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 for 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.
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This listen first opens up in the present day timeline where handsome bad boy biker Painter is enjoying himself at the Silver Bastard's MC party - well that is right up until his ex girlfriend (who he's never gotten over and still loves) walks in..... and she's not alone. This finally pushes Painter over the edge because, for five frustrating years, he's been saying sorry, begging for forgiveness and doing everything he can to get back with Mel.... so now he's not going to apologize any longer for the heartache he caused her, and himself, all those years ago.
Then the story goes back to a time when Painter is in Prison and the innocent besotted Mel is writing to him in the hopes that when he gets out he'll contact her and, because they've got mutual friends, she doesn't think she'll have to wait long. But Painter's inner conscience is telling him to stay away because he knows he's bad news, he nails and bails all his 'dates' within a week and he has a list of filthy things he'd really really like to do to her but he doesn't want to corrupt sweet Mel. It's a great plan but their sizzling chemistry, mutual lust and Painter's jealousy makes it impossible for him to stay away and he finally gives in to temptation.
But all too soon their happy bubble bursts when Club business, the Cops and some shocking unwanted news viciously tears them apart with dramatic, heartbreaking and catastrophic consequences that will let in pain, frustration, anger, angst and heart-felt turmoil that will last for five agonizing years. Then the story catches up and returns you to the unfolding drama that's happening in the present day at the Silver Bastar's MC party.
As usual, this is another delicious dual POV look into the Alpha world of the Reaper's MC, the lives and loves of this loyal brotherhood and their gritty, shady, bloody and dangerous business that demands and claims so much from its members. There's a love story between two strong willed characters and its got passion, hot sex, heartbreak, touching and very tender scenes, regrets and painful memories. But sadly love is simply not going to be enough.... only time has a chance of healing such anguish. The narration by Nelson Hobbs was good but sorry I didn't much like Saffron Martindale's voice.
Worth a credit? This exciting and enjoyable story had depth, layers, non-stop drama, a lot of character growth and an emotionally packed bitter-sweet romance that was all centred around the wonderful and addictive world of the sexy leather wearing dominant MC bikers. If you love them (as I do) then you'll love this (as I did) and YES it's another creditworthy listen from the gifted mind of Joanna Wylde.
I am a huge Reaper Girl but I did not like the narration for this book. The story was ok but I'm sure it would have been better with other narrators. They just sounded weird when Nelson read the female part and vice versus the girl could not read a hot guy. If you can get over the narration give it a go. I couldn't