Title: Burn in Hail
Series: Hail Raisers #3
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release: November 15, 2017
One look at the sixteen-year-old, prim and proper town goody-two-shoes, Hennessy Hanes, and Tate Casey knows he’s in trouble. He knows he should stay away from the preacher’s daughter, but there’s something about her he’s drawn to, and he can’t resist the pull.
The more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that something isn’t right. He may not be able put his finger on what it is, but he’s determined to find out what’s going on with the girl with the haunted eyes.
Tate didn’t anticipate that someone else would be just as determined to keep Hennessy’s nightmare a secret, and he never realizes just how far that person is willing go to keep those skeletons in the closet until it’s too late.
With the very real threat of jail time hanging over his head, Tate leaves without a backwards glance at the town or the girl. The problem is that out-of-sight doesn’t necessarily mean out of mind, and it’s Tate who’s now haunted by his decision and memories of Hennessy.
Hennessy Hanes knows better than anyone that not everything is always as it appears to be. After years of being on the receiving end of her squeaky-clean preacher father’s abuse, she seizes an opportunity to leave it all behind and runs.
Her only regret is that in walking away she loses any chance with the one person who tried to save her.
Fast forward ten years, and they’re both back where they started.
Tate was never a good boy, and it turns out that the man he’s now grown into isn’t all that much better. Anger is a living, breathing part of him, and there’s a court order forcing him to seek help from the one person he’s never forgotten.
Hennessy never thought she’d see Tate Casey again, and certainly not on her couch. But now it’s her turn to save him, and there are rules she must follow as his psychologist, not to mention a court order instructing her to help him manage his anger. If she doesn’t follow those rules, he’ll end up back in jail.
Tate Casey has never been a man who followed the rules, and Hennessy is no longer the straight-laced, timid preacher’s daughter she once was.
His hands may be tied, so it looks like for the first time in Hennessy’s life, she’ll be the one breaking the rules for the chance to finally get what she’s always wanted. Him.
Burn in Hail, the title of Hennessy Hanes and Tate Casey’s story is an interesting one because despite Tate’s bad boy actions, neither Hennessy nor Tate deserve to suffer that horrendously…Hennessy has never done anything to hurt another soul and Tate’s devilish tasks were carried out due to extenuating circumstances, factors that meant there was no way he couldn’t step in and right an unjust act.
But the townspeople only see what they want to see, especially when it comes to their faith and the man who delivers them from sin, so in their mind, anyone who goes against the dictates of the church…anyone who doesn’t see Preacher Hanes for the gift of God that he is isn’t worth their time or their prayers, and boy is that message delivered time and time again to Tate Casey, and because Hennessy would rather worship Tate than her father’s lies, she is just as corrupt and unworthy as Tate.
The ‘preacher’s daughter’ and the ‘son of the town whore’ – those are the nicknames that continue to follow Hennessy and Tate, even as adults, and while crossing a professional line is not something that Hennessy ever thought she would do, Tate sets her free in ways that she never thought possible, giving her the courage to spread her wings a bit and expose her father’s heinous acts against her as well as his less than righteous thoughts and actions.
Lani Lynn Vale created one hell of an antagonist in Preacher Hanes; he is about as unrighteous as it comes, and I couldn’t wait for the day that he paid for his sins. The way he buffaloed the townspeople and his hypocritical acts against his daughter and Tate prove that Preacher Hanes needs to reap what he sows and when his deliverance comes, it’s beyond time for him to confess to every one of his deplorable acts and pay tenfold for his misdeeds.
Hennessy and Tate’s story was a bit different from the two previous ones in the series; it felt like the Preacher’s position in the text overshadowed the hero and heroine’s separate story lines quite a bit, and while I understood the power that Hennessy’s dad still seemed to wield over her and her involvement with Tate, I wanted Hennessy and Tate’s characters fleshed out a little more…I wanted to understand how and why Hennessy took the path she did and how she ended up as a psychologist back in the town she always wanted to flee when she was younger.
I definitely enjoyed Burn in Hail; Tate does a great job of taking Hennessy out of her comfort zone and proving to her that, as an adult, she doesn’t have to let her father dictate her life. I guess I just needed a bit more insight into who the hero and heroine are, how their feelings for one another started and grew despite their separation and why the town seemed to turn a blind eye to a Preacher’s sinful actions when it seems like what he does behind closed door is probably common knowledge.
4 Poison Apples