Series: Silver Valley #1
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Reaper's Legacy, Devil's Game, Reaper's Stand, Reaper's Fire
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First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels
Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from... But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can't ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.
Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants...
“What the fuck happened out here?” Danielle asked, her arm suddenly around my shoulders. I immediately felt better. Danielle and I balanced each other out perfectly—she was batshit crazy and insanely optimistic. Make that dangerously, recklessly optimistic. As for me, I spent nearly all my time focused on staying sane and getting ahead. That didn’t leave much time for things like actually living my life.
We’d met each other our senior year of high school, when she’d offered to drive me back and forth to town in her shiny new Jeep Wrangler. This spared me from the horror of sharing a battered school bus with every hormonal teen living in the greater Callup metropolitan area. After a particularly harrowing ride home in her car one night (long story short, it took us six hours to travel thirty miles and by the time we pulled into town, we had matching tattoos of chipmunks wearing scarves) I decided it was my job to keep her from accidentally killing herself.
In return, she pushed me to do fun things, reminding me at least once a week that I was only twenty-one and perhaps the fate of the universe didn’t literally rest on whether or not I balanced my checkbook to the penny. Along the way, she taught me how to do smoky eye makeup, how not to freak out when a guy asked me to dance, and how to “borrow” music off the Internet. (When I pointed out that “borrowing” music was stealing, she agreed and started using iTunes for her downloads. To finance this, she “borrowed” her dad’s credit card.)
“Well, apparently me and Blake no longer work here,” I said, leaning my head against her. “I don’t know if you’re fired or not.”
“Fuck that,” Danielle declared. “Eva can kiss my ass. If you’re out, I’m out.”
“You weren’t even part of it,” I protested.
“I don’t care. You’re a much better waitress than I am. If she fired you, no way I’d last there anyway. Let’s go get drunk!”
Never met another woman like her-she wasn’t just sexy, she was a survivor and I admired that.
Joanna Wylde is my go-to when I’m looking for a little outlaw loving, and Silver Bastard fits the bill! If you’ve read her Reapers MC series then Puck should be familiar to you. Puck is part of the Silver Bastards Motorcycle Club and his story starts out after just getting out a prison. Looking to celebrate with some good tunes, good booze, and a good woman, Puck thinks his hardest days are behind him. That is until he encounters Becca. She is shy, sweet, inexperienced, and unlike any of the other women Puck has ever come across. She immediately intrigues him but that is the least of his worries.
The man was my personal North Atlantic iceberg, lurking under the cold waters, just waiting to shred me wide open.
There is a bit of a time jump from the initial meeting between Becca and Puck until present day View Spoiler »about 5 years « Hide Spoiler and some things have changed but not the way that Becca and Puck feel about each other. All this time, their attraction has been building up and building up and those are my favorite types of stories. Especially when you have a man like Puck. He is sexy but hard kind of man and when you see the effect Becca has at getting under his skin and softening up his rough edges it was then that I started to appreciate the time gap.
Becca Jones might be my property in the eyes of the club, but the reality was that she owned me and there wasn’t a damned thing I could do about it.
I really enjoyed the first in a new series by one of my favorite MC writers. That initial prologue blew my mind, as I wasn’t expecting the author to actually take it to that place View Spoiler »You find out that after Puck has slept with Becca that she is still in high school and underage « Hide Spoiler. The time gap, at first, was a tad frustrating, but as the story progressed and the relationship between Becca and Puck started moving along it made sense. With the two main characters, their crazy infatuation with each other, and plenty of action awaiting them, Sliver Bastard was a solid read. I am looking forward to see where this series goes.