Title: For the Love of the Beard
Series: The Dixie Warden Rejects #7
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Photographer: Furious Fotog
Model: Golden Czermak
Tobias knows that women are a lot of trouble, and one in particular is more trouble than most. Yet even with the knowledge that she’s a pain in the ass, he doesn’t stop himself from doing the one thing he knows that he shouldn’t do—fall in love with her.
It’s supposed to be simple. Get in, get the girl, and get out.
What Tobias isn’t supposed to do is fall for the woman he’s supposed to rescue. But he can’t help being intrigued–and amused–by the defiance rolling off Audrey every time he so much as speaks to her. This fascination only intensifies with every single word from her delectable mouth.
It’s been six years since her assault, yet it feels like it happened just yesterday. Audrey’s sick and tired of feeling so useless. She’s had enough of being scared, she’s doesn’t want to be all alone for the rest of her life. All of that boils down to a woman who’s had enough of not doing anything to reclaim her life.
She’s at a loss as to how to move on, and every attempt she makes results in failure. Just when she’s ready to quit, a sexy biker is there to push her out of her comfort zone.
Under Tobias’ patient guidance, Audrey slowly makes her way back to herself. She lands a job that she adores, and she thinks she’s finally found her place in this world. Most surprisingly, though, she finds herself falling in love with a man that honestly scares her to death.
Just when she vows to take that final step that’ll put her past in her past forever, the life she wants to live is yanked away. Leaving her with nothing to pick up the pieces.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Lani Lynn Vale’s Dixie Wardens’ bikers, it’s that when they go all in, investing everything that they are and giving everything that they have to give, nothing and no one will step them from claiming who or what they want, even if it’s a pain in the ass she-devil who’s supposed to be off-limits simply because she’s one of his biker brother’s sister.
Vale makes it perfectly clear, early on in her stories, that there are significant reasons as to why her heroes distance themselves from love, illustrating just how much their pasts define their futures when it comes to relationships. But what’s just as plainly shown is the fact that when these alpha bikers find the one woman they’re willing to risk their hearts for, they’ll stop at nothing to do right by them, fighting their own darkness as well as the demons their women are struggling with and making both of their lives about so much more than simply existing.
For the Love of Beard is Tobias and Audrey’s story, and it follows the bumpy path of their relationship…starting with the fact that neither want to like or be drawn to the other one when Audrey’s brother, Tunnel, needs Tobias’ help in protecting Audrey from the very people who are supposed to love her. Tobias and Audrey’s hearts are both irrevocably damaged due to other people’s actions and their fears have forced them to keep to themselves, never risking being hurt again. But as much as they’ve tried to fight their attraction to each other and their ever-developing feelings, when they’re together…when Tobias is forcing Audrey out of her comfort zone and bringing her back to the land of the living, it’s clear that they help each other to live again…to trust again…to love again and despite the obstacles, both from their pasts and what they struggle with currently, Tobias swears to protect her from the darkness and in keeping that promise, he gives himself the chance to learn that love doesn’t always end in tragedy and the idea that if Audrey can survive what happened to her, he can endure anything with her by his side.
There are some heavy issues addressed in Tobias and Audrey’s story, and Vale does a good job of handling those subjects with care, illustrating the psychological problems that occur with dramatic situations like the ones that Tobias and Audrey face. Tobias is an exceptionally patient man when it comes to Audrey and he knows exactly what to do to get her out of her house…out of her shell and back to living like she was meant to be. Vale doesn’t rush Audrey’s feelings for Tobias; in fact, the pacing is laid out in a way that readers are privy to how Audrey processes what she feels for Tobias and how she understands her body’s reaction to Tobias are positive compared to what’s she’s felt before. It’s still not easy for Audrey to give herself to Tobias, but he’s able to read her expressions and her body language in order to take the steps he needs to claim her as his woman.
Lani Lynn Vale continues to capture my attention with each new biker’s book because along the way, readers have already met the next alpha male, so that insight allows their prior knowledge to come into play and then solidify as Vale develops the characters and their new plot line. What’s also great about continuing a series is that Vale always brings old characters into the current story line, so it’s like they’re catching up with old friends and allowing more into their family circle.
4 Poison Apples