Title: Beard Up
Series: The Dixie Warden Rejects MC #6
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release: July 27, 2017
Cover Model: Chase Ketron http://bit.ly/2qeeuih @ChaseKetronFitnessModelFanpage4
Photographer: Golden at Furious Fotog http://bit.ly/2qexHAr @FuriousFotog
Ghost [gohst] noun: the soul of a dead person, a disembodied, vague, shadowy spirit wandering among or haunting living persons; a mere shadow or semblance; a trace.
That noun sums up Ghost and what his life has become with painful precision. He is barely living, merely existing but never thriving. There wasn’t much that could pull him from the darkness he willingly inhabits…except one thing. Her.
She is the reason he’s done what he’s done, and his life has become what it has become.
He haunts his former life, lurking in the background, surviving on occasional glimpses of the only thing good that is left in his miserable life. The horror he has inflicted upon her is nothing compared to the terror that waits for her when someone moves in to take her from him.
The thing about being stuck in the past is that it is like walking through life backwards. She is always looking back, so she doesn’t see what is happening in front of her. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that the ghosts of the past aren’t nearly as terrifying as the monsters of the future.
They say that true love is like a ghost, something that many talk about but few have seen. It’s a good thing for that, too, because he’ll need that element of surprise to protect her. Hopefully when the dust settles, he’ll be able to resurrect more than just himself.
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For some time now, Lani Lynn Vale has hinted about Ghost’s true identity, providing brief insights into a man who readers have met before and who they desperately want Vale to bring out of the shadows and give him a second chance to reclaim his wife and daughter while also ensuring that his family is protected from the monsters who are the reasons behind his original ‘death,’ horrific resurrection, and lonely and haunted existence.
Lani Lynn Vale has meticulously laid out Ghost’s re-emergence, ensuring that all pieces of his story connect and follow a precise timeline, and while the present day Ghost will always have parts of the man he was, it’s important to understand that he will NEVER be that person again, which means in order to understand the man he has become, readers must be privy to his backstory and the history of the events that turned Ghost into the quiet, aloof, and hardened man who readers catch glimpses of in previous storylines.
Ghost’s life was pretty picture perfect: he had a wife who loved him unconditionally, a daughter who meant the world to him, and a job he worked his butt off to acquire. His family was his body, his heart, and his soul, but in order to protect them and not take them down to hell with him, he had to give them up until the time came when he could reenter their lives and never be without them again.
The flashbacks of this time along with insights into what Ghost’s wife has to endure without him is spread throughout the storyline, showing just how heartbroken, lonely, and desperate both sides are without one another. These past events also force readers to truly understand just how evil and sadistic Ghost’s parents are and what they’re willing to do to get what they want.
Six long years have undeniably changed the man Ghost was, but what it hasn’t altered is his deep and unrelenting devotion to his beautiful wife and baby girl. It’s crystal clear that they are all that matters to Ghost and he’ll do what he has to, to ensure their safety, trudging through hell and back as well as haunting his former life so that when Ghost can come out of hiding, he’ll get the revenge he so desperately craves and deserves .
What Lani Lynn Vale reenforces in Ghost’s story is the bond that is established between MC brothers once someone joins their ranks. The Dixie Wardens have every member’s back, including their family members, and that idea is expertly illustrated throughout Beard Up. And even though most of his brothers are left in the dark about his resurrection, Ghost knows they’ll stand behind him…they’ll do what needs to be done despite their anger over the lies they were told and the grief they felt when they thought their brother was never coming back.
Beard Up is an intense story due to the deplorable operation that Ghost and his brothers work to take down, Ghost’s conflicted feelings over his need to protect his family, and his desire to finally be a part of his family’s life after his long absence. Ghost’s struggles play out on the pages of the story in a way that readers can’t help but feel his anguish, his guilt, and his fears. There’s so much pain and heartbreak that Ghost and his family must endure, and it feels like it will never end because what Ghost must contend with is not something that will easily fall.
Lani Lynn Vale does an amazing job with Ghost’s story; I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know who he was, why he left his family, and how they and Ghost’s MC brothers would react once the truth was revealed. The layout of Beard Up is well thought out; readers must understand the characters’ backstories before reuniting them in present day, and with those pieces of their story provided, no one can question Ghost’s choices…no one can truly say they would do anything different given the circumstances he was faced with because he always had his family’s safety in the forefront of every decision made.
4.5 Poison Apples