DEVIL’S GAME (Reapers MC #3) by Joanna Wylde
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Source: Penguin Group via Netgalley
Format: ARC Ebook
Rating: 5 stars!
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.
Joanna Wylde has the uncanny ability to combine witty humor with steamy sex and make it awesome! Everything about this book is perfection. From the engrossing storyline to the amazingly well-developed characters. As with the other Reaper’s MC novels (Reaper’s Property & Reaper’s Legacy) I was hooked from page one and I had this book read within hours of starting it.
The plot was perfectly executed. It has the right amount of drama, sarcasm, and steamy scenes to keep anyone thoroughly engrossed. I was on the edge of my seat half the time and the other half I wanted to laugh my ass off. The whole Romeo & Juliet aspect of this book really hooked me in. I loved that Liam and Em had all these odds against them but they were stubborn and fought for what they wanted (when they weren’t fighting with each other). All the characters in these novels are written in a way that makes the readers want to know them. They’re likable and you find yourself rooting for them even knowing that none of them are saints.
Liam is a hard man. He doesn’t let people in easily and love is a word that he doesn’t believe in. He came from a messed up past and, in some ways, you can tell that it left a mark on him. He’s a member of the Devil’s Jacks and this in itself is a crime against him in the eyes of the Reapers. If you’ve read Reaper’s Legacy then you know for a fact these two clubs are not on good terms. We see that tension build up throughout Devil’s Game as well. Em, the daughter of Reapers President, Picnic, isn’t someone who should be consorting with someone like Liam. We see the kidnapping scene play out again in Devil’s Game which further solidifies Em’s need to stay away. Both characters are hilariously sarcastic and witty. In Devil’s Game we see a side of Em that I didn’t know existed. I mean, I knew she had to be tough considering how she grew up, but man! She is strong willed, stubborn, and she doesn’t back down easily. Her character fits Liam’s so well. She doesn’t take any of his crap and that’s exactly what he needs.
“You’re a scary little bitch when you want to be,” I muttered. “Christ, Em. You need to stop playing with guns.”–Liam/Hunter, Devil’s Game
The chemistry between these two was electrifying! Ms. Wylde really knows how to crank up the steaminess!! I had to fan myself a few times because boy oh boy, Liam is a character I’m gonna have a hard time forgetting any time soon! He’s definitely an alpha male.
I wasn’t going to share her–not now, not ever. This body was mine. All mine. Best present ever. Fuck if I knew what I’d done to deserve it, but not a chance in hell I’d let her get away. “I am gonna have so much fun teaching you everything I know.” –Liam/Hunter, Devil’s Game.
Poor Em has been trying to cash in her v-card forever. We all know this from the first two novels and in Devil’s Game we see that some more. ‘Watching’ all this play out with Em was hilarious. *snort* Like, I said if I wasn’t on the edge of my seat wondering if someone was going to get trigger happy I was laughing out loud.
That’s when it all hit me and I started laughing. I’d just had incredible, indescribable sex with the hottest guy I’d ever met-and I was still a fucking virgin. Jesus. Just like high school. I couldn’t give this shit away.–Em, Devil’s Game.
With everything going on between the clubs is Liam & Em’s chemistry enough to get them through it all? Or will things come crashing down around them? Between kidnappings, the clubs fighting, the lies, and third-party enemies, being together may not be as easy as they had hoped. Will MC life get in the way of their happily-ever-after?
Overall, this book is one of my favorites. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to slap someone at times. Joanna Wylde is an amazing writer and I’m looking forward to many more stories from her.