I loved this series.
Hot cowboy brothers….Yes please!!!!!
This is a Lani series you can read without reading any of her other books.
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His Wranglers fit him like a glove. A really tight, leaving nothing to the imagination, glove. Codie wants nothing more than to shove that Wrangler-covered butt straight into the mud.
Ace Valentine has a smart mouth, a devil-may-care attitude, and those wicked eyes aimed directly at her.
She doesn’t know what to do with that kind of attention. Especially not from the sweet-talking man that has no problem charming every woman that enters his orbit—everyone but her, at least.
Ace isn’t sure why Codie Spears had her panties in a twist when it comes to him, but every snub and insult she hurls his way brings him closer and closer to falling for her.
He’s not sure what it is about the town’s bad girl that draws his attention, but every encounter they have leaves him wanting her until there’s nothing else left to do but have her.
The only thing is, she’s been convinced by everyone around her that she’s not good enough. Tell a person that she’s a piece of trash enough times, and eventually she’ll start to believe it. It’s going to take a lot of smooth-talking and gentling on his part to get her to see that she’s worth it. And once he has her where he wants her? Well, she’ll make a mighty fine rancher’s wife.
I am going to LOVE this series!! This might be my favorite Lani book ever!
I loved Ace Valentine. Loved, loved, loved him. He stole my heart from the very beginning and kept it the entire time.
I loved his attitude, his heart, how he loved his family.
I love that he felt that he needed to protect Codie even before he really knew her.
And by a few other things he said and did, I just knew he was going to be a good guy.
But my heart hurt for him also. He had some though so much when he was younger. But I feel that he came out stronger because of it.
“And by me turning him down, I’d just cemented my place on his to-conquer list”
Codie, I loved her attitude.
She was defiantly a spit-fire.
But, Codie looked down on herself because of her parents. Codie was still letting her teenage years define her even though she was not the same person she was then.
Ace and Codie were perfect for each other. Like absolutely perfect.
And the sex scenes = A+!!!
Overall, I really loved this book.
It was sweet and cute.
It didn’t have the action like most Lani books but that was fine because the storyline was solid.
I fell in love with his rope skills. I stayed because somehow he took hold of my heart and made it his.
Callum Valentine didn’t mean to eavesdrop. Then again? When a man is calling a woman fat right in front of your table, it’s kind of hard not to intervene. Especially when the town’s most beautiful creature ever is the one being called fat.
Desi just wants to be left alone. After an ugly divorce, she thinks she’s in the clear. Then her ex takes it upon himself to continue to make her life miserable, giving Desi no choice but to take it or leave.
In fact, her bags were nearly all the way packed when Callum poked his nose into the most embarrassing spectacle the town of Kilgore has ever witnessed. The moment he declares her his and off limits, everything changes—and definitely not for the better.
As if things couldn’t get worse than being called a pitiful, fat heifer in front of the hottest man she’s ever seen, Callum has to go and say that she’s his, and they have to play a game that she’s not quite sure she wants to be playing.
But before her eyes, things change. And suddenly the rules of the game aren’t clear. And they’re crossing boundaries neither one of them see coming.
I am loving these Valentine men!!!
Ace is still my favorite but Callum is in a close second.
Desi and Callum meet when he sticks up to her ex for her and it was at that moment that I knew I was going to like Callum.
Desi was just coming out of a bad marriage. A marriage to a guy who did not respect her. A marriage to a guy that Callum just happened to not like.
When Desi decides to do a Spartan race, Callum decides to do it too. Not only to be able to spend time with her, but because her ex is doing it and he doesn’t want her to be alone.
But is Desi ready for Callum? Is her heart ready for another man after being burnt int he past?
Can Callum show Desi that all men aren’t like her ex?
Add in some likeable characters, Malloy and Candy, plus the Valentine family, and you have a solid book.
I loved this sweet story!!!!!
The storyline was solid.
I think the characters developed at a good pace and you got an bit of an incite to the next book.
Candy Ray Sunshine–Yes, that is my real name, thank you very much, Mom and Dad–knew two things.
One, she was going to work her butt off and open her very own coffee shop, even if she had to die doing it.
Two, Banks Valentine was the world’s worst ex-boyfriend in the history of ex-boyfriends. Even if they were only boyfriend and girlfriend for one evening. She wouldn’t sneeze on him even if he was on fire.
Banks Valentine also knew two things.
One, he was an immature jerk when he was in high school, and Candy Ray Sunshine probably could open a coffee shop if she put her mind to it. But he still thinks that she should shoot a little higher, anything that gets her the heck out of Kilgore, Texas.
Two, he likes riding bulls. It’s a dangerous job, and when he gets on the back of one of those thousand-pound death machines, he can finally feel his head clear enough that he can think.
Candy and Banks would never get along. Not after what he said, and definitely not after what she did.
Then again, neither one of them expected that night to end the way it did, either—the night that both of them refused to talk about the next morning.
Banks and Candy… what a story!
I was in tears by chapter 3.
I was really mad at Lani. Like really mad. But it was worth it.
Banks and Candy’s story begins in high school.
Banks makes a decision that comes with consequences. Consequences he doesn’t know about until he is an adult. But Banks also goes who his own terrible ordeal that same night.
“My worst night had also been his work night, and his worst night ever trumped mine a thousand-fold”
Candy never imagined she would go though what she went through. But she did. And barely survived it. Now she is trying to get her life on track as an adult. Working and taking care of her dad means having pretty much 2 full time jobs. But she is doing it.
When Candy starts working with Desi, she realizes that she will have to deal with Banks. Someone she has stayed away from for years.
“I’m broken. Nobody wants the broken thing.” I beg to differ. I wanted the broken things. I wanted her.
Banks and Candy have a lot of history to work through but in the end, it will make them stronger.
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the ride to get to the HEA.
But damn… get your tissues ready because you will need them.
Darby has always been ‘that’ guy.
The guy that no man, woman, or child wants around their loved one.
See, a long time ago he made some bad decisions. Those bad decisions have haunted him ever since. No matter what he does, people still see him as the town’s screw up. The boy that sold his soul to the Devil.
Years later, he’s turned himself around. Made amends and ultimately turned into a generally good guy. Only, it’s hard to act like a good guy when people still treat you like the old you, and not the new you.
Enter Waylynn Jennings.
Waylynn has watched Darby Valentine from afar for a very long time.
She’s witnessed the changes in him and knows the only reason he’s so mean is to protect the man that lies within. A battered, injured soul that deserves more than what he’s received. Even his own family takes him for granted.
She’s made it her new mission in life to prove to everyone that Darby isn’t the bad guy. That he’s a kind-hearted, sweet soul that’s just looking for a place to fit in.
Only, Darby is fairly sure that Waylynn is out to kill him, not help him. How else do you explain all the fights he’s having to break up on her behalf, or all the times he has to come to her rescue when she’s managed to put her cute little butt right in the middle of something where it shouldn’t be?
There’s obviously only one solution. He has to make her his. Then everyone will know not to mess with her. Darby Valentine protects what’s his. No matter what the cost.
Darby and Waylynn…I enjoyed their story.
It was a sweet enemies to lovers’ book.
Waylynn and Darby not only know each other from growing up in the rodeo together, but from college. And let’s just say, they were not friends.
Life push them together thought and at just the perfect time. Darby needed Waylynn and Waylynn needed Darby, even if they did not realize it at the moment.
But will they each be able to get past their own family issues? Can they help each other mind fences?
One thing I am loving about this series is the family aspect. How they are always there for each other not matter what. Even when they fight, they are still there for each other.
I feel that Waylynn was the extra strengthen Darby needed while he was fighting with this family. I think they complimented each other very well.
Overall it was a good read. It was sweet. The sex scenes were good. I always enjoy seeing old characters from other books.
I am going to miss the Valentine brothers.
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.