Law And Beard (The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #8) by Lani Lynn Vale
Winnie thinks she has the perfect life.
Two beautiful, healthy children. A police officer husband. A job that she loves. Oh, and let’s not forget that she’s a nationally ranked marathon runner.
Fast forward six months, and her perfect life has imploded.
Winnie finds herself in a completely new world, and this new world is a brutal bitch.
In this new life of hers, her husband is gone. He realizes, at the worst possible time, that he’s no longer in love with her. He’s in love with her best friend. So he leaves, and doesn’t look back.
Her sixteen-year-old daughter is in trouble with the law, and she’s barely making ends meet thanks to losing the job that was keeping her and her tiny family afloat.
Then, the last thing that could make it all bearable, her running, is ripped out from under her, too. Thanks to a spinal stroke that leaves her unable to walk, let alone run, she’s having to relearn how to do the simplest of tasks—such as putting on her own pants.
She’s at the lowest of lows, and the last thing she wants is a sexy, bearded, motorcycle riding alpha to tell her how to live her life.
But Steel Cross never asks her what she wants.
The moment Steel Cross sees Winnie’s daughter steal some shoes for her younger brother, he knows he’s in trouble.
He’s a sucker for misunderstood teens. After all, he was once one himself.
He knows he can’t just walk away, and the moment he sees that troubled teen’s mother, he doesn’t just know it, he feels it. Down to the very bottom of his soul.
With his share of hard knocks, he knows that he shouldn’t step in and make his move on a fellow police officer’s ex. There’s a code, after all, yet he just can’t seem to help himself.
He’s done being the good guy. Sometimes he just wants to be bad.
And Winnie makes him realize that being bad is still kind of good. As long as you’re with the right person.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I just don’t know how Lani Lynn Vale does it, but book after book, series after series, she turns out amazing, interesting books, that keep me enthralled from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who the hero is, who the heroine is, if they are much loved characters we know from previous books, or someone brand new, I’m just as invested in each book that she puts out.
Law and Beard is no exception. Winnie had my heart from the beginning. For such a strong woman, to be laid low, and then hit again and again, it just hit me in the feelings. I’m not sure how she kept her courage up, kept from sinking into a depression so deep that she’d never find her way out. But she kept working hard, striving for her best, and making things better. It just amazes me!
Steel Cross is HOT! Older than typical in a romance novel, he has lived his life, and makes no excuses for it. He works hard for his community, his department, and his MC. He’s no stranger to relationships, but there is just something about Winnie that catches his attention and won’t let go. Even when he knows he shouldn’t get involved, he just can’t stop himself.
I loved Big Poppa in previous books. He just seemed to provide a stability that the younger MC guys needed. I’m so glad that he found someone that was perfect for him! And I love Winnie for him. She is a woman that has dealt with tragedy, and kept on going. She has a strength that makes her fit in his life, lends itself to him, makes him better.
This book is full of action, secrets, twists and turns. When you get started, there is nothing that prepares you for what is going to happen, and I couldn’t help but gasp in surprise several times while reading because I just did not know what was coming! This was a fabulous ending to the Dixie Warden Rejects series!