Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Texas Tornado (Freebirds #5) by Lani Lynn Vale Review
If you are looking for a summer page turner with sexiness, entirely likable characters as well as a fully developed story look no further, Texas Tornado is your book. James is a sexy, loving father with a streak of toughness that every alpha hero needs. While Shiloh is a great lead female character with a loving heart and a desire for family, she also has a sense of determination and grit that keeps her from being a lackluster doormat of a character. Texas Tornado takes place in Texas, but around the Ark-La-Tex area which is my family's stomping ground. Haven't heard of that area? No worries, it the hot as Hell wonderland that is the Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas Tri-State area. And there's your bit of geography for the day! I won't lie, having a sense of cultural connection to the area and being able to picture what it looks like did make me happy, but the entertaining writing is what made me truly enjoy the book.
There's lots of subtle and not so subtle humor throughout Texas Tornado. One of my favorite parts of the book are the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I highlighted almost every chapter quote, but I'll only share two of my favorites, and it was hard to pick. The book starts off with a bang with the quote for Chapter 1: "You can tell a woman's mood by watching her hands. For instance, if she's holding a gun, she's probably angry." -Earl Dibbles, Jr. Then there's the quote for Chapter 7: "Teach your girl to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper. -Life Lesson. Quote number two is one that my husband personally lives by which is why it tickled the heck out of me! I wish that I could just list them all, but that would spoil the fun of you reading them for yourself so I will restrain myself, but it's hard to do!
Lani Lynn Vale has added to my ongoing book reading dilemma. I enjoyed Texas Tornado so much that I now want to go back and read the first three books in this series. I should have known after reading Last Day of My Life (Book 4) and enjoying it so much that I needed to go back and start at the beginning of this series! These can all be read as stand alone stories, so you can start with any one of these books. They are complete stories with no cliffhangers.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
James had plans for his life. Then they were derailed by the surprise arrival of his daughter. His life revolved around her. Then she arrived with her beautiful brown hair that was made to wrap around his wrist, a butt that was to die for in a tight pair of jeans. Nevertheless, he didn’t need any more drama in his life. His ex-girlfriend was stirring enough of that up for ten women. Yet, there was something about her that soothed the soul.
Shiloh’s made it her life’s mission to protect the innocent children she can from the big, bad, scary things that lurk in the darkness. She has an inane curiosity for life and craves knowledge. Which is why when she starts poking around in her father’s business, she inadvertently starts something in to motion that threatens her very existence. Her father, the one man that was always supposed to be there for her, drops her off with a brother she never knew she had and leaves. Making her question the father she obviously never really knew at all. Then she meets him, and she doesn’t think her life’s so bad after all. The sexy biker turned SWAT officer sets her nerve cells to igniting, and she relishes in every single second of it.
He knew life could change in an instant. One soul crushing instant.When he’s presented with the aspect of losing Shiloh before he’s ever even had her, he decides it’s time to grip life by the handlebars and ride it like he stole it. Then that threat not only touches his woman, but his daughter. And there’s no power on God’s green earth that can protect them from a father’s wrath.