Reaper’s Fall (Reaper’s MC Series, Book #5) by Joanna Wylde
BXTCHES Gotta Warn: By now, you should know what it is I’m going to say. Yes, you need to have already fell in love with books 1-4 in this series BEFORE Painter moves in. In every book, foundations are laid. . .foundations that give us glimpses into subsequent books. Reaper’s Fall in no different. I do believe you can enjoy this book all by itself, but I also think you will be doing yourself a huge disservice if you choose to go down that route. You BXTCHES have been warned.
We get to enjoy Reaper’s Fall through the POV’s of both Painter and Melanie.
We got to meet Painter from the very beginning of this series, when Em was all caught up in him. We were introduced to Melanie in Picnic and London’s story, she was Jessica’s BFF and the one that London took in when Melanie’s mom took off. While there was an attraction between Painter and Melanie in Reaper’s Stand, Painter certainly realized that she was a little on the jailbait side and stayed away. That didn’t mean he didn’t think about her though. After his arrest (again this happened in book #4, Reaper’s Stand) and while away at prison, Painter and Melanie become pen pals. He continues to fall for her and she has already fallen for the biker outlaw.
Reaper’s Fall starts “current day” and back tracks. So we learn immediately that there is some sort of romantic history between Painter and Melanie because the subject of their daughter gets brought up during an altercation between Painter and Melanie’s date. The back track portion is what takes us through their very tumultuous journey.
When Painter is released from prison, one would think that a hook-up between him and Melanie would be a foregone conclusion. However, Painter thinks that the best thing for the both of them is if he stays away and Melanie is receiving zero support from Jessica. Think back to Reaper’s Stand and you’ll remember Jessica in a sexual triangle with Painter and another member of the club, and while Painter may have saved Jessica’s life, she is not his number one fan.
So, after some back and forth and some avoidance, Painter and Melanie decide to just be friends. Needless to say, the friendship thing doesn’t last long and before we know it, they are taking their relationship between the sheets. Club business takes Painter out of town for weeks at a time and when he proves that club life will always take precedence over his relationship with Melanie, Melanie decides that she has had enough and ends things. Oh. . .and she is of course prego when this occurs.
Once again, the thing (one of many) that I adore about MC novels is the camaraderie that surrounds the cast. While I think it sometimes sucks that we don’t get to re-visit some of the characters we previously fell in love with or they aren’t making very lengthy cameos, Reaper’s Fall gives us just enough. With Painter, we get the intense drama that surrounds a MC, with Melanie we get the “girl side”, we get to watch her relationship with Jessica go from that of two teens to that of two women, we get to watch her develop a relationship with Em and Kit. That relationship alone is worth the book, those two are fucking hilarious. I adore how the feel of family just flows through the entirety of this book. Job well done.
Thank you Ms. Wylde, you sure know how to curl a BXTCHES toes, bet you thought you’d never hear that, huh? Our boy Painter is really masterful at giving it to Melanie. There’s some serious hate sex outdoors, there’s body painting sex, there’s even some redecorating sex that has some thinking a murder took place, not just the pussy kind. They really cover the spectrum, head to toe, wall to wall. If you didn’t fall for Painter prior to the deep dick, you will have after.
There you have it. Joanna Wylde has done it once again. She sucks you in and really forces you to say glued to the story unfolding before you while convincing you to fall in love with someone who you previously thought of as an asshole. That’s right, Painter is going to weasel his cocky little self right into your heart. As with all of her heroines, she gives us another fiercely independent spirit in Melanie. If you haven’t given the Reaper’s a piece of yourself, you should dive in right away. Don’t worry, this BXTCH would never steer you wrong.