Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Review of Slate by MariaLisa deMora

Slate by MariaLisa deMora

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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