Friday, November 9, 2018

Review & Excerpt Blitz ~ How About No (Bear Bottom MC Book #3) by Lani Lynn Vale - (Review + Excerpt)

Review & Excerpt Blitz ~ How About No (Bear Bottom MC Book #3) by Lani Lynn Vale - (Review + Excerpt)

Wade had everything he could ever want in life...then he lost it. 

Now, his life—his forever girl—is living in a house he built for her while he’s struggling to move on and find meaning where there isn’t any to be found. 

Landry Hill was his girl. his everything. His high school sweetheart. His first kiss. His first and only love. His old lady and wife.

Then one day he does something monumentally stupid. And she walks away knowing she’ll never come back. 

Fast forward five years, and he’s still just as in love with her now as he was when she left. The only problem is that she’s moved on with her life, found a new man, and seemingly forgotten him. 

Then there’s Wade—stuck in the same awful place where she abandoned him. The only thing he has left is his job as a police office and the Bear Bottom MC. Just when they both think things can’t get any worse, life kicks them both in the teeth, and Landry finds out really quick that the only person she can depend on is the one that let her walk away. 

With understanding comes a deal. One that Landry has no hope of ever breaking free from, and one Wade will do everything in his power to make a reality. 

But one thing is still certain. The force that split them apart is still out there. And there’s no hope of escaping fate.


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“No, Wade,” I snarled. “It’s not just that easy.”
He frowned. “What are you talking about? I realize that it’s tough, and it’s going to hurt, but baby, this is your sister! Your sister is your family. Your blood. You can’t just leave her in need.”
That was when I felt everything inside of me still.
“The first time I donated bone marrow to my sister, I was a toddler. Barely the age of two and a half,” I said, almost in a whisper. “The second time, I was four. The third? Seven. Do you see a pattern, Sergeant?
Wade frowned and tilted his head to the side, confusion spreading over his face.
“My parents had me to be their donor baby,” I whispered. “They never wanted me. I was never allowed to be a child. I was a useful object to them.”
Wade looked startled. “What do you mean by not being able to be a child?”
I laughed maniacally.
“I’m saying that I was bred to be their baby’s saving grace,” I hissed. “And I’m not doing it anymore. My sister is an asshole. My father’s a conniving bastard, and my mother is the biggest bitch known to man. Don’t you think that there’s a reason that I’ve never spoken of them?”
He looked at me like I was crazy. “Honey, you told me that you had a falling out. But this is your sister.”
I looked over at where my sister was sitting out on the front porch, silently crying her big, fat crocodile tears.
She’d always been good at them.
There was a time when I was younger that all she had to do was get that look on her face, and I’d be scared shitless.
Because if Lina wasn’t happy, nobody was happy, least of all me.
There was always going to be hell to pay if a single tear fell down Lina’s perfect cheek.
Lina also looked like a little China doll. She had perfect blonde curls, soft, milky white skin, blue eyes the color of a crayon, and she was tiny.
I, on the other hand, was none of those things but short.
I had brown hair to her blonde, brown eyes to her blue, freckled skin to her perfect complexion, and when I tried hard, I was also skinny.
Except, lately, I had been drinking beer and having the time of my life—living it like I’d always wanted to live it.
“I won’t do it,” I refused again, sounding petulant now.
I knew he didn’t understand.
Deep down, Wade was a really good man.
He’d experienced a lot in his life. He was a cop and had seen some very bad things.
But, what he did not have, was a bad family.
His family was awesome. His mom was the best mother in the whole world, and his dad was the kind of father I’d only ever dreamed of having when I was younger.
God, even his brother was the best.
He had no clue what it was like to hate your family like I did.
Hell, the only reason he hadn’t heard of them sooner was because my sister hadn’t gotten sick enough to need me.
Had she, Wade would’ve learned the truth about who my family was a hell of a lot quicker.
“I’m going to tell her that you’re thinking about it, and we can discuss it more later, okay?” Wade offered. “I don’t want you to make any hasty decisions because you’re overreacting.”

4 Stars!

When Wade spots a woman he knows had no business being in the class he’s teaching (a favor from a friend and partner) he’s unable to write her off. Instead, he knows this is the one woman meant to be his. It doesn’t take long for him to put a ring on her finger and start building for their future.

However, Landry has had a difficult past and when Wade seems to betray her feelings she feels as if it’s time to ask for a divorce and walk away. Wade lets her go even though it breaks his heart. He has no clue what went wrong but he loves her still. 

Two years later they are brought together by a bullet and both seem to let the facade crack. They still love each other and didn’t really want things to end. Now they have a second chance but they’ll have to face some issues that won’t be easy for either of them. Together they make a strong team and with the help of the Bear Bottom Guardians watching their backs they might actually make it this time. 

So I have to say that this was a great addition to the series and I loved both Landry and Wade pretty much from the beginning. I’m a huge fan of characters that aren’t portrayed as perfect and who are actually relatable and realistic. I like my heroines to be sweet yet sassy, strong but still human and vulnerable. That was definitely Landry. Wade was far from perfect but he was great nonetheless and didn’t come off as a jerk who didn’t deserve forgiveness. Instead, I felt for him just as much as I felt for Landry. 

These two were definitely a great couple. They had a fantastic connection that was easy to believe and that made them perfect for one another. Their banter and their inner musings were fun and humorous. Their sexual connection was just the right amount of steamy and sexy. And in the long run, the fault for the problems they faced and the consequences they endured were very much on both of them. 

The writing was good, as always with Ms. Vale and this was a pretty smooth, fast and easy read. It’s not really a MC Romance since the MC isn’t really a focal point in the story but like the rest of the series, the men and women of the club definitely rallied around Wade and Landry when needed. And well of course now there are more characters we got a glimpse of that I am intrigued by and I’ll have to be on the lookout for when their stories come out. 

Would I recommend How About No? Yes, most definitely.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading. Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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