Kinda Don’t Care (Simple Man #1) by Lani Lynn Vale
She’s in a white dress that dances around her ankles, and her hair tumbles in a long sheet of curls down her back. A veil covers her beautiful eyes, and she smiles directly at him. Janie is everything Rafe’s ever imagined she would be on her wedding day.
Breathtaking. Gorgeous. Perfect.
The moment he sees her walking down the aisle towards him, he knows that she’s the one.
Then she passes him, making her way to the man she’s to marry.
A man that wasn’t him.
A man that he knows with one hundred percent certainty isn’t good enough for her.
It seems that her father isn’t the only one who’s having a hard time giving her away. Rafe only wishes he knew why.
Everything about Janie sparks protective instincts he doesn’t feel for anyone, not even his own fiancé.
What he feels for the bride, however, isn’t merely a simple attraction. He knows that something is there just beneath the surface…if only he could reach it.
It has to be something huge, too, otherwise he wouldn’t be drinking whiskey straight from the flask in a church pew and wondering how many years he would do in prison if he shot the groom in front of about a hundred witnesses—half of those being cops.
He was good…but not that good.
A near-death experience cost Rafe almost six months of his memory, but right now he can’t help but feel like a huge mistake is being made on both of their parts. One that’s going to cost him everything.
Then she says I do.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
We’ve been waiting for it, looking forward to it. This is the beginning of the stories of the Free Kids. We finally get to see where their lives lead them! But no pressure!
Rafe is an outcast. He lives in the shadows, moving in and out of peoples lives, without a trace. He trusts no one, even those he should be holding closest. But Janie, even from a young age, left an impression. That impression changed over time, as she grew up.
Janie was introduced to us in the first Free book, Boomtown. She was a force to be reckoned with, even at that age. She certainly made an impression on me! As we watched her grow up throughout the Free books, we saw her strong personality develop. She would have had to become a strong woman to be able to hold her own with the Free guys!
This book took characters we were already familiar with, and loved, and put them together. Then you sit back, and wait for the explosion! Because you know there will be one! Rafe is quite a bit older than Janie, and tries to keep his distance because of that. But Janie is strong willed enough that she will bide her time, and do what she has to do to get what she wants.
As much as I loved seeing the kids all grown up, I also loved seeing the much loved characters from previous books at a different stage of their life. I loved seeing James get all “he-man”, Daddy go crazy trying to protect Janie! I can just imagine how the rest of the guys will be!
I loved this book for so many reasons. The familiar characters, the crazy bad guys, the strong alpha males, the strong willed females, and the plot twists that come out of left field all combine to create a book that will definitely earn its place on my re-read list!