Series: Reapers MC #3
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Published on June 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.
Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.
Or so she thinks.
“You deserve a man who’ll fight for you, baby girl. You remember that, all right?”
I loved this book! Em and Hunter’s story of forbidden love is dangerous, exciting, sweet and all kinds of hot!
Their story actually began during the timeline of the last book of the series – Reaper’s Legacy, and with that fantastic intro, I was instantly intrigued in what was going to happen between these two! The first part of this book overlaps the ending of Reaper’s Legacy, so we get all of the excitement and intensity of that one big event, but this time from Em and Hunter’s POV, and it’s awesome! But this book goes back before then, to their first meeting and all of the build up that occurred before the reader got their first idea that something was happening between them.
Em is the daughter of Reapers MC President, Picnic, and has been raised among the Reapers her whole life. That, combined with her overprotective father (who has been known to pull a gun on her dates before), has put a serious block on her love life.
“Half the guys consider you their daughter and the other half want to bang you. And all of ‘em are scared of your dad.”
Hunter is a nomad member of the Devil’s Jacks MC. The Jacks are the sworn enemies of the Reapers and when he is ordered to scope out the rival club President’s daughter as a mark, he takes one look at Em and is smitten. Getting to know her as Liam (his real name), the two of them grow close, and when Em finally starts to make her claim for some sort of freedom away from her father and the club, she decides it’s finally time to make her move for her mysterious friend, and he is more than willing to join her.
The chemistry between these two is sensational! They have an incredible spark between them, and they are freaking hot together!
Mine. All mine … Fuck if I knew what I’d done to deserve it, but not a chance in hell I’d let her get away.
Liam’s secret is soon revealed to Em, and things between them get crazily complicated. I love the way that the whole series of events plays out. Em is an absolute firecracker, and although she’s falling for the bad guy, she handles the situation brilliantly.
He smirked. “Later, sweetheart. Now try to keep your mind on business for me like a good girl.”
Hunter is a badass biker, with all of the character traits that go along with that. He battles between the love of his woman vs the love of his club, and I did have a few squinty eyed moments at some of his motives, but he eventually won me over. He straddles the line between good and bad, and we definitely get to see both sides of him (totally deserving of a kick to the balls… and more!), but he has an emotional, affectionate side to him that is absolutely gorgeous! I love the way that he cares for Em, the way that he isn’t afraid to put his emotions out there, and the way he treats her and looks after her. There is a bit of a dark and dirty feel to it, but even for a nasty biker, he made me melt.
“I’m with you, Em. Don’t doubt that, okay? No matter what happens or what you hear…Promise?”
Em’s understanding of Hunter’s world and the part that he plays in it, as well as his expectations of her, make this book different from the previous two where Marie and Sophie were coming into a whole new life. Em has been raised in an MC, and she knows what it means, and I think it brings something very different to their romance.
“They’re your family, and now they’re my family, too. I’m not a civilian and I didn’t fall in love with a stockbroker. I fell in love with a Devil’s Jack. I know what it means to wear a cut.”
And despite being a badass biker, Hunter fully accepts who for Em is – her strength, her sense of self, and her nature, without trying to change her, and I love that about him.
I didn’t need to control her…Hell, I just wanted to sit back and watch her, try to figure out what made her tick and hold on for the ride.
But they have SO much standing between them. Their clubs are under attack and on the brink of war, and with everybody they care about in opposition to the one thing they want most, Em and Hunter are torn between their two worlds. What are they willing to risk to be together?
“No offense, Em, but us being together is way too dangerous and crazy to risk for just sex. Fuck that. I want do to this right. Are you with me?”
This book is a wild and exciting ride from start to finish. The overarching storyline of the battle between the MCs plays a big part, and we get to know some of the Jacks crew, as well as spending a bit of time with the Reapers. With lots of action, MC drama, dirty flirting, sex and against-the-odds-romance, this is another great addition to the series. I was sucked straight into the story and was engrossed the whole way through. I can’t wait for Picnic’s book next.