Mar 27

Chute Yeah by Lani Lynn Vale Review


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Candy Ray Sunshine—Yes, that is my real name, thank you very much, Mom and Dad—knew two things.

One, she was going to work her butt off and open her very own coffee shop, even if she had to die doing it.

Two, Banks Valentine was the world’s worst ex-boyfriend in the history of ex-boyfriends. Even
if they were only boyfriend and girlfriend for one evening. She wouldn’t sneeze on him even if
he was on fire.


Banks Valentine also knew two things.

One, he was an immature jerk when he was in high school, and Candy Ray Sunshine probably
could open a coffee shop if she put her mind to it. But he still thinks that she should shoot a little higher, anything that gets her the heck out of Kilgore, Texas.

Two, he likes riding bulls. It’s a dangerous job, and when he gets on the back of one of those
thousand-pound death machines, he can finally feel his head clear enough that he can think.


Candy and Banks would never get along. Not after what he said, and definitely not after what she did.

Then again, neither one of them expected that night to end the way it did, either—the night that both of them refused to talk about the next morning.

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I’ve read all of Lani Lynn Vale’s books, and I’ve been along for the entire ride as she’s built this fictional world in East Texas. The tragic story of the Valentine family is one that stuck with me through many other characters’ stories, and I’ve waited patiently for Vale to get around to telling these boys’ tales. It’s been worth the wait. Lani could have gone in a lot of different directions with the Valentine Boys, but she’s opted to make their stories, thus far, lighter and happier by letting their tragic history speak for itself but allowing the adult Valentine men to heal and move on to more joyful futures. I think this was exactly the right way to go with these stories, and I’m really loving this series.

Banks Valentine, a Wranglers-and-chaps-wearing bull rider, and Candy Ray Sunshine have a complicated, painful history going back to high school. The worst experiences of both of their lives happened on the same night. Two very different events, but unfortunately, Banks unintentionally played a role in Candy’s incident. Fast forward to the present, and the torch they both carried for each other back then is still burning. They had plenty of issues to overcome, but that chemistry always present between them still sizzles. Candy has healed and moved on from her traumatic past, and I loved how determined Banks was to earn her trust, atone for the past and love her. This couple was so sexy together, and once Candy opened her heart to Banks, they were so supportive of each other and so right for each other.

Chute Yeah was full of feels, and Lani used all that emotion to turn heart-break in happily ever. I loved everything about Banks and Candy’s sweet and sexy second-chance love story. Five smooches from me for Chute Yeah by Lani Lynn Vale!

~Danielle Palumbo




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