Title: Kinda Don’t Care
Series: The Simple Man #1
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Release: April 5, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Maker: Cover Me Darling
Model: Joey Berry
She’s in a white dress that dances around her ankles, and her hair tumbles in a long sheet of curls down her back. A veil covers her beautiful eyes, and she smiles directly at him. Janie is everything Rafe’s ever imagined she would be on her wedding day.
Breathtaking. Gorgeous. Perfect.
The moment he sees her walking down the aisle towards him, he knows that she’s the one.
Then she passes him, making her way to the man she’s to marry.
A man that wasn’t him.
A man that he knows with one hundred percent certainty isn’t good enough for her.
It seems that her father isn’t the only one who’s having a hard time giving her away. Rafe only wishes he knew why.
Everything about Janie sparks protective instincts he doesn’t feel for anyone, not even his own fiancé.
What he feels for the bride, however, isn’t merely a simple attraction. He knows that something is there just beneath the surface…if only he could reach it.
It has to be something huge, too, otherwise he wouldn’t be drinking whiskey straight from the flask in a church pew and wondering how many years he would do in prison if he shot the groom in front of about a hundred witnesses—half of those being cops.
He was good…but not that good.
A near-death experience cost Rafe almost six months of his memory, but right now he can’t help but feel like a huge mistake is being made on both of their parts. One that’s going to cost him everything.
Then she says I do.
Avid readers of Lani Lynn Vale’s books are no stranger to Rafe Luis, at least in the fact that his job is extremely dangerous, not many characters know anything about him, and he’s a man of few words.
But anything personal…anything about his past, Rafe keeps that information close to the vest, not allowing anyone to get close to him because he doesn’t want anyone to have any power over him, which makes it even more interesting that a girl who is almost 20 years younger can bring this mysterious and broody man to his knees.
Rafe has so many scars from his past that have followed him to his present, so while he’s a covert operative for quite a few government agencies, he also has his own agenda, which puts him in the middle of a maelstrom of danger and deceit, costing him time to build things with Janie and time to make things right with his sister.
Janie may be almost two decades younger than Rafe, but she has always known what she wants, and while she’s dealt with Rafe’s hot and cold demeanor since her teens, nothing has changed her mind or her heart when it comes to the man who owns every part of her.
Janie’s a great heroine; she’s compassionate, hardworking, and intelligent, and while she does make mistakes and jeopardize what she could have with Rafe, I can’t blame her for her actions and reactions to the things that happen, but I do wish she would have been more honest with Rafe because that would have made both of their lives easier, but the fact that they endured so much and still maintained their feelings for one another says a lot about the connection they formed early on, even when Janie was off-limits.
While some readers may take issue with Rafe and Janie’s age difference and the fact that he noticed her when she was only a young girl, I never saw him as a ‘dirty old man’ because he stayed away from her for many years, keeping his distance and allowing her to grow up. He never crossed the line with Janie; he would never do anything to jeopardize her life or her connection to her family. But that didn’t mean that what they felt about each other went away; in fact, it continued to build even when they spent significant amount of time apart, and so while the push and pull between them did get a bit frustrating, especially with the few plot twists that Lani Lynn Vale throws at them, it does illustrate the strong and independent people they are and what they’re willing to do to protect those they love while also getting what they want and need.
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