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.
A lot of challenges for these two..
In the first chapter, my heart goes out to Hollis and his horrible situation…. Then, as Roan’s life-story unfolds, I can’t help but sympathize with him and his little sister. Both guys seem to be challenged beyond what any teen should ever be forced to endure. The coming together seems to strengthen both guys even as the challenges grow. I sweated out the fight that defined the ending… The Hoodlums tugged at your heart, too, fighting life’s twists and turns. Tough times… rough resolutions, but maybe the best ending possible.
This book snatched my heart!
This was my first time reading M/M, and I am so happy I did! I was hesitant to read M/M for one reason: I always pictured myself as the heroine (you can call it weird or selfish, I don’t care!), so I wasn’t sure if I would emotionally connect with the story if I could not picture that. But when I read the Hood River Rat sample in the Bully Me 2020 anthology, I knew I could. I deeply cared about what happened to Roan and Hollis individually, I deeply cared about their relationship and I rooted for them so much. They both went through a lot which hurt my heart. Roan thought he hated Hollis when he first laid eyes on him, but that turned into fascination and addiction later. Hollis knew he shouldn’t be attracted to him, but they felt connected in more than a physical way. They wrecked each other’s lives in the best way, and they snatched my heart along with each other’s! I finished this book one sitting, because I was riveted to the pages of Hollis and Roan’s story! I loved and recommend this story, and I am excited about the next couple/book in the series!
*I received an advanced copy of this ebook for my honest review.*
Believable characters. Exceptional emotional balance. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!