Mar 10

Maybe Swearing Will Help by Lani Lynn Vale Review



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Ford Spurlock has known Ashe Trammel since they were babies.

He’s also done his level best to stay away from her because every time he gets to within five feet of her, they’re fighting like cats and dogs.

Ashe is the apple of her father’s eye. The motorcycle club princess that was never to be harmed in any way—or touched for that matter. And he’s always resented the fact that she could get away with things that he couldn’t. Things that she then blames on him and he always gets punished for.

Fast forward to adulthood, and Ashe is still off limits. Still driving him insane. Still…beautiful.

She never misses an opportunity to give him hell, either.

That has to be why he agrees to do a photoshoot for KPD SWAT that’ll benefit her charity even when he’d rather shoot himself in the foot with his duty weapon.

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Ashe never thought he’d agree.

Honestly, she thought she’d ask him, he’d say no, and that’d be the end of it.

She never realized that she’d leave his photo up in her cubicle, and it’d be the last thing that she saw every night as she locked her office door.

When they were kids, Ford used to be that boy that threw dirt at her and pulled her hair.

Now, he’s the same Ford Spurlock, only a whole lot sexier. And a lot harder to say no to.

When he challenges her to one date, she has no other recourse but to agree.

What she didn’t agree to was falling in love with Mr. March. Or wanting to give him everything she had to give.

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Lani Lynn Vale’s original KPD-SWAT series is one of my favorites from her, and it’s been so much fun to revisit those characters and get to know their children, along with some new characters, in this second generation series. Vale has created something truly unique for her readers in her fictional East Texas world. She’s been building this world for years—story by story and series by series—through many crisscrossing, overlapping books. Vale has given her readers an incredible reading experience, rich in unmatched character development and a world full of familiar faces.

Maybe Swearing Will Help, the third book in the S.W.A.T. Generation 2.0 series from Lani Lynn Vale, was a frenemies-to-lovers romance between Ashe Trammel and Ford Spurlock. Friends since childhood, Ashe and Ford have a complicated love/hate relationship in that they love to pretend they hate each other while also kind of hating the fact that they actually love each other.

“It was like a pasture fire deep in the middle of a Texas drought. He went from one extreme to the other. A whisper of smoke to totally consumed in point five seconds.”

Bickering, bantering and betting their way through life, Ashe and Ford’s fierce rivalry raged between them their whole lives. They try to snuff out the heat burning between them with sarcasm, snappy arguments and dares. But that fire never fizzles out, and eventually it engulfs them. I loved everything about these two. They fit together so well, and succumbing to the love they felt for each other felt like a natural progression of their relationship. They worked well together on every level, and I loved how their relationship morphed and changed when they finally gave in to their feelings. Vale introduced a suspense arc that will probably play out over a few books, and I loved how Ashe and Ford both dove into that case and worked it together.

Maybe Swearing Will Help was a sexy, sweet, soul-deep love story between two life-long friends, and Vale did a fantastic job weaving an exciting suspense story, along with plenty of humor, into this romance. Five smooches from me for Maybe Swearing Will Help by Lani Lynn Vale!

~Danielle Palumbo




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