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...
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin Audio
Series: Silver Valley #1
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!
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.
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.
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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