04 December 2014

Rebel Wayfarers Spotlight!

Mica Scott was raised on a ranch in Northeast Texas. Life was hard, but not impossible...until she met her own personal nightmare one night at a rodeo. She escaped his abuse by putting things behind her, isolating herself with a move to Chicago for college and work.

Davis Mason is the hard-living president of the Rebel Wayfarers, a motorcycle club operating out of Chicago. With just one encounter, he becomes determined to keep Mica safe...whether she wants him to or not. He will use every possible means in his control to manage Mica, while holding himself aloof from taking the one thing he really wants...her.

Daniel Rupert is a successful businessman. He owns a trucking company and a hockey team, for which he is the star forward. Meeting Mica and Mason when he helped foil an attempt on her life, he began working jointly with Mason to keep her safe. But unlike Mason, Daniel is not satisfied with a platonic relationship. He insinuates himself into Mica's life, and he only wants...everything.

Events escalate and Mica's very life hangs in the balance as old threats resurface and the men in her life scramble to keep her alive.
18 and older due to explicit content.
There is a LOT going on in this book. Mica is not only the story of Michaela Scott, but as the first book in the series it also serves as an introduction to the Rebel Wayfarers Motorcycle Club. Readers who are sensitive to the subject of rape should proceed with caution as it is one of the more prevalent themes of the book. While the author handles the topic with great care, it does come up repeatedly in the book and could be a potential trigger for some readers.

Mica is an inspiring combination of strength and vulnerability. She had a tough childhood that got worse after her mother died when she was 14. Because she was a skilled horse rider and trainer she started on the rodeo circuit at 18, where she met Ray and learned more about life's cruelties as he was abusive and controlling. When she managed to flee that situation she found herself in Chicago and eventually neighbors with Mason, the MC President. Mason is not only sexy as sin, but he also observes her discomfort with him and spends months making her comfortable in his presence and gaining her trust. Although Mica doesn't understand its significance, Mason claims her as the club's Princess and puts her under their protection – an action that ends up saving her life and insuring her well-being several times throughout the book. It is during one of these incidents that Daniel enters her life. While Mason is bad boy sexy, Daniel is good guy hot and finds himself quite drawn to Mica. What follows is one of the oddest love triangles I have ever read and I loved every bit of it.

I was touched by the way that Mason and Mica loved one another. Her trust was something he fought hard for and was so determined to keep that he refused to allow his attraction to her interfere. Because of their friendship, the sex scenes between them are intense because they are filled with love. However it is the sexual chemistry between Mica and Daniel that produce the seriously hot sex scenes. But as hot as the scenes are, it is the constant love and support that Mica gets from both of the men that enable her to face all the obstacles that life continues to throw at her – of which, there are many. And while it is one heck of a rocky road, Mica finds her “always” with the help of a hockey player, an MC President, and an entire motorcycle club. The author has the series off to a great start and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. 
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.
Although Slate is the second book in the Rebel Wayfarers MC series, you do not have to read Mica first. This book is Slate’s story – his adolescence, his years on the road after leaving home to find work to help support his family, the clubs he encountered while traveling for work, and his time with the Rebel Wayfarers. If you read Mica you will likely appreciate the minimal overlap between the books, not because it eliminates repetitive scenes, but because you learn the things that happened behind the scenes that Mica wasn’t aware of. I found this especially insightful when reading Ray’s attempted abduction of Mica from her house while Slate, Tug, and Tucker were there – I liked learning why Slate had gone to Mica’s room that night when he did.

The first third of the book details various aspects of Slate’s life before he meets Mason. Ms. deMora does a wonderful job of painting the picture of the painful yet impacting adolescence Andy (Slate) experienced and how it shaped who he would become. I loved how each of the significant experiences of his life were revealed and how they served as the story behind one of his many tattoos. It is through this that we learn that Slate is a sentimental man who takes life’s lessons to heart. Make no mistake, Slate is a total bada$$ but he is also a friend and a Brother to many people. I for one would much rather be a recipient of his loyalty and friendship than to be responsible for pissing him off and being the object of his wrath. Even though he and Essa did not end up together (my apologies to those readers of Mica who didn’t figure that out from Slate’s synopsis) I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their time together – the mutual masturbation scene was freaking hot!

I absolutely adored the relationship that Slate developed with Ruby. That he offered her a choice between club Princess and his Old Lady showed how aware he was of her problems even without actually knowing what they were. I really liked how patient he was with Ruby and that he took his time with her so that she became comfortable with him. This allowed the author to build up the sexual tension between Slate and Ruby, thus resulting in some really intense sex scenes. While Slate doesn’t have the same level of action and suspense that most of my MC reads do, it held its own with several threads in the story and had me on the edge of my seat more than once. Slate is an excellent addition to the Rebel Wayfarers MC series and I’m looking forward to reading Bear next.  

Rob Crew had purpose in his life. He was a devoted husband, doting father, and committed Navy man…then his life changed forever. Cast adrift, he finds friendships in the Rebel Wayfarers Motorcycle Club and fulfillment as he transitions into the role of loyal and supportive club member. He becomes Bear, a man who fills an important position in this brotherhood of bikers.

A caregiver by nature, Eddie’s chosen career focuses on helping the most vulnerable – teaching special needs children and young adults. Surrounded by loving family and friends, she is content with what she considers her full and satisfying life…until she meets Bear, an enforcer for the local MC. Even through their initial encounter is brief, she can’t make herself forget the pain in his eyes as he turned away from her.

Their lives intersect at surprising intervals, with each contact underscoring the attraction and connection they share. Can Eddie convince Bear that it is okay to move past his pain and love again?
As much as I enjoyed reading Mica and Slate, Bear is by far my favorite of the series to date – despite the fact that I cried like a baby several times throughout the book. As with the previous books in the series, Bear can be read as a standalone as there is minimal overlap of scenes, but if you’ve read the previous books it will give you further insight to various incidents the occurred.

Consistent with Ms. deMora’s writing style, Bear tells us the story of how Rob Crew becomes Bear and how his life led him to the Rebel Wayfarers Motorcycle Club. Rob’s story is both joyful and heartbreaking – to find love at such a young age and to know it was a love with staying power only to have it ripped away so unexpectedly had me in freaking tears. I was devastated for Rob when he learned of the accident and shredded when he returned home on bereavement leave to tend to the house. The author did an excellent job of making me feel Rob’s love for his wife and daughter – he was a good man who loved his girls deeply – and it was her ability to make me connect with Rob so easily that caused me to cry for him several times while reading Bear. As such, I was tickled pink when Eddie entered the story, even if it was only from afar in the beginning.

Even though Eddie and Rob had an instant connection, an instant spark, they didn’t act upon it for years and when they did they took a long time to get to know one another before they moved to intimacy. This was due in part to Rob’s willingness to risk his heart and expose it to potential loss again, but it had more to do with Eddie’s refusal to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Eddie refused to get involved with a biker because she didn’t want to be part of that world anymore. Thankfully, she could only resist Bear for so long and their feelings for the other made for some really loving and hot sex scenes.

As with the prior books in the series, Bear contains a lot of action and suspense, but the primary focus is on the relationship between Bear and Eddie. I enjoyed that the characters realized that the initial spark between them was attraction and didn’t try to claim they were in love. Ms. deMora does a wonderful job of infusing her characters with traits and experiences that go a long way to making them feel real. Eddie’s musings over the bite she received from a student with autism succeeded in cementing my preference for her within the series (yep, it’s happened to me on more than one occasion). Again, I loved the touches the author provides of the other characters and how she continues to develop Mason’s story within the series. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, but even more so for Mason’s book. 

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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