Book Review – Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde

Posted March 23, 2017 by Geybie's Book Blog in Book Review / 34 Comments

Shade's Lady: A Reapers MC Novella by [Wylde, Joanna]Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Published on: March 14, 2017
Pages: 206
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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Welcome to the motorcycle club world! I loved Joanna Wylde’s Reapers series and genuinely think that her MC series is one of the best. I couldn’t have been happier when I heard that the president of the Reapers MC would have his own book. I had been looking forward to reading his story in general and how he met his old lady.

What is the story about?

It follows a young woman named Mandy who has had a tough life since she met her ex-husband, which made her end up in jail for three days and having to serve six months unsupervised probation. She gets the approval to relocate to the town her older sister, Hannah, who is a single parent to her three kids, is currently living and gets a job as a bartender at a local bar. She and her sister live a very simple life and have to work hard to survive. Not long after she moves, she meets a biker named Rebel and decides to be in a not-serious relationship with him mainly because she loves being on his motorcycle. Her life once again turns upside down when she discovers that her new boyfriend has sold her to the Reapers President in order to pay for his new motorcycle.

Shade is a hot, big, muscled, tattooed biker and the president of the Reapers Motorcycle Club. He is the most feared and powerful man in MC world. He is not into serious relationships but is all about the brotherhood and his club. However, he wants Mandy the moment he lays his eyes on her at the bar. After the incident with her turned-to-be-ex-boyfriend, they get closer. He then helps her and her sister when Hannah’s ex-husband who turns out to be a drug user and dealer has been hiding his illegal stuffs in their home. The problem is that Mandy has decided to sworn off men after what her ex-boyfriend, Rebel, did. However, despite her fear of being in a relationship again, she can’t deny their attraction to each other.

You can bullshit all you want about sex and one-night stands, but I’m not done with you yet and you know it. I get what I want, and I want you.

What did I love about this story?

First, the amazing world building and uniquely portrayed characters. I can vividly see the details, from the hierarchy of the MC world to how the members work, as if I am in this world. The readers who are not familiar with MC world will automatically feel as if they have known this story forever and can picture themselves being one of the characters. In addition to world building, each of the main and supporting characters is uniquely portrayed that made me see their characters, feelings, secrets and what kind of life they are living, in each of their normal conversations. Everything is written smoothly and effortlessly.

Second, Joanna Wylde has the ability to create a dangerous outlaw yet a lovable hero. She manages to bring out the dangerous element that is typical in MC world and the boyfriend material in each of her heroes. Shade is a dominant, controlling, fearless alpha man whose commanding presence attracts everyone. He is feared and admired at the same time by both his brothers, females, and enemies. However, he is the kind of man who will do everything to protect his loved ones. A no-one-messes-with-his-woman kind of guy that will make you fall head over heels in love with him. I usually don’t like dual point of view (I prefer the story written from the heroine’s POV), but I loved hearing his inner voice. 😉

For the first time in my life, I couldn’t imagine riding out for the next city without taking a woman with me. You fucked up, man. This is gonna get complicated.

What didn’t work for me?

First, I couldn’t connect with the heroine. Even though I admired her kickass attitude at times, I saw some inconsistency in her. Her over the top hatred towards men after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend which she’d been in a not-serious relationship with after her divorce was irrational. Why wouldn’t she have felt the same after her divorce? In addition to that, her hate-love attitude towards Shade showed how shallow her character was; she was an all mouth but no action kind of heroine when it came to lust and sex.

Second, I didn’t feel the emotional connection between the main characters. Even though I loved the action part of this story, which I thought was done effectively, I wished the emotional connection between them would have been developed since the physical connection was all I saw from the beginning. Moreover, the ending came too quickly and gave an impression that their relationship just began. It pains me to say this but I could not have been more disappointed.

I don’t mean to say that this is a terrible read, which is far from it. I did enjoy it a little bit. Please, don’t let my opinion dissuade you from reading this book. I do hope you give it a try. However, to be honest, if the romantic elements or emotional connections between the main characters are what motivates you to want to read this book, you might be disappointed.

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34 responses to “Book Review – Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde

  1. I haven’t ready anything in this series or by Wylde in general but I have heard about it a lot lately. Sorry this didn’t work great for you. Some of the novellas that are part of this 1001 dark nights have been a miss for me. I don’t know if it’s because they are novellas or what.

    • It might be the case, Sam. I did love Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley, though. Maybe because there was no too much drama and the focus was mostly on the emotional elements between the main characters. That’s why it worked.

  2. I have enjoyed a lot of the 1,001 Dark Nights stories that I’ve read! I love the collections and all of the amazing covers. I’d not heard of this one though. It sounds pretty good, and I do like romance novels with motorcycle clubs (something I discovered after reading one or two!). But it sucks that you weren’t able to connect with the protagonist. But I’m glad you enjoyed it overall!

    Wonderful review, Geybie. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I love Joanna Wylde’s Reapers MC series. I just didn’t love this ones as much as I hoped for. But Joanna’s Reapers MC series is one of the best MC reads in my opinion. I hope you give it a try. 😀

  3. Sophia Rose

    I do love this series and Shade sounds like a great biker hero character. I get the whole I’ve been burned twice and need to protect my heart, but I have never liked how this can morph into the ‘I hate’ club because usually the wrong person gets made into the bad guy.

  4. I tried 2 books in her series, I was quite mixed by the first novel and I really enjoyed book 4? (I don’t remember which one) so I know I need to try more

  5. The world building is very important to me, and it sounds like the one in here is great. However, I do crave a connection with the characters and I love to feel emotionally involved, so I get your issue with this book 🙁

    • Thank you, Kristen. I love feeling emotionally connected with the characters and feeling their connection as a couple. It’s hard for me to enjoy a story when those things are missing. 🙁

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