Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
He never meant to hurt her.
Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.
Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.
Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.
Melanie has been writing letters to Painter during his stint in jail for a long time. She talks of her life, potential dates but she doesn’t talk about their one and only blistering kiss they shared before he got arrested. When he’s released she expects him to come for her, as all hardcore motorcycle men do. With the intent to take her, claim her and make her his, even for just a little while. She knows she can’t tame him but she’s willing to take what she can get. Except after he’s released he doesn’t even contact her. Nothing. Until their attraction reaches a level even he can’t ignore.
The one thing Painter doesn’t do is commit. He can’t with his MC brothers needing him to do things on the gray side of the law occasionally. Yet he finds he can’t stay away from Mel nor does he want to. But when he ends up back in prison after Melanie gets pregnant, he’s not sure he’ll be able to win her back. Painter won’t give up easily though and a determined Painter always gets what he wants.
Typical to a Joanna Wylde book, Reaper’s Fall is a gritty, hard hitting romance. that pulls on your heartstrings one moment and makes you want to shake the hero in the next. Painter is definitely a flawed hero whose heart is in the right place….most of the time, but his oath to his brothers obviously takes precedence over his personal wants/needs. It seems that in most of these MC books the heroine is the one who ends up making the most concessions in the relationship. Learning to know her place in the club, when to push her man and how to get what she wants from the brothers and other women.
My biggest complaint about this book was the fact that Painter knew he was jeopardizing everything with Mel by doing something illegal for his MC and that if he was caught he knew he’d serve a longer sentence based on past transgressions. Yet he still went and of course he gets caught and then he leaves Mel to fend for herself for a couple of years. No. Just. No. I was beyond mad at him for the entire second half of the book. So mad I almost stopped reading.
While the sex was as explosive as I’ve come to expect from Wylde, I just couldn’t connect with Mel and Painter because of his selfishness when it came to his life and not being there for Mel when she needed him most. He did turn himself around but for this reader, too little too late.
I give Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde 3 stars!