Winnie thinks she has the perfect life.
Two beautiful, healthy children. A police officer husband. A job that she loves. Oh, and let’s not forget that she’s a nationally ranked marathon runner.
Fast forward six months, and her perfect life has imploded.
Winnie finds herself in a completely new world, and this new world is a brutal bitch.
In this new life of hers, her husband is gone. He realizes, at the worst possible time, that he’s no longer in love with her. He’s in love with her best friend. So he leaves, and doesn’t look back.
Her sixteen-year-old daughter is in trouble with the law, and she’s barely making ends meet thanks to losing the job that was keeping her and her tiny family afloat.
Then, the last thing that could make it all bearable, her running, is ripped out from under her, too. Thanks to a spinal stroke that leaves her unable to walk, let alone run, she’s having to relearn how to do the simplest of tasks—such as putting on her own pants.
She’s at the lowest of lows, and the last thing she wants is a sexy, bearded, motorcycle riding alpha to tell her how to live her life.
But Steel Cross never asks her what she wants.
The moment Steel Cross sees Winnie’s daughter steal some shoes for her younger brother, he knows he’s in trouble.
He’s a sucker for misunderstood teens. After all, he was once one himself.
He knows he can’t just walk away, and the moment he sees that troubled teen’s mother, he doesn’t just know it, he feels it. Down to the very bottom of his soul.
With his share of hard knocks, he knows that he shouldn’t step in and make his move on a fellow police officer’s ex. There’s a code, after all, yet he just can’t seem to help himself.
He’s done being the good guy. Sometimes he just wants to be bad.
And Winnie makes him realize that being bad is still kind of good. As long as you’re with the right person.
Lani Lynn Vale books always put my emotions on overdrive but I think Law & Beard about killed me. I couldn’t read for days afterward. I think it was because I have wanted Steel’s book for a while now. I wanted to know more about Big Papa and we finally get our wish in Law & Beard. I devoured this one. I just couldn’t nor did I want to, set it down. Steele and Winnie along with Conleigh and Cody, and we can’t forget Sean, will take over your life while you read it. The balance of humor, drama, angst, emotional moments and heart racing ones too, was as always, perfect.
Big Papa, you may be a silver fox but hot damn you still have it and you are sexy as hell. I wouldn’t mind being cuffed and searched by him. Steel really is a good guy, putting other’s first even at the risk of his own safety. He is the police chief but he is still very much hands on and I liked that about him, he didn’t just sit behind a desk twiddling his thumbs. The way he was with Conleigh and Cody warmed my heart instantly and made me love him even more. I love his relationship with Sean as well, I am glad we got to see more interactions between the two of them.
My heart felt for Winnie, for what her asshole of an ex-husband and best friend did to her, for her recovery from her spinal stroke, to just trying to be the best parent she could be even when struggling to make ends meet some weeks. Did I at times agree with some of what she would say to Conleigh? No I didn’t and more than once I actually got angry with her, but then I stopped and realized I have said things to my children when I was upset that I didn’t mean but that damage had been done, so now I am going to take more care with my words. Besides that though I think there would not have been a better pick for Steel than Winnie, she balances him out.
I am already wanting another book, whether it be from this series or another one of Lani Lynn Vale’s but I just can’t get enough of her writing. I know when I pick up her book I know I am going to laugh my ass off as well as feel my emotions all over the place. Law & Beard was another amazing read from Ms. Vale. I can’t recommend this author or this series enough, her books need to be on your TBR lists immediately.