As scared as I was to dive into Put Out by Lani Lynn Vale I can, with a sigh of relief, say that its story wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be considering the responses I’ve had to the latest releases by Vale.
Put Out goes down in my book as Vale’s third interracial story, the first two being Jack and Tai’s stories (I am pretty sure they were both Native American). I love diversity in stories that I read whether it’s in the characters backgrounds, race, or religion, so for Angie to be half black half Italian I think I found myself automatically loving Put Out. It just was something about Angie’s curly hair and curves that had the black woman in me screaming ‘Yes!’
The beginning of Put Out was somewhat slow. It was great to get the back story of both Angie and Bowe, as well as their baggage, but the story didn’t pick up for me until Bowe temporarily lost his memory. From this point on I felt as if each page turned was composed of cracked glass. I only say that because the feeling and tone of the story was very fragile, in the back of your mind you knew that any little conflict that Angie and Bowe would have to face Angie would be the first one out the door. As I continued on in Put Out it sucks that my intuition was proved correct because I really wanted their story to be different.
Another thing, Put Out didn’t have the feel of a conclusion to the Kilgore Fire series, if anything it felt like a standalone that also acted like a prequel to Fatbaby’s (Aaron’s) story.
Bottom line, Put Out was great way for Vale to end the Kilgore Fire series, it alone has given me hope that Vale’s stories can still entertain me. I can’t wait to dive into her Dixie Wards Rejects MC series that starts with Fatbaby’s story.