Reaper’s Fall is finally here! This book is the newest standalone in the Reaper’s MC Series by Joanna Wylde, and let me tell you that this series just keeps getting better and better. I’ve been waiting for Painter & Melanie’s story since Silver Bastard and as expected, Joanna Wylde kept me at the edge of my seat with the drama, the intrigue and the romance.
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.
So I’ve gone back and forth on my rating for this. On the one hand, I enjoyed Painter and Melanie individually as characters, as well as the side plot involving the Reapers and Gage. On the other hand, I find the romance between Melanie and Painter a little bit weak conflict wise.
Reaper’s Fall is the highly anticipated story of Melanie and Painter. We’ve met Melanie in Reaper’s Stand as Jessica’s best friend. Painter was Em’s former crush who went to prison by the end of Reaper’s Stand. We also get a glimpse of them in Silver Bastard. So while this can be read as a standalone, I would advise reading the other books I mentioned before diving into this one. It will provide you with the back story not only on the club but on Painter and Melanie’s story as well.
The book opens up with a familiar scene that we’ve witnessed in Silver Bastard. Melanie was at a party with a date and Painter just loses it. Readers can deduce that they’re not together anymore for reasons that wasn’t yet revealed. So the book basically takes us back to when Melanie started writing to Painter in prison.
Their tentative friendship that started during the events of Reaper’s Stand blossomed while Painter was incarcerated. Unfortunately, Painter has issues about commitment, so even though he finally got out, their romance didn’t start out immediately.
This is the part where, depending on what mood you’re in, you would either enjoy it or hate it. The constant back and forth between Melanie and Painter became center stage. I personally enjoyed it simply because I liked the push-pull dynamic of their relationship. Besides, it didn’t really last long. They got together and it was fantastic.
But Painter has always been about his brothers. Not only that, he can be a little bit reckless. So even though he’s serious about Melanie, he’s never put her first. This led to Painter down another difficult road. And this time, Melanie was deeply affected. And this was the main reason why they weren’t together for years.
Now this was the part where the romance took a tumble for me. The first time they did the pushing away, it was cute. And it worked for me. Not quite so this time. It became annoying very quickly. And the timeline jumps didn’t help either.
Nevertheless, the side plot involving Gage and the rest of the Reapers and their allies kept me entertained. I liked it very much. And it sets up the next book wonderfully. I also enjoyed Pic and Loni’s cameos as well as the previous couples in the series. I even enjoyed Jessica this time around. Her and Kit were hilarious.
Overall, Reaper’s Fall was an enjoyable read but the romance wasn’t up to par with the other books in the series. Still enjoyed the story but definitely not my favorite in the series.
ARC provided by 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.