REVIEW: JUST KIDDING by Lani Lynn Vale

JUST KIDDING

SWAT Generation 2.0, Book 1

By Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: January 7

Let’s do a calendar, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

Well, they—I.e. Kilgore Police Department’s public relations specialists—were wrong.

Now, every time Dax Tremaine walks around a corner, the women of Kilgore, Texas can’t help calling him Mr. January.

Mr. January, can you fix my flat tire? Mr. January, can you cuff me? Mr. January, can you sign my boob?

It goes from bad to worse when even on a SWAT call, the women won’t stay away.

***
It was the worst time of her life. Rowen Roberts had finally admitted to herself that the man she loved would never love her back. She was just fired from her job for violating client confidentiality, and to make matters worse, she’s held up at gunpoint in a convenience store where she only wanted some ice cream to help mask the pain.

The moment the gun is pressed to her forehead, she knows she has a decision to make. Follow the rules and maybe possibly live, or go down swinging where at least she can salvage just a little bit of her dignity.

And when Mr. January himself tells her to do what the gunman says, she’s had enough. Rowen has never really been a girl that does what she’s told. Mr. January won’t have to save her. She can dang well save herself.

 

My Review

I’m no stranger to Kilgore, Texas, or the sinfully hawt alpha males who reside there and have the female population drooling and obsessing over just how sexy, manly, and oh so photogenic they are, given the fact that a dozen of these guys were talked into posing for a fundraiser calendar…

Enter Mr. January – Dax Tremaine – like Vale’s other heroes, it’s perfectly clear the kind of man he is and who he will be for Rowen Roberts, but what’s also a bonus is that he allows her to be herself as well and doesn’t try to control everything for her, which is exactly what Rowen needs…someone in her corner but not fighting her fights for her.

Rowen is an AMAZING heroine – one who decides to forge ahead regardless of the shitshow that has been her life and those individuals who continue to thwart any progress she’s made when it comes to both her professional and her personal life. She’s hellbent on making it on her own, not relying on anyone, especially a man, to save her or assist her in her mission. I love her sass and her strength, and I love that she stood strong for herself

Vale’s stories always include a supporting cast of characters who add another layer to the plot line, and because some of them are characters we’ve met before, an added bonus is checking in with those we know and love, reveling in the progress they’ve made in their lives as well. I also like the fact that upcoming heroes and heroines are introduced along the way, which means readers know ahead of time a little bit about those characters when their stories are ready to be told.

There is a crapload of crazy in Just Kidding, but that seems par for the course in Lani Lynn Vale’s story lines, which makes for one hilarious and frustrating journey for everyone involved.

4 Poison Apples

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & 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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