Eli's Triumph (Reapers MC, #6.7) by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #6.7
Also in this series: Reapers and Bastards: A Reapers MC Anthology, Reaper's Fall
on May 7, 2019
Genres: Biker / MC
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes a new story in her Reapers MC series…
Peaches Taylor spent the last seven years slinging drinks and dodging drunks at the Starkwood Saloon. Some might call it a dead end job, but to her it was an investment—another six months, and she’d have enough money to buy the place.
Life would've been perfect if Eli hadn’t come home.
Eli King is ready to settle down. He stood by his brothers when they needed him, paying the price for their freedom with his own. Now it’s time to claim his reward—the Starkwood Saloon. He’s got the cash to buy the bar, the skills to run it, and just one person standing between him and his dream: Peaches Taylor.
She’s been driving him crazy since they were kids, and not in the good way. When she was six, she shoved a spider down his pants. When he was ten, he locked her in a closet overnight. Then she hot-wired his car at seventeen, and things got ugly…
They’re adults now, and the Starkwood isn’t a toy to fight over—it’s the hill they’ll die on. No prisoners. No compromises. No mercy.
Peaches Taylor and Eli King are going to war.
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It’s been awhile since I read a Reapers’ story but I had no trouble slipping comfortably into Eli’s Triumph. It’s a novella that will leave you craving for more.
The succinct balance between angst, banter and pace kept me up way past midnight. I loved the borderline evil revenge plots Peaches’ planned during her childhood but what blew me away was the underlying respect Eli had for his live in protagonist. Oh, he gave as good as he got but it was his faith in Peaches as a worthy ally that won me over.
The story easily flowed through past childhood memories with the present battle to take ownership of the bar Eli and Peaches so desperately wanted. Peaches was well and truly pissed with the idea of Eli holding the deeds. Eli not only wants the bar but Peaches as well.
Gus was the third wheel in this story. The only father Peaches had known, she had no intention of sharing him with another pseudo sibling. I loved Peaches’s childhood take on Gus and Eli. Her jealous reactions to Eli’s presence in her childhood home was justified by her sense of righteousness, convincing me her extreme methods of revenge were totally reasonable.
Eli’s focus had always been about survival. A crap introduction to life prepared him to endure Peaches’s wrath that she dished out in the beginning. His patience gave him the upper hand when it came to wearing down Peaches’s determination to remain distant as adults. She could only resist their chemistry for so long!
While the story is based on their childhood years, the bulk of it focuses on Peaches and Eli’s adult years. A lot of time had passed since they first met. Peaches’s determination to get what was rightly hers in life had never dulled. Luckily Eli enjoyed the challenges of waiting for Peaches to get it out of her system and reaped the benefits of his patience.
As an MC/Biker romance, this book hit the mark for me. Loyalty and a righteous arrogance was evident in each MC character. They played hard and fought to the end. The adrenaline running through their veins meant that when it ignited the romance was equally heated. Peaches’s and Eli’s relationship was a bittersweet passion filled angst fest that entertained me from the first page to the last.
“So, assuming we decide to do this—and that’s a big if—then who do you want to sleep with first?”
“Eli,” she said with a little too much enthusiasm. “I’d really like to fuck Eli. But only once you’re done with him. I follow the code.”
I scrunched my nose at her. “I’m not interested in Eli. He smells like dirty feet.”
“Yeah, I don’t believe that,” she said, reaching for the bottle again. “If you weren’t interested, you wouldn’t hang out with him so much.”
“I hang out at Gus’s house, which is where Eli happens to live,” I corrected her. “Between that and work, I see him a lot. Doesn’t mean I like it.”
“Does that mean I can have him?” she asked, perking up.
I frowned. For some reason, I didn’t care for that idea. Don’t think about it. Thinking is almost always a bad thing.
“Okay, whatever,” I said. “Just be sure to use like, six condoms. Because he’s probably got all kinds of cooties.”
McKayla gave a high-pitched squeal.
“You’re amazing, Peaches. I love you!” she said gleefully, raising the bottle for a drink. But instead of swallowing, she lowered it, glee replaced by grief. “Oh, this is the worst. How could something so terrible happen in such a beautiful moment?”
She tilted the bottle upside down between us. Nothing came out.
“The tequila disappeared.”
“How did that happen?”
“Someone must’ve grabbed it while I was distracted. Then they drank all of if before putting it back in my hand, all without me ever noticing…”
I pictured Indiana Jones swapping out a bag of sand for treasure, and a snorting laugh escaped. McKayla shot me a dirty look. “Don’t make fun of me. It could’ve happened.”
“Yeah. Definitely the most likely explanation.”
She sniffed. “Doesn’t matter what happened to the booze. We need to focus on what’s actually important—finding another bottle. Fast. Otherwise, we’re at risk of sobering up. That’s not okay.”
“Once again, very hard to argue with your logic.”
“Exactly,” she said, nodding slowly. “Let’s go get more tequila.”
Standing up turned out to be a lot harder than I’d expected. My left leg had fallen asleep, and I’d been sitting on something sticky. Not only that, but by the time I completed the process, I couldn’t quite remember why I’d needed to get up in the first place.
Fortunately, the music was good, and people were starting to dance. Not only that, I loved dancing. Always had. And now there was a dance floor right in front of me when I needed it most.
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About Joanna Wylde:
Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.
Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.
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