Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde
Series: Silver Valley #1
Published by Berkley on April 7, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels
Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from... But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can't ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.
Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
After the hotness that was Picnic and the disturbing unexpectedness of him hooking up with the stupidest-heroine-of-all-time, aka London, I went in with no expectations for this book. I think that was what allowed me to enjoy Silver Bastard.
Let’s start from the beginning. The start of this story was pretty hard, if Ms. Wylde was hoping to start with a bang, she certainly succeeded. Becca had a very difficult early life, as her mother was a complete egotistical shithead that had no regard whatsoever for her daughter’s wellbeing.
Puck, in his own darker version of the white knight, takes her out of her living situation and puts her out of reach of her mother and stepfather’s evil clutches. After years of looking at each other from afar, Puck and Becca finally get together… I mean, they start the process of being together because there is a lot, and I do mean A LOT of back and forth. At some point, I just wanted to hit them both in the heads so they would get it on already.
Still, I understood where Becca was coming from, her mother was just too unbelievable. And I do mean too unbelievable. Maybe it’s because I had a good mom and my friends are all in the same category, but I can’t wrap my head around all the shit that woman did.
I found Becca’s inner monologues pretty funny, and Puck had his moments too. The book was engaging and I read it fairly quickly. I think we had quite a peek into Painter’s future story (that actually threw me a bit) and I would have hoped to see a bit more of the Reapers, because, you know, Horse = yummy.
While I didn’t find Becca’s TSTL moments as cringe-worthy as London’s (which if she’s not the most TSTL heroine ever, she’s at least in the Top 5) and I could concede to the fact that she is only 21, it still made me wanna slap the crap out of her. Woman, if you have a hot badass biker dude as your boyfriend/hookup/oldman/whatever-you-wanna-call-it, you always go to him first, and if he blows you off, then you can go off half-cocked into the sunset.
Still, I enjoyed the book and mostly managed to ignore the things that bothered me. I did feel it was a bit slow until the action picked up. And the whole 20-year-old mini-mafia lords was kind of out there to me.
I absolutely LOVED the epilogue, it almost made up for everything I didn’t quite like in the book. But the second epilogue kicked my book high on the head and left me with a very unsatisfied feeling. I wouldn’t have minded reading that scene, say, in a FB post or on her page, but after that awesome epilogue… it was just… *shakes head sadly*
Will I read the next book from Joanna Wylde? Most definitely. I just hope her next heroine has more of a cool head on her shoulders, and that they stop with the whole “people over 30 are old” crap. It gets old real fast.
Sparkles Rating: 4 Stars
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