ARC Review: MAYBE DON'T WANNA by Lani Lynn Vale

May 02, 2018

Maybe Don't Wanna by Lani Lynn Vale
Peter Parker Penn.

Unlike the superhero his mother named him after, Parker is no good guy.

In fact, if there’s a picture in the dictionary under anti-hero, it’s his.

Parker’s spent his life trying to get back on the right side of the tracks, but each step he takes forward, he takes two more steps back.

To save one, he hurts others. To make this good, he turns that bad.

For appearances’ sake, he plays the part. He does what people expect him to do-mostly.

And at the end of each day, he goes back to his lonely apartment and wishes he was a different person. One who could fix the things he’s broken.

Then Kayla Nash forces her way into his life, and the world as he knows it is irrevocably changed.

Everything he thinks he has right is wrong. And everything he thinks is wrong is oh, so right.

One thing leads to another, and suddenly he’s growing a conscience, and trying to prove to her that he’s as bad as everybody says he is.

Yet she won’t listen.

She’s convinced that she can save him.

Little does she know, Parker isn’t worth saving, and never will be.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again, Lani Lynn Vale gave me another swoon-worthy hero to love. She's got a real knack for creating such perfect book boyfriends and Peter Parker Penn was definitely one to add to the list.

Parker really knew how to beat himself up. He was truly a good guy, but some stuff in his past and some of his past behavior left a huge mark on him. He did things that he regretted, some almost instantly, and he's had a hard time forgiving himself. On top of all that, he was no stranger to tragedy. This man lost so much. There was no way that this suffering wouldn't effect and alter his makeup. Enlisting in the military straightened his life out and made a real man out of him.

His woman-to-be was Kayla and while she was likeable enough, I wasn't her biggest fan. I think it's because I don't like people who act opposite to their nature. You know, those who think and feel one way, but do the other. There were instances when she treated Parker not so nicely and it made me not like her. Then again, that's just because of how much I absolutely loved his character. This author really knows how to push my buttons, test my boundaries, and lead me to the conclusions and opinions that I'm meant to have. And I always enjoy the journey!

There were so many elements of this story to love and too many scenes to name that I highlighted for review. I adored every time these two characters interacted through their shared wall. I appreciated Kayla's relationship with her bestie, Janie, and their ridiculous interactions. Janie's from book 1 of this series and she made me learn to love Kayla. And Rafe! I loved getting to see this dude again.

This story starts with a bang and the hits keep on coming. It's painful, heart-wrenching, and devastating, but the hope that bloomed within and amidst these characters bled through each page. They never gave up and I respected the heck out of their fight.

Release: 05.14.2018 | Contemporary Romance w/ Suspense | Dual POV - 1st person | Heat: 3.5 | Standalone - Simple Man #2 | Trope - age gap

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