Ford Spurlock has known Ashe Trammel since they were babies.
He’s also done his level best to stay away from her because every time he gets to within five feet of her, they’re fighting like cats and dogs.
Ashe is the apple of her father’s eye. The motorcycle club princess that was never to be harmed in any way—or touched for that matter. And he’s always resented the fact that she could get away with things that he couldn’t. Things that she then blames on him and he always gets punished for.
Fast forward to adulthood, and Ashe is still off limits. Still driving him insane. Still…beautiful.
She never misses an opportunity to give him hell, either.
That has to be why he agrees to do a photoshoot for KPD SWAT that’ll benefit her charity even when he’d rather shoot himself in the foot with his duty weapon.
Ashe never thought he’d agree.
Honestly, she thought she’d ask him, he’d say no, and that’d be the end of it.
She never realized that she’d leave his photo up in her cubicle, and it’d be the last thing that she saw every night as she locked her office door.
When they were kids, Ford used to be that boy that threw dirt at her and pulled her hair.
Now, he’s the same Ford Spurlock, only a whole lot sexier. And a lot harder to say no to.
When he challenges her to one date, she has no other recourse but to agree.
What she didn’t agree to was falling in love with Mr. March. Or wanting to give him everything she had to give.
It’s always been said that the boys who treat girls the worst out on the playground and ultimately whenever they’re around each other actually like them in a way they don’t like anyone else, and even though it’s a backward way of looking at things, for Ford Spurlock and Ashe Trammel, that seems to be the epitome of their love/hate relationship – one that started when they were babies and has carried through to adulthood. But now the stakes are so much higher than tattling on him for throwing dirt in her eyes.
Ford and Ashe’s rivalry has been epic since it started; they bicker like an old married couple and pull pranks on each other just rile one another up. It’s interesting to see the progression of their friendship and when realization downs on both of them that what they feel is so much more than frustration and disdain. They’ve been pretty oblivious up to this point, which is partly due to the fact that as a biker princess, Ashe has always been off-limits to Ford and anyone else for that matter. But while Ford has always walked that line 100% of the time, somewhere along the way, things changed and he’s ready to go all-in and with one small bet, he’s hoping to show Ashe that he’s all grown up and worth the risk.
I’m a big fan of the suspense and danger that Lani Lynn Vale weaves into many of her stories, and because of the nature of both Ford and Ashe’s career choices, those elements play a role in Maybe Swearing Will Help and add to the dynamics of the plot line in a way that gives readers the opportunity to be eyewitnesses to what’s unfolding and potentially figuring out the case before even the characters do.
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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.