He never meant to hurt her.
Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.
Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.
Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.
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Love me some Painter. In perfect Wylde fashion, we get super hot alpha men, hot sex (loved the shower "accident"), and of course MC drama. Nothing is easy in the MC life, and Painter made some choices that put Mel second. He f*cked up, big. But Mel held a grudge and couldn't get past it for a really long time, and that's why i dropped a star. It was annoying. For me it was a "speed bump" in the story. And I was hoping for a little more from the ending than just an HEA in the epilogue, it felt kinda rushed. Or maybe my obsession with Painter was just craving more of him, it's a toss up.
I'm not going to go over every detail of the story. If you are a fan of the Reaper's series, then you know how the game works. MC drama, violence, deaths, the usual players. But what we get with this one is a man who swore he would never stop being "slutty", who said he would never settle down and Mel would forever be in the "friend" zone. But when you fall, you fall. And all your carefully crafted rules you told yourself go right out the window. She is your ending, your everything, your obsession. Doesn't stop you from screwing it up a few times, almost one to many times. But Mel is just as hung up on Painter as he is on her. We just had to wait for them to figure it out and get with the romance program. Loved it!!
“Sure,” I said, reaching for the remote. I didn’t have cable, but Ruger had set up some kind of box thingie for me so I could stream shit. “Whatcha in the mood for?”
“Not horror,” she said quickly, and I laughed again, remembering that first evening I’d spent with her at Pic’s house. She’d been so young and scared and vulnerable . . . I’d wanted to eat her up.
I still wanted to eat her.
“I can’t believe that you and Puck were supposed to be watching over me, and then you put in a slasher movie. That’s not how you make a girl feel safe.”
“No horror,” I agreed, although the thought of holding her for a couple hours while she was scared shitless appealed way more than it should. Watch it, asshole. “How about Star Wars?”
“You like Star Wars?”
I shrugged. “Everyone likes Star Wars. You know, I’m pretty damned sure Han Solo was a biker.”
She giggled. “You mean, like a space biker?”
“See, when you say it like that it sounds stupid.”
“I wanted to be Princess Leia. She’s badass,” she said, taking a deep drink of her beer. I watched as her lips wrapped around the neck, her throat swallowing. Oh fuck, that was good. She set the beer down on the coffee table with a clink, then let loose with the biggest burp I’d ever heard.
“Fucking hell,” I said, stunned. “I didn’t think girls could burp like that. Shit. Impressive, Mel. Very impressive.”
She grinned at me.
“We’re friends,” she told me. “And friends don’t need to worry about stuff like that. Let me guess—you’ve never had a female friend before?”
“Not really,” I admitted. “I’m think I’m a little scared.”
Scared and turned on, which was weird.
“You should be. I can do the whole alphabet.”
Damn. I kinda wanted to see that.
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