Evander Lennox doesn’t do anything he doesn’t want to do. At least, that is, until he’s sent to prison. The four years he’s incarcerated, he’s had no choice but to do the things he’s asked to do, when he’s asked to do them. And now, if he doesn’t, it will mean a one-way ticket straight back to hell.
Once he’s free, it takes him twenty-four hours to get his old job back, his dog at home where he belongs, and an understanding that people aren’t as forgiving as he once thought them to be. He’s just about given up hope of ever integrating back into society when a woman slams into his heart, literally and figuratively.
Kennedy Swallow just wants to belong somewhere.
When she was younger, her parents divorced, and chose to separate her from her twin. Fast forward fifteen years, and she’s finally getting to meet the family she’s always wanted to be a part of. To make that happen, she uproots her life and moves to the tiny town of Hostel, Texas—giving her almost everything she’s ever wanted.
Just when she thinks she’s making progress in winning her family over, she finds out that her twin is ill, and the only reason her family tolerates her is due to the convenience of having a free caretaker whenever they might be in need of one.
After a few eye-opening experiences, she quickly realizes that she’s being used. Vowing to herself that she’ll make the best of the situation, she begins to steel her heart. What she doesn’t prepare for is a man named Evander who sees that barrier as a challenge.
It takes Evander all of ten seconds while watching the woman on the floor, bleeding from her jaw, to realize that maybe life isn’t as bad as it could be.
This woman with her thrill for life, a crazy obsession with chickens, and a desire to be wanted, changes everything he thinks he knows.
But it doesn’t take long for him to realize that just by being around her, the people of the town have judged her guilty by association.
Her business suffers, and soon after, she realizes what it will mean to have him by her side—the loss of everything she’s worked so hard for.
Kennedy knows that Evander is worth it. Evander, however, decides that he’s not letting another person get hurt because he was stupid enough to care.
5 Star Read!!!
Hail No? How about Hail YES!!!
The first book in the Hail Raisers series was AMAZING!!!
From the beginning of this book, my heart ached for Evander. After serving 4 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he got out to no family waiting for him. All he had was his friends and his dog (and that was a fight to get).
Kennedy hasn’t the easiest life either. She has lost almost everyone close to her. All she wants in life is to loved and have someone care about her, but she was the one always helping and caring for others. She lived a simple life, on a farm with animals.
When Evander and Kennedy literally run into each other at the feed store, sparks fly. Then it happens again and again. Evander tries to suppress the feelings. He thinks he is no good for her. That all he ever brings people is trouble and he doesn’t want to bring that to her. He knows the town will judge her for hanging out with him and he doesn’t want her to have to experience that.
Kennedy is surprised by how this man has affected her. She gest nervous around Evander. She can’t control her words and says silly things. She tries to get him to open up. Tries to get him to relax, but it barley works.
“A big, sexy man like Evander holding tiny, fluffy baby chickens was enough to cause every hormone in my body to start firing.”
What happens when his past comes back to haunt him? What happens when her family starts to shut her out? Will he be able to fight his past demons? Will she be strong enough to get through her family troubles? Will they be able to overcome their troubles together or will it tear them apart?
Evander = Tall, dark, handsome, plus tattoos and a beard = HOTNESS!!!!!! Even though he wanted to not care about anyone or anything, he did. He had a huge heart but it took some doing for it to show.
Kennedy = I loved how she was awkward and not sure of herself but as the story went on, she grew into her own person.
Evander and Kennedy have the kind of relationship people fight for. They want to give so much to the other but they are scared of hurting the other in the process.
I loved Hail No. There were so many twists and turns. I caught myself saying “HOLY SHIT” more than one time.
You never know what or who Lani is going to throw into her books but she never disappoints. Some of the scenes in this book made me cry and others made me laugh. It was a great balance of dark and gritty but also funny and loving.
I can’t wait for Go to Hail and Travis’ story!!
I LOVED the dedication. It was so unique. And the Author’s note about the town of Hostel……HAHA.
About the Author:
Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Romantic Suspense and has a love for all things romance. Lani 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. 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.