Title: Hail No
Once he’s free, it takes him twenty-four hours to get his old job back, his dog at home where he belongs, and an understanding that people aren’t as forgiving as he once thought them to be. He’s just about given up hope of ever integrating back into society when a woman slams into his heart, literally and figuratively.
Kennedy Swallow just wants to belong somewhere.
When she was younger, her parents divorced, and chose to separate her from her twin. Fast forward fifteen years, and she’s finally getting to meet the family she’s always wanted to be a part of. To make that happen, she uproots her life and moves to the tiny town of Hostel, Texas—giving her almost everything she’s ever wanted.
Just when she thinks she’s making progress in winning her family over, she finds out that her twin is ill, and the only reason her family tolerates her is due to the convenience of having a free caretaker whenever they might be in need of one.
After a few eye-opening experiences, she quickly realizes that she’s being used. Vowing to herself that she’ll make the best of the situation, she begins to steel her heart. What she doesn’t prepare for is a man named Evander who sees that barrier as a challenge.
It takes Evander all of ten seconds while watching the woman on the floor, bleeding from her jaw, to realize that maybe life isn’t as bad as it could be.
This woman with her thrill for life, a crazy obsession with chickens, and a desire to be wanted, changes everything he thinks he knows.
But it doesn’t take long for him to realize that just by being around her, the people of the town have judged her guilty by association.
Her business suffers, and soon after, she realizes what it will mean to have him by her side—the loss of everything she’s worked so hard for.
Kennedy knows that Evander is worth it. Evander, however, decides that he’s not letting another person get hurt because he was stupid enough to care.
This is book one in a new series by Lani Lynn Vale and even though I’m used to her writing MC books I’m so glad we got something different from her. Clearly anything this author writes will be amazing that leaves me speechless. This was an amazing start to a new series. It’s filled with betrayals, injustices, suspense, quirkiness and holy batman alpha hotness.
This book is Evander and Kennedys story and right from the first page I was hooked. Small Texas isn’t very welcoming when it comes to Evander’s return and after serving 4 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit had made him hard and brash. No one except his dog is happy with his presence and they all steer clear of him, all except Kennedy. Kennedy hasn’t had an easy life and finally getting to spend time with her sister and her nephews has her feeling hopeful. That is until her sister and her family only want her around to help them with their needs. An accidental bump in a supermarket puts these very different yet very similar people on the same journey.
I loved Kennedy’s quirkiness and how much her determination got Evander to bring down his walls. He doesn’t smile or laugh but Kennedy has this side to her that he can’t seem to walk away from. Slowly we see these characters start to rely on one another and give each other the strength to face the injustice in their lives. I loved how we got to see this rough and tough man become a sweet and tender man but holy moly in the bed the gloves were off.
The danger was just an added bonus to this story and I found myself really getting caught up in it. I hated how the very people who should have supported and loved them unconditionally turned their backs and constantly let them down. I personally felt Evander’s frustration and insistence to clear his name. I really loved how this relationship slowly built up and how it was perfect for the story line. All in all this was a great start to a great new series and I highly recommend it.
iScream Book Blog – “Hail No = Hell Yes!”
Britt Red Hatter Book Blog – “As always, Hail No is an addictive book that will instantly suck you in and leave you unable to step away for even a second.”
MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews – “The first book of this new series was amazing, and had me going through all the feels.”