Hail No (Hail Raisers, #1) by Lani Lynn Vale
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
Hail No = Hell Yes!
I was thrilled to jump into this new Hail Raisers series from the beginning. And what a beginning it was. My introduction to Evander was sad. He was incarcerated for four years and when he finally got out of prison, there was no welcome home party. The only one thrilled to see him was his dog.
Kennedy is surprisingly in the same situation as far as family goes. She's learned the hard way that unconditional love is not guaranteed just because you share the same blood as your relatives. She has a big heart and she's willing, and actually has, given her few possessions to her family to make their lives easier while sacrificing her own comfort. Just once she'd like to be on the receiving end. All she wants is to be loved and put first in someone's life. But it seems that her pets are the closest she will come to the affection she craves. She's got a dog, some goats, and some chickens. And yes, she names every single one of them. She finds herself at the feed store every week buying supplies and tries to convince herself that she doesn't need one more cute chicken. When she has an accident and the chickens escape from their container, she tries to catch them and then discovers that, "A big, sexy man like Evander holding tiny, fluffy baby chickens was enough to cause every hormone in my body to start firing."
It's very cute how bubbly Kennedy tries to get big bad Evander to share himself with her when he usually doesn't speak more than a few words. He's rough and gruff and rarely smiles, but she somehow without even trying, manages to amuse him. He tries to stay away from her. He knows the town is unforgiving and she will pay for how they feel about him if she's seen with him. But it's a small town and they keep ending up at the same place at the same time. She wants to be around him, but at what cost?
I loved Hail No. I got caught up in the danger and suspense of the situation that put Van in prison, and his frustration and inability to let it go when he got out. I fell in love with Kennedy and her pets. I raged at the people that were supposed to support them, but instead repeatedly let them down. But at the same time, I recognized that having that in common drew them together even more. I couldn't wait for them to give up the fight and give in to their attraction. The slow build was delicious and the wait was worth it. They were very creative and very entertaining when they let their passion loose. I also enjoyed the other Hail Raisers and I can't wait to get to know them better in future installments. I confess that Travis is the one that has me the most intrigued right now, I need to know his story. Whichever one is next, I'll be there. The line forms here...