ARC Review + Excerpt | Eli’s Triumph by Joanna Wylde

From New York Times Bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes ELI’S TRIUMPH, a new novella in her Reapers MC series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

Eli’s Triumph by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019

Peaches Taylor spent the last seven years slinging drinks and dodging drunks at the Starkwood Saloon. Some might call it a dead end job, but to her it was an investment—another six months, and she’d have enough money to buy the place.

Life would’ve been perfect if Eli hadn’t come home.

Eli King is ready to settle down. He stood by his brothers when they needed him, paying the price for their freedom with his own. Now it’s time to claim his reward—the Starkwood Saloon. He’s got the cash to buy the bar, the skills to run it, and just one person standing between him and his dream: Peaches Taylor.

She’s been driving him crazy since they were kids, and not in the good way. When she was six, she shoved a spider down his pants. When he was ten, he locked her in a closet overnight. Then she hot-wired his car at seventeen, and things got ugly…

They’re adults now, and the Starkwood isn’t a toy to fight over—it’s the hill they’ll die on. No prisoners. No compromises. No mercy.

Peaches Taylor and Eli King are going to war.

| Review |

Joanna Wylde continues her Reapers MC series  in Eli’s Triumph with an epic hate to love romance between Peaches and Eli. War commenced when these two were children, escalated over the years, went through the shortest cease-fire in history, and then recommenced. The latest spoil for whoever wins this particular battle happens to be the Starkwood Saloon, where Peaches has spent most of her adult life working. She’s been saving for a long time so she can buy this bar from the man who was, for all intents and purposes, her father. But when Eli returns home from prison with the cash to buy it, he throws a wrench in her plans.

I have to say that while I liked the animosity between Peaches and Eli, there were a few times when I wasn’t quite sure why it was so deep. Why didn’t they recognize that it stemmed from childhood insecurities and then move on as adults? But – it sure was entertaining and fun to read about, and poor Eli, having spent years in prison just when he was about to get what he’d always wanted. And Peaches really had no idea that Eli was carrying a torch for her. When they finally fall into bed together, it is as hot as you’d expect a Joanna Wylde book to be, and I, of course, wanted more. With a definite lack of tact, I’ll say that Peaches is one crazy bitch that I’d stay away from, but it was a huge turn-on that Eli loved her exactly as she was. He was proud of her crazy, and it really was pretty fricken hilarious.   

I really liked Peaches mother and her husband. He was sort of just a fixture in the book until he wasn’t, and I loved his relationship with Peaches mom and the interest he took in Peaches getting what she deserved.

Not to worry if you haven’t read the previous books in the series. I have, and while Eli may have been mentioned in previous books, he was never a main character, and I don’t feel like I would have been missing out if I hadn’t read them. Though why you would want to skip out on such a spectacular series is beyond me. As with all of Joanna Wylde’s books, Eli’s Triumph was so entertaining, and if you’re a fan of the series, you have got to pick this one up!

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| Excerpt |

I’d earned this bar, paid for it with five long years in prison, holding my tongue and taking the punishment for a crime that wasn’t mine. Gus owed me for that alone. The fact that he’d get a cash payout was just a bonus at this point.

No reason for me to feel guilty. And that was the truth.

Still, I could see how much this sucked for Peaches. She’d put in time, too. Time and good faith. Riling her up was a blast, but I’d never wanted her hurt. Not for real. I cared about the girl. Cared about her a lot.

Too much.

Gus had been weak. I loved my uncle, but he’d f*cked this one up big time. She deserved better from him—and from me. I should be in there with them. Decision made, I reached for the door.

Get out! Get the f*ck out of here, you lying bastard!”

The door burst open, and Gus stumbled out, walking backward. I caught his arm and steadied him as the slab slammed shut again. I heard the heavy bolt sliding shut, locking us out. My uncle looked at me, then sighed.

Actually went better than I expected.”

Glad I don’t have to deal with hiding a body.”

Not yet,” he replied, then sighed again. “She’s not a happy camper. Probably should’ve warned her that our plans might change once you got out.”

Why didn’t you? Would’ve been a lot easier on her.”

Guess I didn’t want her turning on me,”my uncle admitted, surprising me with his honesty. “I knew she’d hate me for it. God, but I miss her mom. Saw her in town a couple weeks ago. It’s been twenty years, and Glory still won’t even look at me.”

Raw pain filled his eyes. I cleared my throat, uncomfortable. F*ck. I didn’t like this. Didn’t like my girl hurting, and didn’t like having to see my uncle like this.

Didn’t like knowing I was part of it.

A loud thump came from behind the door, breaking the moment. There was a crash, and then some kind of tearing noise. Shit.

Some women pouted when they got upset.

Others cried.

Peaches had always skipped that part, moving straight to revenge. Another crash. This one so hard that the door rattled. I pictured her all pissed off in there, those glorious t*ts of hers straining against the front of her low-cut black Starkwood Saloon shirt. My c*ck twitched. Christ, she was hot when she got angry.

Her cheeks would be flushed, and she’d run her fingers through that wild, dark hair of hers in frustration.

Total sex hair.

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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.

 

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9 thoughts on “ARC Review + Excerpt | Eli’s Triumph by Joanna Wylde

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  1. I got to read it finally. You know, it’s funny, but I didn’t think I liked this one as much when I wrote up my review the other night. I had issues with Peaches and that knife and some things felt off to me. You pointed out one- about how as an adult she couldn’t look back and see where the animosity stemmed from.. But, then I read your thoughts here about Eli loving her crazy as she is and that funny moment when she gets a clue about her step-dad and mom’s thing. Yeah, those were definitely good moments.

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    1. I agree. I will say I don’t think it’s on par with her other stuff. But it was a fun read, and I’m glad to have read it. Yes! You’re right about that knife scene. Holy crap. LOL

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