Friday, January 8, 2016

ARC : Counter to my Intelligence (The Heroes of The Dixie Wardens MC #7) by Lani Lynn Vale

Sometimes the heart wants what it can’t have.

That’s the motto Silas Mackenzie, the president of The Dixie Wardens MC, has lived by since he was a young man.

Now he’s well on the way to middle age, has three grown children and he’s lusting after a woman he should definitely stay away from.

Especially not one that his ex-girlfriend had given birth to, and happens to be only twenty-nine years old.

Sawyer isn’t a young girl at heart, though.

She’s seen the inside of a jail cell for eight long years, and every one of them was spent paying for a crime she didn’t commit.

Silas Mackenzie knows as soon as he sees her that the she has sacrificed enough.
And maybe…just maybe…so has he.

It’s time for Silas Mackenzie to get what he deserves, and, in the process, put a little bit of happy back into Sawyer’s world, one rough, bearded kiss at a time. 

By the first chapter we know Sawyer’s story. She was incarcerated for 8 years on a vehicular manslaughter (?) charge and now she is getting out. I had to stop my mind from immediately going the Orange is the New Black route, but there were some similarities. Cue the skeevy prison guards.
I loved this story because of Sawyer and all the issues she has to deal with as a newly released convict. I loved how the author addressed the secrets her friends and family had, but was too concerned with her mental state to tell her about. I loved how you were able to get inside Sawyer’s head and witness her attempt to join society after having been locked up for 8 long years. Priorities change and obviously, she has changed. She didn’t have the same interests as she did before. Obviously. And her appreciation for the little things i.e. eating whatever she wanted whenever she wanted was more pronounced. Kudos to the author for addressing this.

The secrets though; that was what had me living in suspense.

  • At one time her parents were divorced.
  • Her boyfriend from before she went in wasn’t who she thought he was.
  • Silas’ past friendship with Reba

Enter Silas motha freaking Mackenzie.

If you like family drama then you will definitely love the Silas character. If you’re familiar with Lani Lynn Vale’s other books then you already know there is MAD drama and hard feelings (to put it mildly) between Silas and his children. Throw Sawyer into the mix and you have the best ‘ride or die’ couple the author has ever written. Silas is Team Sawyer and believes in her innocence and her as an overall good person regardless of her ex-convict status. Sawyer is Team Silas and is concerned about his relationship between him and his kids to the point where she wants to get involved. These two are meant to be. They burn up the sheets and they’re there for each other unconditionally. 

This book is actually coming for the number one spot on my favorite Lani Lynn Vale books. Watch out Coup de Grace!!!   

Lani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for all things romance. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world...that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

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