Title: What the Hail
Series: Hail Raisers #4
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release: December 14, 2017
Model: RJ Ritchie
He’s wanted her since he repossessed her car and made her cry.
Baylor Hail knew two things. One, he hated crying females. Two, it was even worse when he was the one to make that female cry.
He never meant to do anything but his job, but when one thing leads to another, suddenly all he can think about is the broken woman whose car he towed.
She’s wanted him since he patted her back and told her it was okay to cry even though she knew he was lying.
Nothing ever goes right for Lark.
Not when she got married. Not when she tried to leave her abusive husband, and not when she arrived in a new town with a fresh, clean slate.
That clean slate came courtesy of a secret organization that specializes in helping abused women find a way out. They set her up with a whole new life. It just turns out that it happened to be right smack dab in the middle of another woman’s old one.
That woman also happens to be down on her luck, something that Lark learns the hard way when on her first day there, her car is towed by a handsome stranger.
It’s been two years since she’s felt any kind of sexual attraction toward a man, and she reacts badly. We’re talking full-on, hysterical breakdown as he loads her car onto his tow truck while looking at her like she’s lost it.
Maybe being crazy isn’t all that bad.
The next thing she knows, she’s spending time with the sexy stranger and life couldn’t be better—even though she still doesn’t have a car.
She thinks she’s in the clear, that she’s got it all figured out… well, that is until her ex-husband finds her again.
Now the ball is in her sexy stranger’s court as he decides whether or not her kind of crazy is worth getting killed over.
Turns out, for Baylor Hail, maybe it is.
Lark Mackenzie Lawrence may have just acquired that new name and a new life in Hostel, Texas, but that doesn’t mean she’s not trying to embrace everything this quiet town has to offer; except, it seems like the hits just keep coming when she arrives at her new home and between the fear she still lives in because of her abusive ex-husband and the man who’s supposed to be her point of contact due to her “Bird” status in this new place, it’s no wonder she would rather curl up in a ball and cry instead of pursue the man who seems to hold her attention and her thoughts even when he’s not present, and despite the fact that their first meeting was when he had to repossess her hand-me-down vehicle, there’s a kinship that forms between them – one that soothes both of their souls and allows them to fight their personal wars with someone beside them, which hasn’t happened for either of them in a really long time.
Baylor Hail is the quiet one of the Hail brothers, which is fine by him because he’s been front and center due to the shitstorm that hit his life a few years ago. Lark caught his eye the very first encounter he had with her, but he didn’t do anything about his feelings until he couldn’t stop thinking about her and wanting to be around her – two things that don’t happen to him even though he hasn’t had sex in eight years. Baylor sees a kindred spirit in Lark and his protective and loving nature wants to wrap themselves around her and claim her like only an alpha male can.
Both Lark and Baylor are all about keeping their distance from everyone else, not allowing anyone to get close enough to truly see them and their broken pieces, but for some reason, they can breathe easier when they’re together and they find a peaceful happy that both refuse to give up, even if that means fighting Lark’s past and bending their fractured parts until they can be made whole with each other’s love and dedication.
What the Hail is a great romantic suspense story. I really enjoyed witnessing Lark take back her life and not give into the fear that has driven her existence since she was forced to say “I do” and endured her ex’s wrath. She trusts Baylor with her life and she understands that he is nothing like Sal, which helps her in some ways because she feels like she can truly live again, but it also makes her a bit more paranoid because she doesn’t want to be responsible for the man she loves…the man who makes her feel alive getting killed by her nutjob of an ex-husband.
I adored the kooky camaraderie of the Hail Brothers, and even though they’re all dealing with loss and regret, they band around one another and protect their own and that’s what a family is supposed to do.
Lani Lynn Vale continues to be an author who captures my attention from the start of every story and maintains it because she creates interesting and dynamic characters as well as story lines that keep be turning pages at a fast rate in order to find out what happens to her hero and heroine because one thing I’ve learned after reading so many of her stories is that their happily now is not easy and the obstacles Vale places in their path force them to dig deep and be the heroes they’ve always been.
4.5 Poison Apples