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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Release Blitz! Counter To My Intelligence By Lani Lynn Vale

Sometimes the heart wants what it can’t have.
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 like your vest.”

“It’s called a cut,” he muttered laughingly.

“What’s a cut?” I asked.

The hail and rain got worse, hitting the roof and the side of the garage like tiny little battering rams.

“A leather vest,” he quipped.

I giggled against his chest, turning my face so it could rest against his neck.

He growled when I kissed his exposed throat, but otherwise didn’t move.

“Joking aside, it’s my club. The cut is me. The top rocker, which is the white banner at the top, is our club name,” he said.

I felt along his back as he spoke, feeling what he was saying as he explained what each one was.

“The bottom rocker is our club’s location. We’re in Benton. We have other chapters all over the south,” he explained. “On the front is my name, club title, and the city again.”

I knew he was explaining this to me to get my mind off the fact that the roof was shaking around us, literally.

“I can’t believe Dallas hasn’t at least come to check on me,” I muttered darkly.

He tangled my hands in my hair, and I looked up at him…or where I thought he was.

“Your brother is a shit head. And I don’t think he even realizes that he is. Because if he did, he wouldn’t be telling your parents anything about how you were. My guess is that he really is worried, but he doesn’t know how to handle that worry. So, he closes himself off, telling himself that by telling your mother how he thinks you’re doing, he’s helping. Which, in reality, he’s not,” Silas said. “Maybe it’s time you had a talk with him, let him know you don’t appreciate being treated as a child.”

I agreed, and I’d already planned on doing that.

“I was going to do that today, but then he had that huge freakin’ party,” I told him darkly. “And I had to park in the street.”

He lowered his mouth down to mine.

“Well, then it’s a good thing he’s preoccupied, because right about now I could really fuck you on top of his car and he’d never even know,” he said tightly, lifting my body off the bench and laying me down on the car’s hood.

I laughed. “You know,” I said as he stripped my shorts from me. “This is my brother’s pride and joy.”

“Well your brother’s pride and joy is about to become our fuck stand,” he growled, then he was on me.

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.


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