Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Book Tour for Shakedown by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW).......

A woman finds herself reuniting with her past when a blast from her past answers her dating app in this entertaining contemporary romance of second chances.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Shakedown by Lani Lynn Vale, along with getting my impressions of this 8th and final installment in the Souls Chapel Revenants MC series, then add it to your bookshelf too!

Wanted: someone to hand feed me Doritos so my hands don’t get orange. No weirdos.
Belle Pena was an editor. Not a writer.
When her brothers challenge her to create a dating profile, she makes up the most random biography she can think of. She never, not ever, thought she’d find anybody to respond. But she was sorely mistaken.
Sadly, she finds that she has way more interest than she ever could’ve imagined.
But only one profile catches her eye.
Bruno never meant to take the dating app seriously. Being the last single man in his band of misfits, he’s happy being the odd man out. Women spelled trouble, and he had enough trouble in his life to last him through the next decade.
Only his newfound family doesn’t feel the same. One innocent ‘sure’ has the women of the Souls Chapel Revenants MC creating him a dating profile that is too spot on to be comfortable. And just when he decides to delete the app entirely, a particular face catches his eye.
One innocent question of ‘Belle is that you? Do you remember punching me in the throat in high school?’ has him stepping into trouble neck deep, and he doesn’t even realize it until it’s too late.




As a fan of Ms. Vale’s books, I’ve found something special with each one.  From unique and appealing characters to moments of excitement that kept me on the edge of my seat.  With this final installment in the Souls Chapel Revenants MC series Ms. Vale has once again crafted characters that I thoroughly enjoyed and brought everything to a thrilling and richly-deserved conclusion.

This is a story of second chances, a romance of insta-love between two people who think themselves unworthy of love.  Bruno is the last single man standing amongst his Brothers, but it’s not long before unexpected attraction leads him towards his own HEA.  Bruno’s hard to like early on as he's a man of few words.  He speaks when he actually has something to say and never wastes time or words.  He's a big, brute of a man who never pretends to be something he's not, but there's still hidden layers to him that only Belle brings out in him.  His beliefs are strong and he would die doing what he knows to be right but around Belle a softer side to him emerges, a sense of uncertainty that's endearing.  He has a few quirks of his own, a bit of OCD in how he functions, that further endeared him to me.  I grew to love Bruno and thoroughly enjoyed watching his gruff barricade come down as he grew closer to Belle.

Belle Pena was a delightfully realistic heroine, one though who's far from perfect...but one who's perfect for Bruno.  She's a woman of many quirks, riddled with OCD tendencies that have her cautious of who and how she comes into contact with people.  She too is blunt in her words, abrasive to some, but I liked her straightforward nature that had you always knowing where she stood.  She's an inquisitive woman, one always looking beyond the surface, which helped her in her connection to Bruno and seeing them grow together warmed my heart.

Not only did I enjoy seeing these two grow emotionally, I also enjoyed seeing their sweet and sexy romance grow steamier with each turn of the page.  The banter between them was crackling too and had me laughing through all its bodacious honesty.  Along with this endearing and unforgettable main couple there were glimpses of past couples, interactions with other Brothers from the MC, who together rounded out the sense of family that's been built throughout this series.  There was a nice splash of suspense too as the trafficking ring that was played out throughout the series was brought to an end.  This was a satisfying series as a whole that I was sad to see end, but I'm very ready for what Ms. Vale has planned next!

My rating for this is an A-

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


Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & 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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