May 14

F-Bomb by Lani Lynn Vale Review



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You murder a man, and all of a sudden people are scared of you.

Slate Solis went from being a guy that people went to in times of need to an ex-con that people crossed the street to avoid being too close to.

He knows he’s done wrong, but out of all of his sins, only one really bothers him—coveting thy neighbor’s wife.

Harleigh Belle—the cute little lady that never gives him a second glance.

After seeing her for the first time while he was in prison, she’s stayed on his mind for three long years. Each time she comes in to visit with her friend on family day, he can’t help but stare.

Then the day comes that he’s set free, and he’s almost disappointed that he’ll never see her again.

Except fate has different plans.

He hasn’t been back in his house for more than three hours when he sees her.

Harleigh Belle in all her glory…oh, and her husband that is everything Slate isn’t.

He tells himself that her being fifty feet away from him, all day every day, is a complete coincidence. One that he shouldn’t take advantage of. The more time passes, the harder it gets to stay away. Until one day, and one very ill-timed thunderstorm, ruin everything.

Who knew that baby-making-weather was a real thing?

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F-Bomb is the ninth and final book in the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series by Lani Lynn Vale, and this series has become one of my all-time favorites from her. Like the overwhelming majority of Lani’s other works, this book stems from another series, or two actually. While not technically a spin-off of either the Heroes of the Dixie Wardens or the Freebirds series, it does expand on them as it features a hero or a heroine who is the children of characters in those series. What sets Vale’s work apart from anyone else’s is that with each new book Lani releases, she builds upon those original worlds, further developing not just the characters introduced in the current book, but the older characters as well. For Vale’s readers, this results in a very distinct and unique reading experience that is essentially the literary equivalent of a long-running, daytime soap opera—but without the infidelity and divorces.

From the moment I learned of this hero, Slate Solis, I was intrigued. A cop, convicted of murder for avenging his partner—who also happened to be his fiancée. I couldn’t wait to see what Vale would do with this man’s story, and she didn’t disappoint. Her quirky sense of humor and an interesting suspenseful plot was intricately woven into a romance between a beast of a man and the pint-sized daughter of Max Tremaine, one of Vale’s original heroes from her Freebirds series. The heroine, Harleigh, was a lot like her mother, Payton, and I absolutely devoured the scenes with her parents. Vale capped off a fantastic series with a wonderful second-chance romance full of heat, heart and heaps of Vale’s humor. Engaging, amusing and wholly engrossing, Vale’s writing pulled me right in and kept me there as I devoured her words. Five smooches from me for F-Bomb by Lani Lynn Vale!

~Danielle Palumbo




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