(Reapers MC Series, #5)
by Joanna Wylde
He never meant to hurt her.
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 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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I’ve heard a lot about Painter! I got to meet him in the previous installment “Reaper’s Stand” however he’s been a part of the series from the beginning (I still need to catch up with the previous books). Reaper’s Fall picks up right around where the previous book ended.
This is really the story of how Painter and Melanie came to be. There is that first struggle of “we shouldn’t” and several reasons are listed and we know eventually it’s going to happen. And when it does it’s hot, beautiful, and dare I say “magical” in the sense that Painter truly comes alive with Mel and Mel grows in self-confidence with him. There’s this softer side to Painter we haven’t seen or knew he was capable of, and it was so awesome to see.
However, again, events occur that put a damper on what looks like is going to be a great relationship. People are “human” and react differently… could Mel have handled things differently in telling Painter the news and how she took what he initially said? Sure. Could Painter not have reacted selfishly and even a bit childish upon hearing the news? Of course… Stuff happened and now both have to live with consequences. The blurb states it at the very beginning… He never meant to hurt her. I believe Painter tried to do everything within his power to prove he had changed and would be there for Mel and their daughter. I might even go so far as to say at times he went above to even show he still had feelings and loved Mel. She was still holding on to her anger and fear. I sort of don’t want to say grudge because after everything she went through, both with her own family and then with Painter, I don’t blame her for wanting to protect her heart.
I loved how they got their HEA and both worked past their hangups with each other. I loved seeing such a different side of Painter than has normally been portrayed.
Overall a great read that keeps you wondering what the hell could happen to separate these two and then wondering how they are going to fix things and get back together.
Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It
I received a complimentary copy of this book from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley NAL / Signet in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.