HOSS (Rebel Wayfarers MC)
by MariaLisa deMora
Release Date: October 26, 2015
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.
Rating: 8 out of 5 Stars
POV: Multiple / 3rd person
Naughty Factor: 3 out of 5
I don’t even know how to begin. It took me a few hours to get my head around what I read. I cried at work; while I read. I cried on my drive home and can’t even think about delving into another book, at the moment. It’s just unfathomable to me right now. I don’t think I’ve ever had a book hangover like this. And I certainly haven’t had one this year, until now.
I’ve been a fan of the Rebel Wayfarers since I read Mica. These guys are so kind and loving and are extremely family oriented. Something that’s not always so common in the MC stories I’ve read. With each new installment in this series, I fall more and more in love with the Rebels. Mason has always been my number one. The way he holds his brothers together and keeps them on a path that makes life better for everyone.
Now… as I read Hoss, he slowly inched his way up that ladder in my heart and started to fight for Mason’s spot, where he’s been since I fell for him so long ago…after reading Mica. In each of the books, Hoss has been present but I was never really able to get a sense of who he was, as a man. He stayed in the shadows and did his part of being VP to Slate and helping when the Rebels faced trouble. But getting to know him now? My heart swelled with love for him. He was such an amazing man!! I knew the Rebels were good guys, but getting to know Hoss’ heart was an ultimate delight. The way he stepped into a role that he never even imagined having; and did it so effortlessly and wholeheartedly. The tenderness he showed to Hope and Sammy was heartwarming. The protectiveness he possessed was nothing short of enviable. I wanted to be Hope…in every way.
Hope was an entity all on her own. That woman had unimaginable strength no matter what life threw at her; and she didn’t let it harden her. Sure she had some issues, but compared to the life she lived, I’m amazed at how strong and sweet and caring she remained. As I read, the one word that kept coming to mind when I saw how Hope continually pushed on?… ADMIRABLE. Hope was a character that someone could aspire to be. Her ability to make lemon-aide out of lemons was amazing. She had her moments of weakness where she doubted her strength and questioned her ability to be the mother she wanted to be, but they were completely unwarranted and only a result of how her life began. She proved over and over that she would do anything and everything to make sure her son, Sammy, had everything and anything he could need or want.
The story wouldn’t have been a complete story, had it not been for Sammy. That boy put it all together in a nice and neat bow. For someone so young, he had a strength and maturity WAY beyond his years. It served as a testament to Hope and the mother she was.
With all that being said, I don’t know else to convey the heartwarming feels and tearful heartaches this book evoked in me. MariaLisa deMora wrote a story that nearly crippled me so much that I didn’t know what to do with myself. This was HANDS DOWN, the best in the series!! I can’t wait to see what will happen for Duck.
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!” Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram | Tumblr | Amazon