Friday, November 13, 2015

Reaper's Fall

Reaper’s Fall is the newest standalone in the Reaper's MC Series.  Painter & Melanie's story is FINALLY here! 

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The New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Stand is back in her “uber-alpha rough world of MCs”* as one woman’s future is rocked by the man whose hardcore past could destroy her…

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.

While he was in prison, all Levi 'Painter' Brooks could think about was the sweet, innocent girl that wrote him letters every week. He know's he shouldn't even think about a good girl like Melanie Tucker, but can't stop himself from imagining all the ways he can turn that good girl bad. Now out of prison, he try's to avoid Melanie so he doesn't do something stupid, like sleep with her. 

Melanie kept picturing her and Painter together once he got out, but when they finally see each other and he ignores her, other than a simple "hey," she gives up hope and tries to move on. That plan doesn't go too well when Em and Kit Hayes befriend Melanie and bring her around the club a lot more than she's ever been in the past. That means putting her right in Painter's path and making it ten times harder for him to resist her. 

Painter and Melanie's story was like one big battle and it was nail biting to see who would come out on top. Painter tried so hard to fight his feelings for Melanie because he really cared for her and didn't think she deserved someone broken like him. But Melanie saw the good guy under the badboy exterior and wouldn't let Painter run from her for long. 

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Painter because I thought he was such an ass in previous book, but I ended up really liking him. Melanie had hopes of something more, but Painter never really lead her on and actually tried to be her friend. He cared deeply for Melanie and didn't want to see her ruined and I saw that vulnerable side to him with how he treated Melanie. I loved the softer, artistic side that I never even thought he could have and it made him the perfect man for Melanie. 

For most of the story I liked Melanie and found myself liking her innocence. She had a shit life handed to her but she didn't let that stop her from dreaming big. She worked hard to get through school and enter the world of nursing and she never let drama get in her way of that. Just because Melanie was soft spoken she still had spunk and wasn't afraid to stand up for herself, especially not with Painter. 

My 3.5 rating comes from the last 30% when the time started to skip and Melanie got annoying. At the end of the book we skipped a couple of months and then two years, and then two years again! I don't mind if the time skips some, but by the end of the book we had skipped five years only in a short part of the book and I felt like I missed a lot of information. All the time jumps only showed Painter and Melanie fighting which frustrated me because I wanted more happy moments between them. 

At the end Melanie was really starting to annoy me because she would not let go of her anger and give Painter a chance. It became this custody battle almost and I just wasn't liking that. I did like the conclusion, but I could have done without all the animosity between Melanie and Painter to get to it. 

Overall, this was a winner but not my favorite in the Reaper's MC series. I loved that I surprisingly liked Painter and Melanie and I really did like how their story started. Even with the annoyance of the end I still thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who likes MC books.

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