Series: The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC #7
Published by Self-Published on January 6, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Also by this author: Put Out, Beard Mode, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie, Fear the Beard, Son of a Beard, I'm Only Here For the Beard, Double Tap, Center Mass, Lights To My Siren, Halligan To My Axe, Whiskey Neat, Bang Switch, Jack & Coke, Vodka on the Rocks, Bad Apple, Shock Advised, Charlie Foxtrot, Oxygen Deprived, Kill Shot, Controlled Burn, Flash Point , Coup De Grace, Rusty Nail, Execution Style
Also in this series: Lights To My Siren, Halligan To My Axe, Right to my Wrong
Sometimes the heart wants what it can’t have.
That’s the motto Silas Mackenzie, the president of The Dixie Wardens MC, has lived by since he was a young man.
Now he’s well on the way to middle age, has three grown children and he’s lusting after a woman he should definitely stay away from.
Especially not one that his ex-girlfriend had given birth to, and happens to be only twenty-nine years old.
Sawyer isn’t a young girl at heart, though.
She’s seen the inside of a jail cell for eight long years, and every one of them was spent paying for a crime she didn’t commit.
Silas Mackenzie knows as soon as he sees her that the she has sacrificed enough.
And maybe…just maybe…so has he.
It’s time for Silas Mackenzie to get what he deserves, and, in the process, put a little bit of happy back into Sawyer’s world, one rough, bearded kiss at a time.
With some hesitation in my heart I opened the pages to Counter to My Intelligence by Lani Lynn Vale and had to tap into my faith in this author’s ability to spin a story and leave me satisfied, and I was not let down….AT ALL.
After all that has been seen about Silas from the Freebird series to The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series to the Code 11-KPD SWAT series you would think that his mysterious allure would be dead, but the one thing I love about Lani Lynn Vale’s stories is how vast her imagination is. If you, like me, placed limitations on the merit of Silas’ story imparting anything new, give yourself a slap on the wrist in shame!
When I saw the cover reveal and saw that Alfie Gordillo was on the cover as Silas, I knew right away how special this book was going to be. Alfie brought Silas to life in a way that I don’t think any other male model would’ve been able to, and as I was reading I do believe that this accurate match made this story pop even more for me.
Every now and then I would take on the hard task of trying to picture what the woman would look and act like that would capture Silas’ heart and in all my imaginings I never pictured someone like Sawyer. Yes, she’s the daughter of a woman that Silas had a relationship with but I had hope that Mrs. Vale would work this story in a way that I wouldn’t be severely grossed out by it. The crazy thing that became evident as I was reading was that Sawyer’s mom, Silas’ “ex-girlfriend”, wasn’t really his girlfriend. Neither Silas or Sawyer’s mom made any claims to each other if I’m remembering correctly. She was barely mentioned in a few of the previous books in this series so I knew she wasn’t as important as some who have casted this book off have said.
After all the big nasties that this MC and their friends have been up against in the books prior to Counter to My Intelligence by Lani Lynn Vale, where Silas was always that go-to guy that would end up solving the day with his connections and just general daddy BOSSNESS, I couldn’t think up any foes that Silas, himself, would have left to battle. Again, never in my imaginings would I have thought someone from Silas or Sam’s past would come back to be a pain in the butt. Neither would I have imagined that Sawyer would have her own demons to battle as well. I guess it makes sense that since Silas is President of a MC filled with God-ordained alpha males that he would need a woman who would compliment him in every way, and boy did Sawyer do that and more.
It sort of broke my heart how much I wanted to punch Sam and Cheyenne in their faces throughout this book, or for the parts they were in the book. They were both, once my favorite characters until they treated James the way they did in Texas Tornado. The way they treated Silas, despite the number of times he came to their rescue, or those they loved rescue, disgusts me. Now that Sam has gotten his head out of his butt I truly hope that he cottons Cheyenne on and they both get off that high horse they somehow got placed on.
It was refreshing to see Silas through the eyes of someone who doesn’t know his notoriety, who’ll just take him at face value. After it’s found out how crappy Sawyer’s life has been once she meets Silas, you almost want to either wrap her in bubble wrap so she doesn’t get hurt again, or sic Silas on her in the worst way to wake her up from the depression and desolation she lives with on a daily basis every since that night and the events afterwards. Her character was such an inspiration that I instantly knew she would be the perfect queen to Silas’ king.
Step aside Bennett and Miller, Silas has stolen my heart and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. No love triangle for me, I’m now a respectable book boyfriend lover.