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 for 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.
©2015 Joanna Wylde (P)2015 Penguin Audio
"MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, IT'S THE BEST ONE YET"
This listen first opens up in the present day timeline where handsome bad boy biker Painter is enjoying himself at the Silver Bastard's MC party - well that is right up until his ex girlfriend (who he's never gotten over and still loves) walks in..... and she's not alone. This finally pushes Painter over the edge because, for five frustrating years, he's been saying sorry, begging for forgiveness and doing everything he can to get back with Mel.... so now he's not going to apologize any longer for the heartache he caused her, and himself, all those years ago.
Then the story goes back to a time when Painter is in Prison and the innocent besotted Mel is writing to him in the hopes that when he gets out he'll contact her and, because they've got mutual friends, she doesn't think she'll have to wait long. But Painter's inner conscience is telling him to stay away because he knows he's bad news, he nails and bails all his 'dates' within a week and he has a list of filthy things he'd really really like to do to her but he doesn't want to corrupt sweet Mel. It's a great plan but their sizzling chemistry, mutual lust and Painter's jealousy makes it impossible for him to stay away and he finally gives in to temptation.
But all too soon their happy bubble bursts when Club business, the Cops and some shocking unwanted news viciously tears them apart with dramatic, heartbreaking and catastrophic consequences that will let in pain, frustration, anger, angst and heart-felt turmoil that will last for five agonizing years. Then the story catches up and returns you to the unfolding drama that's happening in the present day at the Silver Bastar's MC party.
As usual, this is another delicious dual POV look into the Alpha world of the Reaper's MC, the lives and loves of this loyal brotherhood and their gritty, shady, bloody and dangerous business that demands and claims so much from its members. There's a love story between two strong willed characters and its got passion, hot sex, heartbreak, touching and very tender scenes, regrets and painful memories. But sadly love is simply not going to be enough.... only time has a chance of healing such anguish. The narration by Nelson Hobbs was good but sorry I didn't much like Saffron Martindale's voice.
Worth a credit? This exciting and enjoyable story had depth, layers, non-stop drama, a lot of character growth and an emotionally packed bitter-sweet romance that was all centred around the wonderful and addictive world of the sexy leather wearing dominant MC bikers. If you love them (as I do) then you'll love this (as I did) and YES it's another creditworthy listen from the gifted mind of Joanna Wylde.
"Just Ok I didn't like the narration."
I am a huge Reaper Girl but I did not like the narration for this book. The story was ok but I'm sure it would have been better with other narrators. They just sounded weird when Nelson read the female part and vice versus the girl could not read a hot guy. If you can get over the narration give it a go. I couldn't
"Pretty good addition to the series :)"
**warning...I tried not to be spoilerish but there is a little bit of info in this review that could be considered in that range**
This was a pretty good story. I liked Melanie. Painter...well he was alright but I don't know if I can really say I got to like him. The story was well written but a bit shy on the romance, containing more drama than actual romance. A good portion of this story is in the past so expect an extended flashback.
Melanie is a nurse that has a daughter who's father is Painter. She didn't have a good childhood, growing up with a drunk for a father and a mother who disappeared on her. Melanie's BFF is Jessica who is the niece of London (from Reaper's Stand) and London is now the closest thing she has to a mother. Melanie got to know Painter due to her association with London and Jessica.
Painter is a biker in the Reaper's MC. Painter grew up in foster homes and then juvie. He got brought in to the MC and now his MC and the brothers in it are everything to him. He went to prison for a while due to some issues that went down in association with what happened in Reaper's Stand. Painter met Melanie right before he went in and they wrote to each other during the year he was in.
The book pretty much begins and then goes straight into a flashback that lasts a good portion of the story. Painter became friends with Melanie by corresponding with her while he was in prison but he really fantasized about more with her. Melanie wanted more with him too but when he got out, he pretty much treated her like crap. Painter thought he was doing the right thing though, thinking that Melanie deserved someone better than him and so he should stay away from her. They end up getting thrown together a few times through mutual associations and Painter can't stay away from her so he says they'll just have to stay friends. Regardless of this, he doesn't keep their interactions to strictly friendship levels and eventually they become more. Unfortunately, Painter still sees his duty to the MC as the most important thing and when crap goes down, he breaks his parole and ends up back in prison for another 2 years.
The circumstances around Painter going back to prison effectively breaks things off between him and Melanie. This happens just as they find out that she's pregnant and so he's not there when she needs him or for the first 1+ years of his daughter's life. When he comes back out, Painter says he wants Melanie back but TBH, he didn't seem to put much effort into it. Melanie blamed him for leaving her because he made a choice to do something that was very likely to end him back up in prison and knew it. Because of this, she didn't trust him to be there for her when she needed him and wouldn't take him back...holding a grudge for a long time. I can't say that I blamed her, he was a good dad to their daughter but to me, his attitude when trying to "win her back" seemed more crude than convincing (if you could really even call his actions trying). I.E. although it wasn't on page, he still slept around with the club whores a lot and didn't hide this from Meanlie. While doing this he still told Melanie he wanted her back, telling her that he imagined every woman he had sex with was her (Ew!). The attraction between them is still very strong though and Melanie has a hard time resisting him when he pushes her on how there's still something between them. Obviously, Painter eventually convinced Melanie to give them another chance and they do work things out, ending the story starting a HEA together.
Overall, I found this story to be enjoyable. I liked Melanie and was happy for her. Painter I didn't really care about as he was a jerk a good portion of the time (although not as hateful as he has been in past books). I was happy with the way things ended but would have prefered less angst/drama. The story was well written but it was more drama than romance most of the time and it was only the good writing that actually bumped it up to 4 stars for me. I think I'd still recommend the story as long as you're in the mood for drama and not anything sweet. :)
* note - There were 2 narrators, a female one for the parts from Meanie's PoV and a male for the parts from Painter's PoV. I thought they both did good jobs.
"YIKES! THIS ONE MISSED THE MARK COMPLETELY."
I've loved this series until this one....uuuggh!! Reapers Fall was a bit of a miss for me. It isn't awful, but it certainly isn't what I expect from Joanna Wylde.
Overall the storyline, the narration (especially the female speaking as Painter), the sub-plots and supporting characters were just sub-par and mediocre. Were there moments of awesomeness?--absolutely, the love and passion between Painter and Melanie will make your heart go pitter patter, but these two were not characters that sparked my interest in the previous books, and now it's clear why that was the case. Maybe about halfway through the book, things picked up a bit, but only slightly. I don't think you'll miss much by skipping Reapers Fall and waiting for the next story to come out; each book could potentially stand alone. Joanna Wylde is a good enough author that I'll purchase the next book, but I give this one a disappointed 3-stars.
This series keeps getting better. Great story with real characters. Both H/h are tough as nails and I love how they fight.
"Another hit in the Reaper's Series!"
With this book it's a maybe, I loved the story, just wasn't as happy with these narrators. Would have preferred the narrators for the past books.
Loved Painter's and Mel's story. It was touching to see Painter realize his ability to love. These Reaper's live hard and love hard, Painter was no exception.
This was my only disappointment with this book. The narration was slow at times, the narrators didn't seem connected to the characters. I had bigger issue with the female narration, her voice for Painter was awful and some of the other characters not much better. I was so looking forward to this book and wished they had gotten Tatiana Sokolov to do the female narration. The male narrator was fair, he just seemed bored at times, but didn't have the issue with his voice being annoying. Still would have preferred the past readers.
Really enjoyed parts, Joanna Wylde is wonderful at making you actually feel her characters.
Looking forward to more of the Reaper's stories. I really like the audible books and I am one who listens to stories over and over. However, if it's the same narrators on the next book I'll probably just buy the book to read, and that will be disappointing. If your looking for a great MC series it doesn't get better than this.
"I really wanted to love this book"
I struggled to finish this book. I've really liked all the others in the series. This one should have been renarrated by the female narrator if the male one was going to disappear less than halfway through the book.
You just feel like you're being cheated, because her voice can't be accepted as these male characters then.
At the very end of the book the male narrator comes back. What's up with that?
Sorry I wasted the credit.
"Heatbreaker if you can get there"
Expected these characters to be heartbreaking, and wasn't disappointed. I totally get their chemistry.
Nelson is good, but Saffron should stick to children's books.
The filler about the rodeo was wasteful. Unnecessary and took away from the overall. I would have given a higher rating if this wasn't there.
Have to get through so much filler to get to the actual story.
"Love Joanna Wylde but dissapointed in this one"
It was just really hard to like Melanie in this story and Jessica was just a pain the rear end. I have really liked all the books in this series but this one left me blah. I think the premise of the story was good but hearing Melanie whine over and over again about Painter's mistake and constantly calling him names, or saying I hate you a hundred times was just too much. I would say the last half hour of this book was the best.
The books just keep getting better. More realistic with jail & break ups. Now they just need to get a good narrator.
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