THE FOOL, a humorous and suspenseful new romance from USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Lani Lynn Vale, is out now!

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Her life is about to take a turn for the worse. But he is there for it all.  Whether she wants him there or not.



I don’t know who needs to hear this but take a day off from being the bigger person. Fuck some shit up.

Those words were said to him by a stranger in the airport. And from that moment on, he’s only had eyes for her.

Too bad they met when she was taking off for three months to parts unknown. Otherwise, Keene Day—yes, that was really his godforsaken name—would’ve tried a little harder to get her info.

Lucky for him, fate takes pity on him.

They meet over and over again in the airport. First in the security line, then at the terminal where they’re both on the same plane. Finally, after a few delayed flights, an emergency landing, and a six-hour road trip, he finally pulls his head out of his ass long enough to get her info.

And over the next few weeks, they talk over the phone and get to know each other.

But fate is funny.

Just as easily as it can bring you to a person, it can tear them away, too.

And Ande Carter’s life is about to take a turn for the worse.

But Keene is there for it all. The good, bad, and ugly.

Whether she wants him there or not.




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Gunshot wounds were the worst.

“This one looks like it’s all bluster,” Callister, our pseudo-medic, said. “I think it’ll be fine, but you need to get checked out the moment we get home.”

I gave him a thumbs up, and felt my wound pull.

Only when we were on the plane, a handful of scared as fuck children in the corner with a child psychologist talking to them, did I pull out my phone and text her.

It’d been four weeks since we’d seen each other, and in those four weeks, I’d only grown more and more fond of her.

Me: How are you?

We’d been texting since we’d parted ways, and I didn’t know if I even knew how to function without her witty humor and sweetness anymore.

We also talked on the phone every night if we could, but over the last four days that I’d been rescuing children from deviants who deserved to be mutilated and left for dead in the desert sun, I’d missed nearly every single one of her calls.

Since she didn’t immediately respond, I switched over to a text thread with my sisters and started talking.

Me: I met a girl.

Simi: Oh my God. Is she imaginary?

Me: No. Real flesh and blood.

Crimson: Winston told me that your phone has been glued to your hand. I hadn’t noticed. But I’m glad to know that my husband can notice this but can’t notice that the trash can needed emptied yesterday.

Val: Who is this girl that you speak of?

Me: I met her at the airport a few weeks ago. She was on that really bad flight with me that made national news, remember?

Tony: I wonder when we’ll get to meet her?

Zip: Probably never. His sparkling personality will run her off before we get the chance.

I rolled my eyes.

But she wasn’t wrong.

I usually ran them off way before I got to the introduction stage of the relationship.

There was something about Ande, though. Something that I knew would be a forever kind of thing. If we allowed it.

Ande: Well, I just saw the nastiest looking penis I’ve ever seen in my life. Ol’ dude decided to stick it in a penis pump for four days to hopefully make it bigger, and in turn it got infected, and there is gangrene involved.

I winced.

That sounded… awful.

Me: Does it help if I say that I miss you?

Hades: Wrong thread, bro. Glad to know that you’re human and have the capacity to miss someone, though.

I rolled my eyes, said my goodbyes to the group chat, then resent the original message in the correct thread.

Me: Does it help if I say that I miss you?

Ande: Obviously. Fancy a trip to Hazard, Nebraska?




About Lani Lynn Vale:

Lani Lynn Vale is an American author of humorous romantic suspense novels. Born in the Great State of Texas, she has lived the majority of her adult life in East Texas where most of her novels are based. She’s married to her high school sweetheart whom her readers refer to as “LLV’s Bearded Half.” She published her first novel, Boomtown, in the summer of 2013 after the birth of her third child. She’s gone on to publish over 100 novels, with most of them going on to become USA Today Bestsellers.

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