Title: LAW & BEARD
Series: The Dixie Warden Rejects
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Day: March 8th
About LAW & BEARD
Winnie thinks she has the perfect life.
Two beautiful, healthy children. A police officer husband. A job that she loves. Oh, and let’s not forget that she’s a nationally ranked marathon runner.
Fast forward six months, and her perfect life has imploded.
Winnie finds herself in a completely new world, and this new world is a brutal bitch.
In this new life of hers, her husband is gone. He realizes, at the worst possible time, that he’s no longer in love with her. He’s in love with her best friend. So he leaves, and doesn’t look back.
Her sixteen-year-old daughter is in trouble with the law, and she’s barely making ends meet thanks to losing the job that was keeping her and her tiny family afloat.
Then, the last thing that could make it all bearable, her running, is ripped out from under her, too. Thanks to a spinal stroke that leaves her unable to walk, let alone run, she’s having to relearn how to do the simplest of tasks-such as putting on her own pants.
She’s at the lowest of lows, and the last thing she wants is a sexy, bearded, motorcycle riding alpha to tell her how to live her life.
But Steel Cross never asks her what she wants.
The moment Steel Cross sees Winnie’s daughter steal some shoes for her younger brother, he knows he’s in trouble.
He’s a sucker for misunderstood teens. After all, he was once one himself.
He knows he can’t just walk away, and the moment he sees that troubled teen’s mother, he doesn’t just know it, he feels it. Down to the very bottom of his soul.
With his share of hard knocks, he knows that he shouldn’t step in and make his move on a fellow police officer’s ex. There’s a code, after all, yet he just can’t seem to help himself.
He’s done being the good guy. Sometimes he just wants to be bad.
And Winnie makes him realize that being bad is still kind of good. As long as you’re with the right person.
I never thought someone could top or even equal Silas Mackenzie and his alpha Silver Fox demeanor, but Steel ‘Big Papa’ Cross gives Silas a run for his money…first, because Steel has such a badass biker name and second, because of the way he treats people, especially those he cares about and/or simply feels the need to help because that’s the type of man he is. Steel may think that he’s too old and too jaded for his beautiful neighbor, Winnie Holyfield, but he’s just the kind of guy she needs to help put her broken heart and body back together and show her exactly what the ‘right’ man can bring to her life and the lives of her children.
Because Big Papa is the President of the Dixie Warden Rejects and the Chief of Police in Mooresville, Alabama, readers have spent a lot of time getting to know him in the previous 7 books in the series, and even though he’s been a secondary character in all of those books, through the main characters’ interactions with BP and his actions/decisions when it comes to the motorcycle club and his officers on the force, it’s easy to acquire a mostly clear picture of who Steel is, what/who he values, and what he’s willing to do for those he considers his family.
Winnie Holyfield doesn’t want to be destroyed by another man; in fact, she’s still dealing with the battle scars from her ex-husband, so she tries to fight her pull to Steel and the lust she has for her hot as hell neighbor, even though it seems like an inevitability on both sides due to Steel’s need to understand his single mom neighbor and the fact that Winnie has gotten more than underneath his skin. It’s clear that neither of them can walk away from each other once they give into their feelings, but they might not have a choice when the maelstrom circling both of their lives looks to destroy everything Steel and Winnie are building, perhaps doing irrevocably harm to them and to those who love and depend on them.
Law & Beard is a story full of drama, family issues, a bit of suspense and a whole lot of laughter, steam, and sweet. I ADORE the kind of man that Steel is and the fact that Winnie never gave up, even when her life imploded, says a lot about the type of woman she is and what she wants her children to understand about life, love, and commitment. Lani Lynn Vale keeps introducing readers to incredible alpha males and the strong women who stand by their side, regardless of the shitstorm that tries to take over their lives and believe me, there have but a shitload of storms weathered by these bikers and their old ladies!
4.5 Poison Apples
I’d never, not once, had the pleasure of giving a blow job.
Yet, I wanted to give one…to Steel.
Jesus Christ, did I want to give him one.
The man turned me on in ways that I had no clue I could be turned on by, yet here I was, wondering what it would feel like to give the man a blow job.
My curiosity got the better of me as I googled more tips-which they’d said they’d done as a comparison-and then I got lost in the World Wide Web.
My first stop had been Cosmopolitan!
My second had been some random Joe-Blow (literally, that was the name of the website) blog that gave the men’s top ten best blow job tips-according to men.
1. Maintain eye contact.
2. Tie your hair back, it shows your dedication.
3. Allow him to put his hand in your hair and control the movements.
That, I could do! In fact, the idea of Steel putting his hands in my hair and controlling all of the movement was downright arousing.
4. Use your hand as well as your mouth. Twist it side to side lightly as you pump and suck him.
Okay, pump, suck, and twist. Check!
5. Don’t use your teeth. Ever.
I shivered at the thought. That would suck, accidentally biting Steel’s dick. He’d probably never let me near him again and kick me straight the hell out of his bed. Though, I had to get in his bed first…
6. Drop down so he’s standing and you’re kneeling. There’s nothing more arousing than watching a woman get on her knees.
That thought made me shiver. Would Steel like me on my knees?
I sure the hell hoped so. I’d love to get on my knees for him.
Then again, I was doing good with my rehab…he still might have to help me back up.
I winced. Maybe I should just get on the bed between his splayed thighs…yes, that was how I’d do it.
7. Suck his balls.
Suck his balls? How the hell did I put those in my mouth? There wasn’t enough room!
8. Go slow. It’s not a race.
Well, that was self-explanatory. But I didn’t know if I could swallow. I’d try, but what if I gagged?
10. We like it when you gag.
Did they? What if I accidentally threw up? That would completely ruin the mood.
“What are you doing?”
I squeaked and jumped as Steel came out of the bathroom.
About Lani Lynn Vale
Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children, and lives in the Great State of Texas.