Friday, July 6, 2018

Book Tour for Ain’t Doin’ It by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW)

A strong-willed man devoted to his daughter but unlucky in love finds himself drawn to a feisty woman used to doing things her own way in this sexy older man/younger woman romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Ain’t Doin’ It by Lani Lynn Vale, along with my impressions of it, then add this fourth installment in the Simple Man series to your bookshelf!

Coke Solomon has lived a full life.
He’s a retired army drill sergeant, so he is more than used to getting his way.
And if he can’t have his way?
Well, let’s just say that’s never happened before...
At least not until Cora Maldonado walks into his life, demanding he fall in line, or she’ll find a way to make his life hell.
He finds out fast that Cora marches to the beat of her own drum, and a lot of times that drum takes her farther away rather than closer to where he feels she needs to be.
He can’t stand it.
He wants her, and he has to have her.
It doesn’t matter that she’s twenty years younger than him, and has a father that would rather see him dead than have his baby girl anywhere near him. Nor does it matter that his ex-wife is highly offended that she’s been replaced with a much younger woman.
Despite the odds stacking against them, he’ll fight for what he wants.
His ex-wife, her father, and their age difference be damned.





The Simple Man series continues with its oft-used theme of the older man/younger woman in a story that frustrated me a time or two but still delighted me when all was said and done.  When a man who’s given up on love finds himself attracted to the strong-willed neighbor next door the sparks will fly in a slow-burn romance that had me rooting for them through their rollercoaster ride to HEA.

Coke was unforgettably introduced in the previous book as a broody man with a heart of gold and a soft spot for his daughter.  He was a stand up guy who came to the aid of a young woman looked down upon by their small town.  He gave her a job and gave her unwavering support which made him an admirable hero who I longed to know more about.  It also showed him as a beleaguered hero who for far too long stayed in a stifling marriage for the sake of his daughter. Ending that marriage turned him off to love as he now just wants a bit of peace, but meeting his neighbor has him throwing caution to the wind in a relationship full of sensuality and suspense.  I adored Coke and was happy to see him finally find someone worthy of him.  He was steady and strong and just what Cora needed when everything turned upside down and I loved seeing his kind heart balanced with his protective nature.

Cora’s an easily relatable character, sometimes mature with other times spent being a bit more silly.  She was a bit socially awkward too which made her attraction to Coke even more understandable as they both set themselves apart from others.  She may be younger in years when compared to Coke, but she didn’t allow him to remain complacent.  Her attraction to him has her going after him wholeheartedly, not allowing him to push her away when his self-doubts arose and her feisty nature had me cheering.

On a whole this was an entertaining small town romance full of sensual banter that richly paid off in the latter half of the book with scorching encounters that left me parched.  Their connection evolved beautifully, was made solid, by spending plenty of time getting to know them as individuals and as a couple and I appreciated the time the author spent on making them a formidable pairing. Surrounding this likable main couple were past characters from this series that brought a smile to my face through their playful banter and supportive natures. All these characters wrapped me up in a comforting blanket that makes this series a heartwarming one overall.  Ultimately this story contains a great romance that drives all that they do.  It’s the suspense though that’s a bit lacking with some scenes feeling silly and over-the-top.  This doesn’t ruin the story by any means as the romance and characters blot out any of my other issues.  By the turn of the final page I’m left satisfied once again courtesy of the talented Ms. Vale in a series that continues to charm me.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles.  She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children, and lives in the Great State of Texas.


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