Aug 06

Too Bad So Sad by Lani Lynn Vale Review



Tyler Cree has never been good at the whole look and don’t touch thing.

From the moment he was old enough to walk on his own two feet, he’s been looking for trouble.

Trouble comes in many forms…quite a few of those forms being the female persuasion.

Tyler knows what girls want—a bad boy. And he has the bad boy image down pat.


Hot cop—double check.

A bike between his legs and a devil may care attitude—oh, yeah.

All the girls want him, yet none of them will have him—at least not all of him, anyway. A certain appendage they can have all they want. His heart, however, is not up for grabs. The useless organ inside his chest was broken and battered, mutilated by the one woman he thought would keep it safe.

Spoiler alert: she ripped it to shreds and set fire to the pieces.

To protect himself, Tyler keeps everyone at arm’s length, and never lets anyone get too close.

Then Reagan Rose Alvarez barrels into his life, and trespasses on not only his property, but straight into his abused heart. One glance is all it takes, and he’s suddenly thinking about things he hasn’t thought for quite some time—thoughts that a man like him should never have about a woman like her.

One moment of weakness is all it takes, and suddenly he has no other choice but to go on the offensive.

Keeping her is the only other option now.

Turns out, his heart isn’t as broken as he thought it was.

The only problem is, now the little she-devil holds it in the palm of her hands, and she has no clue just how much power she holds.


Each month, I love sitting down with Lani Lynn Vale’s next book. It’s like a regular visit with a group of old friends. She has created this huge, interconnected fictional world that I just can’t seem to get enough of. The Simple Man Series is Vale’s first second-generation series, and its roots are in her debut series, Freebirds, as these books center around the children of the lead couples from that series or, as Vale and her long-time readers refer to these characters, the Free Kids. Because of that connection, fan-favorite characters from previous series pop up throughout these books, and it’s a nice surprise for readers to catch a glimpse of those characters.

Something Vale does exceptionally well is write everyday heroes as her lead men. She’s written police officers, firemen, paramedics, and she writes them all so naturally and realistically that readers can’t help but fall for these good men. Too Bad So Sad features police officer, Tyler Cree. Tyler has never quite recovered from a painful, dual betrayal that left his heart in tatters. Reagan Alvarez, the daughter of Downey from Vale’s KPD-SWAT series, is a firecracker and one determined little lady, or well, she’s determined to drive Tyler crazy. Their back-and-forth bickering and bantering was hilariously refreshing and so much fun to read. They may have started out as adversaries, but their chemistry was so volatile that it literally sparked all around them and proved to be impossible to ignore.

Too Bad So Sad is another fabulous addition to a series full of fantastic stories. Entertaining with an edge of suspense, Vale worked her magic blending her crazy sense of humor with a fun, sexy romance. Five smooches from me for Too Bad So Sad by Lani Lynn Vale.

~ Danielle Palumbo