The novella was fun and dirty and trashy and as every MC story that Joanna Wylde writes, I can always count on it to deliver. She is the standard up against which I compare my MC books. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.
Or maybe not.
Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.
Right from the first.
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To be honest, I didn’t recall Shade from the other Reaper’s novels, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the hell out of him. He was just as sexy and confident as all of the other Reapers, and adding in the title of ‘National President’ made him just that much more badass. The novella was fun and dirty and trashy (I mean that in the best way possible) and as every MC story that Joanna Wylde writes, I can always count on it to deliver. She is the standard up against which I compare my MC books, and she never disappoints.
Mandy was the perfect heroine for this story. She needed help but was too proud to accept it. She was a bit naïve so she made the perfect foil to Shade’s jaded worldliness. She drew on his protective instincts as she struggled to handle her issues herself and not ask for help. For a guy that never wanted to be tied down, Shade felt an irresistible pull towards this woman and I kind of liked that neither of them had their act together when it came to what they were looking for in a relationship. There were no expectations and they played it day by day to see how it grew.
The storyline held my interest, the new characters had me trying to figure if any would have their own spin-off novel next, and I loved getting back to small town Idaho and biker bars.
That being said, and keeping in mind that I loved this story and gave it 4+ stars (so my grievances can’t be that large), there were still a few nits I had to pick with this book.
First, Wonder Woman. I thought she was cute at first but by the end, I kinda wanted to muzzle her. Read the book. You’ll know what I’m talking about.
Second, part of what I love about all of the Reaper’s novels is the ability to visit with my past book boyfriends. As part of the Dark Knights series, it could be read as a stand alone without any prior history. But those dirty, crude, sexy, nasty men are what make the novels so much fun. It was a pleasure to sink back into the gritty world of the MC, but I missed seeing my other boys. Horse, Picnic, Ruger! Where were you??
Third, I really liked Shade and Mandy. I understand it’s the nature of a novella, but they deserved a longer book! *
Shade’s Lady was a terrific addition to the Reaper’s series. Reaper’s fans will want to snatch it up. And anyone new to the Reaper’s will find this to be a great starting point. It’s a shorter introduction to Joanna Wylde’s writing and MC world, and will whet your interest to go back and read Reaper’s Property where it all started with Horse. Sigh.
And finally, I’m a sucker for a HEA. I feel like this relationship has the potential to be one. But all we were left with was a HFN.