Jan 15

One Chance Fancy by Lani Lynn Vale Review



Benson Bayou Beauregard is the president of the Bear Bottom Guardians MC, and the grandson of the Sergeant at Arms for the Dixie Wardens MC. He’s a mountain of a man and the warden of a prison, and there’s only one thing that can scare him—being told that he’s the father of a three-year-old little girl.

A three-year-old little girl that has no clue who he is. Hell, he only finds out about the little cherub when a woman from child protective services comes by and rocks his world before leaving the girl in his shocked arms.

Every single thing he thinks he knows goes up in a cloud of smoke.

To make matters worse, the woman that he’s been trying to convince to give him a chance takes one look at the little girl and tells him that he’s just not in the right place to handle both of them.

But Bayou was never one to back down from a challenge.

He can handle a three-year-old girl that acts exactly like him, and he can more than take on the fiery red-head that sets flame to his blood while he’s at it.

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One Chance, Fancy is the fifth book in the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series by Lani Lynn Vale, and this series has become one of my all-time favorites from her. Like the overwhelming majority of Lani’s other works, this book stems from another series, or two actually. While not technically a spin-off of either the Heroes of the Dixie Wardens or the Freebirds series, it does expand on them as it features both a hero and heroine who are the children (or grandchild) of characters in those series. The thing that sets Vale’s work apart from everyone else’s is that with each new book Lani releases, she builds upon those original worlds, further developing not just the characters that the current book are introducing, but older characters as well. The result for her readers is a very distinct, unique-to-Lani reading experience that is essentially the literary equivalent of a long-running, daytime soap opera—but without the infidelity and divorces. What’s even more impressive about this, though, is that Vale has somehow managed to craft her stories in such a way that new readers can pick one up at any point and ease into this inter-connected world from that book onward.

One Chance, Fancy definitely packed in the feels with a different kind of hero and the woman who fell for this unusual man as a teenager. Vale managed to capture all of Bayou’s insecurities spectacularly, and in doing so, she not only created a hero who was authentic, genuine and real, but she also gave her readers a heart-tugging, sexy and satisfying romance between a couple that readers will be rooting for from the first page in this teenage-crush-comes-to-life love story. Vale’s creativity knows no bounds, and she displayed that well here by weaving an imaginative, intriguing suspenseful arc into the storyline. Love and laughter are key elements in all of Lani’s books, and that was evident in both Bayou and Phoebe’s sexy, sweet romance and in the way that Vale copiously shared her wonderful sense of humor throughout this story. Entertaining, amusing and completely engrossing, Vale’s writing never fails to pull me in and keep me there while I devour her words. Yet another fantastic story in another fabulous series, I finished this book already longing for the next one. Five smooches from me for One Chance, Fancy by Lani Lynn Vale!

~Danielle Palumbo




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