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.
by Joanna Wylde
Released: August 9th 2016
Series: Reapers MC #6
Published by Berkley
“… where was the romance because I never saw it?”
~ Under the Covers
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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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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