Thursday, April 23, 2015

Silver Bastard (Silver Valley, #1) by Joanna Wylde ~ Review

Source: Received a paperback copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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...


I read a lot.  A book shows me three things before I choose to spend my time on it.  First, the cover.  This one has a great cover.  Second, the author name.  I haven't read this author so I didn't know what to expect.  Third, the blurb.  And it was the blurb on this one that pulled me in.  I thought this book was about a scary guy that saves Becca and then leaves her alone (that's true).  I, also, thought she's have to go to him and ask for help as she went back to face her past. (not true).  And that bugged me.  As soon as I realized the book really wasn't as the blurb portrayed, I was irritated.  

So let's go with things I liked and the things I didn't in this review.


It's a biker story.  Puck is a tough guy who likes things rough.  He's all brother in the MC and all.  I can get behind that kind of story.  I loved how, despite his tough exterior, he had this side of him that cared deeply for Becca even from their first meeting.  He didn't want to hurt her and he lost it when she was hurt.  You can't call this guy tender, even remotely, but he has this side that's crazy for Becca that I just loved.

The story itself was multifaceted and unpredictable.  It's a spin-off of the Reaper MC series and the Reapers are around a lot.  And it sets up a community that relies on the mine for jobs and the MC for protection.  It was interesting with so many secondary characters and plot elements.  The book certainly set up for several more books to follow.

Even though it's a long book, it's a fast read.  There's enough going on that you just want to know what happens.

Didn't like.

Becca.  She got on my nerves a lot.  She couldn't decide if she was a good girl or a bad girl.  She didn't want anything to do with the MC but she wanted Puck.  You can't have one without the other.  Given the way she was raised, she should know this.  But she had some anger management issues that I get but they just didn't appeal on her.

The whole blurb betrayal.  While I get that a blurb is just a hint of what will happen and it's not the story and frequently not even written by the author, it just left me grumpy.  If I'd never read the blurb, it would have been better but it's how I pick out books to spend my time on.  And I couldn't get past it.

If you like motorcycle club books, then DON'T read the blurb, just pick this one and read it. 


  1. I hate it when the blurb is misleading... you think you are getting one thing but then it turns out its something different. Glad you were still able to find aspects you enjoyed. Great review!

  2. Yay, it can be frustrating when the blurb is misleading! However, I'm glad that you still enjoyed this story. I agree that it was fast paced, multifaceted and unpredictable! Great Review Val :)