Review // Not a Role Model by Lani Lynn Vale

July 03, 2022

Not a Role Model by Lani Lynn Vale

I had a distinct feeling that she was about to ruin my life.
And not in a bad way.

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Not a Role Model by Lani Lynn Vale

Not a Role Model by Lani Lynn Vale

Standalone - Battle Crows MC #4
Release - May 31, 2022
Genre - Contemporary Romance w/ MC elements
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 3.5 out of 5 / a few scenes
Format/Source - ebook gift
Length - 252 pages
Publisher - Indie

You better watch out for people that bounce back from everything that’s meant to destroy them.
Those were the words that Coreline King learned to live by when it came to dealing with Tide ‘Rook’ Crow, member of the Battle Crows MC, general surgeon, and all-around jerk who lived to make her life a living hell.
It all started in high school when he stopped seeing her as a random girl and started to see her as his rival.
Together, they became ‘frenemies.’ I.e.—a person with whom one is friendly, despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
At least, it started out like that.
Everyone always says there’s a fine line between love and hate. And at first, Tide and Coreline don’t realize how very true that is.
Not until Tide gets hurt defending Coreline’s honor, and Coreline has to fix him because she feels like she owes him.
But one night of bad choices leads to a very big ‘oops’ that will either haunt them for the next eighteen years or bring them together as tight as they ever could be.

My Two Cents

3 "Frenemies" stars

Coreline and Tide have been frenemies for all of their lives. He makes life rough for her and she gives back as good as she gets. Fastforward to adulthood and nothing much has changed... except for the undeniable chemistry that burns between them. Can these two find a way to finally get their act together, giving into the feelings they've had for far too long?

In all honesty, I didn't like this story at first. I was actually gonna give up on it, which is unheard of because I freaking love this author!! It's just that I couldn't connect to the characters, their story felt harsh and abrasive, and it was slow going. However, as time went on, my feelings improved, and in the end, it was all worth it.

I enjoyed the tension that played out between the characters (for the most part). I did, but I was kinda sidetracked. I'm intrigued by the glimpses I keep getting of Bram and Dorcas. I want more of them. Will Bram admit his feelings for her? Will we learn more about Dorcas beyond the beautiful time seen here? And will these two remain together or finally part ways for good? Yeah, I'm really looking forward to seeing some of that.

About the Characters

Main Characters - Coreline King and Tide Crow
Children - An unnamed daughter and one on the way
Tide's family
- Derringer Crow (father)
- Reedy Crow (mother)
- Haggard "Thief" Crow (found in Always Someone's Monster)
- Callum "Shine" Crow (found in Make Me Your Villain)
- Price Crow (found in Rattle Some Cages)
- Bram Crow
- Cannel Crow (found in Chalk Dirty To Me)
Coreline's family
- Rock "Hound Dog" King (father)
- unnamed mother
- Reuben King (brother)
- Alison King (little sister)
- Enola "Toddy" Tondra King (little sister)

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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. I was shocked when you said you were thinking about giving up on this one! SHOCKED!

    1. You and me both hon. I'm not sure what's causing the disconnect between me and this author. I can only hope the next book makes up for it.

  2. I really want to read this series and its been forever since I read a good MC series!

    1. Well if you like great romance with little to no drama, LLV is your girl. Aside from the troublesome books of this series, she always puts out winners for me. So you really can't go wrong with any of her other books, in my opinion.


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