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Silver Bastard (Silver Valley #1) by Joanna Wylde REVIEW & Excerpt

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Silver Bastard (Silver Valley #1) by Joanna Wylde REVIEW & Excerpt

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…

Review

Joanna Wylde is one of my favourite Biker authors out there, there are so many books that focus on Motorcycle Clubs that are just mediocre but this is one author that I know can deliver a gritty, realistic and emotional storyline.

This is the first in the Silver Bastard series and centres on a location in North Idaho called the Silver Valley which is located east of Coeur d’Alene, home to the Reapers MC. It is not necessary to have read the Reapers series, but it is recommended, because a lot of the characters feature heavily in this book.

Puck Redhouse is a prospect for the Silver Bastards MC, and along with Reaper member Painter, he’s serving time for a weapons charge. On the day of his release from prison he is patched in as a fully blown member as gratitude for serving his time for his club and his brothers. To celebrate his freedom the Silver Bastards and the Reapers throw a party at a small MC called the Longnecks and this is where he first sets eyes on Becca who in his eyes is his dream woman.

After fourteen long months behind bars, he and Becca work out his frustrations in the bedroom, but when reality kicks in, Puck realises that Becca is not who she first appeared to be and he concludes that he must protect her and keep his distance at the same time.

Time moves on and Becca is finally living a safe life away from her evil stepfather and no good mum, but she feels equally scared and protected by the big scary biker and she feels strangely guilty that her body reacts so strongly whenever he is near. She vowed never to become like her mother, a biker slut, that she is determined to stay as far away from him as she possibly can.

Puck’s MC brothers advice? – “Claim her or get it over it.”

I’ll be honest, the first part of the book had me addicted and it was such a great prelude to Puck and Becca’s relationship. Unfortunately for me, the remainder of the book felt like it was focusing much more on the suspense and action part of the story and I didn’t get to see them together as much as I’d have liked.

Some great characters were introduced and despite Becca’s terrible upbringing, she had a relate-able personality and stood up for herself and stayed strong.

It wasn’t my favourite book from this author, but I am very interested to see where she takes this series.

Told in dual POV, this is the first book in this series and is a standalone.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Excerpt

Ignoring him, I settled back on my stool and surveyed the room. We sat in Becca’s section, and what I saw wasn’t making me happy. I knew she was a good waitress, but she’d just started here and it showed. Not only had she fucked up several orders, she didn’t quite seem to get the rhythm of the bar. That wasn’t my problem, though.

My problem was that despite these fuckups, nobody seemed to mind. I had a nasty suspicion this was due to her perky tits, friendly smile, and tight little ass that seriously just needed a bite taken right out of it.

She really, really needed to get a new job—every man in the place wanted her. Including me. Especially me. I hated them. All of them. I shifted uncomfortably, because just like every time I shared a room with her, my pants had gotten tight.

Torture. Becca was just so fucking fine on every level, and not just her looks. There was something about the way she carried herself . . . I couldn’t put my finger on it. Like she was dancing through life to some song nobody else could hear. Never met another woman like her—she wasn’t just sexy, she was a survivor and I admired that.

She’d grown up so much since the first time I’d met her. Bigger boobs, a nice fullness to her ass that was nowhere close to fat but would be perfect to hold tight while I fucked her. Her lips had plumped, too, and over the years she’d gained a sparkle in her eyes that turned her from pretty to 100 percent spectacular.

Not to mention how she’d tasted.

Nearly blew in my pants when I’d taken that mouth. Just the memory got me hard. Make that harder. Fucking basket case.

When I’d pulled up to find her sitting outside with Collins, a thousand murder scenarios ran through my mind. And yeah, I know I covered that already, but if anything ever deserved emphasis, this was it. Collins needed to die. I didn’t care how nice he was. After that I’d throw Becca on the back of my bike and make a run for the hills . . .

Okay, so there were a few problems with the plan, the top one being she hated me. Or she should—I’d certainly given her cause. Boonie nudged me.

“Did I mention you’re pathetic? You want her, take her. Other- wise let it go because you’re an embarrassment to all men in general and to the Silver Bastards in particular.”

About the Author

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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