We finally get to see Melanie and Painter's story!!!! Having met Jo in Vegas this year, I was very excited to read this book. Ever since they were introduced in the previous books, there have been hints here and there about the future of their relationship. For first time readers, Painter and Mel met when they were in their teens (Painter's a little older). Painter was starting out as a prospect for the Reapers motorcycle club and Mel was a friend of Jessica, London's niece. FYI, London is the Old Lady (wifey-like) to the club's president, Reese "Picnic" Hayes. In flashbacks, we see the interactions between Painter and Mel that solidified their relationship….and then Painter gets sent to jail. While Painter is spending some time in prison, Mel is by herself and pregnant. Fast forward to present time, Painter is working as an artist with a unique painting style. He makes a pretty good living and is totally loves with his daughter, Izzy. He has a strained joint custody relationship with Mel, who works as an ER nurse. Mel gets set up on a blind date by a co-worker and crap on a cracker, he turns out to be a "hang-around" for another club. Painter loses his shit, pounds the sucker into the ground, and have some very hot hate-sex with Mel. Despite his affiliation to the club, he loves Mel and Izzy. I love the journey Mel and Painter had towards their HEA. While both parties were equally responsible for the deterioration of their relationship the first time around, they both made an effort to rebuilding their relationship from the ground up. I absolutely can't wait to read the next one.
Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.