Service and Sacrifice (Borderline Freaks MC, #1) by MariaLisa deMora
Title: Service and Sacrifice
Series: Borderline Freaks MC, #1
Author: MariaLisa deMora
Genres: Military, MC Romance, #Friends2Lovers
Release Date: October 14, 2019
“Thank you for your service” is what we’re taught to say to military men and women in gratitude for our freedoms won at their expense. Less often do we thank their families, those left behind to hold down the fort, to manage the day-to-day struggle of keeping everything up in the air until their loved one returns.
When you can’t count on anyone else to save you, there’s only one real choice.
Amanda lost her husband to war. Alex lost part of himself. Through a series of glancing encounters, Amanda and Alex find reasons to continue on. And together, they’ll discover hope and peace can be found in the most unexpected of places.
Service and Sacrifice was previously released as a short in the Twisted Tales of Mayhem Anthology and has since been expanded and spawned a new series.
5 iScream Cones
"—her breathtaking beauty paled in comparison to the strength she carried inside, and every interaction between them only made him want her more."
This first installment in the Borderline Freaks MC pulled my heartstrings...hard. It is exactly what the title says and being told in dual POV it put me right into the heads and hearts of the characters. That was a beautiful and painful experience that I wouldn't have missed for the world.
A chance meeting between Alex and Amanda was the beginning of their healing. The first instance of seeing something and someone outside of the pain and memories they'd been buried under for so long. They recognized the loss in each other and felt a connection. Not one they were ready to explore right then, but a flicker of possibility, a glimmer of hope that there was more than sadness to look forward to.
My favorite thing about this author's writing is her ability to reach me through the pages in a way that I can see and hear the characters so clearly. Their emotions and voice inflections, their whispers and cries...everything. Every one of her stories gives me the feels, but this one made my chest ache practically from beginning to end...sigh. 💔 I loved it and I can't wait to meet the rest of the members of the club. I have a feeling I'm gonna need to buy another box of tissues first, though. The line forms here...
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!”