He’s only a friend.
Those words had haunted him from the moment Jessie James had heard them muttered from the one girl, above all others, that he thought had his back.
Sixteen years later, he still feels those words like a brand on his soul.
Lucky for him he has a son to take care of, a full-time job that demands every single second of the day, and not a single moment to spare for the likes of a woman that won’t stand up for him when he needs her the most.
He’s only a friend.
The words had slipped out of Ellen’s mouth, and before she could recall them or better yet, explain, Jesse is gone from her life for good, taking her heart with him.
She tries to find her way out of the pit of despair, but not one single person, no matter how much she tries, can fill the void that he left in his wake.
Time heals all wounds. Or at least that is how the saying goes.
It’s a crock of crap, though.
Sixteen years pass when Jessie and Ellen see each other again without the influence of the town and bad memories surrounding them, and it’s as if not a single day has passed.
Ellen knows the instant that her eyes see her old love that she’s still just as much in love with him today as she was all those years ago.
The problem is that Jesse wants nothing to do with her. Or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself.
The Beard Made Me Do It is the story of Jessie James and Ellen. This is a story of the power of love and everlasting happiness. No matter what life hands you, Jessie and Ellen show us that they can beat the odds. Whether by determination, self-preservation or just sheer will power, any obstacle can be overcome and love always … always, wins.
This novel was much more to me than a love story between a man and a woman. This is also a love story between a father and son. Jessie loves Linc like the oxygen he needs to breathe. Jessie’s heart beats because he has his son … his heart and soul. The bond that these two have is quite literally, awe inspiring. When push comes to shove and Linc’s mother wants everything their son has to offer, Jessie sees through it and fights for what’s his. It will be a cold day in hell when he loses custody of his son, especially to a cold hearted, drug addicted, gold digger. The problem is … will Linc see her for who she is or does he just want his mother in his life?
The way that the Dixie Wardens MC rallies around their own is so heartwarming. Lani Lynn Vale has added another spectacular novel to her collection of pure awesomeness. Pick up your copy today of The Beard Made Me Do It.
I know I say this EVERY time but man, these stories just keep getting better and better as the series goes on. I loved Jessie and Ellen’s story the most so far. Maybe it’s because of how relatable it is with my own life to a point but I honestly couldn’t put this baby down.
Ellen was left heartbroken fourteen years ago and hasn’t moved on since. She thought she did then Jessie showed up in her life again and those inconsolable feelings came back with a vengeance along with anger.
Jessie, as you guessed it is in the MC. He has had a rough life. He had his son (Linc) at a young age and has worked his tail off to raise him solo. He knew he was going to just hold Ellen back when they were young so he walked away. What Ellen didn’t know it was one of the hardest things he’s ever done in life. Now that she is back in town will he keep pushing her away?
Wow, I still have all the feels for this story. I loved the love Jessie has for his son. It’s not too often we see a man give up everything for his kids. Jessie melted me to my core. Ellen was great too. I loved the passion between Jessie and Ellen. It makes me wonder how many people truly let their one true love slip away.
So, the story was AWESOME, it had the right amount of drama, passion and pure stubbornness. It wouldn’t be a true Lani Lynn Vale book without it! I’m still wondering where the hell she gets these off the wall stories from? Either way, I laughed, cried and swooned…then laughed some more. Next, we get GHOST! If you are anything like me, I have been impatiently waiting!! I can’t WAIT!
“The want, the need, the passion, the drama and ohhhh THE HAWT ALPHA MC MALE, and look he is on the cover of this book!!! lol Goodness this book gave me the feels and I would love for this book to go on and on...lol” - iScream Books
“The Dixie Warden Rejects MC or as I call it the Bearded MC series just keeps getting better and better and leaves us yearning for more in the end.” - Smashly Bookalicous Reviewing Chicks
“If you like second chance romances packed with emotion, drama, and action you will definitely want to read this one.” - Cat’s Guilty Pleasures
In This Series
Beard Mode (The Dixie Wardens Rejects #1)
Fear The Beard (The Dixie Wardens Rejects #2)
Son of a Beard (The Dixie Wardens Rejects #3)
I’m Only Here For The Beard( The Dixie Warden Rejects #4)
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.