Title: Law and Beard
Series: The Dixie Warden Rejects MC #8
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release: March 8, 2018
Photographer: Furious Fotog
Model: Joe Adams
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