Isaiah Rogers grew up on his family farm in Alabama. Loved by his family, he’s a country boy at heart, a southern gentleman by raising.
The path to northern Indiana was twisted and long, but this sensitive man found a comfortable niche as a member of the Rebel Wayfarers, vice-president of their affluent and growing Fort Wayne chapter. Hoss, as he’s now known, retains pieces of the boy from rural Alabama, but life in the club has hardened him, driving home the message time and again that love isn’t safe.
Hope Collins also grew up in Alabama, but their histories could not be more different.
An ill-timed youthful rebellion came with long-lasting consequences. It’s then she finds she’s not an only child after all, her father holding up her half-sister’s failures as a painful lesson before closing the door of her childhood home in her face.
Hoss and Hope’s paths collide when she travels to Fort Wayne, to meet the sister she had gone most of her life without knowing about. For Hoss, from the first moment he laid eyes on Hope, the truth and beauty inside her called to him. Now he will have to find a way to win the woman’s trust and love, while navigating the dangerous currents swirling around the club.
I just can’t get enough of the Rebel Wayfarers MC Series. I know I mentioned this in past reviews, but this series just keeps getting better and better. Each book can be read as a standalone, but in order to really get to know this MC and all of their alpha, dominant males, I think it would be best to read them in order. I absolutely love this author’s unique MC writing style. For one the Rebel Wayfarers seems more in touch with reality and deal with issues and topics that tear at my heart. We met Hoss in Jase’s book, and I was drawn to this character, I wanted to learn more about this kind, gentle, caring and fierce member of the Rebel Wayfarers.
I think it is safe to say that when reading this book, prepare for a passionate and exciting read. True to form Maria deMora did not disappoint me at all. After I got through the first 10 pages I was always crying my eyes out, which only led me on a journey to believing, trusting and falling in love with characters that in the past left a bad feeling in my mouth.
Hope and her son Sammy’s life was and is not an easy one. Hope has been on her own for years. She was his sole care taker after her family abandoned her. We meet Hope and Sammy when they are at the lowest point in their lives. I do not want to give too much away, but your heart will break and bleed tears for this mother and son. Hope has intense love and needs to make sure Sammy has what he needs regardless of what little she has or how many jobs she has to have to make it happen. She is the epitome of what every mother all over the world should be. I can’t even express how much respect I have for this character. When Hope has run out of all options she decides to put caution to the wind and travel to get help from her sister. Mercy, a sister she has never met. Hope’s character is one that you can’t help but fall in love with, she is strong, caring, and so good. When she loves, she loves fiercely. Hope’s life has not been kind to her so her expectations aren’t very high, she expects things to go south quickly.
Hoss, wow as soon as he sees Hope and her son all he wants to do is help and protect them, but he also wants to keep her away from the dangerous life he leads. Hoss takes interest in Hope and Sam and from a far makes sure they are taken care of. Hoss is an alpha male all the way, but he is also very caring and sweet. In his MC life he has always taken what he wants, but with Hope and Sam he knows he has to take a different approach. I loved Hoss’ character. He is not perfect, he makes mistakes, which makes his character more believable, more human.
A special treat for me was, getting a POV from Sammy. To say it was an interesting twist is putting it mildly. To get into this young boy’s mind and see how much of his life has affected him blew my mind. The road to happiness for Hope and Hoss is a hard one. Hoss has to learn that Sam and Hope are used to being let down so he has to show them that they are HIS priority. Hope is so used to doing things alone it’s hard for her deal with being part of the Rebel Wayfarer’s family as Hoss’ woman. Hope must learn to rely and trust in others. Can these three characters find a family they yearn for? Can Hope fully open her heart and trust Hoss with all her heart? Can Hoss show Hope and Sam just how important they are too him, while still being a brother to the Rebel Wayfarer’s? If you are a fan of this series than this is a must read. If you haven’t started this series than what are you waiting for? You won’t be disappointed.
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From Chapter 12: Running
Hoss smiled, leaning back into the couch cushions, his arm around Hope’s shoulders. Dinnertime at Jase and DeeDee’s house was wild, loud, chaotic, and entertaining. Bingo was back in the hospital, but his kids were in residence, which meant tonight there were eleven small bodies running around, aged fifteen and down. Nine, a mix of boys and girls, were Bingo’s tribe, one boy belonged to Jase and DeeDee, and one was his and Hope’s boy. His breath stuck in his chest for a moment, because he liked how that sounded in his head, ‘his and Hope’s boy.’
When they arrived for dinner, Sammy had raced up and hugged his mother then stepped back. Looking up, he stood in front of Hoss, shifting from foot to foot, staring into his face. His features twisted into something that looked like sadness as he asked, “Did you and Mom have a good day?”
Hoss had frowned, crouching down so he was on Sammy’s level when he answered, “Yeah, the best. How about you?” Tentatively, he reached out, cupping his hand around Sammy’s shoulder, asking, “Did you have fun with Jonny and Kane?” No way could Hoss miss how the boy leaned into the hold, his shoulders lowering a couple inches as he relaxed.
“Yeah, we had a great time. Coach Spence took us to the rink.” He cut his gaze up to his mother, and Hoss twisted so he could see her face, too. “He said he has a Sammy-sized opening on his league team, Mom.” That was all he said, and Hoss watched a flash of pain cross Hope’s face at his hesitation.
“I talked to him on the phone today, bud. He has this deal for friends and family”—she switched to a poor imitation of a New Jersey accent—“and he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.” She grinned, and he caught Sammy’s matching smile from the corner of his eye. “I’ll sort things out with him tonight, see what kind of schedule we’re looking at, and what I can commit to for equipment, okay?”
Hoss felt more of the tension leave the kid’s muscles as he told his mother, “Yeah.” That single, soft word conveyed an understanding that if she could work it out, she would, and if she couldn’t, then the boy wouldn’t blame her, because he trusted she would always do her best. These two had a bond that seemed unshakable, having no one else to depend on for so long. In Sammy’s case, his whole life.
He was hit yet again by how alone in the world they had been, no one to have their back, no one to give a hand when they hit bottom. Only each other, ever.
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.”
A hockey fan, hiker, gamer, and single mom of a special needs son, she embraces her inner geek and has been working in the tech field for a publishing company for a couple decades.
Music is a driving passion, and 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 [read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection of premium tequila, then that’s a plus!”
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