Cassie (Rebel Wayfarers MC, #12) by MariaLisa deMora
Series: Rebel Wayfarers MC, #12
Author: MariaLisa deMora
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Final main book in the Rebel Wayfarers MC saga.
For years, agoraphobic Cassandra Williamson has struggled to keep her world from collapsing entirely by pushing to do things that bring her pleasure, even as they carry fear. Acquiring art is one outlet she doggedly pursues, determined to bring compelling pieces into her life, even at the cost of nerve-racking visits to crowded gallery showings.
A long-time admirer of reclusive artist Isaiah Rogers, Cassie has made a point to snap up what she can of the increasingly rare pieces of artwork the biker-turned-painter makes publicly available. Any evening spent at one of his showings becomes a longed-for escape from her ever-narrowing world. The thing with these showings though, is to see…you must also be seen.
After organizing a meeting with the pretty, blonde art-lover Hoss found so intriguing, his emotions are stirred for the first time in years by a curiosity that feels inexplicably more. He’s been alone for such a long time, could this be his chance to find love again?
Even with many enemies defeated, life in an outlaw MC is never easy, or safe, and Hoss is forced to make a choice: His happiness, or perhaps her very life.
18+ due to explicit content.
*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), Mason (book #6), Hoss (book #7), and Duck (book #8), Watcher (book #9), Bones (book #10), Fury (book #11), and Cassie (book #12).
Cassie (Rebel Wayfarers MC, #12) by MariaLisa deMora
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"What if I let myself follow this thread that's pulling me towards her?"
I was so excited to meet Cassie once I learned that she had caught the eye, and maybe the heart, of Hoss. He is one of my favorite RWMC characters and I really wanted to catch up with him and see where life has taken him. What I also hoped was that since this is the final book in the series that I'd get a chance to do the same with all of the characters that I've come to know and love. And in case you are wondering, Mason still has my heart and retains his spot as my favorite. I met him in the first book and he made such an impression that I just can't let him go...sigh. ♡
Cassie is beyond broken. "No matter how she'd forced herself out and into the world, she'd always wound up creeping back home and hiding. Licking her wounds, bested by her own mind." She's struggling to do more than survive, she wants to live. She might fail again and again, but she doesn't give up. One of the few things in her life that still brings her joy is art. And not just any art, but the works of a particular artist. She sees something in his paintings that transcend the canvas and speaks to her heart. While his personal collection is not offered for sale, he does allow them to be displayed for viewing. For this reason, Cassie will force herself to tackle her demons to attend the galleries so that she can see them. And when given the opportunity, she buys another painting to add to her own collection.
Hoss dislikes most of the meet-and-greet side of his gallery showings. Since his work has become so popular and he's reached celebrity status in the art world it's become tedious to deal with the ladder climbers. He can tell at a glance who really appreciates his art and who is just present to be seen. She is doing everything she can to not be seen, which means she's a true fan of his talent. When he learns that she's purchased one of his paintings he's too intrigued to not tag along for the delivery. He wants to meet her.
Cassie has almost worked herself into a panic as she anticipates the delivery of her latest acquisition. She's so excited to have it safely in her home. But at the same time, she's a nervous wreck about the actual delivery process. It requires outsiders to cross the threshold of her safe haven. And when he ends up being one of them it's a miracle she didn't faint at the shock.
Wow! These two definitely made a strong impression on each other. My romantic heart was bouncing with excitement as I imagined their eventual love story. But as I kept reading I realized that the obstacles standing between their attraction for each other and the reality of her affliction seemed insurmountable. Hoss had already survived so much heartbreak, would he risk his heart again on someone who was so broken? Was he just asking for more pain?
One of the many reasons I love this author's writing style is because of her ability to make me feel everything. I never finish one of her books without feeling like I've been through the wringer, having my emotions squeezed out of me. She can write a bad bad-guy and a good good-guy so well that I want to either kill them or kiss them. And sometimes she brings me to tears even when it's not a sad scene, just a moving one that pulls my heartstrings. She writes dialogue so perfect that I can hear the characters voice inflection, accent, or tone. I'm feeling very bittersweet about this being the end of such a beautiful journey. "Rebels forever," *sniffle, snot, sigh* "forever Rebels."
“I was pulled in from the get go and just loved how it gave me all the feels! I enjoyed the secondary characters and love how MariaLisa adds them in. Never overtaking, always giving the story more than you thought possible." – Shay, Mommy's A Book Whore
"This was most definitely the best and saddest goodbye I have ever had to endure. I’ve grown to love these characters so much. I will never forget their journeys to finding love and the brotherhood that makes them the BEST MC series I have ever enjoyed." - Naughty Mom Story Time
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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.”
A hockey fan, hiker, gamer, and single mom of a special needs son, she embraces her inner geek and has been working in the tech field for a publishing company for a couple decades.
Music is a driving passion, and 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!”