He’s only a friend.
Those words had haunted him from the moment Jessie James had heard them muttered from the one girl, above all others, that he thought had his back.
Sixteen years later, he still feels those words like a brand on his soul.
Lucky for him he has a son to take care of, a full-time job that demands every single second of the day, and not a single moment to spare for the likes of a woman that won’t stand up for him when he needs her the most.
He’s only a friend.
The words had slipped out of Ellen’s mouth, and before she could recall them or better yet, explain, Jesse is gone from her life for good, taking her heart with him.
She tries to find her way out of the pit of despair, but not one single person, no matter how much she tries, can fill the void that he left in his wake. Time heals all wounds. Or at least that is how the saying goes. It’s a crock of crap, though.
Sixteen years pass when Jessie and Ellen see each other again without the influence of the town and bad memories surrounding them, and it’s as if not a single day has passed.
Ellen knows the instant that her eyes see her old love that she’s still just as much in love with him today as she was all those years ago. The problem is that Jesse wants nothing to do with her. Or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself.
I don’t think any of Lani Lynn Vale’s books have ever, for me at least, been as emotional as The Beard Made Me Do It was. From the very start I knew I was going to be in for an emotional ride and what a ride it was. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Ellen after what happened with Sean but those doubts about her vanished quickly and my heart broke for her.
Jessie and Ellen’s past is not something the club knows about, even Ellen’s brother doesn’t recognize who he is. Jessie hasn’t had it easy ever in life, but he is the best dad that he can be to his son even if it means at times he deals with his own personal hell in the form of the baby momma. He walked away from Ellen years before but he had no idea the emotional damage he would do when he thought he was protecting her. My heart broke for both him and Ellen. Ellen would have given up the world for Jessie; she already gave up her heart to him when she was younger. The text messages absolutely shattered my heart (when you read the book you will understand the meaning of this), I just wanted to make her happy one more. Jessie could be this major asshole who was hurting her with how he treated her and I wanted to kick him myself and scream wake the hell up before you lose her again.
The Beard Made Me Do It had me crying, my heart breaking and mending, smiling, believing in true love with soul mates that were meant to be and most importantly of all in second chances to find your happiness. I loved The Beard Made Me Do It and it is one I think needs to be on top of your TBR lists immediately.
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.