Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Release Day Book Review: Eli's Triumph by Joanna Wylde


From New York Times Bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes ELI’S TRIUMPH, a new novella in her Reapers MC series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

Author: Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #6.7
Audience: +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Release Date: May 7th 2019
My Rating: 4.5 Cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes a new story in her Reapers MC series…

Peaches Taylor spent the last seven years slinging drinks and dodging drunks at the Starkwood Saloon. Some might call it a dead end job, but to her it was an investment—another six months, and she’d have enough money to buy the place.
Life would've been perfect if Eli hadn’t come home.

Eli King is ready to settle down. He stood by his brothers when they needed him, paying the price for their freedom with his own. Now it’s time to claim his reward—the Starkwood Saloon. He’s got the cash to buy the bar, the skills to run it, and just one person standing between him and his dream: Peaches Taylor.

She’s been driving him crazy since they were kids, and not in the good way. When she was six, she shoved a spider down his pants. When he was ten, he locked her in a closet overnight. Then she hot-wired his car at seventeen, and things got ugly…
They’re adults now, and the Starkwood isn’t a toy to fight over—it’s the hill they’ll die on. No prisoners. No compromises. No mercy.

Peaches Taylor and Eli King are going to war.

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*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

Finally, a new story in the Reapers MC world! It seems I've been waiting for this story to come out for a long, long time. As expected, Joanna Wylde makes even a short story pack a punch, so expect a wild ride *wink*.

I have to be honest, since it's been a long time since I was in this world, it took me a while to remember all the characters. I have a vague memory of Eli and Peaches from previous stories. Even though I didn't remember all that much, I was still able to enjoy this story immensely.

The thing I loved most about this story is the way childhood antics are seen in a very different light as an adult. Eli and Peaches grew up together, and with Peaches hating Eli with all her might. She hated that Eli was suddenly in her house, in her room, that he stole her stepdad's attention from her, so she was determined to torture the poor boy. As time goes by, their relationship gets complicated, both of them feeling attracted to the each other, but neither of them do anything about it. Then something happens that makes Peaches hate Eli even more, which is where we find our lovely hero and heroine at the start of the story. I loved seeing Peaches admit that the way she behaved as a child was wrong. Sure, she was just 5 years old, and she didn't know what she was doing, but she was still mean to Eli, a boy who just got kicked by life way too soon, way too hard.

Eli was a darling. I really liked him, I liked how he loved teasing Peaches and make her mad. To be honest, she was kind of amusing when she was angry, so I don't blame the guy. I do think that what he did 5 years prior to the events in this story was really selfless, but at the same time it angered me that something like that was able to happen. I don't want to spoil the story for you guys, but I was really mad at one character in particular for this entire situation.

I forgot how intense the world of the Reapers is. At first I expected some truly horribly things to have happened between Peaches and Eli, because why else would Peaches hate the poor guy so hard, but then I remembered that everything in this world is amplified, every feeling, every emotion is twice as strong. I really enjoyed diving back into this world, and I'm thinking about rereading this series because I really enjoy reading about these characters.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story, and I cannot wait to see when a new book comes out in the series.

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“Eli?” she asked, sounding confused. “Why are we talking about Eli?”
“He’s been watching me.”
“Um, I think he’s just drinking a beer,”Megan said. “Maybe checking out your boobs a little, but that’s nothing new.”
Hmm… It couldn’t possibly be that simple, but it did give me an idea. Maybe it was time to create a diversion. I shifted my shoulders, expanding my chest.
Disappointingly, his eyes stayed on mine.
“Someday I’m gonna own this bar, and firing his ass is the first thing I’ll do.”
Megan giggled. “That sounded sort of super-villain-ish. Do you have a lair? I wish I had a lair…”
I blinked, caught off guard. I hadn’t realized that I’d said the words out loud. Eli smirked at me, gloating because he’d just won our little pissing contest. Dammit!“I can’t believe I wrote to him in prison,” I told her, turning my back on the bikers. “Never should’ve been nice to him. He probably thinks that, deep down inside, we’re friends or something. We’re never going to be friends.”
“Didn’t he give you a ride home after work last night?” she asked, her voice light.
“Gus made him,” I snapped.
“And did Gus make him hug you the other day?”
“He caught me and gave me a noogie. And it hurt, too. It’s not a hug if it leaves bruises.”
“He left bruises?”Megan asked, startled. Shit. I might be able to justify a rumor about him not being able to get it up, but telling her that he’d hurt me for real…yeah, that probably crossed a line.
“No,” I admitted. “That was an exaggeration. But he’s still pure evil, so don’t fall for his shit. Or sleep with him. Every time a waitress sleeps with him, she ends up quitting without notice. Then I have to cover their shifts.”
Megan nodded, looking a little uncomfortable. “Okay, then… Um, I think I’ll go check the bathrooms. Make sure there’s no ugly surprises before things start getting busy.”
“Great idea,” I told her, and she scuttled off. Then I reached for a washcloth because I had lemon juice to clean up. Then I’d have to go back over there and check on them. See if they wanted more… Eli would, I could already tell. Not because he was big on drinking, though.
He just wouldn’t be able to resist an opportunity to order me around.

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  About 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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