When Rome Pierce moved to Bear Bottom, Texas, it was his intention to lay low. To not be seen. To find a way to heal his body and soul—as well as his son’s.
Nobody would know by looking at him that he used to play professional football. Not with the Bare Bottom MC cut covering his back, and definitely not with his friendly smile completely obliterated.
No longer is there charm in each smooth word that comes out of his mouth. What’s left is an angry, bitter, scared man that’s terrified one day he’s going to wake up and his entire world is going to be gone.
Nobody knows what drove him to leave the game he loved—nobody but her.
She’s the one person that has helped him make it through the dark days and even darker nights. She’s the bright and shining star in his pitch-black sky.
And he doesn’t even know her name.
He should be afraid that she knows things that not anyone—not even his best friend—knows.
Yet, with each encounter, he gives what little bit of his soul remains, and before he knows it only two people on this earth—one dying, and one too afraid to live—make his life worth living.
Until one day he has to choose—the love of his life, or the life he brought into this world.
Two impossible situations. One decision that would change him forever.
I have tried to write this review since I finished this book more than two weeks ago and every time I start I either can’t find the words to express how much Mess Me Up touched a place in my heart or I start bawling like a baby all over again. Yes, this is a tearjerker, yes, you must have tissues nearby, yes, something happens to cause all of those tears, and no, I will not tell you because I refuse to spoil Mess Me Up for anyone. Normally I have no problems going on and on when it comes to a Lani Lynn Vale book but I think if I did that with Mess Me Up I would accidentally spoil it and this is one book that should be experienced for yourself.
Rome and Isadora will break your heart, mend it again, make you laugh, make you cry, make you scream and will take over your existence while reading their story. Rome and Isadora heal each other in more ways than one, and really are perfect for each other. The chemistry between these two is undeniable, the push and pull between them, and all that happens just adds to the depth to their relationship and characters.
Mess Me Up is the beginning of a new series and what a way to start. This may very well be Ms. Vale’s best book to date, and considering how many books she has written, that is saying something. I can’t wait for more books in this series, I have a feeling we are going to be on a ride we won’t forget.