Title: Shade’s Lady
Author: Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #6.5
Release Date: March 14, 2017
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.
With Shade’s Lady, Joanna Wylde delivers a tantalizing tale of loyalty, lust and love that will leave you begging for more. This 1001 Dark Nights novella is the perfect addition to the Reapers MC series and a fun, sexy look at Shade, their national President. I absolutely loved getting to know this gritty, alpha biker and I found myself sucked right back into the Reapers MC world. Joanna Wylde has an incredible talent for maintaining her own special brand of family with these characters and Shade’s Lady definitely did not disappoint. I loved seeing so many familiar faces and appreciated the unconditional love and unwavering loyalty the brothers continue to demonstrate time and time again. Shade and Mandy, while a seemingly reluctant pair, proved to be the perfect duo and I found myself falling in love with their delightful push and pull as we got to experience their journey.
“How was I in his arms again? Wonder Woman would be so disappointed.”
Mandy was unexpected for sure. As was the way in which she and Shade got together. The beginning of their relationship was awkward, infuriating and so full of heat that I swear this couple left the pages singed. I loved the depth that Joanna Wylde gave Mandy. I hadn’t expected so much heartbreaking history or raw emotion when it came to our feisty heroine, but her personal issues and the things she had endured throughout her life made her the strong, independent ball-buster she undoubtedly was. I enjoyed getting to know her sister and nieces and felt like seeing them all together gave me a better idea of the kind of woman Mandy really was. Shade was also a constant surprise. His chivalry, protective instincts and unspoken need to claim Mandy for his own left me absolutely swooning. I loved how easily she pushed Shade’s buttons and yet he couldn’t help but be completely enthralled by her. Not only did Shade and Mandy share an obvious chemistry, but there was also evidence of something deeper between them from the very beginning that ensured I was totally hooked on their journey.
“I’m not sayin’ I’ll never need a getaway car, but if I do, I sure as shit won’t trick my woman into driving it.”
Joanna Wylde did a fantastic job balancing the sinfully sexy moments with all of the action, intrigue and honest emotions of this story. I was easily captivated from the very beginning and devoured Shade and Mandy’s story in no time at all. There was a great mix of personal growth, relationship development and MC adventure in Shade’s Lady. Joanna Wylde definitely knows how to overlap each area of the storyline to build something thrilling and memorable. I couldn’t have guessed how Mandy’s family life would play into Shade’s MC world but I adored watching it all unravel. The collision of their two worlds made for a significant journey that overflowed with genuine emotion and sizzled at all the right moments. Of course, I would love to know more about Shade, how he got to where he was, and what else was in store for him and Mandy. I suppose that’s the genius of this incredibly talented author though – she always leaves me desperate for more. Well written, perfectly paced, and full of feels, Shade’s Lady is another unforgettable Reapers MC romance from Joanna Wylde.
“Did you get my text?” Sara asked, pushing through the office door. I’d just finished tying my apron around my waist, and was leaning toward the cracked mirror on the wall for one last makeup check before punching in.
“No,” I replied, frowning. “Dropped my cell in the toilet this morning. I called the phone people. They said I didn’t have any insurance, so I’m fucked. I put it on Future Me’s list of things to worry about.”
Sadly, Future Me’s list got longer every day. She was supposed to pay our credit card bill, figure out whether we should break up with our boyfriend, and find a better place to sleep than my sister’s couch. She also needed to lose ten pounds and magically fix the rusted-out Kia Sedona currently broken down in my sister’s yard.
Present Me would’ve felt guilty about dumping all this on the poor thing, but I only had three minutes left to punch in and start slinging drinks for drunken bikers, so it would just have to wait.
Yup. I’m organized like that.
Studying my reflection, I ran an eye down the length of my body. Tight tank with a hint of bra showing? Check. (Nothing like some boob action to bring in the tips. Not only that, Rebel had said he’d be here tonight, and he always liked seeing the girls.)
Lipstick was bright and shiny, no smudges on the teeth. More eye makeup than I’d usually wear, but ever since I’d started hanging out with Rebel’s biker friends, I’d kicked it up a notch. Made me look wild and sexy. Not gonna lie—I liked this new me. I liked her a lot. I guess if there was one good thing about my sister’s life falling apart—and me moving to Violetta to help with the kids—it was that it’d forced me to change my life, too.
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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)
Reaper’s Fire (Reapers MC #6)
Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.
Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.