Candy Ray Sunshine—Yes, that is my real name, thank you very much, Mom and Dad—knew two things.
One, she was going to work her butt off and open her very own coffee shop, even if she had to die doing it.
Two, Banks Valentine was the world’s worst ex-boyfriend in the history of ex-boyfriends. Even if they were only boyfriend and girlfriend for one evening. She wouldn’t sneeze on him even if he was on fire.
Banks Valentine also knew two things.
One, he was an immature jerk when he was in high school, and Candy Ray Sunshine probably could open a coffee shop if she put her mind to it. But he still thinks that she should shoot a little higher, anything that gets her the heck out of Kilgore, Texas.
Two, he likes riding bulls. It’s a dangerous job, and when he gets on the back of one of those thousand-pound death machines, he can finally feel his head clear enough that he can think.
Candy and Banks would never get along. Not after what he said, and definitely not after what she did.
Then again, neither one of them expected that night to end the way it did, either—the night that both of them refused to talk about the next morning.
Well, here’s another top of the charts for Lani Lynn Vale. I have been waiting for Banks story since The Valentine Boys series began. There’s just something about a big headed, ex-jock and military man who grew up on a farm. Those tight jeans and wide smile will do a girl good, anytime. Throw in the fact that he is a closet hopeless romantic. My heart was just swooning when we find out the little things that he did for Candy back in the day. All this time they thought there was a mutual hatred, when in turn, there was a mutual attraction. Candy herself is no slouch. She fits right in with the Valentine crew and can definitely hold her own.
I am pretty sure that each review I write, I mention that this one was better than her last. I keep waiting for a mediocre book coming from Lani and it has yet to happen. That’s a great thing of course, but the talent she has for writing is astounding. I love how raw and real each book is. How unabashedly true these relationships are and how well the characters mesh with each other. I am never, ever disappointed in one of her books and look forward to every release. Do you want an author that you just one-click without needing the synopsis? Then make that Lani Lynn Vale. She’s one of the best!!
I was so excited for this book! We got Candy Ray Sunshine’s and Banks Valentine’s story. I loved how it was put into two sections. Section one for the first 15 years then part two is present. And like usual, the Valentine boys sure are my favorites…Banks included.
Banks and Candy went to school together. Banks being the popular one and Candy the loner goth girl. To say they didn’t get along was an understatement but one day she thought things were turned around for good. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Things got worse and both Banks and Candy ended up having devastation on both ends. Fast forward to the present and not much has changed, well, so Candy thinks anyway….
Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.