Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Reaper's Legacy by Joanna Wylde

Reaper's Legacy (Reapers MC, #2)

Publication Date: January 28th 2014 by Berkely
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

Reaper's Legacy is a raw and intensely erotic tale in Joanna Wylde's Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart-and her virginity-to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn't have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach's step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he's never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious-her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach's a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah's only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands-with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club-to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn't Sophie's plan for her son, but Ruger isn't giving her a choice. He'll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she'll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.

My Thoughts:
Reaper’s Legacy was my kind of story! A sizzling romance, hot alpha males, all set in a rough and gritty motorcycle club with some added danger, and suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat.

Sophie and Ruger are forever tied when she sleeps with his stepbrother, Zach and gets pregnant at sixteen.  Ruger caught them in the act and fell a little bit for Sophie that night, yet you’d never know it from his gruff manner.  Zach turns out to be a real prince *not* and Ruger ends up stepping in many times to help Sophie and her son, Noah.  So much, that Ruger feels a special bond with Noah, almost like he’s his own son, and would do anything for him or Sophie. When Ruger finds Noah and Sophie in a dangerous situation, he insists they come to live at his house, and won’t take no for an answer.

Sophie’s main goal in life is being a good mother to Noah, and even though she doesn’t want to be at Ruger’s mercy she realizes she can no longer go it alone without help. Sophie just wishes that help wouldn’t be from Ruger because 1.) She’s been hung up on him for years, and 2.) He belongs to a motorcycle club, and she doesn’t want to be mixed up with a band of criminals or such a rough scene.

I love a romance when there’s a history at play.  Sophie has pined for Ruger, but she has no idea that he feels anything for her but intermittent bouts of lust.  She understandably doesn’t want to be one of the many notches in his bedpost.  Little does she know that Ruger longs for her too and has felt that way for years.

He’d spent too long playing the good uncle, ignoring what he felt because he knew it wasn’t the best thing for her. She deserved to be free, and who was he to take that away from her?  Well, fuck that.

“I’m tellin’ you,” he continued. “You’re my property, babe. I’ll take damned good care of you and Noah. You’ll take care of me.”

You’d think this would be great, but stupid Ruger and his stubborn “I’m not a one-woman man” stance made me want to smack him upside the head! Thankfully, Sophie won’t take that kind of nonsense, even with her occasional lapses in self-control (which were completely HOT! The shed scene, oh my!) she stood her ground.  

I just loved Sophie. She was a sweet and smart girl who wouldn’t settle, and even though she’s had so much heaped on her at a young age, Sophie had her priorities straight: her son first. Plus, she wasn’t judgmental, and even though she’s hesitant and cautious about The Reaper’s, she had an open mind.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Marie in the last book, but she along with the other “old ladies” gave valuable support and friendship and Sophie was grateful to take that.  Marie went up more than a few notches in this book.

Yes, I wanted to slap Ruger more than a few times, but here’s the thing, sometimes you have to look at a man’s actions, and ignore the stupidity coming from his mouth. Lol! He wasn’t a saint, but Ruger was there for Sophie every time.  It was clear he was a goner for her, it just took a little time and circumstances to figure it out.  Love some of the sentimental tidbits about Sophie we find out later.  The tattoos on Ruger’s shoulders…oh-so-sweet! 

I read Reaper’s Legacy (all 368 pages!) within a twenty-four hour period; it held my attention that well.  I’m addicted to Joanna Wylde’s take on the biker club life!  I was thrilled to learn the next book will be Em and Hunter/Liam’s story: Devil’s Game! That will prove to be quite interesting given what happened in this book. I can’t wait!

4.5 Suns

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  1. Wasn't Reapers Legacy great?!! I loved Ruger and Sophie and the huge amount of character growth they experienced. I can't wait for Devil's Game!
    Great review, Rachel!

    1. I loved it, Andrea! I'm so excited for Em and Hunter's story! :)