This is a series by Lani Lynn Vale. All of Lani’s series and books are interconnected but they are also all stand-alones about different couples.
My average rating for this series: 4.22 stars
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When Rome Pierce moved to Bear Bottom, Texas, it was his intention to lay low. To not be seen. To find a way to heal his body and soul—as well as his son’s.
Nobody would know by looking at him that he used to play professional football. Not with the Bear Bottom MC cut covering his back, and definitely not with his friendly smile completely obliterated.
No longer is there charm in each smooth word that comes out of his mouth. What’s left is an angry, bitter, scared man that’s terrified one day he’s going to wake up and his entire world is going to be gone.
Nobody knows what drove him to leave the game he loved—nobody but her.
She’s the one person that has helped him make it through the dark days and even darker nights. She’s the bright and shining star in his pitch-black sky.
And he doesn’t even know her name.
He should be afraid that she knows things that not anyone—not even his best friend—knows.
Yet, with each encounter, he gives what little bit of his soul remains, and before he knows it only two people on this earth—one dying, and one too afraid to live—make his life worth living.
Until one day he has to choose—the love of his life, or the life he brought into this world.
Two impossible situations. One decision that would change him forever.
My Review: 4 stars
Get your tissues ready! This book is a tear-jerker!!
I have wanted to know Rome’s story since reading Tyler’s story. Rome seemed like a man who was caught between a rock and a hard place. After reading his book…he defiantly was.
This review is hard to write without giving to many details away.
Rome and Izzy don’t have a fairytale story. Their story is full of tears and heartbreak. But it is also full of love and forgiveness.
Rome is taking care of his sick some Matias. Matias’ mom has decided she can’t do it anymore and leave Rome all by himself with his son (they were together in the first place).
Izzy is a house cleaner and get a new job cleaning Rome’s house. She used to clean for Matias’ mom and you see instantly the connection she has to Matias.
It’s so hard not to go into major details, but I want you to read this book kind of blind.
There were parts of this book where I wanted to yell at Lani and ask her “WHY??”
This is probably one of the toughest books from Lani I have ever read.
But in the end, she put my heart back together.
Linc has two very important things on his mind—professional football and his motorcycle club.
What he does not have on his mind is the woman that drives him crazy and makes him want to do stupid things, like throw caution to the wind.
Nope, not Linc.
At least, that’s the lie he tells everyone.
In reality, every time Conleigh’s name is mentioned, he squirms.
She’s everything that he wants, wrapped up in a cute little package that is stamped ‘hands freakin’ off.’
She’s four years younger than him, in school to be a doctor, and thinks football is stupid.
Even more, Linc and Conleigh get along like oil and water.
There’s not a single second that they’re in each other’s presence that they’re not at each other’s throats.
But all it takes is hearing that she’s in trouble for Linc to drop every single thing—football and MC duties alike—and head to her side.
A side that he’ll remain at until they either kill each other, or finally give into the heat between them.
Either way you look at it, he’s well and truly screwed.
My Review: 4 stars
I really enjoyed the light-heartedness of Conleigh and Linc’s story. After Mess Me Up, I needed this one to be lighter.
I liked Linc from the beginning. I felt that he was a good man and that he did what he felt was right with it came to how he handled Conleigh.
I liked Conleigh. I felt she was a strong female character and she was a take charge kind of girl.
Conleigh and Linc don’t have an easy path. They go down a rough road.
He paused. “And you’ve always meant more to me than just about anyone in this world.” I felt my stomach somersault as I stared at him. “You left, though. You left. You told me that we weren’t ready.”
Of course there were some very HOT scenes and I loved them!!
Of course Lani added a bad guy into the mix, but it won’t be who you think it is.
I love how Lani throw the Free Birds into the book. Loved seeing them again
You will also have someone from a past book show up. This person is not someone I like and I can’t wait to see how this person plays into future stories.
I felt that this was an easy, simple read.
It was a lot lighter than Mess Me Up, my last Lani read, and I was happy for that.
Wade had everything he could ever want in life…then he lost it.
Now, his life—his forever girl—is living in a house he built for her while he’s struggling to move on and find meaning where there isn’t any to be found.
Landry Hill was his girl. His everything. His first kiss. His first and only love. His old lady and wife.
Then one day he does something monumentally stupid, and she walks away knowing she’ll never come back.
Fast forward two years, and he’s still just as in love with her now as he was when she left. The only problem is that she’s moved on with her life, found a new man, and has seemingly forgotten him. Then there’s Wade—stuck in the same awful place where she abandoned him. The only thing he has left is his job as a police officer and the Bear Bottom MC.
Just when they both think things can’t get any worse, life kicks them both in the teeth, and Landry finds out really quick that the only person she can depend on is the one that let her walk away.
With that understanding comes a deal. One that Landry has no hope of ever breaking free from, and one Wade will do everything in his power to make a reality.
But one thing is still certain. The force that split them apart is still out there, and there’s no hope of escaping fate.
My Review: 5 stars
So this is going to be a 5 star read for me. And here is why:
Landry Hill was born for a purpose, to help save her sister Lina. How would she do this? Donate her bone marrow. Problem is, Landry didn’t have a choice those first 18 years of her life about if she wanted to or not. Landry lost her childhood because of it.
And she ended up losing her husband too.
Wade loved Landry from the moment he saw her. She was everything he every wanted. But when her sister Lina shows up, Wade has to choose between the two women.
What Wade asked Landry to do broke their marriage apart. He didn’t understand her point of view on the issue and in the end, it cost them everything.
Wade and Landry had to watch each other live their lives. Wade watched another man moved in with Landry and Landry watched Wade still talk to her family. Neither one of them was happy. But too much had happened to fix their issues, or had it?
Nothing is what it seems in this book. There are so many twists and turns. So many OMG moments.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lani book if she didn’t keep you on the edge of your seat at times.
I really enjoyed this story. I felt that you could really connect with the characters and you could feel their pain. I think the book flowed very well.
This is one for my favorite out of the last few books!!
Hoax knows two things very well.
One, he’s not relationship material. Two, the nurse that treats him for erectile dysfunction is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, and practically has ‘the marrying type’ stamped on her forehead.
Does that stop him from wanting her? No.
Unfortunately, he learned a long time ago that Army Delta Force and long-lasting relationships don’t go hand in hand.
But beautiful hazel eyes, curly blonde hair, and the prettiest lips he’s ever seen play havoc with his resolve, making him forget his earlier convictions.
All it takes is one teeny, tiny kiss for every shred of control he has to disappear, along with the problem in his pants.
Soon he finds himself doing things that he knows that he shouldn’t. He doesn’t know that he’s found the woman that’s meant to be his. Nor does he realize that her father is the man he’s idolized from the moment he joined the army at the age of eighteen. Because, maybe if he had, he would’ve tried a little harder to ignore the pull he felt between them instead of making her his the night before he deployed for six months.
He also might’ve tried a little harder not to knock her up.
My Review: 4 stars
Hoax and Pru have such a sweet story. I think this might be one of Lani’s sweetest books.
Hoax had his eyes on Pru since the first time he saw her in the ER. Without even talking to her, he knew there was something special about her.
Pru knew that Hoax was a military man the minute she laid eyes on him and for Pru, military men were a no go.
Hoax is military and military men don’t give up on what they want. They fight for it till they get it.
Hoax and Pru have a relationship that shows that you can overcome anything. They stick together through thick and thin. They show you that though love, you can conquer anything.
Of course you add in a few crazy people…like TOTALLY crazy people and you have a great story.
Benson Bayou Beauregard is the president of the Bear Bottom Guardians MC, and the grandson of the Sergeant at Arms for the Dixie Wardens MC. He’s a mountain of a man and the warden of a prison, and there’s only one thing that can scare him—being told that he’s the father of a three-year-old little girl.
A three-year-old little girl that has no clue who he is. Hell, he only finds out about the little cherub when a woman from child protective services comes by and rocks his world before leaving the girl in his shocked arms.
Every single thing he thinks he knows goes up in a cloud of smoke.
To make matters worse, the woman that he’s been trying to convince to give him a chance takes one look at the little girl and tells him that he’s just not in the right place to handle both of them.
But Bayou was never one to back down from a challenge.
He can handle a three-year-old girl that acts exactly like him, and he can more than take on the fiery red-head that sets flame to his blood while he’s at it.
My Review: 4 stars
I really enjoyed Phoebe and Bayou’s story.
There was not a lot of action in this book but the story was so deep that I’m cool with it. 😉
Bayou has Asperger’s and he is open about it. He knows it is part of his life and he doesn’t really try to hide it.
Phoebe is one of the only people who ever accepted Bayou as he was with no questions.
This story has flashbacks and those flashbacks help build the back story.
I just fell in love with Bayou. His heart, his compassion (even when he didn’t realize it), I just loved everything about him.
I love that it was an insta-love but then again it wasn’t.
Overall, I don’t have anything to complain about with the book. I enjoyed it. The story line was solid.
I’m happy with it!
Zee + Annmarie and Tan + Jubilee.
Forever. No exceptions.
They were to have the picture-perfect life together. Everything was all planned out.
Jubilee was to marry Eitan and Ezekiel was to marry Annmarie. That’s how it was always supposed to be from the moment that they met. Textbook, right?
Eitan and Annmarie die in a freak accident that never should have happened, leaving the two survivors reeling.
Sixteen years later, Jubilee and Zee can’t even be in the same room with each other before things begin to deteriorate. Too many memories. Too much pain. Not enough forgiveness.
They’re like hellfire and holy water, and neither one of them is willing to admit that they’re wrong.
Then one day things change, and all of a sudden, they’re looking at each other like maybe they aren’t each other’s enemies after all.
My Review: 4 stars
I really enjoyed this story.
I loved how Zee and Jubilee have a connection like no other. But this connection is not because of something good, it is because of a tragedy.
Zee and Jubliee both lost a sibling one night in a storm.
Zee blames Jubliee for the tragedy.
Jubliee blames herself and Zee.
They fight like cats and dogs. They can’t even be in the same room.
But whether she knows it or not, Zee is there and always has her back.
Then one night changes everything.
But can one night change years of hate and resentment?
Or will that one night make everything worse?
Of course, Lani adds in some creepy people to make the story juicy and she slides on funny stories in that have actually happened to her in real life.
I liked the back and forth between Zee and Jubilee. I like how it wasn’t instant love. I like how they had to work on it and work for it. I think that made it more relatable that they actually had to work on their relationship.
Ghosts are real.
Well, technically speaking, maybe not. But the ones that haunt a man’s soul? Those are very real. So real, in fact, that there are times when Castiel would rather silence them forever in the worst way possible than to go on living with them haunting his every step.
All it took was one single second in time for his attention to drift, and everything changed.
Life as he once knew it, is over.
Now he’s struggling to make sense of the pieces that are left, and he’s fairly sure at least half of them are missing.
He’s living for three things now.
His club—the Bear Bottom Guardians.
His work as a police officer for Bear Bottom Police Department.
And the occasional glimpse of a girl that makes his spirit feel free.
Despite the ghosts that haunt him, he’s not willing to present them with another target. Which is why he has to stay away from her. He can’t touch her. He can’t talk to her. He can’t get anywhere near her.
Not and live with himself afterward.
The only problem is, Turner doesn’t care what Castiel wants. She also has a solution for his ghosts.
You may call her Ms. Ghostbuster.
My Review: 5 stars
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!! The feels in this book!!!
I have been waiting to Liner’s story for what seems like forever now and it did not disappoint.
Turner and Castiel have not gotten along since they first time they met each other, when Castiel gave Turner a speeding ticket.
As you read you learn that both Turner and Castiel have not had the easiest lives, for different reasons.
When the pieces of life get thrown together, Castiel becomes Turners rock. He is there for her.
But is their new connection enough to survive what life is going to through at them.
This book is probably the most emotional book I have read in a long time. I absolutely balled my eyes out in this book. The topic Lani talks about hits very near to my heart. I have no idea how she wrote some of those scenes but they were wonderful!
Throw in a strange man around town and you have yourself an amazing book.
This book completely killed my emotions!!!!
I really, really loved this book. I could tell Lani put her heart into this book.
Defiantly a 5 star read for me.
Good vs Bad.
Light vs Dark.
Right vs Wrong.
There are always two sides to every coin.
Josiah ‘Liner’ Paldecki knew the moment he laid eyes on her that there was something different about her. Something special. Something so unique that it practically poleaxed him the moment that their eyes met.
Except, the next time he saw her, it was like she was a different woman altogether. There was a blankness to her eyes that concerned him. An air of menace about her that honestly scared him to death. He’s more than man enough to admit it.
At first, Liner thinks it’s because she’s bi-polar, or possibly psychopathic.
Then he realizes the truth.
That there isn’t a single person that exhibits such different personalities, but two.
Two identical twin sisters, both completely different, yet exactly the same.
One with a soul, and one without.
One that has his heart, and one that only wants to destroy it.
My Review: 4 stars
This book….WOW! I have been waiting for this story forever.
This book has a lot my mystery behind it and if you haven’t read the other books in this series, you might not understand everything that is going on in this book.
Theo comes from a crazy family and once you find out who her family is, you understand. She has been thought some crazy things in her life and it all has to do with power and money.
Liner knows that something about Theo is off. He know that something he saw in the past is now connecting with his present and he has to find out what it is.
Without giving the story away, I wanna say that I loved that Liner never gave up on Theo. That he did what he needed to d to keep her safe and to make sure that she knew someone was there to support her.
This story is kind of out there. But you have to remember this is fictional and not true.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the slow burn that the characters had and I think some justice was served for some of these characters.
You murder a man, and all of a sudden people are scared of you.
Slate Solis went from being a guy that people went to in times of need to an ex-con that people crossed the street to avoid being too close to.
He knows he’s done wrong, but out of all of his sins, only one really bothers him—coveting thy neighbor’s wife.
Harleigh Belle—the cute little lady that never gives him a second glance.
After seeing her for the first time while he was in prison, she’s stayed on his mind for three long years. Each time she comes in to visit with her friend on family day, he can’t help but stare.
Then the day comes that he’s set free, and he’s almost disappointed that he’ll never see her again.
Except fate has different plans.
He hasn’t been back in his house for more than three hours when he sees her.
Harleigh Belle in all her glory…oh, and her husband that is everything Slate isn’t.
He tells himself that her being fifty feet away from him, all day every day, is a complete coincidence. One that he shouldn’t take advantage of. The more time passes, the harder it gets to stay away. Until one day, and one very ill-timed thunderstorm, ruin everything.
Who knew that baby-making-weather was a real thing?
My Review: 4 stars
I think Slate and Harleigh had a very cute story.
Slate had been though so much. Losing his partner while working (Slate was a cop) was terrible, but when that partner was also his fiancé, that totally devastated him. And in return Slate made a split second decision that ended with him in prison.
Harleigh has been through her own trauma. She hates sleeping inside and likes to sleep in her neighbors hammock. Her neighbor doesn’t live here anyways.
Harleigh and Slate unofficially met years ago (when he was in prison) but she had no idea he owned the house next door, he owned the hammock she likes to sleep in until he got out of prison.
Harleigh and Slate do not get along at first but after so long they start to grow a relationship. They fight like cats and dogs at times but they also end up loving each other so hard.
What happens then things start happening? What happens when someone from the past comes back?
You get to see old characters and you get to better understand some scenes from the last book.
Throw in Dre and his story, which adds to the plot.
PLOT TWIST!!!!!! I never saw this plot twist coming. I also never would have guessed who the bad guy was!
And I hope Tray gets a story!!
Overall….. I enjoyed the book. I think they had a cute story. It was a easy story to read and I think it is a good read when you need some maybe not as “heavy” as some of Lani’s other books.
About the Author:
Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.