Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Book Release Blast for Annoyed At First Sight by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW)………

A man with a years-long crush on a woman, a man desperately trying to keep away from temptation, comes forward the moment his temptation is put in danger in this sizzling story full of action and suspense.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Annoyed At First Sight by Lani Lynn Vale, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this sixth installment in the Gator Bait MC series to your bookshelf!

The first time Cassius Ulysses Costas met Alice Paradis, she was in a string bikini and filling up a long line of boats that were there just to see her. She was eighteen and every man’s wet dream.
Even his.
For the longest time, he went out of his way to stay as far away from her as he could get without actually taking his eyes off of her. For years, he was the better person. He played his hand close, and not a single person would know just how obsessed he was with her.
Then he goes to prison and comes out a man that couldn’t care less about anyone or anything, least of all what someone thought of him and his actions. But not one second while he was behind bars did he forget about Alice.
He tries to stay away. For a few long months, he fights his every instinct to make her his. But, as if the universe is conspiring against him, Alice is thrown into his path time after time, instance after instance.
And his resolve is waning. Fast.
In one last ditch effort to stay away, he walks away, hoping making her mad enough will force her to do the work for him.
However, when Alice is attacked, it isn’t Cassius’s harsh words she remembers, but the way he makes her feel safe.
Soon, the very last thing he’ll do is let her walk away. He did the right thing, and that didn’t work out. Now, it’s time for him to embrace the wrong.




Ms. Vale always keeps me on the edge of my seat, keeps me guessing and holding on for dear life as the characters inhabiting her world keep the action and suspense flowing at 90 miles per hour.  Much about Ms. Vale's book seems familiar but she still keeps readers enthralled, hearts pumping, as danger is always just around the corner with each turn of the page.

Cassius Costa's a delicious bad boy, one who tempted me to be naughty from the very beginning.  He doesn't think much of himself though, doesn't think he's worthy of the woman who's been his dream since the moment he first saw her.  His stint in prison has him thinking even more negatively about himself, but when his dream girl starts experiencing a nightmare he's just who she needs to keep herself safe.  Cassius is the typical Vale hero, raw and gritty, rough around the edges but with a big heart hidden from the world and just for the woman he claims as his.  His back and forth actions, the mental tug of war going on in his head sometimes frustrated me, but with his painful past of loss I could understand his hesitancy.

Alice Paradis is a wonderful heroine, strong, sassy, and independent.  She's loyal and seems like nothing will get to her, but when danger rears its ugly head she'll need the help of a strong man...enter Cassius. She and Cassius crackled from the very start.  She might've felt that they were enemies at the start, but with the passage of time she sees him clearly and has no trouble admitting how much she needs him in this exhilarating story.

On a whole this was a quick read that kept me guessing a few times, also made me blush a time or two, and had me frantically turning the pages towards its decadently delightful conclusion.  As usual, the romance and suspense were beautifully balanced and made for a captivating tale from the get-go.  The epilogue too deserves recognition as it tied up this story with a big ol' bow!  With this release Ms. Vale continues to be an auto-buy for me and should be for you too as her writing is exhilarating and enticing!

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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