Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Reaper's Stand (Reapers MC #4) by Joanna Wylde

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Book Four in the Reaper’s MC Series
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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?

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“Okay, let’s get some shit straight and then you can head out.” Great, here it came. The Talk. Fortunately I was ahead of him for once.

“Don’t worry, Reese. I know this was just a one-off for you, and that you don’t want a relationship. That’s what I needed, too, so in a way it’s perfect. No harm, no foul. We can just pretend this never happened.”
A scowl covered his face. “What the fuck are you talking about?”
“Us. Or rather, the fact that there isn’t an ‘us.’ I get it—you like to sleep around. I had a good time, but I’m not expecting a ring or anything.”
His eyes widened, and I smirked.
“Although I’ll be around if you want another booty call,” I added slyly.
Yay me! I’m a sophisticated woman who knows the difference between love and sex.
Reese’s scowl grew deeper, and then suddenly he moved and I was under him, pinned down against the bed. He pulled my hands up, holding them prisoner above my head.
“Are you fucked in the head?” he demanded harshly. “You get laid for the first time in years, it’s phenomenal—”
“Well, aren’t you the modest one?”
“It’s phenomenal,” he repeated, emphasizing the word heavily. “And now you’re just going to ignore me? I am not fuckin’ down with that.”

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Previous Books in the Reaper’s MC Series

Reaper’s Property (bk 1)

Reaper’s Legacy (bk 2)

Devil’s Game (bk 3)

If you've been reading this series, then I'm sure like me, you have been anticipating Reese/Picnic and London's story - and they sure did not disappoint!  This is one of my favorite MC stories - it has enough "grit" to make it real, and not go too overboard - and even though the guys may be "man-whores" when they start out, once that one girl becomes "theirs" - that's it for them.  They have and "old lady" in the making.  But for Reese it was harder to make that decision, because he had an "old lady" once, and swore after she died, that was it for him.
London is running her own cleaning business and taking care of her niece.  It's been tough, and money tight, but her business has been picking up, especially with cleaning some of the Reaper's properties.  She's noticed Reese a few times while she's been working, and can't help but notice how sexy he really is - although she imagines he can get any woman.  She isn't alone in her infatuation - Reese has definitely noticed London too, but she is not his type at all - she has no clue at all about his world, and he doesn't want to even go there - he's not looking for anything long term.

Then circumstances bring them together on a few "awkward" occasions - where London really sees the "man-whore" that Picnic is.  I have to say there were a few "cringe" worthy moments, that I would have personally died on the spot if I were London - but she handled them with class.  After an unexpected kiss - either of them can get each other out of their minds.  This is where it all get tricky and things get complicated - and this is where the story really picks up - and it becomes obvious of the feelings that Reese really has for London, with the way he helps her out.

 I loved all the twists and turns with Reese and London's relationship - because once they got together - things were hot and happening fast.  The only problem was that London needed to actually trust Reese and go to him for help - which she didn't do, and which ended up putting her in a dangerous position with the club and Reese.  With the choices she made, Reese's options with how to handle her were becoming limited.  I was wringing my hands, wondering what would happen - and how everything would play out and come together.  From about the last 25% of the book, I couldn't put it down!
Joanna Wylde has nailed it with this great biker-MC series - and I always look forward to the next in the series!

Joanna Wylde

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Joanna is a freelance writer living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She started writing fiction in 2002, then took a long hiatus to explore other writing opportunities. She returned to fiction in January 2013 with ‘Reaper’s Property’, the first book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

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