Andrew Jones grew up in a small town in Wyoming, and as a teen watched his family implode following the death of his father. Driven by the need to provide for his little brother, he begins looking for work, restlessly traveling from job to job on his Indian motorcycle, seeking something he cannot define.
Meeting Davis Mason, President of the Rebel Wayfarers MC in Chicago is a pivotal event in his life, and over the following years he gradually becomes Slate, assuming the persona as first a prospect into Mason’s MC, then as a full patch member. He has finally found the brotherhood he longed for, a sense of connection and belonging…a family and home.
The only thing missing from Slate’s life is a woman who can love him…all of him. He finds his match in a daughter of the MC, and his dreams become filled with her silent smiles, unruly red hair, and soft curves. Slate works to gain her trust, but as their relationship slowly begins to grow, ghosts from their previous lives threaten to ruin everything and put the woman he loves in grave danger.
Can he save her from dangers drawn to her by the past, or will she and their love be a casualty of conflict caused by the club.
Waking in the morning, he was lying on his back, and he felt an arm across his chest. There was a weight on his hip, and then he realized a leg was thrown across his thighs. He shifted slowly, opening his eyes to look down to see Lottie sleeping, draped across him. Her belly was wedged into his side, propped on his hip, and she’d pressed her body as tight to him as she could manage with the baby in the way.
Andy gently pushed her hair back from her face, kissing her temple softly. Stroking her cheekbone with his fingers, he teased little breathy whispers and moans from her. His other arm was wrapped around her back, and he moved his hand to anchor hers to his belly, where he struggled with himself a little not to drag her hand down lower. She moved restlessly, her knee sliding up to nudge his erection lightly, and he groaned. “Fuck me,” he said on a breath, biting his bottom lip hard.
She moved restlessly again, scrubbing her face into his shoulder. Her hand tensed, pulling loose from his grip and wandering southward. Capturing it again, he drew her hand higher on his stomach into neutral territory as her leg slid back down, her knee pressing on his again.
Rolling his hip outward, he bent his knee a little, giving her a better place to lay her leg. Her head rocked backward, mouth opening slightly as she gasped. He felt her hips move forward once, and then back and forth again, and realized his leg had slid between hers, his thigh pressing against her.
Loving her unconscious sensuality, he stroked her cheek again, sliding his hand to cup her jaw. Looking down into her face, he was witness to the moment when she awakened and became aware of her arousal. Her eyes fluttered and opened, her green gaze lifted to his eyes as she licked her lips, catching her bottom one between her teeth. “Hey beautiful,” he greeted her with a smile. “Good morning.”
Pulling her hips back, she disengaged from him, and he reluctantly released her hand. Then, shaking his head, he reached over and slid his hand down her back to her ass, pulling her tight against his hip and leg. Caressing the curve of her ass, he slipped his hand further down along her leg to the back of her knee, and tugged it up onto his legs. He flexed his thigh, rubbing lightly against her core while her leg brushed his cock.
“Andy,” she whispered, “what are you doing?”
He whispered back, “Taking care of you, beautiful.” Stroking slowly up the back of her thigh to her pussy, his fingers dragged and gathered the fabric of her short nightgown as he went. Pressing a finger against the satin of her panties, he skimmed over her clit back and forth. “Baby, go ahead. I want to watch you come. I want to see you,” he said quietly, licking the shell of her ear as she trembled.
Andy lifted her chin and captured her lips in a soft, sweet kiss, working gently for entry, stroking her tongue with his own. She groaned into his mouth, and he felt her hips begin to move again, pressing herself against his hard thigh.
His eyes closed, listening to her breathing catch and release, feeling the shuddering that started deep between her legs. “Baby, come for me,” he urged, stroking her firmly through her panties, relishing the heavy wetness there.
This story follows Andrew’s journey after leaving Wyoming. Maria Lisa’s writing took me on a journey with Andrew while he goes through life in search of acceptance and belonging. The author was able to make me feel Andy’s need to constantly move from one city to another, where he never felt at home, his loneliness, his need to belong. Through the authors writing I knew that Andy was a caring and loving person and wherever he was at that moment in his life he would always help the people who surrounded him. He had many women over the years but no one was able to accept him for who he was, or was able to make him feel like he was home.
I have to say that from the very first page of Slate’s story I was pulled in. The author brings us into Andy’s past 20 years ago where he lost his father at 15 years old. Since the loss of his father, he has taken care of the family’s ranch and his 5 year old brother Benjamin. I liked that the author showed me what happened to Andy in his past because it gave me a better understanding of what he was going though. Life was not easy for him. His mother sold their ranch to pay for bills and moved them into a smaller house. His mother was a drunk and did not take care of the boys so Andy was forced to act like the parent and take care of his family. His mother would sleep with men to get money and use the money for alcohol over the years. After benny moves with his grandmother, Andy decides to pack up and leave Wyoming and his mother for good.
The author held nothing back with describing what Andy and his little brother went through after the loss of their father. It was hard for me to read and not feel pain and sadness for them.
When he finally reaches Chicago, he feels like this is a place that he could settle down, he makes some friends and he gets a job as a bouncer. Jacksons is a bar that is neutral territory for the gang so they have a safe place to hang out. Mason is the President of the Wayfarer’s MC and after a while Andy is recruited into the MC and is known as Slate since he has traveled a lot.
Maria Lisa gives readers the good and bad about life in the MC and how involved members are in that lifestyle. There are parts that are not easy to read but I was able to see why Slate felt like he finally had a home. He was not judged or forced to live the lifestyle, he chose it. Because of his loyalty to the club, he was made an Enforcer. Of course being an Enforcer meant he dealt with a lot of violent and illegal situations and because of those situations he started to feel restless. When another division of their MC needs help Slate is sent to Indiana. Things begin to look up for Slate there. He becomes the VP where he meets Melanie Davison. A woman that he is drawn too. Melanie (Ruby) is Mason’s daughter. She is not like any other woman he has met in his travels. Slate’s need to be around and protect Ruby goes against anything he has ever experienced all his years. The author beautifully shows this pull between the two and she shows us how unlike in the past Slate does not feel restless. What makes it also more natural is the relationship and love transpires over a period of months. This is not instant (LOVE THAT).
“I’ve never wanted to have an old lady before, but that’s all I can think about since I saw you. I don’t know if we’d be a good match, but goddamn, you are all I can see. Full fu*king disclosure.”
“Baby, what I want is you in my bed. I want nothing more than you in my room until I move out, and then you with me in my house…our house. I want to come home to you; I want to make love to you…I simply want you.”
“I want that too Slate.”
“Baby, I need you to know that I’m not fu*cking around here. I don’t do casual. I need the words, Ruby. This means something to me, and you have to fu*king know that.”
“It’s not casual for me either, Slate. I’ve never felt anything like this before, I want you.”
Ruby and Slates’ love story is not an easy one, just as Slates journey was not easy. Their pasts are determined to pop up and ruin they home they both found in each other. The author has a way of writing this story that literally pulls you in. I was intrigued and wanted to know if Slate (Andy) would ever find what he was searching for and if Ruby and Slate would get a HEA after all the pain they endured. This book is gritty, hard and the sex is just as harder. This is definitely one worth picking up.
“Fu*king wet for me, baby. Fu*king drenched. Love fu*king you. I want this a**. One day, baby, I want all of you. You are mine. Yeah, baby come for me.
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Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I’ve always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.”
Oatmeal is her comfort food. She hates gardening but loves flowers; not cut arrangements, but in the wild, outside. She has a deep and abiding respect for our military. Her dad was career Air Force, and parades make her cry.
A serious hockey fan, she’s loyal to the Edmonton Oilers, and the local ECHL team, the Fort Wayne Komets, are a fav of hers. She has season tickets and even tries to hit the road games within a hundred-mile radius.
On music, she says, “I love music of nearly any genre — jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap, hip hop … you name it, I listen to it. I can often be seen dancing through the house in the early mornings. But I really, REALLY love live music. My favorite thing with music is seeing bands in small, dive bars. If said bar has a good selection of premium tequila, then that’s a plus!”
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