Release Boost & Review: Say It Ain’t So by Lani Lynn Vale

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Release Boost & Review: Say It Ain't So by Lani Lynn Vale

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Release Boost & Review: Say It Ain’t So by Lani Lynn ValeSay It Ain't So by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: Swat Generation 2.0 #9
on September 8, 2020
Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Cover Photographer: Golden Czermak
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Suspense
Pages: 231
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Lani Lynn Vale
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He should’ve never left his house. He should’ve stayed at home. He has a legitimate excuse—he’s running a fever and he’s fairly sure he’s developing pneumonia. He should have called in sick…but he doesn’t.

He goes to work, because his team is relying on him.

First, he has to sign about eight thousand calendars—all from women who purchased said calendars to benefit the Fallen Officer fundraiser. And when he’s done with that, he has to endure a television interview along with the rest of the SWAT team seeing as they made national news with their ‘Hot SWAT’ calendar that’s sold a million copies to women all over the world.

Needless to say, when Samuel Adams walks into the pharmacy hours later, he only has one thing on his mind. Ibuprofen.
Sadly, he never gets to the Ibuprofen. Mostly because before he gets there, he finds a junkie waving a gun around threatening to kill anybody that moves.

He’s running a fever. That has to be the reason that the girl in the corner begins cursing up a storm and drawing the junkie’s attention. Has to be.


Stop it, stop it, stop it!

She tells herself to take a deep breath. Tells herself that she needs to calm down. Tells herself that if she doesn’t get her act under control, things are going to get ugly.

And, of course, that’s when the curse words start flying.

The more nervous she gets, the worse her Tourette’s becomes. Which is, of course, why she stands up and gives the man a perfect target.

Thank God that the coughing giant in the corner makes the same move and saves her life.

And how does she repay him? By calling him every awful word in the dictionary.

Thank you, Tourette’s.

Series Rating: four-stars
Also by this author: KINDA DON’T CARE, MAYBE DON’T WANNA

Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense

First Person, DUAL-POV

This is book #9 of the Swat Generation 2.0 series but it can be read as a standalone. There are interconnected characters, but each book has it own story.

Twists & turns!!! Plots with lots of unexpected twists and amazing characters!!!

The romance was cute, hot and sweet at the same time.

The story was fun and also sad. A complete cocktail of emotions!

Cute love story!!!

31/35 STARS –  4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 4.5

Action 4/5 Angst 4/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 4/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 4/5

Would I recommend? Yes, for readers of contemporary romance that enjoy cop/military heroes.

Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!

Would I read more from the author? Definitely!!!

Addictiveness: 5/5 This book has an amazing beginning that hooked me from the first page. It also had lots of twists and turns that kept me on the edge until the end. As addictive as chocolate!!!

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multidimensional characters with good background and great family history.

Hastings has definitely joined my top 5 heroines of this year’s reading and I have already read more than 200 books in 2020. She was a romance author of an MC series. She had Tourette, and her condition was very well portrayed. She was gorgeous, but her self-esteem wasn’t very high because of all her syndromes. She was dealt a horrible card after a horrible card, and fate really messed her up, but she somehow were able to hold on, find love and happiness in the middle of a catastrophe. I fell in love with her in the first chapter, because she was really easy to love.

Sammy was an awesome hero. It was refreshing to read a book that the hero was not a jerk (yeah, I love a brooding jerk myself), was not a womanizer and was just good. Sammy was a good son, a good brother, a good friend, just a good person. He was hot, he knew what he wanted (Hastings) and he didn’t play games. He was really easy to connect and love.

Secondary characters they were all lovable. They were this amazing group of friends and family that felt real and really believable.

Villain/antagonists one very clear villain and his minion.

They were all so easy to love, connect and understand!!!

Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, subtitle 2/5, background 2/5 buy 4.5/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. I have to say I like the title and I really like the art. I can totally see Sammy there with his badge. I also love the calendar at the bottom of the art, as part of the 2.0 story. But the background confused me. I know I’ve missed something, because I didn’t understand all the formulas, Math and Biology references. I also missed a subtitle. I love a catchy phrase. I would buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!

Freshness: 4.5/5 UNIQUE! I really like how the author brought something different with a main character with Tourette. Also the twists and turns of the book were so unexpected that it all felt original. As fresh as mint tea when you are dealing with a bad cold!

Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 4/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 5/5  Amazing opening with a good ending. Great plot, with well written dialogues and intense pace. Great setting, a few interesting subplots with unexpected twists. High level of enjoyment!

This story was complex. It seemed so fun and cute at the beginning and suddenly started to offer twists after twists. At some points, I felt it was too much.

Romance: believable 3.5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5  Yes, this is fiction, but I still felt it was too fast for everything. But at the same time, they were so cute from the first page, their chemistry was great and there first time was hot! Cute and intense romance!!!

Writing Style: 4.5/5 Superb characters, great plot, cute romance, wonderful dialogues, with a clean, cohesive writing style. Great writing!!!

Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…

PLOT: I really felt all the twists and turn were too much. I guess one too many. I really loved Hastings and I don’t think she needed all that suffering. A little bit less, would be better for me.

You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy the series and it characters; you MUST read this because of the AMAZING HEROINE!!!


About Lani Lynn Vale

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.



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