May 04

Maybe Don’t Wanna by Lani Lynn Vale Review



Peter Parker Penn.

Unlike the superhero his mother named him after, Parker is no good guy.

In fact, if there’s a picture in the dictionary under anti-hero, it’s his.

Parker’s spent his life trying to get back on the right side of the tracks, but each step he takes forward, he takes two more steps back.

To save one, he hurts others. To make this good, he turns that bad.

For appearances’ sake, he plays the part. He does what people expect him to do-mostly.

And at the end of each day, he goes back to his lonely apartment and wishes he was a different person. One who could fix the things he’s broken.

Then Kayla Nash forces her way into his life, and the world as he knows it is irrevocably changed.

Everything he thinks he has right is wrong. And everything he thinks is wrong is oh, so right.

One thing leads to another, and suddenly he’s growing a conscience, and trying to prove to her that he’s as bad as everybody says he is.

Yet she won’t listen.

She’s convinced that she can save him.

Little does she know, Parker isn’t worth saving, and never will be.



Lani Lynn Vale’s books just make me happy. With the way all of her series crossover and intertwine, each time I pick up a new book, it’s is like a once-a-month visit with some old friends. The Simple Man Series is a next generation series in that the characters are the children of the heroes and heroines in Vale’s first series, Freebirds, or the Free Kids as Vale refer to them.

I love broken heroes—something about them just calls to me, and Lani served up a truly broken man in Peter Parker Penn. He’s convinced himself that he’s beyond redemption so he just simply doesn’t reach for it anymore. Kayla is a bit broken and a little lost herself. Not quite sure what she wants to do with her life, she floats from job-to-job looking for something—anything—that fits. The daughter of a soldier killed in action, she was practically raised on the Free compound by her father’s best friends, and though they welcomed her with open arms and treated her as one of their own, deep down she still felt like a fifth wheel—like she didn’t quite fit there either.

Vale has really ramped up the suspense plots in this series, and this part of the storyline was action-packed and edge-of-your-seat exciting. Lani’s wild sense of humor was everywhere in this book, and the antics of a filter-less Kayla and her very pregnant best friend, Janie, kept a smile on my face and laughter on my lips. Parker and Kayla were the star of this show, though, and their chemistry was absolutely sizzling.

Maybe Don’t Wanna was everything I hope for when I crack open one of Vale’s books. Full of humor, heart and heat with a dash of suspenseful drama, this story kept me entertained and engaged the whole way through. Five smooches from me for Maybe Don’t Wanna by Lani Lynn Vale!

~ Danielle Palumbo