The Valentine Boys #2

By Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: February 25

I fell in love with his rope skills. I stayed because somehow he took hold of my heart and made it his.

Callum Valentine didn’t mean to eavesdrop. Then again? When a man is calling a woman fat right in front of your table, it’s kind of hard not to intervene. Especially when the town’s most beautiful creature ever is the one being called fat.

Desi just wants to be left alone. After an ugly divorce, she thinks she’s in the clear. Then her ex takes it upon himself to continue to make her life miserable, giving Desi no choice but to take it or leave.

In fact, her bags were nearly all the way packed when Callum poked his nose into the most embarrassing spectacle the town of Kilgore has ever witnessed. The moment he declares her his and off limits, everything changes—and definitely not for the better.

As if things couldn’t get worse than being called a pitiful, fat heifer in front of the hottest man she’s ever seen, Callum has to go and say that she’s his, and they have to play a game that she’s not quite sure she wants to be playing.

But before her eyes, things change. And suddenly the rules of the game aren’t clear. And they’re crossing boundaries neither one of them see coming.

My Review

From the moment Callum Valentine stepped in and put the heroine’s arrogant prick of an ex in his place, I was 100% Team Callum and ready to see what he was prepared to do to claim Desi as his own, for real, not just to prove to Desi’s ex that she is beautiful inside and out and he let go of an amazing woman for a witchy gold digger. And the fact that her ex-husband seemed to want to embarrass and belittle her anywhere and everywhere he could, I was ready for that lying, cheating and all-around despicable human being to be put in his place and face the consequences of his mistreatment of a woman who deserves all the love and happiness she can get.

Loyalty is something that Desi didn’t have in her marriage to Mal, nor did she have a man who appreciated her for her, curves and all, so when she starts spending more and more time with Callum and his family, getting to know them and reveling in the love and respect they showed her, she couldn’t help but become smitten with all of them, which is a good thing, since once Callum figures out that she’s the girl for him, there’s no stopping him from doing everything in his power to prove just how amazing she is and just how worthy she is of his love, his time, and his faithfulness. 

Callum and Desi were the perfect duo; they worked well together and kept one another on the right path – the one that would hopefully show both of them just how right they were for each other. I loved all of Desi’s interactions with all of the Valentines and just how comfortable she felt around them. They lift her up, let her know just how remarkable she is, and they accept and adore every single part of her, which is exactly what she needs after the callous words and actions of her ex.

The Valentine family is quickly becoming one of my favorite Lani Lynn Vale cast of characters because they have each other’s back at all times and they aren’t afraid to step into situations that they know are wrong in order to make them right. Desi’s journey to love herself and to feel comfortable in her own skin is not an easy one, especially with her ex seeming to be wherever she is just so he can ridicule and bully her. When one’s self-esteem is crushed, it’s difficult to regain those positive feelings, but as long as Callum’s by Desi’s side to keep moving forward, regardless of how slow that journey may be, she’ll get there and remember every struggle, every desire to quit, and every milestone she reaches to finally be free of her past and move forward with a man who makes her feel like the beautiful woman she is, inside and out.

4 Poison Apples

About the Author

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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