Liam "Hunter" Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil's Jack, he knows his duty. He'll defend his club from their oldest enemies, the Reapers, using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers' president has a daughter who is alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.
Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club's president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger - a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he's The One. Or so she thinks.
©2014 Joanna Wylde (P)2014 Tantor
"Raw emotion and riveting characters." (Katy Evans, New York Times best-selling author
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great story. Considering Liam's actions in the previous book, Reaper's Legacy, I didn't know if I'd like him as the hero of a book but he was a surprisingly good hero. I really liked Em as well and her and Liam made a great couple.
Em is the daughter of Picnic, the president of the local chapter of the Reaper's MC. Her mom died when she was a teen and she and her sister had to suffer through a certain amount of protectiveness from both their dad and the other MC members who thought of the girls as family. Unfortunately this messed up most of Em's dating possibilities from the first day of high school (where Picnic and his buddies gave her a "ride" to school) until present day. Em's sister has moved away to live her own life but Em has stayed with her dad but is frustrated by his inability to see her as more than a little girl.
Liam was in foster care as a child and the only one he cared about was his foster sister, Kelsey. Unfortunately, they were placed in a home that wasn't a good place for them to be. Things come to a violent end one day and it brings about Liam's connection with the Devil Jacks MC. The MC became a family for Liam and Kelsey and he did anything the MC needed him to do. Because of his background, Laim doesn't really understand love and doesn't know if he can even feel it (the closest is probably what he feels for his sister) so Laim doesn't typically do relationships.
For this story, we go back in time a bit to overlap some of what happened in the previous book so we can see some of how Liam and Em met. Liam watches Em and then manages to engage her in some facebook messaging and then eventually texting back and forth. Liam and EM didn't meet each other and were just friends until the night of Painter getting his patch as a full member of the Reaper's MC. There had been an attraction between Painter and Em but he'd never make a move. Em figured it was because he was still a prospect and so she gave him until he got patched in. Painter basically blows her off and acts like a real jerk and Em decides she's had enough. I don't blame her at all because to be honest, Painter was a jerk and the other guys in the MC excusing his ass with stupid excuses didn't help matters. Once Em decides she's done with Painter and informs Liam of this via one of their many text convos, Liam asks her to consider him as a possible boyfriend. Em has loved talking to Liam and so she decides to give him a chance. They chat long distance a while longer before they finally make plans to meet. Things end up going to crap part way through Liam and Em's first meeting though because of the actions of a rogue Reaper's MC member that kidnaps a Devil Jack's member. Liam is forced to change his plans and he and one of his buddies use Em and Sophie as leverage to get their member back alive. Things don't go quite as planned and Em and Liam have some interesting confrontations and interactions that cause mixed feelings on both sides. By the end, Liam is convinced he's lost any chance he might have had with Em and Em is angry with Liam and tries to hate him but can't.
Once things get settled and the 2 MCs have a tentative peace, Liam goes to see Em to tell her what happened (knowing that her dad wouldn't tell her anything). Em gets a bit of very painful revenge on Liam for his kidnapping her and, once he's recovered, Liam explains things and they talk a bit. Liam decides to leave her alone though, figuring she wouldn't want any more to do with him. Em doesn't contact Liam but her sister's interference and a night of drinking brings Liam and Em back in touch. Once Em reached out to Liam and he saw that she still cares for him, there was no way Liam was letting her slip out of his life again. Unfortunately, a friend who thinks he's doing Liam a favor, tells Em certain information that makes her think it's best for Liam if she isn't in his life. Liam has a hard time convincing her otherwise and just when he's finally got Em back, things go to crap for both clubs and there's much distrust between them MCs so they can't decide if it's the other MC doing this or a 3rd party trying to provoke them to fight (which becomes more and more likely). This doesn't end up being a very easy time for Em and Liam as not many people are in favor of their relationship. Liam has to make some serious decisions about him and Em vs. his place in his MC and I was very happy with how things worked out in that regard. Things don't go perfect as Liam does make some mistakes and there are other issues thrown in, but I liked the feel of things between Liam and Em. Once they got past their initial difficulties caused by their opposing MC loyalties, Liam and Em were great together. Liam became the man that Em needed, he was strong and sweet and chose her above all else in the end. Em's a sweetheart but she also had a strong core that I wasn't expecting but liked a lot. Together they managed to get through a lot in order to come out in the end, ready to start their HEA.
I really enjoyed this addition to the series. I loved Liam and EM together. Some people have compared the to Romeo and Juliet and I can certainly see the similarities but thankfully this story had a much better ending. I had a few complaints (the biggest of which I think if Picnic's actions towards Liam at the end) but overall the story was great and I loved it. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I'd recommend this story. 2 thumbs up. :D
* note - There were actually 2 narrators, a female for Em's chapters and a male for Liam's chapters. They both did a very good job and melded well together so the transitions between chapters (and changing narrators) wasn't jarring.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I really like how Hunter was one tough cookie and wasn't scared of Picnic...but still, the Reaper's MC books are going down hill compared to Horse's book... (book 1)...
Well not going down hill in the action.. way more action and MC stuff happening from book 1 to this one...but the romance and MC vibe is kinda going away... or maybe it's just me.. I need my romance with all these tough bad-ass bikers!
Em was a great character, but still all the MCing kinda overshadowed her romance with Hunter, till the end... I do like how Em stood up to her dad and told him don't F-with my man! Kudos to you Em..
I really think the dual narration killed it for me... Urgh! I get use to one voice doing the male and female parts, then swap! Another voice doing the same male and female parts, only differently!! URGH!!! I hate dual narration, it will totally drag a good book down!
Nice credit or sale, especially if you have invested in the series so far.. but dual narration... urgh!
I am not into the Biker books but these are just fun. Found myself laughing out loud at the characters. Narrators are great.
Yes; I love the setting. I enjoy the characters. I really love Wylde's dialogue. I became hooked on T Sokolov's performances in Sheehan's novels with a comparable subject matter as here.
I really want to say Hunter. However, T Habberkorn's voice was such a huge turn off. His sound was so completely wrong for this badass biker criminal with sexuality dripping from his pores. Habberkorn's sound had me seeing a greasy, unfi, unkempt street loiterer. I had to constantly struggle with my visualization during the audio.
I've NEVER enjoyed an audible performer more than T Sokolove. In fact, I've purchased novels solely due to her involvement in a project.
T Habb.... see above. There are a few performers that make me cringe. Unfortunately, I've found another. If I were hesitant in making a purchase, I'm afraid his involvement would easily have me moving on. Sorry dude, I'm sure you are a fine person but I find your voice so freakin' skeezy it adversely affects my sense of the character. However, I'm southern and the pleasure of sound is often subjective. I'm sure you do it for others.
mmm - I'm not sure .... perhaps the scene wherein the hero was purposely causing the heroine to hate him; I.e., pictures ....
I'm hooked on this series - each novel is better than the one before! I have a favor to ask ... I came across the author's on line writings of a scene from Reapers Property - the initial meeting between Horse and Marie, but told from the hero's point of view. I would love to hear Tatiana perform a recording - Maybe as a gift on a future recording in this series?? What do you think? It was super hot and actually added a lot of insight to my perception of some major characters. Just a thought - in case you were looking for some benevolent act to do .... Thanks for sharing your work - you've provided lots of enjoyment, J.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I have been so excited about the release of this book, that when it finally came out, I was like, "be still my beating heart." When considering how Liam (Hunter) and Em met and, especially with the kidnapping incident, well I wondered how Wilde was going to pull off a love story out of that situation, but she did, and it's a hardcore biker type of romance.
Both Em and Hunter have a lot to overcome in order to be together; starting from the "not knowing" what was going on between them (as a couple), to the fragile truce of the 20-year cold war between Devil Jacks and the Reapers MCs, and if that wasn't enough, an outside threat of calculated shootings aimed at both MCs. There was definitely a lot of action, some violence and a steady plot that moved forward with all of the looming danger. So, with that kind of backdrop, the romance between Em & Hunter included late night talks, a few clandestine reunions, phone sex and other creative ways to connect to each other.
When Em and Hunter came together and were secure in their relationship, it's pretty hardcore stuff & it's just great. I don't mind the roughness, as it's expected, but I did want to see more moments with Em and Hunter together, without the danger. I wanted to have more "on screen" time with them alone, basking in their hot love affair and not hear about how Hunter's off on another ride to CA to deal with the impending danger from the cartel. So, my only whiny request is MORE HOT MOMENTS BETWEEN THE COUPLE ALONE (it doesn't even have to be more sex per say, but I just wanted to see more couple time where they're not dealing with misunderstandings or upset with one another).
I also got pissed with Picnic and his double standard when dealing with Em. YES, he's the president of the Reapers MC, and YES he has rules for Em, as his daughter, but come on!!!--He's the biggest male slut bringing trampy women in and out of his home, but he intimidates and hurts any man that Em dates…UGH…annoying…. I didn't understand what he did to Hunter toward the end, in order to "gain an understanding" between the two. But, I suppose it's about this MC, macho-man stuff.
Anyhow, this was a very good audiobook. The dual narration was great. Tatiana Sokolov and Todd Haberkorn did a wonderful job.
An innate Luv4Books! -Genres: Paranormal as my No.#1, some Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult that keeps up a niche for us Adults! ;)
I've downloaded all three Reaper MC Books; They only get better and better as you get to know & adore the guys and girls around and inside this club, which truly is one of the most loving and caring families you could ever read about, even if there's a bit of a sharp razors-edge of "toughness" to them! - Just to spice things up in that perfectly sweet way, us girls love to love!!!
The premise of a biker enforcer for a rival MC falling hard for the daughter of the "enemy" MC President caught my eye. Come on I love Sons of Anarchy so - duh! I had to hear this.
I especially enjoyed how Em was such a "girl" but she was a smart butt, and a tough old lady in waiting! For a couple of motor cycle club members they sure did have a great sense of irony and humor.
Their narration made the whole book enjoyable - I think they did a great job!
I was listening at work so there were times in between I couldnt concentrate on the story because I kept getting interupted! (How rude..LOL) but I could see myself stopping everything had it been my day off! So yes I would have loved to hear it at one sitting.
I listened to the first book - Reapers Legacy to meet Ruger and Sophie, and thats where Liam/Hunter and Em began!
I love this story and I can't wait for Picnic's story with London..
The Reapers Series keeps growing and the characters keep getting better and better! I must say every book is different.
To me each author is different and can't really compare books. I will say though that JW makes bikers so darn attractive. They are flawed but they are loyal.
I love this duo. They work together even though their narrations are different it does not take away from the story.
Well worth my credit. Looking forward to the next book!
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
What a great story!
Another book with the Reapers, Joanna Wyide, did a great job on this book. I usually not happy with two reader but Tatiana Sokolov and Todd Haberkorn, did a really good job.
The story line is good and keeps your interest. If you like bikers, romances, handsome stranger, and women who are not needy or helpless, you will love this book.
A forbidden love story between the Cartel and two rival Biker Clubs and the politics and struggles between each MC Club with nobody knowing just who to trust. Tension, kidnapping, violence, killings, sexy rugged, tattooed, leather clad Alpha hero who gives up a lot to claim 'his old lady', a feisty heroine who's torn and goes against her own Club for love, instant attraction, sex, passion and a powerful romance makes this a must have addition to my ever growing 'bad boy' library.
Worth a credit? Oh boy is it ever!!!
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