Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Reaper's Property Review

Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn't website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.

The opening scene to this novel is intense.  The kind of intense that makes you wonder just what the hell happened to get to this point already.  Luckily Joanna Wylde took us through the journey and brought us back again.

Marie is a woman who has just left a horribly abusive relationship and is currently living in a trailer with her brother Jeff who is working for the Reaper's MC.  Of course we see that Jeff is sort of a screw up and Marie is his only salvation.  This all seemed pretty standard stuff when it comes to MC romance novels.  Someone screws up, someone else has to pay for the damage.  But this one has a twist.

Marie has gotten to know the members of the Reaper's MC a little bit, and she has instantly connected to Horse.  A gorgeous man with a dominant personality and a reason for his nickname.  He is pretty much what you would want to avoid if  you are a good girl.  Marie is trying so hard to get her life back in order and Horse is making it hard to focus on anything but him.

I didn't know if I would like Horse.  I was sort of afraid of him after the first few pages of the novel.  But as I got to know him, I realized there is a really good guy in him.  He is without a doubt rough around the edges and scary as hell.  But he is also super smart, ridiculously sexy, & dangerously lovable.  He reminds me so much of Jax Teller from the SOA series.

Horse tries so hard to win Marie's heart and at every turn she turns him down.  Even refusing to be his "old lady", an honor that most women who date the men of the MC hope for.  Marie is a very difficult character to figure out.  But given her past, it is understandable.  With Jeff's betrayal to the MC Marie has no choice but to give herself to Horse as toy (so to speak) until Jeff gets the money he stole.  This is how Marie pays for Jeff's sins.

We see Horse try to keep the relationship sexual only and we see as over time they fall in love with each other. There is no gushy romance, no huge gestures of romance at all.  There is a ton of passion and a ton of dangerous attraction.  The novel focuses on two people who don't live in a normal world, but a world with it's own rules and laws.  They find a way to make it work, as tough as it is.  Marie finds a way to move beyond her past and into a future with someone who is used to being alone.

This book is worth reading and enjoying.  But don't think you are walking into a book about roses and candy, this isn't that type of novel.  It's gritty, dark, passionate, and intense.

 I give Reaper's Property 4 lipsticks!

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