Andrew Jones grew up in a small town in Wyoming, and as a teen watched his family implode following his father's death. Driven by the need to provide for his little brother and remaining family, he begins looking for work, restlessly traveling from job to job on his Indian motorcycle, looking for something he cannot define.
Meeting Davis Mason, President of the Rebel Wayfarers MC in Chicago is a central point in his life. Andy earns the name Slate, and over the following years gradually assumes the persona as first a prospect into Mason's MC, then as a full patch member. He has finally found the brotherhood he longed for, a sense of connection and belonging...a family and home.
The only thing missing from Slate's life is a woman who can love him...all of him. He finds his match in a daughter of the MC, and his dreams become filled with silent smiles, unruly red hair, and her soft curves. She's wary and afraid, having been hurt in the past, but Slate works to gain her trust, slowly building something between them.
Just as their relationship begins to grow, ghosts from their previous lives threaten to ruin everything. His brother comes to town, bringing his band and his own brand of troubles. Slate watches helplessly as events conspire to put the woman he loves in grave danger.
Can he save his woman from the dangers brought to her doorstep by the past, or will she and their love be a casualty of conflict within the club.
*Please note this book is part of the Rebel Wayfarers MC book series, featuring characters from additional books in the series. If the books are read out of order, you'll twig to spoilers for the other books, so going back to read the skipped titles won't have the same angsty reveals. I strongly recommend you read them in order. Available now: Mica (book #1), Slate (book #2), Bear (book #3), Jase (book #4), Gunny (book #5). Upcoming titles in the series include: Mason (book #6), Hoss (book #7), Duck (book #8), Watcher (book #9), and Bones (book #10).
About the Author
Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says "I've always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading ... if nothing else is available, I've been known to read the back of the cereal box."
Oatmeal is her comfort food. She hates gardening but loves flowers; not cut arrangements, but in the wild, outside. She has a deep and abiding respect for our military. Her dad was career Air Force, and flew during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Parades make her cry. Walking Dead is about the only TV she watches anymore, don't bother her on Walking Dead night, when she's been known to shout, "Go Team Darryl!" Yes, she's still sad about Firefly.
She's a hockey fan, like ... a serious hockey fan. She's loyal to the Edmonton Oilers, but asks that we don't judge her about that. She also likes the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators. The local ECHL team, the Fort Wayne Komets, are a fav of hers, and she has season tickets. She'll also generally try to hit the road games within a hundred-mile radius.
She's a wanna-be hiker, working on a "bucket list" of hikes like Knobstone (completed in four days mid-April 2014 - whoooo!), sectioning parts of the AT (May 2014 was Georgia), and now and then looking west towards PCT.
She embraces her inner geek; MariaLisa has been working in the tech field for a couple decades. A sometime PC gamer, she still plays EverQuest after all these years. She says, "What can I say, I'm loyal (see above, I'm an Oilers fan LOL). Yes, I've heard of WoW, and have a coupla toons there, too."
On music, she says, "I love music of nearly any genre - jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap, hip hop ... you name it, I listen to it. I can often be seen dancing through the house in the early mornings. But I really, REALLY love live music. My favorite thing with music is seeing bands in small, dive bars [read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection of premium tequila, then that's a plus!"
Her short bio reads, "Plate-spinner / cat herder at work; totally geeked author; single mom in the thick of autism at home; hockey freak; wanna-be hiker; usta-be/on-again EQ gamer."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Andrew Jones grew up on a working farm in Wyoming. He was no stranger to hard work, and did everything he could to help keep his family’s head above water. His father suffers a long-term illness and dies. That’s the beginning of the end of his family as he knows it. His mother in her grief turns to drugs and becomes promiscuous as a result of it. Andrew tries his best to help raise his younger brother, while trying to care for his mother. When it’s clear work isn’t paying enough in his town, he decides to hit the road for better work. He leaves his brother with family and through odd jobs he gets along his way, sends as much money as he can back home to help with expenses. Through a series of incidents, Andrew meets Davis Mason, President of the Rebel Wayfarers MC. Eventually, he becomes a member of the MC, gets the road name Slate, and moves up the ranks. Slate is a good Rebel, and you see throughout the book how important family and life lessons are to him. At his core, he’s a great man, and just needed the right surroundings for him to really shine. I enjoyed this book more than I did the first one, because there seems to be more insight into the characters without getting away from the story of Andrew/Slate. Of course, there are some continuances with the stories in the first book, Mica. Slate is the second book in the Rebel Wayfarer’s MC series. I received this ARC for an honest review, and I give it 4 stars.
God forgives, Rebels don't... MariaLisa deMora, you can safely use Slate's 2nd favorite phrase and say, "I got this". This 2nd book in the Rebel Wayfarers MC series totally rocked, it was better and kept me invested from the first page. Rather than alternating past/present with flashbacks, this story starts in the past and brings us to the present and then overlaps. Some events that I read in Mica's book are in this one too, but there is more info that wasn't known since it was in Slate's head. I got to know Andy as a young boy who was forced to become a man way too soon, shouldering so much more than any child should have to. I think I will forever get a lump in my throat when I read or hear "what do you need me to do?" and "I got this". I was glued to my kindle, feeling the wind in my hair as I joined Andy on his journey to find where he belonged. Having already met him as Slate in the previous book, Mica, I knew where he would end up. However; I enjoyed the hell out of the process of how he got there. I especially enjoyed every trip to the tattoo parlor and the significance of messages he inked on his skin to remember the lessons he learned that were important to him. There was great wisdom in those lessons and I think many readers will be able to relate to them. I fell in love with even more characters that I look forward to seeing in future installments. As Slate says, they are "brothers by choice." I was also excited to get a little more Mason, he's still my fave. No, I didn't forget. You are wondering what Slade's very favorite phrase is? I didn't count how many times he says it, but it has to be a very large number. Whenever he is surprised, upset, resigned, or in lust he says, "f*@k me." I'm sure he gets many offers to take him up on that...sigh.
This is the second book in the Rebel Wayfarers MC Series. The first book introduced the Club President, Mason. Slate is introduced and he has led a hard life. He has been his brother’s rock and that dependability follows him into his role in the Club. While the beginning was needed to create a backstory for Slate, I felt that it dragged on for too long and the meat of the story didn’t begin until about halfway. Ruby, named by Slate for her red hair, meets him at the bar where she tends. She was the perfect match for this tough guy – his tenderness and caring showed he wasn’t completely hardened by the life he led. Again, their sexual tension and angst were perfect for the relationship and the author sure knows how to deliver the perfect amount of angst. My favorite part of this book is the overlapping with the first story. Parts of Mason and Mica’s story made more sense after reading this one. Mica and Slate’s brotherhood was another key part in showing the guys’ loyalty and friendship towards each other. All in all, this was a really good story that was a little too long for me. I was given an ARC/Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
5 Stars From Sammy's Book Obsession! MY THOUGHTS~ I was provided with a Review Copy/ARC for review. WOW! Slate blew me away!! I absolutely LOVED this book! From front to back, it was awesome! Author MariaLisa deMora seriously impressed me with this one. It's on my favorites list, for sure! The writing in this book was very well done and the characters were great! This book was more about the MC than the first book in the series, Mica, was. I loved reading about the Rebel Wayfarers in their day to day lives within the MC! I'm such a biker junkie! Slate starts out when Slate/Andrew/Andy was a teenager and the story line follows him all the way through his adulthood. His life was so interesting that I couldn't put the book down! I LOVED Slate from front to back! We also got more of the characters that we were introduced to in Mica. There is more Mica/Mason/Daniel too and I absolutely love hearing about previously established characters showing up later in the series! I can't wait to get into book 3 of the Rebel Wayfarers series, Bear!
This was a great read. It had everything you could ask for in a great MC book. This whole series is turning out to be great. Can't wait to read the next book.