We’ve met the Reapers MC president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes in the other 3 books in the series. He’s in his early 40s and suffered the death of his wife several years ago. Since his wife’s death, he’s been messing around with young “club sluts”, steering clear of any attachments that could be anything more than a quick roll between the sheets.
MC romance is a sexy fantasy and all that jazz but I still have a hard time reconciling the mores of this world. The guys call women “bitch,” “slut,” and “whore” way too liberally for my liking. The women don’t seem to have a mind of their own and when they do, they are, figuratively speaking, beaten into submission. I didn’t expect Reese to be sweetly pining for his dead wife or be a pushover or a monk considering his role as President of an outlaw MC, but Reese Hayes is king of man-whores! That being said the way Reese throws his sexual exploits in London’s face was particularly bothersome for me for the first half of this book. It felt cruel and I couldn’t understand why any woman who allow herself to fall for a man that’d do that to her.
For that reason, I didn’t like London as much as I’d hoped either. As a Mama Bear she was grade A, but in other ways she reminded me too much of Marie from Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC #1). But at least Marie had the excuse of youth on her side. London’s actions felt much less mature than someone in her late 30s. At times, London was so horny for Reese that her ability to reason was completely out of whack! The sex scenes between Reese and London is raw, gritty and explicit (just how I usually like it in MC romance!), yet there’s a scene toward the end that was downright disturbing; so much so that I don’t think I’ll be able to wrap my mind around or see it as sexy, ever!
I had really high hopes for this book as we’ve been getting hints of Picnic since this series began. I’m in the minority when I say this, but Reaper’s Stand hit too many of the wrong buttons for me. I couldn’t make myself suspend disbelief for the sake of rooting for Reese and London.
I am still looking forward to continuing the series and reading others we’ve come to know get their HEA.