First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels.
Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward–full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her–the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.
Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…
When Puck Redhouse met Becky Jones, he just got out of prison after serving a 14-month sentence and she was offered to him as a reward of sorts. It was an unforgettable night for both of them, but the consequences of that night could very well sent Puck back into the lam. Not wanting to violate his parole and to save the girl from her situation prompted Puck and the Silver Bastards to take Becky with them back to Calup, Idaho to protect her.
Fast forward five years later, Becky is making a life for herself in the Silver Valley. She has a job and she’s about to graduate from Beauty School. She has friends that love her, an adoptive family that believes in her and most of all, she has the protection of the Silver Bastards and Puck Redhouse.
Puck wanted Becky for a long time but what happened that night haunted him and when he sees Becky seemingly content with her life, he decided not to do anything about his feelings. Becky for her part thought Puck hated her and his indifference added fuel to her assumptions. But Puck of course is far from being indifferent.
“We’ve been in a relationship for five years now,” Puck said, his voice hard. “It wasn’t normal, it wasn’t exclusive…Hell, I don’t know what the fuck it was, but we both know that’s that truth. Whatever’s between us, it’s been there since that first night we met.”
One of the things that I really liked about this one was the way Joanna Wylde incorporated the areas around Silver Valley, Idaho into book. The little snippets of history about the town and its inhabitants contributed to the overall atmosphere of the book.
I also liked that although the main character is part of a motorcycle club, the story and its characters extended beyond that. Yes, biker culture is still present but it’s now coupled with small town culture. And I personally loved how Ms. Wylde explained the complicated relationship of the MC with the town itself.
Becky, I wasn’t sure of at first, but she grew on me. She was the epitome of a survivor. She had a lot of crap thrown her way but she was able to survive and start a life for herself. Yes, her reluctance to let go of her toxic mother was frustrating but think about it. She was her only living flesh and blood, and she wasn’t always a bad mother to her. So I understood Becky’s reluctance to cut her out of her life despite being burned too many times.
Puck, like many of Ms. Wylde’s heroes, is the epitome of sexy biker. Brash, foul-mouthed, and loyal to his club and to his brothers. I liked him. Liked how different he was from the Puck we met on Reaper’s Stand. I wish I had seen the Puck and Painter bromance in action though. Their friendship was alluded to throughout the book. Puck even acknowledged that him and Painter are close. I wish we had seen it instead of just being told about it though.
Other than that, I enjoyed the side characters. Blake, Danielle, even Carlie. Most of all, I enjoyed those little snippets of Shane and Rourke. Rawr! Yes, please, Joanna. I want one book each for Shane and Rourke.
ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.