Title: Hail No
Series: Hail Raisers #1
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release: September 27,, 2017
Cover Model: Jake Wilson
Evander Lennox doesn’t do anything he doesn’t want to do. At least, that is, until he’s sent to prison. The four years he’s incarcerated, he’s had no choice but to do the things that he’s asked to do, when he’s asked to do them. And now, if he doesn’t, it will mean a one-way ticket straight back to hell.
Once he’s free, it takes him twenty-four hours to get his old job back, his dog at home where he belongs, and an understanding that people aren’t as forgiving as he once thought them to be. He’s just about given up hope of ever integrating back into society when a woman slams into his heart, literally and figuratively.
Kennedy Swallow just wants to belong somewhere.
When she was younger, her parents divorced, and chose to separate her from her twin. Fast forward fifteen years, and she’s finally getting to meet the family she’s always wanted to be a part of. To make that happen, she uproots her life and moves to the tiny town of Hostel, Texas—giving her almost everything she’s ever wanted.
Just when she thinks she’s making progress in winning her family over, she finds out that her twin is ill, and the only reason her family tolerates her is due to the convenience of having a free caretaker whenever they might be in need of one.
After a few eye-opening experiences, she quickly realizes that she’s being used. Vowing to herself that she’ll make the best of the situation, she begins to steel her heart. What she doesn’t prepare for is a man named Evander who sees that barrier as a challenge.
It takes Evander all of ten seconds while watching the woman on the floor, bleeding from her jaw, to realize that maybe life isn’t as bad as it could be.
This woman with her thrill for life, a crazy obsession with chickens, and a desire to be wanted, changes everything he thinks he knows.
But it doesn’t take long for him to realize that just by being around her, the people of the town have judged her guilty by association.
Her business suffers, and soon after, she realizes what it will mean to have him by her side—the loss of everything she’s worked so hard for.
Kennedy knows that Evander is worth it. Evander, however, decides that he’s not letting another person get hurt because he was stupid enough to care.
iScream Book Blog – “Hail No = Hell Yes!”
Britt Red Hatter Book Blog – “As always, Hail No is an addictive book that will instantly suck you in and leave you unable to step away for even a second.”
MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews – “The first book of this new series was amazing, and had me going through all the feels.”
Hail No is definitely written in ways that I’ve come to expect from Lani Lynn Vale, but there are also a few aspects of the text that seemed very unValelike, which is not a bad thing at all; in fact, it actually brought a freshness to Evander and Kennedy’s story because it didn’t feel formulaic or manufactured in the same scope as Vale’s other series and since I’ve pretty much read every one of them, I liked how the build-up of the hero and heroine’s intimate relationship as well as their honesty when it comes to what they actually mean to one another is a slow go; it’s the perfect pace for them considering the extenuating circumstances that seem to stall/prevent their respective claiming.
A significant part of the story line is the backstory of Evander’s stint in prison and the dangers and discoveries that seem to drive the truth behind his conviction of a crime he didn’t commit. It’s intriguing how Vale wrote this aspect of the book because there’s quite a bit of mystery surrounding the circumstances of the arrest and the fact that the town treats Evander like a pariah and Kennedy guilty by association illustrates just how jacked up this situation is and why separating the facts from the fiction almost seems impossible at times.
Kennedy and Evander are extremely likable characters – ones readers can’t help sympathize with and feel enraged for by how their family members treat them. The loss and the heartbreak they have both felt due to the people who should love them most is despicable, but once again, it proves the saying that sometimes true family isn’t blood related.
Even though Kennedy is quirky and wears her heart on her sleeve, which seems to be part of the reason certain people treat her like a doormat, she can also be quite tenacious, especially when the man she has feelings for pushes her away because he doesn’t want the town to treat her like they do him. In Evander, she’s find a lifeline…a person who wants her in his life and shows her, at least most of the time, just how special she is to him and that is not something she’s willing to give up without a fight.
Kennedy and Evander may be opposites in a lot of ways, but they are similar where it counts and it’s those similarities that endear them to each other and allow them a chance at a life much different than the one they’ve been living because both of them were only existing focusing on what needed to be done and doing it without little else to fill their lives and hearts.
Hail No is a great start to Vale’s new series and with the introduction of secondary characters, I can’t wait to see where Vale takes them when their story lines are written!
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