Friday, February 24, 2017

Release Blitz ~ #Review ~ Beard Mode by Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Beard Mode
Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC Series #1
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Cover Model: David Byers
Photographer: Michael Stokes

Aaron don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.
After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.
Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.
Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.
Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.
The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.
He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.
Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.
It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.
Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.

“Lani Lynn Vale has a way of taking your soul and twisting it and tearing it up, but then somehow, some way making sure that the book still makes you have a goofy freaking happy smile, and all in love with her by the end of it.” - MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews

“It was sooo good and I am sooo excited that this was my first Lani Lynn Vale book...gasp....can you believe I have not read one of her books yet??” - iScream Books
“Don’t think about it, just go one click this book and you’ll enjoy it like, I did. One thing about this author is she keeps getting better every time. You will never be disappointed about it, I promise.” - Fabulous Ladies Book Blog

“New guy.”  Someone muttered behind me.
I turned only my head to find Stone, the president, staring at me with hard eyes.
“Yeah?” I asked him, dropping my bag on the floor and heading in his direction instead of out the door like I’d originally intended.
“You’re here because you have a special set of skills that we need.”  The leader of the band of misfits, Stone, drawled.
I nearly laughed.
“That sounds like a bad line out of a movie.” I muttered, wondering where he was going with this.
He tossed me a glare and then yelled.
“Truth!”  Stone yelled.  “Ghost! Get the fuck in here!”
Ghost and Truth walked in the door at the same time, both of them turning to the side to walk inside, and stared at Stone
“Ghost, hold Truth down so New Guy can give him the fuckin’ shot.” Stone grumbled.
Ghost tackled Truth and wrestled him to the desk, then sat on him while Stone leaned back and watched.
“No, motherfucker!” Truth yelled.  “I don’t want it!”
“It’s the fuckin’ flu shot, you dumb shit.  Not a fuckin’ tracking device. Take a fuckin’ chill pill.”  Stone grumbled, staring at the scuffle that was going down in front of him.
I picked up the syringe from the table, similar to the one I’d given everybody else’s flu shot with, and stabbed it in the meat of Truth’s arm.
Truth bellowed in rage, and I flipped the guard up on the syringe before tossing it into the trash can.
“Done?” I asked Stone.  “I have to get to work.”
Stone nodded.
“Yeah, thanks.” He nodded. “Have fun at the nut house.”
I grunted something unintelligible, causing him to laugh.
“Don’t sound so excited.” He laughed.
I flipped him off and walked out the door just as Ghost was letting Truth up
“Why you gotta be such a big motherfucker?”  Truth growled.  “If you’d been anyone else, I’d have gotten away.”
“Why do you think I called Ghost instead of anyone else?”  I heard Stone reply.

AMAZING first read of the series!
How I love thee, let me count the ways… as I look over all the highlighting I did in this emotional – funny, heartbreaking, mesmerizing – first read of a new series. Is it too early to clear space on the shelf for the rest of the books to come? Nope, didn’t think so!
Aaron and Imogen struck a chord with me right from the start and their friends and family weren’t far behind…
Aaron, beautifully handsome despite the scars he now wears, is still in recovery mode as he rebuilds his life one step at a time.
“Tall. Dark. Handsome. Delectable. Bitable. Sexable.”
Emotionally, physically, his experience has affected every aspect of his life from his family to his career. He is doing everything he can to move on but that doesn’t mean it is easy. Tough, protective, his vulnerability only seems to highlight more of inner strengths…
Imogen is holding things together too as she faces family trouble and challenges of her own. She is funny, loving, open and forthright. She is a straight shooter who makes no bones about being honest even if that makes things (people) uncomfortable. She pulls it off with style though as sincerity and love go a long way to smoothing feathers…
Together, they are incredible as they faced each other with honesty and bluntness that invited me in to feel the ups and downs they were going to wade through. And feel I did…
I want to tell you about this scene. And that scene. And then this happened. And I couldn’t stop laughing about that. And trying not to cry was impossible when this went down… I laughed out loud and smiled through page after page even as I found myself weeping more than once. My heart was battered this way and that and I couldn’t have loved it more…
One of my favourite scenes (and there were too many to count) involved, of all things a clapper. If you aren’t old enough to know what that is you need to look it up because you are going to laugh your a** off (even while turning up the fan!).
I am in stalkerish stalker mode right now – thankfully, I have this gem to re-read in the meantime.
My favourite chapter quotes (I love these!):
“Milk is good for your teeth. So is minding your own god****** business.”
“We don’t lick people. –Lies people tell kids.”
Ten *Kleenex and laughter*-enthused stars!

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.


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