Aaron don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.
After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.
Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.
Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.
Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.
The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.
He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.
Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.
It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.
Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.
Who would have thought that a Pixie Grade A Clinger would be the one to help Aaron feel wanted again…to help make him smile when he hasn’t done so for over a year. But as Imogen and Aaron’s past connection is explained and their bookish tendencies are highlighted, it makes sense that they have more in common than they thought and that Imogen is about as opposite from his ex than a woman could be, which is exactly why Aaron risks getting close to Imogen without worrying about the possibility of her going crazy and making his life hell on earth like it was for almost a decade.
The whole idea of Aaron’s club considering themselves rejects and even calling themselves The Dixie Warden Rejects speaks to how this crew of battered men see themselves and how those around them view them as well. But Imogen sees beneath Aaron’s scars and she accepts his brothers for who they are, which is exactly why the electricity between them is not something Aaron wants to keep fighting and when they find themselves wrapped up in a fight that has nothing to do with them, both Aaron and Imogen show their strength and commitment to do what’s right in all situations.
Beard Mode is a great story to kick-off Lani Lynn Vale’s new biker series, The Dixie Warden Rejects MC. Readers are introduced to the Rejects’ band of misfits, and while they definitely are rough around the edge, it’s clear how much their brothers mean to them and how quickly they have each other’s backs when it’s needed. Interestingly enough, Imogen is a perfect fit with Aaron and his club members and she’s just as much of a fighter as Aaron is, which makes them a perfect pair, which is clearly shown once Aaron allows Imogen fully in.
Can’t wait to read Tommy’s story!
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“New guy.” Someone muttered behind me.
I turned only my head to find Stone, the president, staring at me with hard eyes.
“Yeah?” I asked him, dropping my bag on the floor and heading in his direction instead of out the door like I’d originally intended.
“You’re here because you have a special set of skills that we need.” The leader of the band of misfits, Stone, drawled.
I nearly laughed.
“That sounds like a bad line out of a movie.” I muttered, wondering where he was going with this.
He tossed me a glare and then yelled.
“Truth!” Stone yelled. “Ghost! Get the fuck in here!”
Ghost and Truth walked in the door at the same time, both of them turning to the side to walk inside, and stared at Stone
“Ghost, hold Truth down so New Guy can give him the fuckin’ shot.” Stone grumbled.
Ghost tackled Truth and wrestled him to the desk, then sat on him while Stone leaned back and watched.
“No, motherfucker!” Truth yelled. “I don’t want it!”
“It’s the fuckin’ flu shot, you dumb shit. Not a fuckin’ tracking device. Take a fuckin’ chill pill.” Stone grumbled, staring at the scuffle that was going down in front of him.
I picked up the syringe from the table, similar to the one I’d given everybody else’s flu shot with, and stabbed it in the meat of Truth’s arm.
Truth bellowed in rage, and I flipped the guard up on the syringe before tossing it into the trash can.
“Done?” I asked Stone. “I have to get to work.”
“Yeah, thanks.” He nodded. “Have fun at the nut house.”
I grunted something unintelligible, causing him to laugh.
“Don’t sound so excited.” He laughed.
I flipped him off and walked out the door just as Ghost was letting Truth up
“Why you gotta be such a big motherfucker?” Truth growled. “If you’d been anyone else, I’d have gotten away.”
“Why do you think I called Ghost instead of anyone else?” I heard Stone reply.