Thursday, April 9, 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: "Silver Bastard" by Joanna Wylde

Welcome to the book tour for Joanna Wylde's new series, Silver Valley. Are you as excited as I am for this new journey? Thanks for joining us.  Enjoy the review and excerpt and make sure to go to the bottom and enter for your opportunity to win a signed paperback version. Let's get started!

Silver Bastard
by Joanna Wylde
Book 1, Silver Valley

First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling 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...

If you have read Joanna Wylde’s earlier series, Reaper’s MC, you know that she writes highly entertaining MC stories.  They are edgy, but not over-the-top brutal.  They have interesting characters and compelling storylines. And for me, I enjoyed watching the author’s evolution as a writer.  Each book shows her growing expertise in her craft. So, Silver Bastard is a highly anticipated book.

Silver Bastard revolves around the story of Puck and Becca.  Years prior, Puck saves Becca from her abusive stepfather and ineffectual mother. After spending one mind-blowing night, he rescues her from this untenable situation.
Because Becca was underaged, Puck has had to bide his time. Years later Becca’s mother makes an appearance threatening her existence – and Puck steps in.

Things I Liked:
  • Becca is into sewing on an antique machine.  It seems so old fashioned. It’s so unexpected and delightful. 
  • Having been born into a dramatic and uncertain life, Becca is looking for a normal life.  Normal means to stay under the radar.  As Becca notes, she is just looking for the sweet spot – “between a lonely cat lady and biker whore.”
  • Puck, being the bass ass, is still sweet enough to honor Becca’s boundaries (or at least he tries.)

Not So Much:
  • Becca is 16 years old at the beginning of the story when she is “offered” to Puck.  Her being very underaged makes me a whole lotta uncomfortable.
  • For some reason, I felt the need to learn more about Puck.  In my mind, though he has great characteristics, he is not unique. He doesn’t stand out to me in a very crowded field of MC heroes.
  • For those who read a lot of MC books, it may lack enough differentiation to make it a true standout. 

In A Nutshell:
A good start to a new series, it's an entertaining read.  I'm anxious to see what comes next. 

“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!”

Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.

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