Title: Beard Mode
Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC Series #1
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Cover Model: David Byers
Aaron don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.
After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.
Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.
Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.
Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.
The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.
He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.
Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.
It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.
Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.
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“New guy.” Someone muttered behind me.
I turned only my head to find Stone, the president, staring at me with hard eyes.
“Yeah?” I asked him, dropping my bag on the floor and heading in his direction instead of out the door like I’d originally intended.
“You’re here because you have a special set of skills that we need.” The leader of the band of misfits, Stone, drawled.
“That sounds like a bad line out of a movie.” I muttered, wondering where he was going with this.
He tossed me a glare and then yelled.
“Truth!” Stone yelled. “Ghost! Get the fuck in here!”
Ghost and Truth walked in the door at the same time, both of them turning to the side to walk inside, and stared at Stone
“Ghost, hold Truth down so New Guy can give him the fuckin’ shot.” Stone grumbled.
Ghost tackled Truth and wrestled him to the desk, then sat on him while Stone leaned back and watched.
“No, motherfucker!” Truth yelled. “I don’t want it!”
“It’s the fuckin’ flu shot, you dumb shit. Not a fuckin’ tracking device. Take a fuckin’ chill pill.” Stone grumbled, staring at the scuffle that was going down in front of him.
I picked up the syringe from the table, similar to the one I’d given everybody else’s flu shot with, and stabbed it in the meat of Truth’s arm.
Truth bellowed in rage, and I flipped the guard up on the syringe before tossing it into the trash can.
“Done?” I asked Stone. “I have to get to work.”
“Yeah, thanks.” He nodded. “Have fun at the nut house.”
I grunted something unintelligible, causing him to laugh.
“Don’t sound so excited.” He laughed.
I flipped him off and walked out the door just as Ghost was letting Truth up
“Why you gotta be such a big motherfucker?” Truth growled. “If you’d been anyone else, I’d have gotten away.”
“Why do you think I called Ghost instead of anyone else?” I heard Stone reply.
I had no doubt that this new series by Lani would start off with a bang, it’s Lani Lynn Vale! When I see this name attached to a book I know I’m in for a treat and as usual she didn’t disappoint. She has this unique way of tearing me down through her story lines and characters, only to bring me up with a huge smile on my face. This book is filled with drama, suspense, violence, panty dropping steamy moments and a lot of humor.
Imogen was perfect, she’s is a former Marine and a total ass kicker. A pixie sized, sexy, disheveled woman that was nothing short of a riot. Imogen does anything for those she loves, she makes some mistakes and makes poor decisions but her heart is always in the right place. Aaron well let’s say he served country only to come back to a crazy ex-wife who did more damage to him than war did. Aaron moves to Alabama and becomes part of the Dixie Warden Rejects and let me tell you this group of misfits are so lovable, funny, loyal and sexy. Aaron is gorgeous but scarred from his pasts. Even angry and distant I was drawn to his characters charm and personality as I was to Imogen.
Aaron doesn’t do relationships anymore but from the moment Imogen steps into his life he’s taking in with her unique type of beauty. It doesn’t help that they are next door neighbors and constantly running into each other. I loved how the author handled their relationship. It was slow, cautious and perfect for these characters. Their banter and love of books was so funny and sweet. Imogen found a way to bulldoze her way into Aarons heart and even though he tried to stay away he was really happy to fall. Because this is Lani Lynn Vale you can bet on Aaron being a total alpha male. This man was stacked with yummy goodness and tattoos. I just loved everything about him.
This was a fast paced book, the danger and the budding romance had me glued to this book and I’m not going to even speak on the hot sex scenes (OK I will… SO HAWT). I’m not sure how this author does it but every time I’m finished a book, I hate to see it end. The characters and side characters in this story bring so much depth and intrigue. We meet new members of the MC and are introduced to a new story lines that I can’t wait for.
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.