Fries Before Guys


Sometimes people come into a person’s life and make their heart skip a beat.

Those people are called cops.

Well, one cop in particular.

A SWAT officer for the Kilgore Police Department, to be specific.

The first time Avery Flynn saw Derek Roberts, she was photographing him for the first annual Kilgore Police Department SWAT calendar. He was leaned back in his squad car, shirtless, and giving her a smile that was completely between them. A smile that hinted at what he wanted to do to her later.

When she scrounges up the courage to ask him out after the photoshoot, he laughs in her face.

Well, screw you, too, Mr. February.


Derek Roberts never really paid attention to the photographer.

She was a mousy girl who dressed like a twelve-year-old girl. Her tight leggings, extra baggy Star Trek t-shirt denoting her a Klingon captain, and her surprisingly clean Chucks didn’t leave much of an impression.

Now, the outfit that she was in weeks after he rebuffed her? Yeah, now that caught his attention.

Too bad that happens when he’s trying to save her from what’s sure to be death thanks to an unhinged native Texan who’s convinced she was the reason he lost his last chance at a million dollars.

When he tries to save her, she tells him she’d rather take a cattle prod to the forehead than go anywhere with him.

Challenge. Accepted.

My Review: 4 stars 

Lani put a note at the beginning of this book that she had to play with the timeline in order to get this book to flow. So, if you read it, you will understand why the timeline is a bit off.

Now to the review….. I liked this book.

Derek… he came off as a dick at first. He really did. I was not a fan of him.

Avery… my heart hurt for her. For everything she had went though. Losing her mom. Losing her dad. Getting bullied. Living with the debt of her parents. Poor girl.

Avery and Derek don’t start out on the best foot. Avery was pissed at him. And Derek was being a poo-head about things.

But….. when Avery needed him, Derek was there for her, even when she didn’t want him to be there.

“Derek Roberts was going to break my heart. I just knew it.”

As the book goes, Avery and Derek grow closer, but her age is always a factor to him.

But will he realize in time that age is just a number when it comes to love or will it be too late?

Of course with most Lani books, there is a bit of mystery, some assholes, some OMG moments, and some AWWWWW moments.

I’m excited to see where this series goes.


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.

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