Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde (Silver Valley #1)

Silver Bastard by Joanna WyldeAvailable: April 7, 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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…

This is not your grandmothers romance. Silver Bastard is a harsh and often trying romance that left me craving more from an author I’ve yet to read a lot from. I will most definitely have to remedy that! From the beginning I was hooked, even if that beginning left me gaping at the lines that Wylde crossed in order to firmly invest her reader for the long haul.

Puck has just gotten out of prison and is feeling pretty good with the female prospects at the party he’s currently at being held in his and his MC brothers honor. Then he sees her…Becca across the room and he vows to make her his for the night. Though she seems a bit skittish he warms her up by the campfire and then whisks her away to a secluded, albeit dirty, room. When the haze of the alcohol clears he realizes he’s made a huge mistake because things with Becca don’t exactly add up. **There is a decent sized trigger here that I really can’t get into without giving a major plot point away, so just trust me**

The book jumps ahead five years to find Becca determined to make it on her own without her drug-addicted mother and low life of a stepfather. She works herself to the bone and manages to find the time to attend school too. She knows Puck is nearby and that makes her feel safe but she’s very glad he has kept his distance since the night they met. Until he moves in next door and all bets are off. He’s come to claim what he hasn’t been able to get out of his mind since their one night together. Becca will be his. For keeps.

Ok, here’s where it gets confusing. I liked Puck. He was a monumentally fucked up character who avenged and loved in his own way. It isn’t soft. It isn’t black and white. Puck lives according to his own set of rules. But he is who he is and in a way I found that endearing. Becca had a less than stellar childhood which has molded her into a stubborn woman who is hell bent on becoming more than her mother had. These two fight a lot. It gets ugly. They says things in the heat of the moment and then have to eat those words later. Having said that, Pucks thought process could get trying at times, even for me. I wanted to understand him but sometimes I was left with an ick factor as he thought back over his first time with Becca. In the end it was fine but getting to that point was more difficult than it usually is for me.

Poor Becca spent a lot of time fighting her attraction to Puck for good reason. She is rightfully conflicted over her feelings but also over a misunderstanding that could have been solved early on if she had communicated better. Her mother issues left me shaking my head in despair. It’s obvious from the get go that her mother is trash, yet even after everything she allowed Becca to be put through, Becca still can’t cut the cord. I know a person will always love their mother, or father for that matter, but there comes a time when enough is enough and I wished she would have learned that sooner and saved herself some heartbreak.

There is a rather large cast of characters introduced in this beginning book, and even a few pop ins from Wylde’s Reapers MC series since both intersect as allies of each other. Along with that is the series plot arc of crime in the valley and the hostile take over of the local mining operation and how this will effect everyone living there who depend on that income to survive.

I am eager to find out where Wylde takes this new series and while I wait for book 2 (which isn’t announced yet) you can bet I’ll be going back and reading the her Reapers series to get the full scope of this incredible world.

I give Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde 4 stars!

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