3.5 stars · Viki's review

Viki’s Review: ‘Son of a Beard’ by Lani Lynn Vale

Truth Alan Reacher was a biker. He was a bladesmith. What he was not, was a fool. The moment he walked in on his girl screwing his cousin on his bike, he does the only thing he can do. He ditches the bike seat—and the girl—riding right out of her life without a backwards glance. That is until he’s forced to attend the marriage of his cousin to his cheating ex-girlfriend. The only bright spot of the entire thing was watching some chick go off on the groom—the groom’s ex-fiancé—right in the middle of the bouquet toss. Verity Ruthann Cassidy was supposed to be here today attending this wedding as the bride, not watching the festivities as a guest from the chairs she’d painstakingly purchased covers for while her fiancé—now her ex-fiancé—screwed around on her with another woman. The icing on the wedding cake that she refuses to eat? She’s forced to attend the wedding due to her mother being the wedding planner. However, the night doesn’t turn out quite the way she expects it due to the hot-as-hell biker sitting in the chair directly beside her. The man gave one hell of a speech during the reception that sounded like something that could have come straight out of her own mouth, and she enjoyed every single second of it. Thrown together under similarly lousy circumstances, the two newly single jilted former lovers of the happy couple decide to go to Vegas on what was to be Verity’s honeymoon trip. One thing leads to another, and the next thing they know, their night has gone from a celebration of being single to a marriage—to each other. Verity and Truth now have to figure out if everything that happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.

Title: Son of a Beard (The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #3)
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Published: April 27th 2017 by Lani Lynn Vale
Genres: contemporary romance, bikers, adult, suspense

My Thoughts

As every month we got a new book in April too, from Lani Lynn Vale. Thank God for that in slower months they are my highlights and it is a pretty great deal from an author to produce at least one book per month. At least if you ask me.  This particular story is the third book in the The Dixie Warden Rejects MC series which is kind of a spinoff series to her Dixie Warden MC books, but you don’t necessary need to read it before you start Son of a beard. Yes if you read it you get a deeper understanding of the plot and a lot of supportive characters show up in previous books, so I personally recommended reading it just for enjoyment sake.

The book starts out explosively and with quite an eventful and surprising way at least for the main characters. Both of them go through similar, hurtful and a bit humiliating experience which later connects their lives together. To be honest I really liked the beginning of the story but after third of it was over it dulled out a little bit, lost its edge and a lot of possibilities. And this starts to be a common thread to the author books, her older creations were dramatic and almost absurd plot wise with all the twists and turns she wrote into them but I loved them with their little overdramatized selves. They portrayed everyday heroes with not so everyday problems and it was perfect liked that thanks to the amazing balance the author put to them. Lately the writing style improved marginally as I mentioned it in my earlier reviews too but the storylines stars to get lacking in terms of drama and dynamism.  I still like them but it is harder to love them. There are a lot of unused potential in the books and I think quite a few things just get dropped or swept under the rug like in this story with Vertity relationship with her mother or the circumstances with Destiny pregnancy.

The two main characters in Son of a beard are Verity and Truth, whom we met with in previous books from this series.
Truth has been through a lot and he struggles with it quite a bit. He made bad decisions in his past and they haunt them still this day. Because of this he is a bit reluctant to open up for others and pushes them away, especially Verity. And he does this in a hurtful and even disgusting way but it only shows that nobody is perfect. I liked him but he deserves a slap here and there.
Then there is Verity who goes through the same in the beginning of the story than Truth but her version of it is more humiliating. Yet she is strong and resistant, and is if turns out really patient and persistent too. She fights for what she wants and I liked this lot about her. Her attraction towards Truth and the chemistry between them is off the charts but the intimate scenes and the plot itself is not well balanced at all.

This book still has some serious danger and suspense in it but not so well executed that got used to from the author. I need to mention one particular scene, the one almost at the end of the book, the hospital scene. Well I don’t get that one, no matter how many times I reread it I still can’t figure out what the actual hell happened.  It was really confusing.

Two things I liked to mention before I finish this review. I hate that the MC life itself, the club and the brotherhood is kind of missing from this story and gets pushed farther and farther out of the scope with every book in the series.  And secondly the little teases from Ghost story, they are driving me up the wall especially since his book is going to be the last in the series. She did this with Michael too from the KPD-SWAT series and I was like I don’t even want to read it when it finally came out.  This is just my little quirk, don’t tease me if I had to wait almost half a year before I get to the point to figure this shit out.

So enjoyed the book but I think it could have been better, but I’m still a hard core  Lani Lynn Vale fan and pre-ordering all of the books from her I can.


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