Justice Rector wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was raised to work hard and always fight for what he believed in. His father was a cop, and ever since he could remember, he wanted to be one, too.
It was a complete coincidence that he ends up going undercover and meeting Royal St. James. It was just one day, a single moment in time. All routine.
Just do the buy, make the bust, and get out.
But Royal St. James, aptly named, screws everything up. Royally.
All of a sudden, he has a decision to make: blow his cover and save the girl, or save himself.
Of course, he does the most stupid thing possible.
By saving the girl who most assuredly did not want to be saved.
Make Me, Lani Lynn Vale’s newest release in her KPD Motorcycle Patrol #4) series, is an apt name for Royal St. James and Justice Rector, primarily because I can totally see both of them up in people’s faces, saying that exact phrase, provoking and taunting in a way that may get them in trouble but more than likely will have others backing away before things come to blows.
Each heroine who Lani Lynn Vale creates is an independent, quirky, intelligent, and snarky woman, but there’s just something even more authentic about Royal St. James than any of Vale’s other female leads; she’s aptly given a unique name to go with her unique self and the more insight readers receive about this kickass, take no prisoners’ alpha female, the more I want her to keep fighting the fight, proving herself worthy of every single aspect of life, especially love in its truest form.
Justice Rector absolutely comes off as a hardass, which he absolutely needs for his job, but there’s more to him than his brash exterior, and with Royal, regardless of how infuriated he gets with her and her antics – those that seem to put her and him in difficult situations – the tension between them is palpable and it’s only a matter of time despite forces working against them that they found their rightful place next to one another.
Like most of Vale’s story lines, things move rather quickly in terms of the main conflict; both the hero and heroine place themselves in rather precarious positions – one, because she can’t not protect those she loves, and the other, because he sure as heck isn’t going to allow the fiery redhead he can’t stop thinking about get into anymore trouble than she’s already been in – even if that means blowing his cover and potentially his case.
Of course, there isn’t a Lani Lynn Vale story out there that doesn’t include an array of supporting characters who add another layer to the story line, not to mention the suspense and intrigue that the story itself displays. And all of that together culminates into one satisfying ending, at least for the good guys.
4.5 Poison Apples