Mar 08

Law & Beard by Lani Lynn Vale Review



Winnie thinks she has the perfect life.
Two beautiful, healthy children. A police officer husband. A job that she loves. Oh, and let’s not forget that she’s a nationally ranked marathon runner.

Fast forward six months, and her perfect life has imploded.

Winnie finds herself in a completely new world, and this new world is a brutal bitch.

In this new life of hers, her husband is gone. He realizes, at the worst possible time, that he’s no longer in love with her. He’s in love with her best friend. So he leaves, and doesn’t look back.

Her sixteen-year-old daughter is in trouble with the law, and she’s barely making ends meet thanks to losing the job that was keeping her and her tiny family afloat.

Then, the last thing that could make it all bearable, her running, is ripped out from under her, too. Thanks to a spinal stroke that leaves her unable to walk, let alone run, she’s having to relearn how to do the simplest of tasks—such as putting on her own pants.

She’s at the lowest of lows, and the last thing she wants is a sexy, bearded, motorcycle riding alpha to tell her how to live her life.

But Steel Cross never asks her what she wants.


The moment Steel Cross sees Winnie’s daughter steal some shoes for her younger brother, he knows he’s in trouble.

He’s a sucker for misunderstood teens. After all, he was once one himself.

He knows he can’t just walk away, and the moment he sees that troubled teen’s mother, he doesn’t just know it, he feels it. Down to the very bottom of his soul.

With his share of hard knocks, he knows that he shouldn’t step in and make his move on a fellow police officer’s ex. There’s a code, after all, yet he just can’t seem to help himself.

He’s done being the good guy. Sometimes he just wants to be bad.

And Winnie makes him realize that being bad is still kind of good. As long as you’re with the right person.


Lani Lynn Vale’s writing, characters and fictional worlds are definitely a comfort for me. I easily get lost in her stories, and I can envision the places and people so readily. But of all of Vale’s many series, the Dixie Warden Rejects series has become one of my favorites of hers. I’ve been anxiously awaiting Big Papa’s story since she introduced this character, and his story was totally worth the wait. She brought the feels, the fire and the funny in Law & Beard, and it’s not only my favorite story of the series, but it’s landed on my short list for one of this year’s top favorite reads.

Big Papa was absolutely everything I love about a silver fox. He was confident and commanding without being domineering. A strong, steady and patient presence in Winnie and her kids’ lives, he was also caring, loyal and so very sexy. I loved the way he was with Winnie’s kids, especially her daughter, Conleigh. It was impossible not for me to root for Winnie right from the start. Strong in her own right, this resilient single mother was the perfect heroine for this man. There was plenty of suspenseful drama, and Vale effortlessly blends that with her trademark brand of humor, some alpha man romance and a fair amount of heat into Steel and Winnie’s beautiful love story.

Law & Beard was the perfect cap off to what was a riveting, exciting and sexy series about every day heroes and the women who love them. As much as I’ve loved this story, and all the stories that preceded it, I’m just as distraught that this marks the finale for this fantastic series. Five smooches from me for Law & Beard by Lani Lynn Vale!

~ Danielle Palumbo