Title: Shade's Lady
Series: Novella - Standalone
Author: Joanna Wylde
Release Date: March 14, 2017
SYNOPSIS:New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.Or maybe not.Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.Right from the first.
Shade's Lady is a delicious little treat, a decadent morsel of yummy biker goodness... and as with anything this tasty, it was over too soon and only left me craving another bite. Shade and Mandy's story is short and sweet, sexy but packed with drama. Joanna Wylde filled this novella to the brim with reluctant romance, "club business," and steam that never let up. I only wish this story was longer. It was over too quick for my liking. I'm a reader that would have loved to get lost in the Reapers for a few thousand more words.
Shade's Lady is the story of the Reaper president and a waitress from the wrong side of the tracks. Mandy is a fiercely independent, headstrong young woman who finds herself in Shade's crosshairs under the craziest of circumstances. Those events endeared me immediately to these characters and it pulled me right into this storyline. Within the first few pages, I found myself consumed, devouring these chapters eagerly to see how this would play out. Shade wanted Mandy and I wanted him to get her. But I loved that Mandy wasn't like other girls, like the typical club hangarounds that would jump at the chance to catch the eye of the club pres. She's stubborn and not willing to be taken for a ride, so to speak. She knows Shade isn't relationship material, he's made that abundantly clear, and after the last few men in her life completely screwed her over, she's not remotely interested in adding another wild card to her relationship repertoire. This dynamic made for an angsty, sexy story of push and pull and I enjoyed every second.
Shade is a character I wished I'd gotten to know better. I felt like we barely scratched the surface of what goes on in his head, of what it means to be the Reaper MC president. I'm dying for more of him, for more of what makes him go from a biker sleeping his way through his club territories to a man unwilling to let a one night stand with a waitress end after breakfast. While the dual POV gives us insight into what both these characters are thinking, I was still left wanting more. I was left feeling like I didn't have that question answered.
I'm not typically a huge fan of novellas because I'm always left feeling like there was more to uncover, things left unsaid. With that said, I really loved this story. This novella IS the complete package, albeit a bit rushed at the end. I'm just a Reaper addict, an absolute Joanna Wylde glutton, and I. Wanted. More. Always more. While this book is on the lengthy side for a novella, I'm secretly hoping Joanna Wylde has more in store for the Reaper president and his lady. There's things I need to hear, details I want in on, a future I want to see more of. Shade's Lady is a delicious little taste, but it only made me hungry for the possibilities of what could come. I just hope this author has more cooking. I'm left salivating. I'm tempted to go back and read every book in this series again just to get more of Shade, glimpses of details I might have overlooked while I was so consumed by other characters.
This novella certainly delivers. I'm back in Reaper territory and I don't want to leave. It reminded me of why I love this author's writing, why I love these characters and this club, why I love reading biker romances. It's an enticing short story that makes me want to relive every story that has come before it and makes me ravenous for what Joanna Wylde has in store.
“There are so many things wrong with that statement that I don’t even know where to start. I...I literally can’t figure out what I want to argue with you about because it’s all wrong. All of it.”
“It’s how our world works,” he said, rubbing up and down my lower back. He might’ve been trying to soothe me but my thoughts were spinning too fast. “There’s good and bad. Part of the good is that when you belong to someone in a club, it’s not just his job to protect you, it’s the whole club’s. I’d die for Dopey’s old lady and I don’t even like the bitch. He’s my brother, though, and she’s his property. It is what it is.”
Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.