that gave me all the feels and left me feeling nostalgic. Sexy, suspenseful, and wonderfully written, Reaper’s Fire is another MC win for Joanna Wylde!
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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)
Reaper’s Stand (Reapers MC #4)
Reapers and Bastards (Reapers MC #4.5)
Reaper’s Fall (Reapers MC #5)
Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC #6.5)