Feb 12

It Happens by Lani Lynn Vale Review



Zee + Annmarie and Tan + Jubilee.

Forever. No exceptions.

They were to have the picture-perfect life together. Everything was all planned out.

Jubilee was to marry Eitan and Ezekiel was to marry Annmarie. That’s how it was always supposed to be from the moment that they met. Textbook, right?


Eitan and Annmarie die in a freak accident that never should have happened, leaving the two survivors reeling.

Sixteen years later, Jubilee and Zee can’t even be in the same room with each other before things begin to deteriorate. Too many memories. Too much pain. Not enough forgiveness.

They’re like hellfire and holy water, and neither one of them is willing to admit that they’re wrong.

Then one day things change, and all of a sudden, they’re looking at each other like maybe they aren’t each other’s enemies after all.

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It Happens is the sixth book in the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series by Lani Lynn Vale, a series that has landed on my all-time favorites list. While this series is rooted in another series, or two actually, it is not a spin-off of the Heroes of the Dixie Wardens or the Freebirds series. It does, however, expand on them. Favorite characters from those series either appear in these stories or Vale introduces new heroes and heroines who are the offspring of those characters. What makes Lani’s work so unique is how with each new book she releases, she builds upon those original worlds, developing further not just the next generation of characters, but also the original characters as well. For her readers, this is an unparalleled reading experience that plays out almost like the literary equivalent of a long-running television drama series. Remarkably, though, Vale has somehow managed to write her stories in such a way that a new reader can pick a book up at any point and easily slide right into her inter-connected world from that point on.

It Happens delivered a solid punch of feels with an enemies-to-lovers romance between a hero and heroine who had a long, painful history. Vale did a great job of capturing the animosity, the history and the chemistry between Zee and Jubilee on the page and channeling that emotion into a hard-fought, heart-tugging and sexy romance between a couple that readers will be rooting for from the first page. Vale clearly has a vivid imagination, and it’s on full display here. She built an intriguing suspense plot into the love story that kept me as invested as the romance did. Lani effortlessly blends love with laughter in all of her books, and there was plenty of both in this book. Always entertaining and amusing, Vale’s writing pulls me right in and keeps me riveted to the page the whole way through. Another winner in a series full of them, I finished this book already wanting the next one. Five smooches from me for It Happens by Lani Lynn Vale!

~Danielle Palumbo




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