Treading the Traitor's Path: Out Bad by MariaLisa deMora
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"I got this.
MariaLisa deMora took me on a ride to a place I wasn't expecting to go. She didn't pull her punches and I left myself wide open. In spite of having read her previous books, knowing to expect the unexpected...she gets me every time. That's why I keep coming back for more. I love it.
I met Po'Boy in This Is The Route Of Twisted Pain. He and Twisted were in school together. They've had each other's back for years. I learned some of his story in that book, but there are some things that not even his best friend knows. Secrets too dark to see the light of day. A painful past that he prefers to stay buried. Too bad it doesn't.
His club means everything to him. His brothers are his family. He'd do anything for them. Of course that's something that they all say, and they mean it too. But seldom does the time come when they actually have to follow through. Does anything mean everything? Is that the price he will have to pay?
I really enjoyed spending more time with Twisted and Penny. I was reminded of what made them so special. As with all new series, it takes time to get to know the characters. As the series progresses and you spend more time with different ones, they become your family and you become invested in their lives. Since Out Bad is only the second one in the Neither This, Nor That series, there are hopefully many more for me to fall in love with. I was able to spend some time with Wrench, Pony and Retro this time around and I'm hoping that I'll get to know them even better in the near future.
That's one thing I love about this author's writing, when she chooses a character to focus on, she puts her readers inside their heads and their hearts and by the end of the book we've bonded. She gives them a voice that's so clear I can hear them in my head. I especially loved Po'Boy's dirty mouth during sexy times, and his sweet twang when he was being affectionate. I love the witty banter between friends and the stories behind their road names. They aren't thrown out randomly, they have meaning behind them.
And of course I enjoy the suspense that is present in every story. I like that the club has friends and enemies. I get to meet characters that offer support and enemies that make my blood boil. The suspense is always present and the outcome always has a twist that I'm not expecting. The bar is set high, and I'm never disappointed. I look forward to every new release from this author. Retro is on my radar and I can't wait to get my hands on him. The line forms here...