ARC Review: Reaper’s Fire by Joanna Wylde

Posted September 22, 2016 by Pilar in Reviews / 9 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Reaper’s Fire by Joanna Wylde
Reaper's Fire
by Joanna Wylde

1 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 9th 2016
Series: Reapers MC #6
Published by Berkley
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
 

“… where was the romance because I never saw it?”
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This review has given my quite the trouble to write. When I read author Joanna Wylde’s first release in the Reapers MC trilogy Reaper’s Property I fell in love. That book delivered all the feels and quite a bit of the harshness that the most realistic of the MC romance sub-genre releases entail. I love Horse and Marie so much so that every time another book in the series is released or announced I have “grabby hand” syndrome gimme gimme all the goodness.

Unfortunately for me none of Reaper’s Property’ successors have delivered on what I expected or needed from the read. This latest release Reaper’s Fire may mark the end of the road for me with this series, it was a struggle to continue on with this book. I kept hoping that if I read just a bit more it would deliver and I would not be disappointed. Sadly this was not the case and had it not been an ARC provided for review I would have not persevered and it would have been in my DNF pile. This was the worst of the series in my opinion. The storyline was not well developed at all, developed for me to believe that the Hero Gage and Heroine Tinker reached a sincere HEA. From the fact that Gage was in town to spy on an affiliate mc club gone rogue, to the way he did it by romancing the sister of said clubs president it was all off. I cannot fathom when a character is having sex with a woman he does not find attractive and get this actually hates and then states that thoughts of another or even experiences (like getting worked up with the heroine) allow him to perform with said despised woman. Even worst when he goes from one to another I shudder yuck! This goes on for most of the book with the heroine hearing them go at it while she lies in her bed and I mean deep into the book until about 80% into the book and not fade to black scenes either. The conclusion to this novel and the way that the H&H reach their HEA left me wondering am I missing a few hundred pages of the book, I mean where was the romance because I never saw it? How does this happen when there was no real emotional development etc. Another thing I have an issue with is that women at the age of 40 maybe 35 always have to adopt a baby or some such nonsense. In this day and age procreation is available for older women or at least you can bear witness to the struggle, when said woman’s current situation has so much to do with carrying a child/giving birth. I must say at the beginning I quite like Tinker she had spunk and strength, later on the fact that she gets involved with Gage at all is a huge disappointment, perhaps he put a spell on her and I missed it. Enough of my venting you get it I’m sure I did not like this book at all. The first book in the series was Awesome other issues were decent reads even if they did not live up to the original but this I cannot recommend anyone read this , if you have OCD about things such as reading an entire series and not skipping any installments well then I tried to warn you. As for me once I finished Reaper’s Fire I immediately reread Reaper’s property to wash away the feelings left behind of disappointment from Reaper’s Fire.

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About Joanna Wylde

Joanna is a freelance writer living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She started writing fiction in 2002, then took a long hiatus to explore other writing opportunities. She returned to fiction in January 2013 with ‘Reaper’s Property’, the first book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club series, and has recently released ‘Reapers Legacy’, the second of the series.

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I am an “X” year old hotel executive lover of all things romance (It was instilled in me that after age 20 a lady should never reveal her age, lol). My love of romance began with Spanish telenovelas at a young age. I spent great spans of time with my grandparents who did not speak English and became engrossed in the world of telenovelas as they were always playing on the TV in their home. In my teens some of my first ventures into romance were Forever by Judy Blume, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. With the passage of time when I went to college I read anything that was available in the limited market, and romance section at the local B&N. My first favorites were by Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Linda Lael Miller, Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz, and Sandra Brown.

I go through genre phases at times but will read just about anything romance with the exception of NA/YA which I tend to stay away from. I have read some romances with MM roles however it is not what I prefer unless there is a Menage MMF relationship. The vast availability of talented work by so many authors and all at the click of a button make it feel like it’s Christmas every day and my wallet feels it as well, though sometimes some books I buy feel like lumps of coal in my stocking. I am trying to get on track with using Goodreads so I can keep it all straight. I live for the moments when I can lay in the sun on a beautiful island destination with my family, a tropical drink nearby, and my trusty paperwhite in hand, or just spending quality time with great friends, family or a book on my nook or kindle!
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Timitra

Sorry this one didn’t work for you…thanks for sharing your thoughts Pilar

Mess
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Mess

Ouch. I love your honesty. There have been reviews I’ve read and I wonder if the reviewer was paid to do a good review because the book was just awful. I think I do have the first book on Kindle but I’ll be sure save my money and stay away from Reaper’s Fire.

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maureen peterson

I too was disappointed in this latest Reaper story… not to your extreme, but I do feel where you are coming from. I adore Joanna, but can we give it back for a do over? I and many others would be so much happier.

April
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April

I am glad I wasn’t the only one. Very disappointed with this book. I thought it was just me.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Oh ouch! Sorry you had such a disappointing outing with this latest. I love the series, but I know we all have differing tastes and I’ve had a few that didn’t do it for me and I had to stop reading the series. Glad you were able to cleanse your palette with Reaper’s Property.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Oh heck no! The heroine has to hear him having wex with his mark?…no, just no.

Monique D
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Monique D

I had loved the previous books, but I’m getting a bit tired of MC books , and I wasn’t sure about this one, and OUCH!thank you for the review, but it sounds so bad that now I’m curious! It will probably be on sale soonish, so… Awesome review!

Alyssa
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Alyssa

Love the honesty in your review. I also thought this one was the worst of the series but I did enjoy revisiting the fabulous world that Joanna created. Horse and Marie will always be my favorite couple, though. I think the shock and awe factor of reading their book for first time is what endeared me to them as a couple, the series as a whole and Joanna as an author. I will continue to read more in the series, because the world that was created is just something that I can’t give up.

Amy R
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Amy R

This was my least favorite of the series so far but I do love the series as a whole and will keep reading it.