Audiobook Review: Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde

Posted April 20, 2015 by Felicia S in 2.00 Wine Glasses, 2015 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 21 Comments

Audiobook Review: Silver Bastard by Joanna WyldeSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Penguin Audio

Format: Audiobook

Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde
Narrator: Allyson Ryan, Johnathan McClain
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins

Date Read: March 2015

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

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...

More Information:
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin Audio
Series: Silver Valley #1

Also by this author: Reapers MC Series


Geeky Bloggers DNF

Listened for Review (Penguin Audio)
Overall Rating: DNF

Audio Rating: 2.5 (not part of my overall rating)

Why did I give it 2 even though it was a DNF: Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde was very much written true to the world that she set the story in. I actually appreciated that she didn’t pull any punches!

Status Updates

1% “#Listening I am going to admit before starting this that I may not like it. The only MCs I have read up to this point are Military hiding as bike clubs. I am not sure how I will do with MCs that are MCs. Example: I have watched 3 seasons of Sons of Anarchy while I love the writing and storytelling–the only character I have rooted for is Hale (the cop). So there is that!”

7% “#Listening that opening was uncomfortable. I have been told this is where the story starts so I will give it another 10% before I call this a not for me book”

46% #Listening Well I made it this long but the angst and unlikability of Puck is making me want to see how much further this train wreck goes. This is very much gritty, raw, and for a specific fan base.”

46% “PS By specific fan base, I don’t mean that negatively. I mean there are people that love the dark nonreformed but loves his lady hero and clearly I am not one”

54% #Listening Yes he just got less sexy. Just because you say it doesn’t make it so (though B will totally accept it *sigh*)”

Stopped at 62%: Why did I make it that far and just not finish? Honestly I kept waiting to like Puck. I stopped because there was just no way it was going to happen. Plus at this point, I was really beginning to dislike Becca too (seriously TSTLive or TSTDate –I’m not sure which bugged me more). She had a hard life and I was really rooting for her. The angst was a little bit much for me (though she was only 21 so that was part of it) and this really was just not my cup of tea. I knew it might not be. I do think those with the love of the outlaw biker though will love it. The writing was solid. The world was gritty, real, and brutal. The smexy was constant, raw, and intense.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Allyson Ryan, Johnathan McClain / Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins

The narration of this story did not work for me at all. Johnathan was good for Puck but his Becca voice made her sound a bit like a man with a smoking problem. Allyson was good for Becca but her male voices were off. I think having two narrators really kept me from accepting either the off male or female voices because just about the time I got used to one it would switch to the other. I am not sure what impact this had on the story or if the story had an impact on my view of the narration. It just didn’t work for me.

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Final Thoughts: I seriously think this will work for most people, it just wasn’t my thing. I now know that MC’s that are true outlaw bikers are just not my thing


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Overall Rating
2 / 5
Narrator Rating
2.5 / 5
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21 responses to “Audiobook Review: Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde

  1. I’ve only tried one MC book and it just didn’t work for me. Bummer this didn’t work for you..but you are right there is a fan base for this we just aren’t it. 🙂

  2. I read a different MC book by Wylde, and I didn’t DNF it . . . but it was close. I’m sorry she didn’t work you either, but you are not alone 😉 I typically hate this kind of Bad Boy . . . unless Kristen Ashley writes him . . . then I LOVE him, LOL. But this guy . . . yeah, probably not.

    • I will have to try K.A. (her books are all in my library so I won’t have to buy them). I might like her’s better but here he was just not likable. I can’t read a romance that I don’t like the hero.

  3. I like this author, but this trope is not for everyone. Its either you love or hate it type. I also think that sometimes if you don’t have a good narrator it can kill the story too. Sorry to hear you didn’t like it. Hope you enjoy your next book more.

    • I think that is it. This just wasn’t my type of hero. The writing was good but I can’t read a romance where I don’t fall in the love with the hero.

  4. Aww! Sorry it didn’t work for you but I think I would have also had a problem if the girl sounded to manly. I am not a big audio book fan because of the voice of man verse woman and I can’t get passed it for some reason however some people do, do a good job. Never read an MC book but I think it would also not be something I would enjoy

    • I usually don’t have a problem with it but when it is two narrators sometimes it doesn’t work. There is a chance that you just can’t get used to their “off” voices.

  5. Bummer! I’m a sucker for motorcycle guys on the cover..LOL Even since I listened to Undeniable I became a fan of these stories. I think I have this one on my list, not I might have reconsider.
    Thanks for your honest thoughts.

    • I think this will be a win for fans of true MC romance. The story was gritty, raw, and the writing was great. I just didn’t like the hero and if I can’t fall in love with him the romance is a bust for me.

  6. Ahh no… I don’t like over the top raw and gritty and no stupid heroines. I am sorry this was such a disappointment. Thanjs for your helpful reviews.

    • LOL Stupid leading ladies drive me nuts. I didn’t realize these characters were so young. I would say this is NA romance which just lends to angst to begin with. Hell I was stupid in my early 20s (probably why I don’t want to read it)

  7. You made it a lot farther than I did! And, like you, I like my bad boys to be naughty, not actually bad. I don’t think I’ll read another MC, unless it’s a group of motorcycle dudes like those guys who escort battered women/children to court.

    • That is my kind of MC. Not really “bad” but “naughty”. I think it is why I like the military or Undercover ones. They aren’t bad guys. These are bad guys.

  8. I am just so not a fan of the MC theme that has taken the romance genre by storm. I’ve read a few but they really weren’t for me … *sigh* Every time I try hoping I’ll like one but it turns out this sub-genre is so not for me no matter what I do!

    • Me too! I can do the undercover cop ones but if they ride the line too much then it doesn’t work. I don’t want bad guys, I want good guys who are a little bit naughty 🙂

  9. I suspected this series (and book) wasn’t for me and thanks to your detailed review of a DNF, I’m now completely convinced. The whole notion of outlaw MCs as romantic is seriously out of my reading comfort zone. I really appreciate your sensitive analysis.