on August 9th 2016
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Series: Reapers MC #6
Source: ARC via publisher
New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the “wild and raw”* world of the Reapers MC with the story of Gage and Tinker… The club comes first. I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead. Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him. I’m coming for you, Tinker. Soon.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Reaper’s Fire was one of those books where I really liked some parts and other parts just didn’t do it for me. I was left feeling conflicted about the story and the characters. These past two Reapers books have been my least favorite of the series. I don’t know if I have changed as a reader or if it’s just the way the series has evolved or a combination of both.
I had two main issues with this book. First… relationship building. I would have liked to have seen more romance and more of the couple together. Gage was screwing around with another woman (a really skanky woman) for most of the book. I also thought this book centered too much on club dynamics, which honestly started to bore me. I usually don’t mind some of that, but I want more romance when I am reading a romance novel. Secondly, I felt the author left some loose ends within the story itself and not everything within the plot was completely fleshed out. And I feel I should mention there was this huge time jump that was jarring to me.
Even though I had those issues with the story line, I still enjoyed this book for the most part. The writing style kept me engaged, and I felt compelled to finish the book. I also liked that the author wove together real life events and her experience with the wildfires of the northwest.
I still think about the ending of Silver Bastard and the subplot of that book. I hope the author writes about that soon. I’m super interested and intrigued by that spin-off. Fingers crossed.