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ARC Review: LAW & BEARD by Lani Lynn Vale

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.

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REVIEW


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 “I love it when you call me Big Papa” stars!!

Seriously, if I wasn’t already a silver fox stalker, I would be after meeting Steel Cross. I fell in love with both him and Winnie from the start and the love is still felt even though I’m at the end of their story. These two gave me all the feels and I adored their slow but intense development.

Winnie’s life had hit the shitter. Her husband left her for her best friend and had ruined her reputation. And she’s solely responsible for her two kids. Thanks dead beat. And she’s still recovering from a spinal stroke. Struggling to find two pennies to rub together, she’s totally unprepared for the awesomeness that was Steel. He was an older man, absolutely gorgeous, The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC prez… oh and the Chief of Police. But his life, at least his romantic life, left a lot to be desired. His ex won’t leave him or his family and friends alone and he’s not ready to give one more piece of his heart away. So what happens when he just can’t help himself?

This story was so beautiful. Despite the tension that erupted due to a serial rapist on the loose, the drama between Steel and Winnie was almost non-existent in context. Her teenage daughter gave them a hard time, but it was pretty normal stuff. I loved the way Steel helplessly inserted himself into their lives, to the point that it was hard to picture him not being there. He stepped into a role that was desperately waiting to be filled and it happened so seamlessly. I’m still pretty new to Lani Lynn Vale’s world of amazing characters, but if she hadn’t already made me into a fan, Law and Beard would have done the job ;)

Release: 03.08.2018 | Genre: Romantic Suspense | POV: Dual - 1st person | Heat: 4 out of 5 | Standalone - The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #8

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