Review: Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde

devils gameReviewed by Carrie

Books about motorcycle clubs seem to be the flavor du jour these days, yet it’s difficult to find quality stories.  This is not the case with Wylde’s Reapers MC series.  Each book is full of action and sensuality that is all wrapped up in the uber-alpha rough world of MCs.  This book is MC version of the Capulets and Montagues and I think it may be my favorite of the series.  Though this book can be read alone, I believe it’s better to have read book 2, Reaper’s Legacy, as it provides the backstory for relationship and a good portion of the story arc.

Emmy Hayes is the cherished daughter of Reapers MC President.  Born and raised in the MC, Em has been lovingly sheltered by these overprotective men her whole life.  However, between the Reapers and her dad, Em has had zero luck in love.  When Em connects with a stranger online, she finally feels like things just may be starting to turn around for her.

Liam “Hunter” Blake is the enforcer for the Devil Jacks MC and sworn enemy of the Reapers.  The Jacks president sees Em as key to keeping the peace with the two rival gangs so he assigns Hunter the task of getting Em as his old lady.  It may have started out as a job for Hunter, but he realized quickly that he really did want Em for himself.  Of course, just as the couple finally comes together, everything goes sideways and Hunter is forced to use Em to defend his club.  Loyalty is the number one value demanded in the MC culture.  Readers feel for the couple as both Em and Hunter struggle with loyalty to their families and whether or not they can overcome great hurdles to make their relationship work.

Emmy is such a fabulous heroine.  Despite her youth and inexperience, she makes smart logical decisions and doesn’t let anyone push her around.  She knows and respects the rules of the MC.  I really enjoyed watching the growth through the book.  Hunter, like Em, is a great mix of badass and sweet.  He recognizes and readily admits his feelings for Em.  It was also refreshing to read a hero that didn’t feel the need to push his heroine around.  They both knew the score getting involved with each other and thus didn’t make demands or give ultimatums.  Hunter and Em got their HEA because they both worked for it.

Each book in this series makes me love it even more.  The camaraderie of both the boys in the MC and the old ladies, the politics, drama and action surrounding the clubs and the hot hot lovin’ make this series a must read.  It’s a great escape into a little known world.  I eagerly await the next book to see how Picnic is taken down by love.

Grade: A

*ARC provided by Berkley/NAL

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Devil’s Game
by Joanna Wylde
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Berkley

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