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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

Review Rating:



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.


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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