Title: Shade’s Lady, A Reapers MC Novella
Author: Joanna Wylde
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…
Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.
Or maybe not.
Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.
Right from the first.
Natalie’s 4 Star Review
Oh how I enjoyed this novella! Author Joanna Wylde posted on Social Media yesterday that she has never had more fun with a book than Shade’s Lady and after reading I could absolutely see why. This novella had a lot going for it – a great plot, likable characters, lots of action both inside the bedroom and out, as well as some really funny moments that made me chuckle.
Shade is the National President of the Reapers and as President he always gets what he wants, and he wants Mandy.
Mandy is the not-so-single waitress a the the local biker bar who has terrible luck with men. Her priority is helping to support her sister and her kids, while enjoying time on the back of her not-so-great boyfriends bike. She has no desire to play games with Shade but when her circumstances change so does their relationship.
What follows is a one-night stand that last well past it’s time limit and I loved every minute of it! Shade and Mandy had great chemistry. I loved watching Mandy and her strong personality while she tried to set limits with Shade, it lead to some really fun banter that was unexpected but wholly entertaining. I was also really attracted to Shade’s personality, he was definitely a badass biker but because he lacked that broody/growliness that would have made him feel too dark and heavy, he came across more real.
Overall a really enjoyable novella that I only wish was longer since I had so much fun spending time with Mandy and Shade.
“You’re full of sh*t!” I said, waving my hand grandly. My drink sloshed and I licked the side of the cup, because this whiskey was way too good to waste even a single drop. “Wonder Woman is better than Batman. She’s got real power, not just fancy toys. Although she has those, too, which means anything Batman can do, she can do better.”
“Nope,” Shade said, shaking his head seriously. “She’s hot, I’ll give her that, but he’d take her in a fair fight.”
I held up a hand for him to wait as I polished off my booze.
“No way. She’s a goddess of war and she’s one of the best hand-to-hand fighters in history. She’s got an invisible jet, for God’s sake. How can you compete with that? All he has is a bunch of money and the stupid Batmobile.”
“Hand over the cup,” Shade said, narrowing his eyes.
“Why?” I asked, narrowing mine right back. I was good and drunk now, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to be done for the night.
“Demonstration,” he replied. “C’mon. Or are you chicken?”
“What are we, kindergartners?”
“You’re the one insisting Wonder Woman can take Batman,” he replied. “Chicken.”
Then he leaned toward me, raising a single finger to poke me in the center of my chest. Not copping a feel or anything remotely sexual, either. This was pure taunt. I handed him the cup and he tossed it on the floor, nearly falling off the bed in the process. I smirked—guess I wasn’t the only drunk one. Then he started listing to the side and I lunged for him, grabbing his shirt to keep him from going over.
Shade caught my arm, using the momentum to pull me onto his body with sudden force. My hands hit his chest and I raised my head to stare at him, stunned.
“What the hell are you doing?” I asked. Shade wrapped his arms around my waist, holding me tight to his body.
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.