Poor judgment: knowing better yet doing it anyway.

Flint Stone is a professional in every way.

He’s a police officer with the K-9 unit and works at Gun Barrel High as the school resource officer. In his spare time, he’s working his heart out to create a successful gym from the ground up.

He’s loved by every single person he ever encounters—student, faculty, and employees—Everyone but Camryn Elvis Presley.

The only thing they have in common is their mothers’ poor excuses for names.
Period. The end.

So why is it every time she crosses his path that he has the urge to mess up her perfectly curled hair? Or unbutton a few of her prim and proper buttons?

He knows he should stay away, yet like the high schoolers he’s around every day, he has no choice but to react first and think about the consequences later.

Side note—bad decisions are made, leading to lapses in judgment that threaten both of their jobs. Yet when the time comes, neither one can seem to find the wherewithal to care. Why? Because being bad feels so good.


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My Review

Readers met Camryn Presley and Flint Stone, the hero and heroine in Lord Have Mercy, in Hissy Fit, the first book in Lani Lynn Vale’s latest series, The Southern Gentleman, and we could tell after one interaction that these two were either going to bite each other’s heads off or tear one another’s clothes off in order to work through the frustration and anger that consumes them when it comes to the other one. And while there’s still some animosity at the beginning of their own story, as it progresses, Lani Lynn Vale provides the necessary insight in order to see that it was never hatred that these two felt towards each other but a simmering lust and need that they couldn’t quite grasp because they were too used to giving each other shit and driving one another crazy.

Camryn’s a great heroine – one whose quirks, fears, and sass make her relatable to all readers. Her internal musings are definitely on point when it comes to the issues and emotions that she deals with regularly, and while she does tend to say and act without completely thinking things through, it’s almost like her truths are spoken when she doesn’t overthink and overanalyze every detail.

Flint comes off as a hardass in a lot of ways, but he’s also a good guy who loves helping kids and loves his job. Camryn is definitely a game changer for him, which is probably why he stayed away and acted put off by her words and her actions towards him. Maybe he wasn’t ready to feel everything that she would make him feel, but with only one kiss, there’s a clarity that both of them want to hold onto, and despite quite a few roadblocks and struggles that they have to deal with, they stand strong as partners and remain steadfast in their love for each other.

I will say that Flint’s ex, Nivea, is a point of contention for me. She’s a nasty, self-absorbed woman who acts more like a high school ‘mean girl’ than the teacher she is, and the fact that Flint hooked up with her because he couldn’t have the woman he wanted, which was Camryn, didn’t sit too well with me, especially with how quickly he went all-in with Camryn after ending things with Nivea who just so happens to be Camryn’s nemesis.

I wouldn’t really call Lord Have Mercy an enemies-to-lovers’ story because I don’t think Camryn and Flint truly hated one another; in fact, they seemed to desperately want each other and that’s what makes things between them complicated and tenuous until they hash out why they rubbed each other the wrong way and realized their angsty banter was more foreplay than anything else.

Lord Have Mercy is another great read from Lani Lynn Vale; its story line and characters develop and progress in a way that makes the novel entertaining, a bit suspenseful, and just as steamy as the rest.

4 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. ebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | BookBub

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