(Reapers MC #5)
by Joanna Wylde
The New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Stand is back in her “uber-alpha rough world of MCs”* as one woman’s future is rocked by the man whose hardcore past could destroy her…
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.
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My Thoughts: The Reapers MC Series is one that I have wanted to read for quite a while, but just haven't had the time. When I found out Reaper's Fall was being published, then saw the cover and read the synopsis, I decided then and there that it was the perfect time to catch up on this series, and that is just what I've been doing. Prior to reading Reaper's Fall, I've listened to the entire series on Audible and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. We've met both Painter and Melanie in the previous novels, and I have to say, I did not like Painter much in the other novels. That being the case, I thought Joanna Wylde certainly had her work cut out for her in order to make me fall in love with him in Reaper's Fall. I will say that he had grown on me by the end of Reaper's Stand (Picnic and London's story). In Reaper's Fall, I kind of had a love-hate thing going on with Painter. He'd have me really loving him and thinking he was great, then he'd be a total jerk and my jaw would drop open because of what he did or said, because I just couldn't believe he said or did it. This went on for a good portion of the book, but it is also what actually makes him and his story that much more captivating. That said, I did love Painter by the end of the novel, and I loved the way he loved Mel, even if he sometimes didn't always choose the best ways of showing it.
Melanie was tough nut to crack for Painter, and I completely understood where she was coming from, and why she had her reservations. She'd had a hard time of it and had to do the best she could without the help of her family. Thankfully, she had friends and the Reapers MC Family that had her back and helped her out. She wasn't perfect either though, and she and Painter definitely butted heads on more than one occasion, and that is putting it mildly. During all that, however, the chemistry between them was hot enough to burn the house down in the process. There relationship wasn't one of those that took place over a short period of time, nor was it one that was solved in a matter of weeks or months like some of the others......it played out over a really long time, but in the end,,,,,,,,it was totally worth it all.
All-in-all, I loved Reaper's Fall and loved reading Painter and Melanie's story, while at the same time getting to see what was going on with the other characters in the series as well. This book, and the entire series is awesome. It is raw, rough, hard, and gritty, so don't go into it expecting candy and flowers.....I mean these are badass alpha males in a motorcycle club. I've loved them all, and even hated them all a little bit over the course of the series, but it has definitely been one I am so glad I made time for. Definitely check out Reaper's Fall and the Entire Reapers MC series.