The Reapers and Bastards Anthology is a grouping of short stories that surround the Reapers MC and Silver Bastards. They aren’t complete stories, but little things Wylde has written that she put together into a book and had Amazon publish. Please note this is only available on Amazon, but if you are an Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it’s free.
Charming Bastard is the story of Boonie and Darcy from teenage years up to mid-twenties. I absolutely loved Boonie and Darcy’s story and never wanted it to end. I wanted more. Did you hear that Wylde? MORE!
Riley Boone or Boonie, was a year older than Darcy, but Darcy earned his respect when she climbed up a tree near his trailer, but then had to be rescued. He made her eat a worm the next day, but that is all ancient history when during a hide and seek race after school turns into Darcy and Boonie’s first kiss. Just teenagers, Boonie extracts his $5 bet in the form of a kiss from Darcy. But before anything can bloom for them, there is a catastrophe at the silver mine that splits these two for a few years.
Flash forward to Boonie’s senior year where he has moved back to town. Darcy is dating the high school football player and the rich kid whose family owns a mine. Boonie’s none to happy about her choice and harbors a deep lust for the girl he has considered his for years. When Darcy catches her boyfriend, Farrel, cheating on her, she breaks up very publicly and runs off with Boonie for some cemetery, ultra sexy, ultra lusty sex! But once again fate steps in the form of Farrel driving drunk off a cliff with his cheating fling, killing her and leaving himself paralyzed. Boonie is signed up for the marines. Once again fate pushes these two apart.
Darcy is guilted into helping with Farrel and eventually marries him when she thinks Boonie wants nothing to do with her. Only to get a divorce. Boonie finds out and he wants it known she is his now. She wants to stay single, thinking a man would hem her in to much like her ex. Boonie is having none of that when they get caught up in a riot.
All though their story, something always draws them apart and pushes them together. I wanted more to this story. I loved what little I got, but their story was something I could relate to since they are about my age. Can you say HOTTTTTTTT! I mean these two should carry a fire extinguisher with them. Darcy is a strong female who came from a trailer park with dreams of owning her own shop. Boonie came from the same trailer park with dreams of being a Bastard. The story is told completely from Darcy’s perspective, but you know Boonie has considered Darcy his since he was a young boy. That is what makes me love Boonie. He knows what he wants and he goes after it.
Also you get a slight history lesson. The mine accident is true in history as well as the riot. Wylde explains more about that in the book.
Three words: I WANTED MORE!Sticky Sweet: A Short Story by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #4.5
Sticky Sweet is the story of when Horse met Marie from Horse’s perspective since their story is mostly from Marie’s perspective. All I really have to say is Horse is a horn dog. He see’s Marie and starts calling her sweet butt right off. Yuck, but he does figure out she knows nothing of MC life just for that conversation. Max and Picnic are with him when he talks to Marie’s brother.
Marie cooks and Horse knows he is going to claim her. When Max says somethings, Horse makes it know she’s his. And of course Picnic has to put in some digs on Horse about it all.
Of all the Reaper stories, I wish Horse and Marie’s could be redone. I had such a love hate relationship with their story. Horse is more ingrained in the MC than most of the other books and doesn’t take no for an answer. In this short story though, you just see the first meeting between the two. Sexual thoughts are all in Horse’s head, which is pretty messed up in a sexy way.Skunked: A Short Story by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #4.5
Skunked starts with Horse arriving home from a long trip with thoughts of a blow job and shower on his mind only to find Marie in the house red eyed and dazed. Marie hasn’t been answering her phone so Horse is dreaming up all kinds of stuff as to why she is in the state she is in currently. When she says they need to talk, he automatically starts get his ugly face on and thinking nasty thoughts. Then all Hell breaks lose when Ariel, the dog, gets into with a skunk and the talk has to be delayed. Time is critical when there is a skunk smell on the rise.
This was a get your hackles up and then grin really big at the end kind of story. Marie has big news to share and it doesn’t come out in a pleasant way. Oh the stories they will have to tell their children some day. Delightfully sweet but also sexy ending to a story that grabbed my heart.Sugar and Spice: A Short Story by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #4.5
Sugar and Spice is a prequel for Reaper’s Fall, the story of Painter and Melanie. Some of their story is told in Reaper’s Stand, when Loni and Picnic were falling love. For a time Melanie lived with Picnic and Melanie with Painter watching over her. She innocently falls for Painter while they are together watching movies and generally just being together. Painter has in proper thoughts of the innocent girl, but does nothing to make them come true as he knows she isn’t the one for him.
This is a sweet beginning to a rough story you can get next month. Having read that story already, I am reluctant to go further in the review as I might confuse the two. Just know I love Painter now when at one time I really detested him in Em’s book.
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