Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde
Published by Berkley on June 3, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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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.
When I first learned this would be a book about Em and Hunter, I was sure I wouldn’t like Hunter nearly as much as I loved Horse and Ruger. Boy, was I wrong. Hunter definitely had his alpha asshole moves down, but by the end of the book, I was way into his corner. Once he decided she was it for him, he took on everyone including both Clubs and sometimes Em herself. He was willing to make the sacrifices for her that you don’t see in a lot of MC books. I loved how hard he fought for Em.
What was even more awesome – Em was totally worth it. Best MC book Old Lady hands down. She was smart, funny, loyal, and she didn’t take crap from anyone, including Hunter. She was born into an MC, she knew where the women stood, and she made it work for her without compromising her dignity.
I also loved the interaction between Picnic and Em. You never doubted that he loved his daughter and wanted what was best for her. Painter was a huge disappointment to me, but I always got the feeling he was kind of slow so I never saw those two as a good fit anyway, but what a wuss…SMH. I had mixed feelings about Skid. I know some hated him, but I saw him as doing as best he could for his club. I agree that he was a king sized ass during the kidnapping, but his half-brother was taken and being tortured so I guess I didn’t blame him.
I can only think of a couple of things that could have improved Devil’s Game. I would have liked to have seen more of Hunter and Em together. Their characters were awesome, but a little more backstory would have made them perfect. The book ended with the feeling that things aren’t going to be all sunshine and rainbows between the two clubs which puts Hunter and Em in a precarious situation. In other words, their story felt a little unfinished, not in a bad way, but in a way that had me clamoring for more.
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