Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Book Release Blast for Cute But Psycho by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW)………

Two people seen by society as pariahs find a perfectly imperfect romance in this unforgettable tale that pushed every one of my emotional buttons.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Cute But Psycho by Lani Lynn Vale, along with my impressions of it, then add this third installment in the Gator Bait MC series to your bookshelf!

Etienne LaFayette hits the ground running the moment he breathes free air after being paroled from a maximum-security prison in Texas.
He claws his life back from his brother-in-law who’d taken over his business during the years he’d spent as an inmate at Huntsville Penitentiary. Though it is hard, he puts his life back together in Accident, Florida.
There, he hires new employees, joins a motorcycle club, and becomes wildly successful overnight.
Seems like the perfect life, right? Wrong.
Because one of his first clients is a beautiful, curly-haired woman that reels him in from the moment he first lays eyes on her. Only, before he can work his charm, she forms an opinion of him based solely on the person that he chose to work at his side, day in and day out. That opinion? Utter disgust.
Matilda Deveraux has been dealt blow after blow her entire life.
First with the death of her mom. Then living with a stepfamily that despises her.
Her entire life she’s been known as different. The “weird girl that creeps everyone out.”
It’s not her fault that she’s different, yet everyone, including Etienne’s assistant, treats her like she’s a menace to society.
Like she would be better off in a loony bin than gracing the streets of Accident, Florida.
After years of abuse from everyone around her, the last thing she needs is to be around a man that would have that horrible woman around him twenty-four seven.
As a result, she forms an opinion—something that people do to her all the time—and treats him accordingly.
Only, it turns out that Etienne isn’t who she thought he was.
He’s much, much worse. But only in the best of ways.




Lani Lynn Vale has done it again!  With the release of this third installment in the Gator Bait MC series Ms. Vale has crafted a story with a larger than life main couple who are perfectly imperfect...both as a couple and as individuals.  They may start out as enemies due to a misunderstanding but once they commit to each other they're all in with a connection that sizzles.  Add in outside drama courtesy of toxic families and you end up with an intensely emotional story that I'm still thinking of in a sweet and sexy, fun and flirty, tale of starting over and being your own person.

Etienne LaFayette is getting back into the groove of living free after getting out of prison.  He joined an MC and regained his business, becoming extremely successful in the process.  It's his business where he comes into contact with the unforgettable Mattie, changing his life irrevocably as he works to win her over.  Etienne's a delicious hero, one of many in this series.  He's protective and caring and dismayed by Mattie's dislike of him at the very start.  Once he discovers the reasons for her dislike though he goes out of his way to prove himself to her in a truly charming journey that's heartwarming and humorous.

Mattie Deveraux's a quirky heroine, an unforgettable one that Ms. Vale is a master at creating.  Her family has done nothing but torment her her whole life for being different, used her to get what they want, all while treating her as a pariah.  When she discovers one of her worst tormentors working for the sexy Etienne she gives him the cold shoulder, despite being attracted to him.  The minute he discovers how badly Mattie's been hurt by those supposed to protect her though, Etienne goes out of his way to show Mattie just how special she is.  Thus starts their sizzling romance, a romance full of heart and soul, that I was utterly captivated by as it was a slow and steady journey to trustworthiness that was vital to Mattie.  Through every hurt she experienced Mattie just kept going, never being defeated by the painful words and deeds, just got stronger.  On a whole she's strong-willed, comfortable in her own skin, and a truly loving and caring heroine who's a perfect match for Etienne.

From the first page to the last this was a flawless story of two people seen as pariahs finding their place in the world, finding a home in each other's arms.  Their romance was perfectly imperfect as there were no judgments between them...there was just love and acceptance.  There were sizzling scenes balanced with loving and heartwarming moments along with bits of humor to pull readers into their pairing.  By the turn of the final page, readers will find this an epic romance with characters who are different but utterly likable and compelling.  This series continues to be masterful with its unforgettable characters, and richly rewarding romance, and I look forward to seeing where Ms. Vale takes us next!

My rating for this is an A+

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

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