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Beard Mode by Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Beard Mode
Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC Series #1
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Cover Model: David Byers

Photographer: Michael Stokes

Aaron don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.
After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.
Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.
Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.
Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.
The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.
He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.
Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.
It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.
Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.

“Lani Lynn Vale has a way of taking your soul and twisting it and tearing it up, but then somehow, some way making sure that the book still makes you have a goofy freaking happy smile, and all in love with her by the end of it.” - MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews

“It was sooo good and I am sooo excited that this was my first Lani Lynn Vale book...gasp....can you believe I have not read one of her books yet??” - iScream Books
“Don’t think about it, just go one click this book and you’ll enjoy it like, I did. One thing about this author is she keeps getting better every time. You will never be disappointed about it, I promise.” - Fabulous Ladies Book Blog

“New guy.”  Someone muttered behind me.
I turned only my head to find Stone, the president, staring at me with hard eyes.
“Yeah?” I asked him, dropping my bag on the floor and heading in his direction instead of out the door like I’d originally intended.
“You’re here because you have a special set of skills that we need.”  The leader of the band of misfits, Stone, drawled.
I nearly laughed.
“That sounds like a bad line out of a movie.” I muttered, wondering where he was going with this.
He tossed me a glare and then yelled.
“Truth!”  Stone yelled.  “Ghost! Get the fuck in here!”
Ghost and Truth walked in the door at the same time, both of them turning to the side to walk inside, and stared at Stone
“Ghost, hold Truth down so New Guy can give him the fuckin’ shot.” Stone grumbled.
Ghost tackled Truth and wrestled him to the desk, then sat on him while Stone leaned back and watched.
“No, motherfucker!” Truth yelled.  “I don’t want it!”
“It’s the fuckin’ flu shot, you dumb shit.  Not a fuckin’ tracking device. Take a fuckin’ chill pill.”  Stone grumbled, staring at the scuffle that was going down in front of him.
I picked up the syringe from the table, similar to the one I’d given everybody else’s flu shot with, and stabbed it in the meat of Truth’s arm.
Truth bellowed in rage, and I flipped the guard up on the syringe before tossing it into the trash can.
“Done?” I asked Stone.  “I have to get to work.”
Stone nodded.
“Yeah, thanks.” He nodded. “Have fun at the nut house.”
I grunted something unintelligible, causing him to laugh.
“Don’t sound so excited.” He laughed.
I flipped him off and walked out the door just as Ghost was letting Truth up
“Why you gotta be such a big motherfucker?”  Truth growled.  “If you’d been anyone else, I’d have gotten away.”
“Why do you think I called Ghost instead of anyone else?”  I heard Stone reply.

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.


Beard Mode (The Dixie Warden Rejects MC #1)Beard Mode by Lani Lynn Vale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Beard Mode
Author: Lani Lynn Vale


If you're looking for a book that will make your heart cry out in sadness at what these two individuals have gone through all the while begging to hear more about their relationship, then Beard Mode is the perfect go to book! I was never one to enjoy a man in a beard, or rather, they aren't my go-to man, but Lani Lynn Vale sure changed my mind on that point when it came to Aaron. The man sure can rock the look! Imogen has the heart of gold - taking in her mother and nephew when it would seem that their luck was down, even though she herself is struggling to make ends meet. With the stereotypes that a woman shouldn't own a mechanic's garage (even from the men that she works with), but as an ex Marine who took her tour and made sure to become a specialist in her field, she takes over her grandfather's business and does what works best for her. When her grandfather rents out a spot in her garage, she comes face to face with her neighbor, Aaron, again who she can't deny, she has been fascinated with ever since she moved in across the hall. Each with their own inner demons, will they be able to learn to trust their hearts again?


I absolutely loved these two. They are completely different and yet similar in so many ways. They understand the effects of tours and the marines, and how instincts will take over when everything else doesn't make sense. At the same time, their individual trials, the things they went through, is enough to make you wonder more than once just how it's possible for them to want to attempt trusting another human being. Aaron had been hurt in the worst kind of ways by his ex wife, and Imogen, the brunt of such lack of respect by the same people who have served with her (maybe not at the same time or the same platoon), and yet, they give me hope that there will always be someone who will make you believe again. Beard Mode is part of a series, The Dixie Warden Rejects, but I know i'll following the storyline from now on if getting sucked in thoroughly to a point where 3am came around and i forgot to go to bed is any indication. Honestly, i can't wait to read more about Lani Lynn Vale's bearded men, because quite frankly, they call out to me in ways i never thought possible.

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