Beard Up by Lani Lynn Vale


Ghost [gohst] noun: the soul of a dead person, a disembodied, vague, shadowy spirit wandering among or haunting living persons; a mere shadow or semblance; a trace.

That noun sums up Ghost and what his life has become with painful precision. He is barely living, merely existing but never thriving. There wasn’t much that could pull him from the darkness he willingly inhabits…except one thing. Her. 
She is the reason he’s done what he’s done, and his life has become what it has become.

He haunts his former life, lurking in the background, surviving on occasional glimpses of the only thing good that is left in his miserable life. The horror he has inflicted upon her is nothing compared to the terror that waits for her when someone moves in to take her from him. 

The thing about being stuck in the past is that it is like walking through life backwards. She is always looking back, so she doesn’t see what is happening in front of her. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that the ghosts of the past aren’t nearly as terrifying as the monsters of the future.

They say that true love is like a ghost, something that many talk about but few have seen. It’s a good thing for that, too, because he’ll need that element of surprise to protect her. Hopefully when the dust settles, he’ll be able to resurrect more than just himself.

My Review:

I’m not even sure where to start with this book.  I don’t want to give away who the book is about, because the secrecy is part of what makes the book so amazing, but I’m going to try.

I’ve truly loved each and every one of Lani Lynn Vale’s books.  The ongoing story line and intersecting lives of all of the characters have created a world that makes it impossible not to get emotionally involved with each of them.  That being said, the anticipation of waiting for this book about killed me!  Going in, I knew this was Ghost’s book, and that he was a character from a previous book that had “died”.  While there was much speculation about who he was, it was a very tightly held secret.  From his appearances in the othe Rejects books, we knew he was a very tragic character, but very little was said about his back story.

I was crying within the first thirty pages!  The hurt, and tragedy of these two people could be felt so clearly that it was impossible not to hurt for them.  And the pure joy that they felt at being together was tangible.  The beauty of their relationship stood out above everything else in the book.  Don’t get me wrong, like all of Lani Lynn Vale’s books, there was plenty of action, suspense, and bad guys, but the love story stood out the most for me, along with the pure rightness of them being together.  Just amazing!

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