Review: Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Silver Valley #1
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...

Silver Bastard was my first book by Joanna Wylde but it won't be my last.
The story began when Puck, then 21 years old, just got out of jail. I'm not sure why he was in jail exactly but he was there in order to protect his motorcycle club, the Silver Bastards. Puck and his MC brothers were celebrating his release in a bar in California the night he met sixteen year old Becca Jones. The next morning he rode away with her on his motorcycle, saving her from her slimy stepfather, and brought her to a small mining town called Silver Valley in North Idaho.

Fast forward five years later. Puck is now a full-fledged member of the Silver Bastards. He and Becca see each other around town in the years since that night, but they don't really talk or hang out. Puck kept a close eye on Becca, though, and Becca was always aware of Puck--neither was really far from each other's thoughts. Then, a series of events happened that thrust Becca and Puck together and Becca couldn't escape the undeniable attraction and chemistry between.

I don't want to say too much because I think it's best going into this book without knowing too much about the plot--there's a reason why the official synopsis is very vague. But the story of Puck and Becca was fantastic! I was glued to the pages, reading late into the night because I wanted to know what will happen next. I was also immersed in the world of rough, gruff men who may or may not be on the right side of the law. These MC men hold a different set of standards; they follow a different set of codes than the ones I'm familiar with and it's very fascinating. They're very much the anti-heroes and I wanted to know more (and I will, because I just bought two more books by Ms. Wylde).

Becca and Puck's first person narration alternate so we get both of their sides. Ms. Wylde did such a great job writing their characters. I was never confused whose POV I was in--both characters had such clear voices. I warmed up to Becca right away. She and I had a lot in common, especially with her juggling going to school and working to save up money. I was there less than two years ago. She worked really hard and made a nice life for herself despite where she was five years ago. She stands up for herself and doesn't take crap from Puck or anymore, well, except from her mom. I was so mad when her mom started calling her again. When Puck asked her why she's bothering with the woman who didn't protect her from her slimy stepfather, I was like, yes, Becca, WHY?! That was the only thing that aggravated me about her.

Puck was different from other romance novel heroes I've read in recent memory. I've come across heroes who were operating on the wrong side of the law before but none quite like Puck. I don't quite know how to describe him except that he's shady and does shady things and he's not quite likable but I liked a lot him anyway. I loved how he was patient with Becca and how he protected her. I loved their banter. I loved them together because they made each other better.

The only reason why I couldn't quite give it a five-star rating was that I felt that some things that happened in Becca's past were glossed over. I don't want to spoil anything but her stepfather was a slimy bastard and he ran a very shady bar. Becca was a young teenaged girl living under his roof--you know she wasn't going to leave unscathed. Before Puck took her away, her stepfather physically and sexually abused her and then passed her on to other men. Rape is a touchy subject and what Becca went through as a young girl... I don't know... I feel like it should've impacted her more or there should've been more side effects or, at least, it should've been addressed more than it was. Obviously, it's a minor complaint since I took away only half a star, but I had to mention it because how issue of abuse and rape was treated in this novel didn't quite sit well with me.

But, overall, I loved Silver Bastard despite my one tiny issue with it. It was a very addicting read and I now have a new fascination with motorcycle clubs--hmmm... I might even check out that tv show Sons of Anarchy... I loved Becca and Puck's characters and the secondary characters were equally interesting. I am very excited to read the next books in the series (as well as read Ms. Wylde's older titles) to learn more about some of the side characters. Whether you were like me and you've yet to pick up a book by Ms. Wylde (this one is a good one to start with since it's book 1 in a new series) or you're already a fan (characters you know and love from the Reapers MC series are secondary characters here), you don't want to miss Silver Bastard. It's deliciously gritty, dark, sexy, addicting and I highly recommend it.

Bonus: The paperback edition of Silver Bastard comes with a bonus never-before-published 70-page long novella called Charming Bastard featuring Boonie, the president of the Silver Bastard MC, and his old lady Darcy.

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