Duo Review: Eli’s Triumph by Joanna Wylde

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Duo Review: Eli’s Triumph by Joanna Wylde
Eli's Triumph

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Series: Reapers MC #6.7
Genres: Motorcycle Club Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on May 7, 2019
Pages: 186
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

If you are looking for one of the best MC romance series, the buck stops here. Joanna Wylde has done due diligence in making this series as authentic as possible, but also showing that in the end we are all human and want, need and look for love in various forms. The characters are real and while we might love some and hate others, she sticks to being real on who they are and what they want.

Review

I love the Reapers MC series. What I don’t like? Not getting a full novel in several years. I am starting to understand an author’s world so I am cutting some slack, but really, I want a good full length romance in this series or even the Silver Bastards series. While I love reading 1001 Dark Nights romances and finding a new series to love, they seem to be a crutch for some authors…some of my favorite authors. Smaller stories that seem to string me along when I want to dive into the world deeper and for more than an afternoon read. Jumping off my soap box for now.

I went into Eli’s Triumph already rooting for Peaches when I had to abruptly take my support away. Eli turned into the better person and character to root for in the end. Why? I can forgive kids for how they feel and act as they are learning as they grow and don’t always make the best choices on actions to express those emotions. So when I find out how Peaches treats Eli when he comes to live with his uncle who is dating her mom, I totally understood how she felt. I didn’t support her actions, but again I understood she didn’t have a great way for expressing the feeling of Eli taking the uncle’s time away from her since she considered him the dad in her life.

Eli had a pretty tough childhood and when he came to live with Gus, he wanted and needed love and acceptance. Sharing a room with Peaches isn’t really the most ideal situation, but coming from nothing to this was something he was treasuring. Peaches pretty much tortured him until they were teens and he started a little torturing back. Gus had that talk with him that he was to protect Peaches, but not tap that.

When Eli is sent to prison, Peaches knows he is innocent, but he won’t let her testify for him. She resented him a lot for that. During his incarceration, Gus makes a deal with her to buy the saloon. She is six months away from having enough to purchase the saloon, she is blindsided by Gus selling it to Eli, her forever enemy she wants to bang. She portrays Eli as a man boy, which is farther from the truth. Basically she is a vindictive bitch. Nope I don’t usually say things like that, but it is what it is.

Eli was a man you will come to love. He does time for a crime he didn’t commit and got out on a technicality. He doesn’t regret taking the fall, but he values his freedom. What Gus does to Peaches rides him as a bad deal and he pushes back that Gus needs to come clean with Peaches. Despite all Peaches does to him, she never treated as anything but normal.

While this does take place in the Reapers MC world, it didn’t really have a lot of Reapers business…guess because we are girls.  It’s mostly a short story about two people who get each other even if they can’t communicate worth damn, torment each other and still get a HEA.

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Duo Review: Eli’s Triumph by Joanna Wylde
Eli's Triumph

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Series: Reapers MC #6.7
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on May 7, 2019
Pages: 186
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
add to goodreads

 

The Delight

Another new installment to my favorite biker romance series!  I was excited to get Peaches story after encountering her in an earlier book.  This was one combustible enemies to lovers romance.

Review

Eli’s Triumph is one of the novellas that falls after the six full-length installment in the series.  It can be read standalone just fine like most of the 1001 Dark Nights Collection novellas.

The story is told alternating between present and past for Peaches and Eli.  Peaches was five years old when she took a strong dislike to the interloper in her home with her mom and Gus who is a Reaper and runs a local bar.  Eli is Gus’ seven year old nephew and Gus took him in.  Peaches went on the war path and Eli gave as good as he got.  Somewhere during their high school years, sizzling attraction joined the mutual antagonism.  Now, they are adults, Eli’s served time in prison and they are vying once again.  This time for Gus’ bar.

I liked this one because its back in the Reaper MC world though on the fringe and there were aspects of this story that tugged at my heart like Eli and his past.  When it all came out, my heart broke for his little boy self and for the man who went to prison for someone else (and why).  But, I didn’t end up loving it as much as other series installments.  I will give this one credit, though, the heroine was possibly more volatile and stubborn than any alpha male in this series.

However, stories are always iffy for me when one of the characters has a vicious temper and uses it.  I do not use the term ‘vicious’ lightly.  This is a biker romance so there is a level of violence that is expected.  I don’t want to go into details since its a novella, but I didn’t feel the heroine’s action with a knife or her long-standing grudge were warranted.  Hard to believe in a sexy scene barely a day later or the -we were always meant to be after something like that.  There were a few other piddling niggles that distracted now and then.

All in all, it was an entertaining read with some times dirty, but always sizzling hot biker romance, a tough and tempestuous heroine, and a hero that finally got the girl.  This is one of the best biker romance series out there and I can highly recommend it.

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About Joanna Wylde

Joanna is a freelance writer living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She started writing fiction in 2002, then took a long hiatus to explore other writing opportunities. She returned to fiction in January 2013 with ‘Reaper’s Property’, the first book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club series, and has recently released ‘Reapers Legacy’, the second of the series.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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I could get into this book! Love the cover and your review has me very curious!

Sophia Rose
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Glad to tempt you, Cynthia! 🙂

Melissa (Books and Things)
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Love the dual reviews! I have been thinking about reading these and hot bikers might just be what I need to start. LOL

Sophia Rose
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I love doing the dual reviews. So fun seeing two perspectives. These are definitely sizzling hot bikers for you, Melissa. 🙂

Carole rae
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Love the duo!
I’m actually randomly reading one of these!

Sophia Rose
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Oh how fun! Which one, Carole?

Carole rae
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Oooo makes me wanna to read more from the series.