Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 7, 2015
Getting to see Puck again after his incarceration in the Reaper’s series was the highlight of my reading experience. He doesn’t say much but when he does, you listen. Loyalty is a big deal, but don’t mess with his brothers or what he considers his. Throw in a young heroine at the start that needed a stable life and time to mature and you have an explosive romance that you have to read to believe.
Going into Silver Bastard I knew who Puck was, but not the person he really was. He was on “loan” in a way to the Reapers and after some bad shit went down, he was caught and sent to prison along with Painter. Doing his time, he kept his mouth shut and earned his place within the Silver Bastards MC. The story picks up at the time of his release where the Reapers and Silver Bastards pick up the two and have a party with California based MC they knew little about.
All Puck really wants (and in no real order) is a clean, fresh woman and liquor. He finds the liquor easily enough and spots the woman he wants right away. What he doesn’t know is she is 16 and being pimped by her stepdad. A night of really good sex in every available hole is what he wants and gets until he finds out she isn’t of legal age and he can be charged with statutory rape. This isn’t to say he didn’t enjoy it, nor that he didn’t care, it was just a shock to his system to find out he could go back so fast. Saying somethings to another MC member about it sets off the stepdad who lays into Becca for a beating. Something Puck can’t allow. So he whisks her on to his motorcycle and takes her away. Not to be his old lady or lover, but to be set up in a nice home with “foster” parents who raise her. And that is pretty much the end of their relationship until….
Five years later and Puck starts to notice that Becca isn’t a too young lady any more, but he isn’t the settling down type. Really he can’t get a handle on what he wants or feels. Jealousy YES! Only to have it turn on him when she gives him her attention. He doesn’t want the shackles of love and doesn’t even really know how to love let alone what it really is. Simply put, Puck’s a simple man. You laugh at me, but the club is his life and he gives it everything. Taking care of business is his job and he doesn’t even really think of much else other than when he is going to get another blow job….until he notices Becca and then getting a blowjob from just anybody doesn’t set well with him.
Becca, oh Becca! This poor girl has had a hard life with a mother who while she loves her, just doesn’t put her child first. When her stepdad starts pimping her, it really is a shitty life. He takes a bang, his brother takes a bang and lots of other men she has no choice over. So what’s to make the next one special? Well Puck seemed to care. He made sure she found pleasure and stopped something when it hurt. But she thinks he didn’t like it and told her stepdaddy.
So now Becca lives in Idaho with a family who never had kids, but take in Becca as if she is their own. While her life has been crappy, she has been given a second chance to do something with her future. Attending beauty college, living in her own apartment, working dead end jobs, she’s got a plan even if she doesn’t have the money to eat at times. Through it all, she holds no ill will towards Puck for what they did years ago, but neither does she want to repeat it.
“Meeting you was the best thing that ever happened to me, Puck. Things were fucked up and wrong, but you saved my life. Do you have any idea where I’d be right now if you hadn’t come to that party?”
Wylde, Joanna (2015-04-07). Silver Bastard (Silver Valley Book 1) (pp. 66-67). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
This story was messed up, agony, passion and down and dirty. Neither had a really good childhood, but Becca does want more while Puck has found where he belongs. Becca wants to be friends, and tries several times to be friendly while dating another guy. But that just pisses Puck off more. And its fun to see him get all twisted up with not knowing how he feels.
“I’m not going to fuck you here on the side of the road today, Becca, despite the fact that it sounds like a hell of a good idea at the moment. And the next time I see you out with your precious boy toy, Collins? I’m not going to beat him half to death because he’s touched you. But here’s the thing . . . you’ve pushed me about as far as I’m willing to go with this friend bullshit. I’m not your friend, Becca. I’ve never been your friend and I never will be. I can be the man who fucks you and owns you, or I can be the man who keeps an eye on you to make sure your stepdad doesn’t come and steal you back. I can even be the man who watches while you find a nice little boyfriend you can control and settle down to make babies together like normal people. But don’t you fucking dare issue any more invitations unless you’re ready to handle me and don’t pretend for one second you aren’t fully aware what that means.”
Wylde, Joanna (2015-04-07). Silver Bastard (Silver Valley Book 1) (p. 88). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Now let’s be a little clear. While Puck is in a MC, this series is about the town, Silver Valley, not the MC. So the plot threads through a silver mine, the Irish Mob and the Silver Bastards. The mine is the heart of this little town and there is a dramatic plot running through the family who owns the mine. So deals are being brokered, people being kidnapped and secrets being busted. Puck doesn’t really have direct access into all of this other than what the MC is doing and Becca has none at all. What Becca has though is a past with Teeny, her step dad and her mother asking for money.
You know you love you mother? Even when the shit comes down and she isn’t so shiny and wonderful? Well, that’s Becca’s mom. Becca loves her, but really doesn’t like her. The one thing she does is keep giving to her until she has nothing left to give and Puck sees this. Becca fights reality and claims she is scared of Puck, but she will never be “normal”. Things come to a head in a scene where I was so mad at Becca, but fearful Puck was going to do something so wrong I couldn’t forgive him. Nope, he didn’t and I was quite amazed an how he handled the situation. He grew in my eyes to be the man Becca needed. A man that once you were his, you were taken care of for life.
The two have a tough road to travel with lots of bumps and ravines to travel. Once Puck finally stakes his claim, he finds some peace in his soul if not his life. Becca has a much longer and harder time coming to grips with things.
“You’re mine. I fought for you five years ago and then I let you go. That was your free pass. Now you’ve invited me back in and I’m here to stay. I’ll kill for you. Die for you, too. But I will not fucking let you go, Becca, and I won’t let you distance yourself, either. Get that straight.”
Wylde, Joanna (2015-04-07). Silver Bastard (Silver Valley Book 1) (pp. 305-306). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
This isn’t an easy, light romance. It’s full of betrayal, schemes, mind fucks and so much more. Real people, living real lives. Lives I can’t wait to see more of in future books. Full of good people, quick pacing and lots of rough sex scenes, this book left me felling satisfied in many different ways.