Book Four in the Reaper’s MC Series
As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.
Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.
Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?
I heard voices as I approached the door, which was open a crack. (The frame had swollen up last winter and never quite gone back to normal, so you really had to fight to close it all the way. It was sand- wiched on the repair list between fixing the car and replacing the oven.)
“Your cousin deserves better than this,” I heard Hayes saying, and I couldn’t help but smile. Glad someone noticed my efforts. “If she’s smart, she’ll kick you out.”
“She’ll never kick me out,” Jess declared, and her voice sounded a little smug. A little slurred, too . . . Had she been drinking? Probably. “She’d feel guilty. She’ll always take care of me because she has to—you don’t know shit about us.”
“You think she takes care of you out of guilt?” he asked. “Nope— she loves you, although I can’t quite decide why. You need to figure out what you want to do with your life, because you can’t just drain her dry forever. Sooner or later she’ll be done with you.”
His words sounded so close to my own thoughts it was almost creepy. It also made me feel guilty, because the statement was so cold and hard. Not to mention true.
“It’s none of your business.”
“London is my business, little girl,” he said, and his tone was anything but nice. “I have plans for her, and they don’t include her crying over your bullshit. Don’t piss me off.”
Previous Books in the Reaper’s MC Series:
Reaper’s Property (bk 1)
Reaper’s Legacy (bk 2)
Devil’s Game (bk 3)
Joanna is a freelance writer living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She started writing fiction in 2002, then took a long hiatus to explore other writing opportunities. She returned to fiction in January 2013 with ‘Reaper’s Property’, the first book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club series.
What I say (review): I'm a big fan of Joanna Wylde's Reapers MC series and I'm glad we finally got to know more about Picnic. This time around the leading lady, London, is not a young woman but hard working mature lady who puts Picnic through his paces. Reese Hayes aka Picnic is the bad ass president of the Reapers and London own and runs a cleaning company.
If you've read the previous books in the series (see my reviews of Reaper's Property, Reaper's Legacy & Devil's Game) then you'll be aware of Picnic's history. He's strong, bad ass (he needs to be, to take charge of all those bikers) and popular with the ladies.
Most of my memories of Picnic before Reaper's Stand generally include him sleeping around with lots of woman (who are usually a lot younger than him), BUT here we finally get to understand his motivations and how he feels about the loss of his wife. Picnic can definitely be an arse, but he's also fiercely loyal and extremely protective. Whilst Picnic has zero intention of ever having another 'old lady' or any sort of long term relationship, he's drawn to London and desperately wants her - I loved reading the scenes where he was lusting after her.
London Armstrong is responsible, kinda repressed and puts EVERYBODY else's needs before her own. She's always guarded around Picnic and doesn't want to be attracted to him. London is essentially mothering her younger cousin Jessica. With a lot of responsibilities, she really doesn't have the time to add badass bikers to the list. Things really heat up in terms of the Reapers and their war but I don't want to spoil any of the intense plot for you.
I think London may be my favourite of Wylde's heroines so far. She's very different from Marie, Sophie and Em but I really liked her. I always love catching up with past characters and the secondary characters were as intriguing as ever. In terms of certain characters, the plot took a direction I most definitely was not expecting *ahem* Bolt...
I can't really say much more other than...oh the Epilogue!!!
4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!
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