“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
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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