Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #2
Published by Self Published on March 30, 2017
Pages: 273 pages
Tally is a twenty-year-old single mother struggling to finish nursing school. Has she made mistakes in life? Sure, but her daughter isn’t one of them. She works hard, she studies even harder, and she’s only a few weeks away from graduating.
She’s living her life the best she knows how when she witnesses a near miss motorcycle accident between a car and a biker. A biker that happens to be the most talked about teacher at her college.
The moment she meets those startling blue, narrowly-escaped-death eyes, she realizes quickly that life as she knows it has changed. No longer will she be content to let life pass her by, even if it puts everything she’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.
Tommy is a highly skilled doctor. A teacher. A veteran. A fully-patched member of The Dixie Wardens MC. He’s lonely, but also set in his ways. What will it take for this man to accept that he needs to make some changes in his life? Apparently, it’ll take a guy in a truck, who’s preoccupied with his phone rather than focused on the road, nearly plowing into him on his bike at seventy miles per hour. Oh, and a twenty-something year old nursing student witnessing the entire thing from only a few feet away.
It only takes a second, a single heartbeat in time, as he looks into her worry-filled eyes to realize that he’d give anything for a single night with her. He may lose his job in the process, but after that one incredible night turns into an amazing weekend, he knows it’s worth the risk for the promise of her forever.
I was sure of this thought in Beard Mode but after reading Fear The Beard I am sure of this belief. The men in the Dixie Wardens Rejects MC are a whole different brand than those from The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC. The men featured in this spin-off series are darker and filled with more mystery than the men from the original series who were life hardened and somewhat cynical. In reading Fear The Beard I didn’t know what to expect, was it going to be somewhat like Beard Mode or were we going to get a whole different chess game. But, while Fear the Beard contained elements featured in another of Lani Lynn Vale’s stories I did enjoy the different variations that Fear The Beard gave.
The teacher/student relational background was already done by Vale’s so I thought that I would somewhat know what to expect, but I kept getting thrown for a curve because neither Tommy nor Tally’s characters acted in ways that I expected. Although, Tally’s character irked me to no end at crucial moments, and even though Vale provided an explanation to her actions I still drew a blank because nothing she did made sense with what I sensed was the core of her character.
From Tommy’s ‘take me as I am’ personality, and Tally going through life on survival mode I was certainly entertained in certain areas, but naturally there were things about these two that just didn’t rub me right. But, again, even while I enjoyed reading Fear the Beard the ending ruined the feel good feeling I had with its story by being predictable.