Reaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had a hard time with a rating on this one, the writing was fantastic. The story was well told, the characters developed, even when a lot of things were happening the picture in my head was clear BUT someone sure can hold a grudge!
The book starts with bang, a confrontation between Painter and Melanie but we have to go back to find out what leads these two to this point. So rewind five years and we have Painter in prison and Mel writing him letters.
"What the hell had I been thinking, writing to this girl? She was so pretty and perfect and had this amazing, magical life just waiting for her and all I could think about was dragging her down into the dirt and shoving my cock into every hole she had."
Over the next several months after Painter's release he and Mel explore this relationship. He has never done a relationship and normally doesn't go for girls he actually likes. Melanie didn't do dangerous. She went to school and was a smart girl. While she knows about the club she has always been somewhat removed from them. But this good girl hooks herself a bad boy. While their lives are quite different, they are completely on the same page when it comes to their sexual chemistry. But duty calls and someone doesn't like second place.
So begins the downward spiral of Mel and Painter. Never lacking in chemistry, but boy these two brought the tension. Melanie made me crazy, while I understand where she was coming from I had a hard time reconciling the lengths she went through to keep him away. Painter screwed up though, he made his bed and therefore he needed to lie in it. I just don't think he needed to lie and rot in it.
"I tried to find someone else, but it was like he'd broken me, destroying every chance for happiness away from his touch."
A lot of things happen in and out of the club during the span of this book. There is growth and lives changing. There is dangerous club business happening that any any moment turn deadly. Back stabbers and double crossers are in the mists all while Painter and Melanie are growing into their more mature selves. Both of these characters really transform into something more evolved from where they started, one just faster than the other.