by Joanna Wylde
Published by Berkley on August 9th 2016
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It’s time for more men and motorcycles in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Fall...
The club comes first.
I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.
Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.
I’m coming for you, Tinker.
If anyone asks me what my favorite MC romance series is, Reaper’s MC by Joanna Wylde would be my answer. That was true then, and it still stands true now. That said, I didn’t quite love Reaper’s Fire as much as I did the others.
Reaper’s Fire is Gage and Tinker’s story. And it runs parallel to Reaper’s Fall. If you haven’t read that book, I suggest you read it prior to reading this because a lot of the backstory of Gage and his mission in Tinker’s town was discussed in that book.
I actually loved the premise of this book. Gage is sent to spy on and get closed to an MC that’s been giving the Reaper’s trouble in one of their territories. Gage’s “in” was the sister of the MC president. Both the president and the sister are running the MC to the ground, and Gage must try to diffuse the situation long enough for the Reaper’s come in. Complicating his mission is Tinker Garret. Gage is attracted to her and wants her, but since he has to pretend to be with the sister of the MC president, he can’t really do that.
Like I said, I liked the premise. And while I understand that other readers might not be able to get over the fact that Gage is with someone else for pretty much 50% to 60% of the book. And by someone else, I mean that in the biblical sense as well. Yes, it’s just an act and he doesn’t really have feelings for her but it is what it is. I wasn’t so much bothered by it because I understood what was at stake. I mean, he could’ve stopped prior to 50% but whatever, I was able to deal with it.
What bothered more was the pacing and the weak climax. The climax of the book was at around 60% or so. After that, the conflict with the local club was pretty much neutralized and the forest fires that were ravaging the countryside became the “main” obstacle.
I appreciate that Ms. Wylde incorporated that into her storyline. It gave the book another layer of realism and grit but in terms of conflict and climax, it was a let down. Hence the lower rating. It also didn’t help matters that the romance between Tinker and Gage kind of just settled without a really great confrontation. I would’ve loved to see Tinker drag Talia by the hair and kicked her ass. It didn’t really happen.
I did love the epilogue but as far as the overall story, I feel like this one was her weakest yet.
ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.