Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Kevlar to My Vest by Lani Lynn Vale



Publication Date: December 31, 2014
Rating: 4.5 Stars

 Book Blurb:

You’re the Kevlar…

Behind the badge and the pretty face was a heart. A heart that bled just like the rest. A heart that was so in love with Viddy Sheffield that it was humiliating. Trance had been burned before by a woman that couldn’t handle the fact that he risked his life each and every time he went on shift. She was too vulnerable; somehow he had to convince his heart to let her go. His life would chew her up and spit her out.

To My…

Viddy couldn’t get the man out of her head. Just the thought of Trance put a smile on her face. And when he walked into the same room? Words couldn’t explain. God help her, but she was even in a relationship with another man. She shouldn’t be thinking about the sexy biker with the voice that made shivers dance down her spine.

Vest…

Then the unthinkable happens, and the sexy cop she can’t stop thinking about is there for her, giving her what she never knew she needed. One moment in time, and she finds herself falling for the man, lock, stock, and barrel. The two of them have a lot of work to do to make this relationship succeed. What they didn't know, however, was that there were people behind the scenes that were working to keep them apart. Sometimes the saying is true. You can’t always have what you want.



****I was given a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review. I came into this series a little late, as this is the first one that I have read by the author. There are characters in this particular book that you have met in the first two, but I could classify Kevlar To My Vest as a standalone, reading the other books isn't necessary, but it helps if you have read the other two. I give this book a 4.5 star review****

Vidalia "Viddy" Sheffield is a special education teacher trying to live her life like any normal person. Except for the fact that she's not so normal. She's pretty extraordinary. When Viddy was just 16 years old, an accident claimed her vision, but she doesn't let it get her down. She doesn't let anyone give her special treatment, not even when a sexy cop manages his way into her heart.

Killian Red (Trance) Spurlock is a police officer. But not just any police officer; he's one half of a K-9 unit. His other half is a German shepherd named, Radar. The really interesting thing about Trance is that not only his he a cop, but he's also a member of the Dixie Wardens MC.

This was a really interesting book in that the author did her homework on police procedure, codes, and policies--making the book extremely believable in regards to Trance's job. I was extremely surprised by how much detail the author put into a routine well check, it really felt like Trance was a real cop, doing something that real cops do. She was very quick to point out what certain things meant: "pieing a room" I had no idea what that meant, but I didn't even need to ask Google, Ms. Vale did that for you.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that Ms. Vale also knew her stuff when it came to blindness and the type of blindness that Viddy had. She broke it down for the reader and simplified it so that we didn't have to consult a dictionary or Google to figure out what was going on with Viddy. I don't typically like when authors don't break things down and explain certain medical maladies for the reader, just expect them to know what you're talking about.

What I had a harder time believing is that Trance is a cop and in a motorcycle club. Most of the MC books that I have read, and I have read a lot of them, the members are hardcore guys who have done time for various crimes. They own bars, tattoo shops, etc. They have never been cops. So this idea that Trance being a cop and in an MC was harder for me to believe.

There were also a lot of editing issues: misspelled words, missing words, run-on sentences, grammar problems, etc. Some of the research was a bit underdeveloped that a beta reader could have pointed out before the book went to print. But honestly, I really liked this book a lot and I will definitely be reading more from this author, and I definitely will be reading more from this series. Just look past the editing issues and get lost in this book, it was hard for me to put down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a great story.

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