March 03, 2016

Whiskey Neat by Lani Lynn Vale► RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW

Title: Whiskey Neat
Series: Uncertain Saint's MC
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2016 Photographer: Furious Fotog Cover Model: Chase Ketron

Griffin Storm wasn’t prone to violence, but when someone takes what Griffin holds dear, the world as he knows it is gone.
Retaliation, revenge and rage fuels him. His MC, The Uncertain Saint’s, do their best to offer support, but Griffin is beyond redemption. He’ll do what he has to do. Kill who he has to kill.
He doesn’t care if that means he dies. If it gets him what he wants, then it’s worth it.
He fakes it all until the night he walks into a sex shop for batteries and lays eyes on a woman that will change his life.
Lenore makes him think past tomorrow. Makes him want to see just what the future might bring.
But his life’s a dangerous one built around pain and deception, and not for the faint of heart.
He won’t give up the past, not until he’s done what he promised to do.
And if that means she’s not there when the dust settles, he’ll risk it.
Lenore, though, won’t give up on him. She’ll fix him, whether he wants her to or not.

Review by: Erin 

This story has well-developed characters. Griffin is a man on a mission. He is tormented by loss and betrayal and he is out for blood. Lenore is a sassy little spitfire who throws him for a loop from their first encounter. She has a great relationship with her best friend, Remi, but seems to be treated as a pariah by everyone else. The chemistry between these two is intense and deep burning. There were times that I was laughing so hard I had to put the book down. I would have loved to have had more of the club aspect in the story. These secondary characters seem to have a lot of emotional baggage and I would love to see them get their own stories and HEA’s.

4 Stars 

Review by: Tatia 

This was a great, quick story that I enjoyed for the most part. There is a Texas Ranger who can satisfy your hot cowboy fantasizes while he's at work and your MC fantasizes in his off time. He meets Lenore in the first chapter. All he needs is batteries. He ends up leaving with so much more. That chapter for me, was my favorite. It was hilarious. We got a good dose of Lenore and her personality along with a dose of the alpha that Griffin really is. They both have events in their past that holds them back in aspects of their life. Together, they can help strengthen each other and move forward.
I've liked every book of Lani Lynn Vale's that I've read so far. There were some holes in the plot that I felt really hindered my attachment to the story. I found myself having to re-read some scenes because it seemed like parts of it were missing, and therefore I was left feeling confused at times.
In the end though, I liked getting to know Griffin, Lenore, and those close to them. This is the first book in a new series, so hopefully we'll become better acquainted with more of them throughout the next books.

4 Stars 

Review by: Amy C

Let me say that the cover alone hooked me into wanting this book... HOOO LEEE HOOTTTT.... The word whiskey was a smoothe chaser to real me in. This wasn't my first book from this author so I was sure I would know what to expect. Little did I know that I was in for a surprise. This book was way darker and a lot bolder.

Griffin & Lenore are an unusual match. They have different drive and very different personalities. But a freak visit to her shop lands Griffin looking at this laid back chick in a whole different way. He is rough and severe where she is solid and grounded. Both of them, very strong characters but venerable and in definite need for each other's saving and attention. The characters, as odd as they were for me, seemed to fit the story well.

Now the flow... That is another story. I definitely felt myself stopping and retreading parts  to gain clarity, thus losing the flow for the book. At times, it seemed a little choppy and made it hard for me to connect with the characters. This book had definite strong bones behind it, I could see where the author was going with the story. I just wished parts were clearer and had better transitions. 

3.5 Stars 

Review by: Kim 

When I began this book it was with a lot of excitement. This author is new to me and as I'm sure y'all know; I love discovering new authors to love.
So a few pages in I began to think maybe this book was going to break my heart into tiny little pieces.
This town that the author has created is somewhere that I most definitely do not want to visit. Holy Cow talk about a place where bad things happen!
But then I met Griffin. He's big, bad, dangerous and almost completely broken. He's driven by a tragedy and the need for vengeance. He's also charming albeit a bit gruffly.
Then there's Lenore. (Old fashioned name and I really like it.) She's quiet and unassuming. Except for her chosen profession she tries to blend into the back ground. Weird that such a woman would choose to own and run an adult novelty store.
The night that Griff buys batteries from Lenore...I melted a little.
And I almost stopped reading when one of Lenore's secrets was revealed.
This book seemed to just run off in random directions once in a while and I found myself having to back up so I could figure out what the author was trying to do.
It all made sense, but it could have flowed a little smoother maybe? And Lenore's miraculous healing left me rolling my eyes. (sorry, I've lived through too much heartache to believe anything like that is even possible.)
I did however, love the way this author developed the relationship between Griffin and Lenore. And I would have loved to learn more about the Uncertain Saints. Each man is driven by some sort of heart break and I would've liked a little more history.
And I especially like Lenore's sassy, spunky-ness. She made me laugh out loud more than once.
This story is really entertaining, but because I got lost more than once during the choppy story lines,

 I'm giving Whiskey Neat a 3 1/2 star rating.

“Come on, Doogan,” I urged, giving his collar a tug.
Doogan didn’t budge, which was why I had a front row seat as a man sailed over the railing of Mr. Marshall’s porch, and landed about ten feet away from where I was standing.
“Oh, my God,” I breathed.
I didn’t move, though, because the man was suddenly surrounded.
Men in leather were everywhere…but the one man that held my attention was stomping down the porch steps and heading straight to the man on the ground.
Griffin, the man who’d bought batteries from me just two days ago, was well and truly pissed.
When his eyes swung to me, I didn’t know what to do.
Should I run?
Stay where I was?
Question after question barreled through my mind, leaving me shaking in fear…and something else I wasn’t ready to admit to just yet.
“Go home,” he ordered.
I blinked, looking to my left and right to be sure he was talking to me.
Since I didn’t see anyone else around me, I decided he was talking to me, but I just couldn’t get my legs to cooperate out of fear.
Not to mention that I would have to walk through the lot of them to get to my house.
When I didn’t move fast enough, he issued the order again, only this time it was biting.
“Go. Home,” he snapped.
I turned on my heel and started walking, coming to a sudden stop when Doogan still refused to move.
“Mother of God,” I whispered.  “Come on Doog,” I whispered frantically.  “Let’s go.”
He did move, just not in the correct direction.
No, he walked straight up to Griffin and licked his hand, a hand that was stuck out, not in invitation to approach, but instead to stop the dog from getting too close to him.
“Can’t you control your fuckin’ dog?” He grated out angrily.
Tears were stinging my eyes, because, by that point, I had the attention of not just Griffin, but the whole freakin’ lot of them.
My heart was beating frantically in my chest as they watched me, and I just knew that if I didn’t get the hell out of there I’d get the hell beaten out of me…or worse.
“Where do you live?”  Griffin asked, taking a hold of Doogan’s leash.
It slipped from my hands, and I watched in helpless horror as it did.
And what did Doogan do?
He freakin’ followed him!
“Umm,” I whispered.  “Three duplexes down from here.”
“Be back,” Griffin said as he took my hand in his free one and started to walk me back to my house.
The men returned their stares on the man they were circling, and I glanced over my shoulder just in time to see one of the big ones kick the poor guy on the ground next to his feet.
He didn’t say a word, and neither did I.
I was too scared.
What if he beat the shit out of me?
Raped me?
What if…
“I’m not going to hurt you,” Griffin growled, interrupting my inner diatribe.
“I know,” I lied.
He snorted.  “Stop shaking.  I said I wouldn’t harm you.  I’m a cop.”
Yeah, but good cops didn’t beat the shit out of people in the dark of night.

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.

Title: Jack & Coke
Series: Uncertain Saint's MC #2
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: May 6, 2016

Mig’s wife is a bitch.
How else do you describe a woman that lies, cheats and steals to get what she wants? 
That’s exactly what happens when she traps him into a marriage he wants nothing to do with, saddling him with a kid that he knows doesn’t deserve to be in a world like his.
He’s doing a pretty bang-up job at ignoring everything but his responsibilities as a DEA officer and a member of The Uncertain Saints MC.
Then his neighbor knocks on his door, and everything he thought he knew is blown out the window.
Annie teaches Mig that not every woman is out to get him.
Her love for Mig stretches past what’s appropriate for two friends, and Annie soon straddles that invisible boundary between appropriate and inappropriate.
Annie’s not a cheater, though.
When she tries to say goodbye, Mig won’t let her leave, and soon the tiny town of Uncertain blows up with the news of Annie and Mig’s innocent friendship.
Matters of the heart are foreign to Mig, and it takes Annie being gutted for him to see the wrong he’s done.
He waits too long, though, and Annie’s heart is broken.
She wants it all, or she wants nothing. She can’t take anymore half-hearted attempts at being just friends.
The heart wants what it wants, and it doesn’t take long for Mig to realize that.
But just when Mig finally has it all in the palm of his hand, his life is ripped to shreds by a new player in the game, and it takes all of Annie’s love and devotion, as well as help from the men of The Uncertain Saint’s MC, to put Mig back together again.


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