That’s the motto Silas Mackenzie, the president of The Dixie Wardens MC, has lived by since he was a young man.
Now he’s well on the way to middle age, has three grown children, and he’s lusting after a woman he should definitely stay away from.
Especially not one that his ex-girlfriend had given birth to, and happened to be only twenty seven years old.
Sawyer isn’t a young girl at heart, though.
She’s seen the inside of a jail cell for eight long years, and every one of them she spent paying for a crime she didn’t commit.
Silas Mackenzie knows as soon as he sees her that the girl has sacrificed enough.
And maybe…just maybe…so has Silas.
It’s time for Silas Mackenzie to get what he deserves, and put a little bit of happy back into Sawyer’s world, one rough, bearded kiss at a time.
To say I was skeptical before I started Counter To My Intelligence would be like saying a massive knife wound is actually a papercut. The past few books by this author for me have really been hit or miss and I was really wondering if it was time for this book whore to accept that I need to move on and no longer continue following this author. Harsh I know but sometimes that is what must be done. I really am glad that I did give one more chance because Counter To My Intelligence renewed my faith in her writing. I almost want to say she went back to her original recipe of how she wrote her books. Sort of like when Coke brought out new Coke and how everyone said why would they mess with something that has worked? And yes I am giving a hint at my age with that one but I don’t really care. Luckily though Ms. Vale went back to what made me fall in love with her books in the first place. Alpha males, sassy and sarcastic females, some drama, a ton of laughs, some pretty hot sex and a storyline that you can’t help but love. There was no pushing of religious views or so much unrealistic or unbelievable drama that it took away from the heart of the story. Counter To My Intelligence was filled with mending a family, a wrong being righted, friendship, and most importantly love.
I know I have been waiting for Silas’ book ever since I started the series and I loved him. Yes he is rough and older but who cares! He has lived through shit, become stronger, made mistakes, learned from them and is trying to just be who he is deep down. He has regrets but tries to do what is right for his family, even if they really want nothing to do with him. I really felt like slapping his daughter on more than one occasion and kneeing both of his sons multiple times. (If you know the series and the others that tie into this one, then you who his kids are) Let’s just say some good old fashioned ass whoopings needed to happen but Silas has too big of a heart to ever say anything to his kids.
Sawyer, my heart broke for her. What she went through and then to be punished even further was just too much. She was broken, even if she didn’t always show it, she was. The connection between her and Silas was such a strong one that you just knew these two were meant for each other, despite the age difference which personally I see no problem with it but I know some might. Sawyer deep down was a good person who got dealt a very shitty hand and didn’t deserve the hell she went through.
Like I said in the beginning of this review, Counter To My Intelligence proves that Lani Lynn Vale is back in my opinion. The writing didn’t feel forced, there wasn’t some other subliminal message or personal views being pushed. It straight up was a damn good book that I can guarantee that I will not only be recommending but reading again in the near future.
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.