Nov 15

Burn in Hail by Lani Lynn Vale Review



One look at the sixteen-year-old, prim and proper town goody-two-shoes, Hennessy Hanes, and Tate Casey knows he’s in trouble. He knows he should stay away from the preacher’s daughter, but there’s something about her he’s drawn to, and he can’t resist the pull.

The more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that something isn’t right. He may not be able put his finger on what it is, but he’s determined to find out what’s going on with the girl with the haunted eyes.

Tate didn’t anticipate that someone else would be just as determined to keep Hennessy’s nightmare a secret, and he never realizes just how far that person is willing go to keep those skeletons in the closet until it’s too late.

With the very real threat of jail time hanging over his head, Tate leaves without a backwards glance at the town or the girl. The problem is that out-of-sight doesn’t necessarily mean out of mind, and it’s Tate who’s now haunted by his decision and memories of Hennessy.


Hennessy Hanes knows better than anyone not everything is always as it appears to be. After years of being on the receiving end of her squeaky-clean preacher father’s abuse, she seizes an opportunity to leave it all behind and runs.

Her only regret is that in walking away she loses any chance with the one person who tried to save her.


Fast forward ten years, and they’re both back where they started.

Tate was never a good boy, and it turns out that the man he’s now grown into isn’t all that much better. Anger is a living, breathing part of him, and there’s a court order forcing him to seek help from the one person he’s never forgotten.

Hennessy never thought she’d see Tate Casey again, and certainly not on her couch. But now it’s her turn to save him, and there are rules she must follow as his psychologist, not to mention a court order instructing her to help him manage his anger. If she doesn’t follow those rules, he’ll end up back in jail.

Tate Casey has never been a man who followed the rules, and Hennessy is no longer the straight-laced, timid preacher’s daughter she once was.

His hands may be tied, so it looks like for the first time in Hennessy’s life, she’ll be the one breaking the rules for the chance to finally get what she’s always wanted. Him.



I love Lani Lynn Vale’s writing, I’ve read all of her books, and up to this point, I would have been hard pressed to name one of her series my favorite. That’s no longer the case as The Hail Raisers has definitely claimed that spot. This series started strong and has just gotten better with each book. Vale’s writing is crisp, creative and totally on point, and I believe some of her best work to date can been found within the books of this series.

Vale is no stranger to bad boy heroes who are really good guys, and that’s exactly what she’s created in Burn in Hail with infamous bad boy, Tate Casey. She upped the ante here, though, by pairing him with the town’s notorious good girl, Hennessy Hanes. An ex-con, he served his time and came out landing himself a spot on psychologist, Hennessy’s, couch for anger management sessions. While they may appear as different as night and day on the surface, the preacher’s daughter, Hennessy, and Tate have a whole lot more in common than meets the eye. Both of them overcame difficult childhoods, and though a few years younger than Tate, Hennessy even had a secret little crush on him when she was a teen. With chemistry that sizzled from the start, this couple was perfect together.

Vale has gone back to her romantic suspense roots in The Hail Raisers series, and with Burn in Hail, she gave her readers an interesting, exciting story full of heat, heart and her fantastic sense of humor. I devoured it from start-to-finish, and I’m glad that it’s only a few more weeks until the next book releases! Five smooches from me for Burn in Hail by Lani Lynn Vale!

~ Danielle Palumbo