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Review – Hood River Rat by K. Webster

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Hood River Rat; Hood River Hoodlums #1 
(A standalone within a series)

by: K. Webster

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Swooney, Swooney, Swooney!! I am feeling all the Swoon!! Hollis and Roan have swept me off my feet and I’m floating in their cloud.

Hood River Rat is filled with angst, emotions, heat, passion, tension, longing, and two boys from very different walks of life just trying to figure out how to survive it all.

Mid-senior year of high school, Hollis English has moved across the country with his mother and two sisters when his less than caring father discovered he was gay. The normally optimistic, happy Hollis didn’t get off the best start at his new school when he has a first run in was with the Hoodlums at school. Everyday only gets worse and his stomach is constantly in knots. If only their leader wasn’t so good looking perhaps that wouldn’t make it worse and he could hate him, but Roan is different when he’s alone. It’s confusing and Hollis isn’t normally confused when it comes to guys.

Roan Hirsch, part of the Hoodlums, doesn’t have the best home life. With a drugged out mother and a father in prison, his primary focus is on him and his sister making it out of Hood River one day alive. What he doesn’t need is a preppy kid getting in his way and messing up his life, unfortunately that is exactly what it feels like at every turn when Hollis shows up at his school. If he could ignore the new kid he would, but he’s shoved himself into every aspect of his life. At school, after school, basketball, even his dreams. He can’t seem to escape him and lately he’s not sure if he wants to and that confuses him too.

These two guys are from very different backgrounds, however they are both thrown together through some similar situations. Roan doesn’t like Hollis on principal alone. Period. On the flipside, Hollis is the type of guy who gives everyone a chance before passing judgement, so he tries to like Roan before disliking him. Neither initially have “feelings” for the other because neither are even thinking along those lines.

Roan has never been with a guy before, so he’s confused by his body’s reaction to Hollis at first. Hollis is just trying to survive school and because Roan has only been with girls he doesn’t pick up the vibe of interest. This makes for an an intense longing and angsty, burning build-up between them. When they do finally ignite…holy hotness!!

Get ready to swoon hard for Roan. Here is a guy who has never been in a relationship ever, but when he falls…dang. Hood River Rat is so intense not only for their love story, but for the other storylines too. It’s a real page turner to find out what happens to everyone.

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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.

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Review -Riot House by Callie Hart

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Riot House 
(A standalone)

by: Callie Hart

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I read a preview of the Riot House in the Bully Me anthology last month and I’ve been looking forward to returning to this world since then. I can’t remember reading something so poetically lovely wrapped around such a tragic story in a very long time. Callie Hart’s words are top shelf level gorgeous, her descriptions are eloquent, even when you are reading about dark topics I am so taken in and wrapped up in the beautiful writing that I could read her words forever.

Wren Jacobi is a dark, poetically tragic soul. He comes across as an enigma, with just enough damage without being completely broken. He believes his heart is blackened, under lock and key and shut up tight, but he is also artistic (expressing his emotions through other means), he’s also intelligent, and strategic with every life move he makes. A gorgeous specimen of a man who can battle with big words, sharp logic, while digging into your psyche to tear apart your soul. As much as he prepared for Elonie Stillwater’s arrival he never took into account her own will and determination. I loved reading his character shape and reshape as the story progressed.

Elonie was raised under her militant father and bears many scars of her own. While many students would hate to be away from their families at boarding school she isn’t one of them. However, when she arrives, meets Wren and his initial threat to watch her back is layed down she isn’t scared since she has faced worse than pretty boy Wren Jacobi. Even with his continued scrutiny, his friends snide remarks, and just overall unsettling feeling she enjoys being away from her militant father, anything is better than that. She is also somewhat of a mystery. She has many layers that slowly are revealed as the story progresses and she is a powerful woman to be revered.

Wren is fascinated by Elonie. Her gumption to never give in intrigues him, she may not be the lamb he thought she was initially. Elonie finds herself pulled to Wren even when her instincts tell her she shouldn’t. Who is the lamb and who is the wolf? Come to Riot House and find out.

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They might be richer than gods, but they’re morally bankrupt.
As far as the boys who run America’s most exclusive international academy are concerned, I’m an unwelcome interloper, an inconvenience, and they’re determined to make my life a living hell.

When Wren Jacobi sets eyes on Wolf Hall Academy’s newest inductee, all he sees is an easy mark. A reserved little girl with a target painted on her back. He knows nothing of my troubled past, though. Nothing of my mother’s suspicious death, or the horrific treatment I’ve had to endure at the hands of my psychotic father.

And he has no idea of the lengths that I, unassuming little Elodie Stillwater, will go to in order to break the savage beast who dreams of breaking me first.

There’s a wolf stalking the forests that surround my new school.
Little does he know…
There are far scarier predators lurking out there in the dark.

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