Thursday, June 29, 2017

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of The Beard Made Me Do It (The Dixie Warden Rejects Book 5) by Lani Lynn Vale

He’s only a friend.
Those words had haunted him from the moment Jessie James had heard them muttered from the girl who held his heart, and whom he thought had his back.
Fourteen years later, he still feels those words like a brand on his soul.
Lucky for him he has a son to focus on, a full-time job that demands his attention the rest of the day, and not a single moment to spare for a woman who won’t stand up for him when he needs her the most.
He’s only a friend.
The words had slipped out of Ellen’s mouth, and before she could recall them, or better yet, explain them, Jesse is gone from her life for good, taking her heart with him.
She tries to move on, to climb her way out of the pit of despair, but not one single person – regardless of how badly she wants to make it work – can fill the void that was left in his wake.
Time heals all wounds.
Or at least that is how the saying goes.
It’s a crock of crap, though.
Fourteen years pass when Jessie and Ellen see each other again without the influence of the town and bad memories surrounding them, and it’s as if not a single day has passed.
Ellen knows the instant that her eyes see her old love that she’s still just as in love with him today as she was all those years ago.
The problem is that Jesse wants nothing to do with her. Or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself.

This is another fantastic read from the Dixie Warden Rejects MC. This is Jessie and Ellen's love and hate affair. These two met years ago - highschool in fact and overprotective and overbearing parents pushed them apart -- or Ellen's words that Jessie was just a friend. Haunted by those words Jessie walks away and never looks back .. Linc is his world and he has to protect him. Too bad Ellen couldn't be there along the way but squashing her dreams wasn't an option. 

Fast forward years later. That voice -- he knows it. That hair he loves it -- but she is in the arms of another man. (This is where you need to read the previous release because you know exactly what the issue is with Sean from the previous book). 

Not only is this an up and down story but I loved Ellen's spirit but my most favorite was a teenage Dad who took ownership of his child and did everything he needed and then some to make sure his child was raised well and always did his best. YES!

Keep the pages turning and enjoy the little excerpts in his chapter prior to reading. Love those from Lani. They always crack me up. There is not a dull moment or a dull character in this release. You can read these as standalone but the characters all tie into each other so missing a book would be a no no in my opinion. Great story and LOVE the cover. 

Bring on the next please! ARC provided

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