Reaper’s Stand by Joanna Wylde Review

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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?


The succinctly stated, yet absurd opening completely reels you in. London, poor London. You may not like her. Hell, I had a hard time through the middle half of the book, but she does end up proving herself in the end. There’s a lot of buildup with London and Picnic and their potential relationship. Pic makes it clear that he wants to fuck her. We already knew that he had a thing for her. But the complications just keep coming out of the woodwork. She has a boyfriend. Check. They haven’t been intimate yet, but he’s a deputy for the Sheriff’s department and has been really sweet to her. Check. London’s young cousin Jessica who she has been raising is causing all sorts of problems. Check. With the Reapers, no less. Oh crappity, shit just got real. The beginning of the well, beginning I suppose, is London has to ask Picnic for help with Jessica while she is at a party at the Armory. It’s there that Pic makes his intentions clear and London suddenly finds herself between a hot, hard, biker man and her sweet sensitive boyfriend back home. What’s a girl to do? Probably the hardest lesson London had to learn during this book was that appearances can be deceiving.

As we all know, Pic is wise. He’d have to be, being the big man that he is. He, of course, knows things that London does not. He tries to guide her to the truth, but she is really blinded by her love for her cousin Jessica. It’s almost like she doesn’t have any sense of self-preservation. Her one focus, her only goal is making sure Jessica is all right. This leads her to many, many problems. Some crazy stuff happens, all the while her and Picnic start something up. Granted, everything happens over the course of a week or so, but the main problem I had with London was that she didn’t confide in Picnic. It made everything a million times worse for her, and to be honest, I don’t blame Picnic for his reaction.

Without giving too much away, the action in this fourth installment of the Reapers gets insane with houses blowing up, girls running away from home, the cartel using humans as pawns in their sick games, people jumping out of windows, warehouses blowing up, and bodies stacking up on all sides. That’s what I love most about these books. The ongoing complexity of the war the Reapers are facing and the budding relationships that could change everything. It’s intense. It’s scary. And there are twists and turns to keep you entertained. I can’t wait for the next one!

Reaper's Stand