From the cover:
First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels
Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward–full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her–the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.
Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…
When you highly anticipate a book, and then it turns out to be vastly different from what you were expecting, it can either be amazing, or disappointing. This one was closer to the later than the former, unfortunately.
It is difficult to judge a book, when you follow an author online, or participate in discussions. Because you start to build up anticipation and expectation in your head, and sometimes, feel misled. This is how this book felt, and I’ve sat on the review for several days, thinking how to rate it.
Ms Wylde posted the prologue on her website several weeks before the book’s release, and having read it, I was salivating over Puck’s story. I follow her author facebook page and in retrospect, feel many of the posts were not true to the characters. Puck was described as rough and ruthless, darker than the other characters in her MC novels to date, but I actually felt that he was the opposite. Certainly, the first and fourth (Horse and Picnic) Reaper MC novels had much darker protagonists, and Hunter and Rueger equally so.
The characters were annoying and I just wanted to shake Becca at times, for making the same mistakes over and over.
It felt like Silver Bastard had a great plot to start off with and could have been something great, but just felt flat. It built and built but never reached that fever-pitch explosion I anticipated. Maybe this is because I had to much time to dwell on the promotional teasers before receiving the book, but I hope the next few books are a bit darker. This realism is what sets Wylde apart from the usual romantic outlaw MC novels I’ve come across.
On a positive note, the epilogue gives us a hint of at least one, likely two new novels coming from the author in a separate but connected series. These few pages gave me a bigger thrill than the last 150 pages Silver Bastard, and I hope that the anticipation doesn’t kill those books too. In the mean-time, perhaps I need to give myself a little more distance from author fanpages.
* * * and a half
Edit: I liked this story a whole lot more the next time I read it, several months later. At least 4 stars. I think it just wasn’t what I had pre-conceived in my head from promotional media posts…. have to stay away from author’s social media accounts!