Mar 05

Keep It Classy by Lani Lynn Vale Review


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Ghosts are real.

Well, technically speaking, maybe not. But the ones that haunt a man’s soul? Those are very real. So real, in fact, that there are times when Castiel would rather silence them forever in the worst way possible than to go on living with them haunting his every step.

All it took was one single second in time for his attention to drift, and everything changed.

Life as he once knew it, is over.

Now he’s struggling to make sense of the pieces that are left, and he’s fairly sure at least half of them are missing.

He’s living for three things now.

His club—the Bear Bottom Guardians.

His work as a police officer for Bear Bottom Police Department.

And the occasional glimpse of a girl that makes his spirit feel free.

Despite the ghosts that haunt him, he’s not willing to present them with another target. Which is why he has to stay away from her. He can’t touch her. He can’t talk to her. He can’t get anywhere near her.

Not and live with himself afterward.

The only problem is, Turner doesn’t care what Castiel wants. She also has a solution for his ghosts.

You may call her Ms. Ghostbuster.

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I read the author’s dedication in the beginning of the book, and my heart was in my throat. I just knew that Lani was going to channel that pain into this story. I was right—she did. Vale has written other gut-wrenching, devastating stories, like Mess Me Up for example, but this one was very different. Keep It Classy had a distinctly personal feel to it, and this is one of the things about this author’s writing that makes her work so special. She shares pieces of her life, her observations, and little things that happen in it and to her, her family and her friends. These parts of her stories are what I love most about Lani’s books. Those real-feeling conversations and incidents that happen to everyday people, written with Vale’s spin, are what make her stories so relatable and addictive. In Keep It Classy, it just so happens that it was an emotionally painful experience that Lani drew upon to form the backbone of this plot.

But in true Lani style, she balances all the heavy emotion with some well-timed, appropriately placed humor, a sexy romance and an interesting, suspenseful plot. Witty banter and explosive chemistry pulled me into Turner and Castiel’s romance, but it was the sweet, swoon-worthy way their initially antagonistic relationship morphed into a tender and sexy love that kept me tapping that pages of my Kindle. Vale nailed it in this story, proving she can pack in all the feels and still turn out an amusing, entertaining story. Five smooches from me for Keep It Classy by Lani Lynn Vale!

~ Danielle Palumbo




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