Linc has two very important things on his mind—professional football and his motorcycle club.

What he does not have on his mind is the woman that drives him crazy and makes him want to do stupid things, like throw caution to the wind.

Nope, not Linc.

At least, that’s the lie he tells everyone.

In reality, every time Conleigh’s name is mentioned, he squirms.

She’s everything that he wants, wrapped up in a cute little package that is stamped ‘hands freakin’ off.’

She’s four years younger than him, in school to be a doctor, and thinks football is stupid.

Even more, Linc and Conleigh get along like oil and water.

There’s not a single second that they’re in each other’s presence that they’re not at each other’s throats.

But all it takes is hearing that she’s in trouble for Linc to drop every single thing—football and MC duties alike—and head to her side.

A side that he’ll remain at until they either kill each other, or finally give into the heat between them.

Either way you look at it, he’s well and truly screwed.

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My Review

Linc and Conleigh have known each other since she was a 16 year old girl, and from their first interaction, they’ve never strayed far from each other’s thoughts even though they’ve spent a significant amount of time apart living separate lives. For eight years, Linc kept his distance, hoping against hope, that Conleigh would still want him, despite the abrupt way he let her go all those years ago and despite the baggage that comes with Linc’s pro football career, namely the media’s need to invade his life and those around him.

Let the trash talkin’ begin.

Boy does Conleigh know how to push Linc’s buttons! Since she’s had a number of years to perfect the craft, her sass and her stubbornness are front and center until these two finally get their shit together and finally find a way to be together, and even then, she’s not afraid to use her smart mouth in ways that Linc finds both hot and aggravating. Conleigh’s kind of a hot mess, but she’s the kind of hot mess that a man like Linc doesn’t mind dealing with because at the end of the day, she’s fully his and there’s no one who can prevent them from giving this thing between them a go, even if people try their darnest to do so, including themselves.

I wanted to both high five and throttle Conleigh at multiple spots in the story line, but despite my frustration over some of her actions, I also understood them. It couldn’t have been easy for her to accept that what she and Linc had begun building was just over before it ever really started and then to still remain in contact with him even after he put her indefinitely in the friend zone was a true test of patience and fortitude.

Out of all of the alpha male heroes Lani Lynn Vale has introduced her readers to, I have to say that Linc is probably the most genuinely nice guy out of the bunch. He’s just good people, and it shows in everything he tries to do to protect Conleigh, to love her, and to ensure that she understands how he feels about her. Things are just as difficult on his end despite how it appears; he just keeps his head in the game and does what he needs to do, preparing for that day when he’s done waiting and goes to claim the one woman who’s owned him since she was 16.

I love the dynamics that have always existed between Lincoln and Conleigh, regardless of the distance or the outside influences keeping them apart. It’s made quite clear, early on, that these two are ‘it’ for each other; it’s been that way since they first met, and the fact that Lani Lynn Vale lets her readers in on that nugget of information helps us to be a little more patient when it comes to these two finally getting their shot, and even though they’re bound to mess it up and allow outsiders to influence their actions, it will always be Conleigh for Linc and Linc for Conleigh.

There are quite a few secondary characters in Talkin’ Trash that I can’t wait to hear more about; there’s one in particular who has been the antagonist in a number of storylines who I’m eager to understand, so I hope Lani Lynn Vale offers me that insight sooner rather than later…but I guess, we’ll see what happens…

4.5 Poison Apples

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.

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