Reaper’s Property is the first book in the Reapers MC series. It is about outlaw bikers in southern Idaho and one of the best examples of MC romance going, IMHO. The second book is Reaper’s Legacy and I’ll post my review of it shortly.
Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.
But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.
Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.
Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.
I freaking love this book, and the series as a whole. Horse is scary and possessive, passionate and exciting. He is the ultimate rough and tough manly-man, but I love how he is also sensitive to Marie. I see a lot of myself in her, in mannerisms if not life experiences. Her tendency to stress out like crazy and unintentionally pick a fight as a result is certainly familiar. At one point in the book, Marie starts freaking out and he just pulls her in, forehead to forehead and sweetly tells her “you got to stop, babe”. Its such an emotionally intimate moment between the two, it really stayed with me. Horse is exactly the type of man I want.
One of the best things about Wylde’s writing is that she is a GODDESS at letting a story naturally unfold and balances the needs of the main couple with the abundance of secondary characters clamouring for a piece. In doing so, she creates a rich world that feels completely real, and interactions that are organic.
The author strikes a great balance between entertaining drama and maintaining a story that still is believable. It isn’t so over-the-top that I said “this is ridiculous” and tossed the novel aside. And yet, this is a drama-filled world where stuff is always happening, some of it pretty crazy. Wylde does a fantastic job at letting the drama move the story along instead of shoving it in for the sake of it. The bit at Marie’s trailer, then at the Silver Bastard’s and Reaper’s Club Houses, and finally the end scene were awesome.
And I know I’ve already said that but I really mean it and am running out of things ways to tell you how good this book is.
Just go read it!!!
My heart stopped when I saw that bike, right on the end. I wanted to touch it, see if the leather of the seat was as smooth as I remembered, but I wasn’t stupid enough to do that. I didn’t have the right. I really shouldn’t even be excited to see him, but I felt a rush knowing he was right inside my trailer. Things weren’t smooth between us and I honestly didn’t know if he’d even acknowledge me. For a while he’d seemed almost like my boyfriend. The last time I’d seen him, he’d scared the crap out of me. Even scary, the man made my panties wet.
My baby brother knelt in the center of the room, beaten raw and dripping blood all over the carpet. Four men wearing Reapers’ cuts stood around him. Picnic, Horse and two I didn’t know— a big, built hunk of a man with a mohawk, tattoos on his skull and about a thousand piercings, and another who was tall and cut, with light-blond hair in short spikes. Horse studied me with the same cool, almost blank expression he wore when we first met. Detached. Picnic studied me too. He was tall with short, dark hair that looked far too stylish to be on a biker and bright blue eyes that pierced right through a girl— I’d met him at least five times. He was the club president. Oh, and he also stood right behind my brother with a gun pointed at the back of his head.
I love me some Joanna Wylde! I’ll be posting reviews to the other books over the next few weeks, as a count down to the fifth, which comes out in November.
PS The author just released a novella called Reapers and Bastards.
Among other things, it includes portions of Reaper’s Property re-written from Horse’s perspective and a short story about Horse and Marie that is current day, updating us on their lives. I enjoyed it and would recommend you check it out. Reapers and Bastards does not contain any spoilers for the other books in this series.
Edit: I just discovered that there is a FREE preview of the prologue from the book’s goodreads page. Click the link directly under the cover photo:
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