Review: Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde

Series: Silver Valley #1
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★

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…
The special thing about Silver Bastard is the balance Wylde created. Hard and soft, tragic and funny, loving and callous.
I was a little sick after the first chapter.  That callousness I mentioned…yeah, Becca’s past had plenty of that with and a huge dose of evil added into it.  Honestly, I was concerned this was going to be a much much more emotional read than what I’m used to from Wylde.
It is emotional, but the added humor that Becca brings to the story pulls it from being such a dark tale.  It brings some hope, some brightness, some joy. Which is quite amazing in itself, as Becca growing up the way she did…could easily have very little joy in life.  She’s full of life, she’s got moxie. She also has some anger issues, which only made me love her more…I can relate.
Puck, for all his hard exterior and rough lifestyle, is deeply a good guy.  He doesn’t have the heart to break a fragile thing. Which is exactly how he sees Becca. Fragile. Breakable. Doesn’t stop him from wanting her, but it does stop him from claiming her. And who doesn’t like a tough exterior with a heart of gold?
While I adored and loved all over Puck and his raw sexiness…this book was all about Becca for me.  At times I wanted to smack her up side the damn head, but for the most part – I loved her fierceness and her will to just survive.  Not only to survive, but to do it on her terms, by her rules.  Quite a feat in the MC world where men reign supreme.  How she handled Puck was admirable and gutsy.
Silver Bastard is a look at Wylde’s MC world from the outside. Instead of being neck deep in it, the story skirts it a bit. The MC is still very central to the story, you just don’t wade in a world of debauchery like some other MC titles out there. 
That being said, it’s still a very thrilling story full of lies, betrayal, hurt and above everything else; understanding and love. I enjoyed every little bit of it and am excited to see what comes next in the series!


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