Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother's house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she's not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse-she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she's ninety percent certain he's a criminal and that the "business" he talks with her brother isn't website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he'd just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms. Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she's not interested in becoming "property of." Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants-at home, in public, on his bike... If she's a very, very good girl, she'll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he'll let her brother live. Maybe.
- Paperback | 308 pages
- 140 x 214 x 22mm | 419.99g
- 16 Oct 2013
- Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
- Akron, OH, United States
- black & white illustrations
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I read this book after Reaper's Legacy, never realised it was #1 in the series, and to be honest, I don't think interchanging the order affected the read of either, so they can be stand-alones. Firstly, Joanna Wylde is a new-to-me author, recommended by a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will be adding any others in this series to my wishlist. The story is a romance but certainly not a "conventional" romance, so if you're looking for light and fluffy, this series is not it. I don't know anything about motorcycle clubs, so I can't make any comment about the knowledge imparted in this series but even if this was all drawn from the author's imagination (which I know it's probably not) the world building is engrossing and draws you right in. Fair warning - the motorcycle club world isn't pretty in some parts (the author doesn't hold back on the violence, etc., it's written into the story and it makes for a gritty, confronting read at times, but this is part of the "ride". If you don't like reading about that sort of thing, then this series is not for you.). And there are some clearly defined roles men and women play in the world. I have to say, like Marie (and Sophie, in Bk#2) I didn't get, or like, the the terms "property of", or degrading names women who mixed with the clubs were labelled with. The whole idea of motorcycle clubs being a part of the "real" world yet living to their own rules and regarding themselves as outside "the law", handling their own problems in their own way, definitely made me uncomfortable, BUT - and this is where every reader has to make their own call on this - I understand these elements much better after reading the books, and I totally think it worked in the context of the world being portrayed (real life or fictional). These elements pushed my buttons, made me squirm, made me question if I really wanted to read this sort of story, yet the connection I felt with the characters, their emotional journey's, grabbed me enough to keep going. With that understanding and acceptance, I could look past my own personal dislikes/judgements/opinions, and allow myself to read Marie & Horse's story, be immersed in Wylde's world-building, and enjoy it for what it was. One of the highlights is how the MC world is revealed through Marie's eyes. I might not have come from Marie's background or shared similar life experiences but I walked this journey with her, was introduced into the world through her eyes, and this perspective helped me understand Horse and the Reapers. Working my way in form the outside, seeing and reacting pretty much like Marie to certain things engaged me, connected me to her, and to the story. Horse is a complex character, and I loved him. He's a returned soldier, ex-military. The author made him so darn "human", unapologetic for his lifestyle choices, bold, confronting, a hottie, but what really hit me was the scene at the end of the book when he deals with the death of a brother/soldier who's deployed O/S. That made me cry. Why only 4 stars - as I said, I read this after Reaper's Legacy, and the only negative I have is that the female characters of Marie and Sophie sounded similar. Both were characters who came from the outside in to the Reapers, their impressions and experiences were sort of the same, and it was reflected in their "voice" (the first person narrative). This is probably just me, my own very personal reaction, and everyone else will see/read it/feel differently. Overall though, this was such a small issue, but enough for me to give it 4 stars rather than 5 (can I just take a half star off and make it 4.5 instead?). Put simple, there's so many layers and facets to this story, and despite the elements that made me uncomfortable, I really, really enjoyed this book. I can't speak highly enough of it. There is so much packed into the story, so much that I like, I'll be going to back to read it over and over, because the more I reflect the more I marvel at how well the author has constructed everything - the characters, the realism, the issues confronting the characters, the secondary characters, the MC world, everything - it's a keeper.show moreby Kylie Short