TITLE: Hood River Rat by K. Webster
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Format: e-ARC (295 Pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBT,
Blurb: From USA Today bestselling author K Webster comes a MM high school bully romance called Hood River Rat!
Hood River was supposed to be the change I needed. A fresh start. An escape from my painful past. Better in every way.
I’m a popular guy. Approachable. I make friends easily. Cool car. Nice clothes. Good attitude. Everything will be fine. School is school. I’ll keep my head down until graduation and try not to stick out. College will be here before I know it.
Yet my first day proves to be anything but easy. The Hood River Hoodlums—our school’s most notorious group of bad boys—have put a target on my back. Their leader, Roan, hates me. He calls me Rat.
To him and his friends, I’m a loser who doesn’t belong at their school.
I could pretend I don’t care about their hate. If only Roan wasn’t so hot.
He’s mean, cruel, and sexy as hell. My nemesis is impossible to ignore…and a secret part of me doesn’t want to.
Here I thought being gay was the worst of my problems. Turns out, being gay and crushing on your enemy takes the cake.
*This is a full-length high school enemies-to-lovers and new adult romance with high angst, suspense, and gutting emotion. It’s book one in the Hood River Hoodlum series that will have interlinking storylines. Hood River Rat can be read as a standalone and starts off a four-book planned series that gives each Hoodlum a book. This is the only MM story. The others are MF.
Yoooooo! I think this is the biggest surprise of 2020 for me. High school bullying isn’t really my thing but this one was done well. Behind every bully is a hurt kid just lashing out at someone they think is weaker. I LOVED this book. This story featured a high school basketball star Hollis who was one of the Hood River Hoodlums, a clique that kind of terrorized other kids to avoid dealing with their own painful home situations.
Hollis is a new kid whose parents are going through a divorce and he is looking for a new place to reinvent himself. Unfortunately for him, the town bullies notice him immediately due to their perceived notion that he is a rich kid.
Roan was such a douche to Hollis but as you got to know Roan, I felt so sorry for him and his little sister. I also felt terrible for Hollis because his relationship with his dad had been such a source or pain for him. Hollis stands his ground and slowly begins to see behind Roan’s facade. Soon an attraction builds and its great because they both needed to be important to someone.
What I love about this story was the focus wasn’t about the gay boys, but about family and loyalty.
Sure two boys fell in love, but it was the makeshift family, who protected each other from the predators that made this story great. With that said, Roan and Hollis had chemistry for days. I was all in for this story. If you want hurt-comfort, coming of age, bully romance etc, then you want to get this book now. You won’t regret it.
I will definitely read book 2.
Little Hoodlum by K. Webster
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Release Date: May 28th, 2020
Format: e-ARC (256 Pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: There are few people in this world I thought I could count on.
My brother. My two best friends. And him.
Problem is, Jordy thought protecting me was his sole mission in life.
He gave up everything for me and my brother, including his freedom.
Losing him left me hollow and empty.
But after three long years, I’ve learned to live without him.
Until I get mixed up with a guy who has dangerous connections in Hood River and everything begins to crash down around me just in time for my senior year of high school.
Possessive boyfriend with a penchant for violence.
Best friend turned enemy.
Fights with my big brother.
Everything’s a mess and I’m not sure there’s any fixing it.
I might just need that bully ex-convict who’ll do anything—again—to keep me safe.
All I want is peace, happiness, and love.
And I won’t go down without a fight in order to get it.
I’m a Hoodlum after all.
They call me Little Hoodlum, but I’m not so little anymore…
This is a full-length high school friends-to-lovers, forbidden, and new adult romance with high angst, suspense, and gutting emotion. It’s book two in the Hood River Hoodlum series that will have interlinking storylines. Little Hoodlum shouldn’t be read as a standalone and is the continuation of a four-book planned series that gives each Hoodlum a book. The first book in the series is the only MM story. The others, including this one, are MF.
This one picks right up from book 1, so don’t jump into this story if you haven’t read book 1. It is NOT a standalone.
In the prior book, Jordy made a huge sacrifice to keep Roux and Roan, ending up in jail. But when he sees they are still endanger, Jordy works to regain his freedom. It’s been 3 years and his best friend’s little sister Roux isn’t so little anymore. Jordy had been working so hard to keep her at arms length but as she is almost 18 years old, he is fighting a losing battle. The only problem is that Jordy and his brother work for a booster and drug dealer, a position Jordy took in order to keep Roan and Roux off their radar. But that also makes Roux a target whenever people want to get at Jordy.
How will Roan react when he finds our that his best friend is sneaking around with his little sister?
I like Forbidden Romances and I love this series. This story wasn’t as smooth as book 1 instead, there is a lot of things that are unanswered, especially with Charlotte and her dad.
What made this story and series amazing is that there Hoodlums are so loyal to each other and love each other. They are just caught up in the environment they live in. At least Hollis and Roan are leading the way in the happily ever after department.
*Special Thanks to IndieSage PR for the e-book given in exchange for an honest review.