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.
LOVE LOVE LOVE
ARC received from author.
Roux and Jordy are everything I thought they’d be and more! Heat and angst all rolled up into one intense situation. Once Jordy is released from prison, he realizes how much Roux has grown up and how much he truly wants her. Being out on parole, his situation would go south real quick if he acts on it, as she’s 17 and underage for a few months. And so, the book is left with heated interactions, angst, and intense friendship as that’s as far as it can go. The deeper they get, the more they brush the boundaries of legality.
Both characters have fantastic stories attached to them. Roux wants nothing more than to be happy with Jordy and finish school, but she’s in a crap relationship that she doesn’t want to be. Jordy is trying to stay clean, while also running errands for the gang in order to keep the Hoodlums safe.
What I also enjoy about this book is how closely it is linked in with the series. It doesn’t forget Roan and Hollis and we see lots of their love and even their ongoing story. Then this one is also setting up the next book. Given the fact that the series starts with Hollis and his sister moving to town. She and Roux become friends, Hollis and Roan date, Roux and Jordy are together, Charlotte, Hollis’ one sister will be in the next one, and I suspect it’ll be Penny for the final book. Charlotte will be with Cal, based on a certain part of this one, and then Penny with Terrance. I am really liking how the interconnectedness of this is enforcing the fact that Hoodlums are like a family.
My only critique with this book has to do with Wes. At first, I thought it was too much, considering all the other boy drama around Roux. Did she really need more? But then it got interesting, intense, and stalker-y. But nothing was really done about it. Cal helped her and then it all got brushed away. I was very much waiting for Jordy to find out about it and react. Unless that’s being saved for Cal’s book, when we hear more about what he did. Maybe give time for Jordy to be off of parole? Either way, I just wish more was done with it.
I can’t get over how much I am loving this series. I am really trying to figure out if I like this one more than Hood River Rat. I loved the bully theme in that one, but the angst in this one is fantastic. This series is everything, and every character is fantastic and plays such a great role in the overall story. Charlotte’s will be heartbreaking, I suspect.
5 stars all the way!