Aug 25

For the Love of Beard by Lani Lynn Vale Review

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Tobias knows that women are a lot of trouble, and one in particular is more trouble than most. Yet even with the knowledge that she’s a pain in the ass, he doesn’t stop himself from doing the one thing he knows that he shouldn’t do—fall in love with her.

It’s supposed to be simple. Get in, get the girl, and get out.

What Tobias isn’t supposed to do is fall for the woman he’s supposed to rescue. But he can’t help being intrigued–and amused–by the defiance rolling off Audrey every time he so much as speaks to her. This fascination only intensifies with every single word from her delectable mouth.
It’s been six years since her assault, yet it feels like it happened just yesterday. Audrey’s sick and tired of feeling so useless. She’s had enough of being scared, she doesn’t want to be all alone for the rest of her life. All of that boils down to a woman who’s had enough of not doing anything to reclaim her life.

She’s at a loss as to how to move on, and every attempt she makes results in failure. Just when she’s ready to quit, a sexy biker is there to push her out of her comfort zone.

Under Tobias’ patient guidance, Audrey slowly makes her way back to herself. She lands a job that she adores, and she thinks she’s finally found her place in this world. Most surprisingly, though, she finds herself falling in love with a man that honestly scares her to death.

Just when she vows to take that final step that’ll put her past in her past forever, the life she wants to live is yanked away. Leaving her with nothing to pick up the pieces.


I adore Lani Lynn Vale and all of her books, but this series—the Dixie Wardens Rejects—has quickly become my favorite of hers. I’ve honestly loved each and every single book, and while I’m completely fulfilled and pleased with how the series concluded, I’m also sorry to see it end. You could just tell from her writing, the ease with which these stories seemed to be told, that Vale herself enjoyed this series as well. I don’t think I’m alone in the hope that she revisits the Dixie Wardens in the future, so fingers crossed that we get more at some point!

Audrey had some seriously painful demons to overcome before she could fully commit herself to a relationship with Tobias. But she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing a friendship with him, which is exactly where this couple began. Full of sass, funny as heck and one of the strongest heroines Vale has ever written, Audrey was done living under the cloud of her traumatic past. I was in awe of this character who, despite her fears, saw her future with Tobias, allowed herself to trust in the safety she felt with him and took the steps to move toward that future with him.

An Alabama Highway Patrol officer and a member of the Alabama chapter of the Dixie Wardens MC, Tobias was immediately smitten with Audrey. But Fender, as he was known to his MC brothers, knew all about her history, and he played it smart by taking it slow and following her lead. The gentle way that he handled her, without an ounce of pity, made this hero particularly endearing to me. They may have started out as friends, but there was always an attraction simmering between them, and when they finally did come together, it was incredibly hot. I loved this couple so much, and they’re one of my favorite Dixie Wardens couples. Playful, sexy and sweet, this pairing was one of Vale’s best yet.

For the Love of Beard really was a perfect ending to the series. It flawlessly capped off a series that started out strong and only got better with each successive release. After the highly suspenseful lead-in and drama of the previous book, Beard Up, Tobias and Audrey’s story was a bit of a softer landing and just the thing that Vale’s readers needed to ease themselves out of Alabama. Cover-to-cover, this book was an absolute pleasure to read. Lani Lynn Vale’s For the Love of Beard gets five smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo