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I am really excited about this new series from Joanna Wylde. Unlike the Reapers, this series will center on The Silver Valley and the people who live there. We are given interesting bits of the area’s true history, which adds to the story in a unique way. There were several groups we meet in this book who will likely appear in the upcoming books. It was so much more than just an MC story. This was a story about a community. The plot was gripping. I was hooked from the start. There was so much excitement in the beginning that you were almost tempted to let your guard down. Becca’s life in the Silver Valley is entertaining enough, but there is always the question of whether or not her past will catch up for her.
“The guy was mysterious. Kind of like Batman. On a motorcycle.”
I was already a fan of Puck from the Reaper’s series. He is all sorts of biker-alpha goodness. Wise beyond his age and prison only added to that. When the book opens with his POV I was instantly swooning for him. Puck is no angel, but he will destroy everything in his path to protect the ones he cares about. It’s kind of hard not to love him… so don’t bother trying. Give in to the Puck Side. It is sooooo good.
“All hot anger burning under a surface of cold purpose”
Becca has been to hell and back. She has suffered in ways most people cannot even imagine. She is tougher than people giver her credit for and that has kept her going all these years. Her only weakness is the all the imperfect beauty that is Puck. I loved Becca. She fought daily to better herself and her life. She worked hard. Really hard. She had great support around her including Regina & Earl, who were her surrogate family and Danielle, her best friend. In the beginning of the book you can’t help but be horrified by what her life is, but as you read about how she has turned her life around you find yourself as equally impressed with her. Her strength is immeasurable.
”I lived my life according to one basic rule – I called it the Mom Principle. When in doubt, think about what Mom would do. Then do the exact opposite.”
There were so many great moments in this book. Puck and Becca had a fantastic connection. Even when they weren’t together, they were. It was very cool. They lived parallel lives for years. Puck’s affection for her was ever present, no matter how far away he was. But once they got together… YOWZA! Talk about explosive! These two had a lot of time to make up for.
“That boy is crazy about you- it’s cute. Like a pit bull crushing on a kitten.”
My heart was stolen by Regina & Earl. The love of kindness they showed Becca came right off the pages. It was tangible. After reading about her childhood, I was relieved to know that she had them. They continued to show her patience and unconditional love even into her adulthood. Becca deserved that and I was thrilled she got it. Danielle was the other major support in her life. She was just what Becca needed to be an average, free-spirited 20 something. Danielle knew very little of Becca’s past, but she never pushed. She was good like that. She just encouraged Becca to have some fun. Everyone should have a friend like Danielle.
Teeny was a true villain in every sense of the word. He was everything you hate personified. From the moment he was introduced, I felt like I needed a shower. When a fresh-from-prison biker is disgusted by you, you’ve got problems. Becca’s mom? Well… here’s a quote from her. She’s her mom after all.
“Mama’s here. I’ll take good care of you.”
My favorite part of this book was the quick wit and great banter. With the heaviness of the storyline, the humor was welcomed. There was nothing I didn’t like, but I will say that it was hard to read some of the subject matter. Totally worth it, but difficult to know anyone would experience such horrors. The ending was both liberating and heartbreaking. I ached for Becca.
5 big biker sized stars and a bottle of tequila!
Purchase link – Silver Bastard (Silver Valley Book 1)
More Books from Joann Wylde
Reaper’s Property (Reapers Motorcycle Club Book 1)
Reaper’s Legacy (Reapers Motorcycle Club Book 2)
Devil’s Game (Reapers Motorcycle Club Book 3)
Reaper’s Stand (Reapers Motorcycle Club Book 4)
Reaper’s Fall (Reapers Motorcycle Club)