Friday, March 9, 2018

Release Blitz: Law & Beard by Lani Lynn Vale (Review)

Title: Law & Beard
Series: The Dixie Warden Rejects MC #8
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance 
Release Date: March 8, 2018
Photographer: Furious Fotog Cover Model: Joe Adams

Winnie thinks she has the perfect life. 

 Two beautiful, healthy children. A police officer husband. A job that she loves. Oh, and let’s not forget that she’s a nationally ranked marathon runner. 

 Fast forward six months, and her perfect life has imploded. 

 Winnie finds herself in a completely new world, and this new world is a brutal bitch. 

 In this new life of hers, her husband is gone. He realizes, at the worst possible time, that he’s no longer in love with her. He’s in love with her best friend. So he leaves, and doesn’t look back. 

 Her sixteen-year-old daughter is in trouble with the law, and she’s barely making ends meet thanks to losing the job that was keeping her and her tiny family afloat. 

 Then, the last thing that could make it all bearable, her running, is ripped out from under her, too. Thanks to a spinal stroke that leaves her unable to walk, let alone run, she’s having to relearn how to do the simplest of tasks—such as putting on her own pants. 

 She’s at the lowest of lows, and the last thing she wants is a sexy, bearded, motorcycle riding alpha to tell her how to live her life. 

 But Steel Cross never asks her what she wants. 


 The moment Steel Cross sees Winnie’s daughter steal some shoes for her younger brother, he knows he’s in trouble. 

 He’s a sucker for misunderstood teens. After all, he was once one himself. 

 He knows he can’t just walk away, and the moment he sees that troubled teen’s mother, he doesn’t just know it, he feels it. Down to the very bottom of his soul.

 With his share of hard knocks, he knows that he shouldn’t step in and make his move on a fellow police officer’s ex. There’s a code, after all, yet he just can’t seem to help himself. 

 He’s done being the good guy. Sometimes he just wants to be bad. 

 And Winnie makes him realize that being bad is still kind of good. As long as you’re with the right person.

4 Stars!

So, I’m happy to see the Dixie Warden Rejects again. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Steele “Big Papa” Cross but I was pleasantly surprised at how charming and sexy Steele turned out to be. He was a great combination of Alpha and sweet. His protective instinct not only for Winnie but Cody and Conleigh was endearing and had me rooting for him immediately.

Winnie was cool and I liked that she was real. She wasn’t portrayed as this beyond perfect heroine that the whole world couldn’t resist. She was sweet, silly and just that right amount of flawed. I loved how she was with her kids and, of course, with Steele. Of course, the kids made it easy to like them. Cody was absolutely lovable.

One of the best parts of this story for me was the lack of melodrama and angst between the MC’s. These were two grown people who went from quick friends to lovers and then progressed from there without all the added conflict and drama we see just to fill the pages. Yes, there is the evil villain of the story but it’s handled quite well if not a bit rushed and neatly cleaned up (probably one of my only gripes).

Overall, I really enjoyed Law & Beard and would recommend it to fans of Lani Lynn Vale or this series. Quick warning, however, there is a brief scene in the hospital where Winnie helps to treat a young female patient. The scene is absolutely vile and I may have thrown up a little in my mouth. I could’ve definitely gone without it and I wish I could bleach it from my mind. Other than that, this is a definite 4 Stars!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 8, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.

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