Review // Rattle Some Cages by Lani Lynn Vale

April 15, 2022

Rattle Some Cages by Lani Lynn Vale

My mouth opened of its own volition, awe filtering through me at the sight of all that... man

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Rattle Some Cages by Lani Lynn Vale

Rattle Some Cages by Lani Lynn Vale

Standalone - Battle Crows MC #3
Release - April 19, 2022
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat Level - 4 out of 5 / a few scenes
Format/Source - eARC provided by the author
Length - 260 pages
Publisher - Indie

It’s not every day that you see a dead body at the beach. Or the woman of your dreams sitting next to that dead body.

Price Crow first saw Sabrina Proctor in the middle of a hurricane.

She’d been sitting next to her dead best friend, who’d passed away on the beach, with no way to get her back home, thanks to the world’s worst luck, and one hell of a storm.

So Price does what any decent person would do: he carries Sabrina’s dead best friend to their beach house and doesn’t leave her side until he’s forced to.

He had every intention of bridging that gap, of checking up on her and making sure she was okay, but life is funny and has a way of making a mockery of the best-laid plans.

Despite one hell of a connection, under the worst of circumstances, they go their separate ways. At least, he tries to. But he can’t stop thinking about her, and it becomes apparent, very fast, that he has a decision to make.

Choose Sabrina, or live out the rest of his life making everyone else around him happy except for himself.

My Two Cents

3 "It's probably me" stars

It was practically love at first sight when Price caught his first glimpse of Sabrina. He knew nothing about her, but she intrigued him. Whether it was a coincidence or some strange sort of luck, when he goes on a family vacation, Sabrina happens to rent the house next door. However, while he's there for fun in the sun, she's there to say a final goodbye to her best friend. And when she's at her lowest, it's Price who helps her pick up the pieces.

I had a lot of problems with this story and that's really saying something because everyone and their mama knows how much I adore this author. While reading it, I kept thinking... this is messy.

For what I think is the first time, I didn't like the heroine. I didn't care about what she was going through, I didn't care about her feelings, and I didn't care if she got her happy ending. The only reason she was even a factor for me is because of Price. I loved this man and was willing to put up with the woman he chose so he could be happy. But it wasn't easy.

My biggest issue with this woman was that she was supposed to be socially awkward and shy, but I didn't really get that. I got a person who made excuses for her problems and did nothing to change them. She kept looking to others for basic things. She seemed to know nothing about life and yet she had a job with the school board. Why didn't she ever seek out some therapy?

She was very judgy, which irked the ish out of me.

"You smoke?"
I looked up from my contemplation of the waves, and what I thought might be a dolphin, to the porch next door.
Bringing the cigarette to my lips, I shrugged. "When I want to."
Which, lately, was a lot.
I thought about her question for a second, then shrugged a shoulder before saying, "Because I want to."
She sighed. "Don't you know that causes cancer?"

No. Really? Well, I've been living under a rock and didn't hear the news. Price is better than me. Why do I smoke? Hmmm... well I don't know you and guess what? Don't ask me stupid questions. Don't question me. Mind your damn business.

She was also nosey, presumptious, and kinda rude. I'm still wondering what she was doing with her life that she put up with her ex for so long. Where was her common sense?

And so, I had to average everything out... such as missing details, my intense dislike of the heroine, dangling plot points, etc., and give this book its due.

Again, I absolutely love this author and will read whatever she pushes out. This just happens to be my least favorite book yet.

About the Characters:

Main Characters: Price Crow and Sabrina
Children: Hercules & Faye
Price's Family:
Derringer Crow (father)
Reedy Crow (mother)
Tide "Rook" Crow (twin brother)
Haggard "Thief" Crow (brother) - found in Always Someone's Monster)
Callum "Shine" Crow (brother) - found in Make Me Your Villain
Bram "Reaper" Crow (brother)
Cannel Crow (sister) - found in Chalk Dirty to Me

Check out the other books from the series:

Rattle Some Cages by Lani Lynn Vale

About the Author

Lani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for all things romance. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world...that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

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  1. Wow. That's a lot for you to say this is messy with how much you love this author. That's too bad.

    1. Right?! I'm pretty bummed about it, but I'm looking forward to the other books in the series :)

  2. What a honest refreshing review you have here Natalie. I really appreciate your thoughts on this one. The heroine just doesn't sound redeemable or relatable at all. It must be pretty disappointing as I know how much you really enjoy this author, that is always the worst.

    1. She was bad and it's the first time I can say that about one of this author's characters.

      While this didn't work for me, all of her other books have so I'm still a huge fan :) Thanks Renee!!


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