Whiskey Neat by Lani Lynn Vale

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Posted July 6, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Whiskey Neat by Lani Lynn ValeWhiskey Neat by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: Uncertain Saints MC #1
Published by Self-Published on March 3, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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, 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
Also in this series: Jack & Coke, Vodka on the Rocks, Bad Apple

Griffin Storm wasn’t prone to violence, but when someone takes what Griffin holds dear, the world as he knows it is gone.

Retaliation, revenge and rage fuels him. His MC, The Uncertain Saint’s, do their best to offer support, but Griffin is beyond redemption. He’ll do what he has to do. Kill who he has to kill.

He doesn’t care if that means he dies. If it gets him what he wants, then it’s worth it.

He fakes it all until the night he walks into a sex shop for batteries and lays eyes on a woman that will change his life.

Lenore makes him think past tomorrow. Makes him want to see just what the future might bring.

But his life’s a dangerous one built around pain and deception, and not for the faint of heart.

He won’t give up the past, not until he’s done what he promised to do.

And if that means she’s not there when the dust settles, he’ll risk it.

Lenore, though, won’t give up on him. She’ll fix him, whether he wants her to or not.

I think that when reading a Lani Lynn Vale book, from now on I need to stop expecting them to be like the books I’ve read previously by her. The reason I say this is because I was expecting Whiskey Neat by Lani Lynn Vale to be similar to some of my favorites from the Code 11-KPD SWAT, Freebird, and The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series, and that’s not fair.

If I were to have measured Whiskey Neat up to my favorites from those series my rating for this book would have been lower.

It was when I stopped comparing and contrasting Whiskey Neat to the other books that I was able to start seeing that the whole premise of it was fundamentally different. Once I was able to step back and realize this I began looking at the story in a completely different way.

Now that I’ve come to this realization, in my humble opinion, I felt that I needed to re-read Right to My Wrong and to re-review it. I don’t feel that I took all from it that I could have, and I might have written it off as I would’ve done Whiskey Neat by Lani Lynn Vale.

Since the story had so many serious undertones, what with Griffin dealing with avenging his son and Lenore dealing with her possible lethal health issues, I am glad that the Lani Lynn Vale chose not to overuse the humor she usually weaves within the pages of all her books. By doing this, it made it easy to believe the struggles and crazy situations both of these characters found themselves in, and it also added a more realistic feel to the story. It was easy to believe that what was happening to these characters were just as serious as they appeared to be and weren’t brushed off because of jokes being said amongst them.

When the consummation of Griffin and Lenore’s relationship happened early, really early, in the story I wasn’t a huge fan. But once it became known that the ‘I love yous’ weren’t going to immediately appear after their night of bliss my ire started to diminish. If it would’ve happened the other way I feel that it would’ve cheapened what turned out to be an unconventional, slightly insane, yet well-matched relationship between Griffin and Lenore.

By Lenore not putting up with Griffin’s disappearing acts and non-communiative actions I instantly knew that their relationship was going to be rocky in both a good and bad way. In a good way, it showed that Lenore wasn’t a push over and that she could stand up for herself in the face of an alpha male who was set in his way. In a bad way, it meant that there was going to be some confrontations in the course of their relationship that might lead to things being said and done where one or both parties would need a breather.

While I do think that Griffin is one fine man (don’t tell Silas) I was team Lenore all the way. Every reaction and emotional response Lenore would have I was 100% in agreement with, especially when it came to Griffin. The things that he would do and say would’ve possibly – if I would ever cheat on Silas and I lived in this book world as a character – lead me to the same choices that Lenore found herself carrying out.

I think I the same complaint I had with Right to My Wrong in relation to it’s length is similar to the one issue I have with Whiskey Neat. Since there was a lot of drama and mystery surrounding these two characters I greatly appreciated the time given in laying out all the details and later solving each mystery, but what I would’ve loved to have seen was the same detail given to Griffin and Lenore’s relationship early on in the book. Having more than the two encounters between Griffin and Lenore before they had sex would’ve went a long way in changing my overall thoughts on Whiskey Neat by Lani Lynn Vale.

I see very good things for this new series. The title of book two in this series, Jack and Coke, really has me confused and excited since I can’t imagine who or what this book could be about.


Time to talk about the short story at the end featuring Sam, Sawyer, Shiloh, Cheyenne, and Silas.

I didn’t buy Sam’s apology, or his reasons behind it, not one freaking bit. For all that the men in the Freebirds compound have been through, they weren’t able to see what was plaguing Sam and reel him in?!

His reasonings for why he treated his dad, Silas, like crap for the years since he found out about all that Silas did for all his children just didn’t sit well with me. Yes, I can sympathize with him and I won’t even try to understand what he was going through because I’ve never had to experience PTSD whether directly or indirectly, but I can’t get behind that being the ‘why’ of his treatment of Silas and Sawyer. The men he works with and lived practically next door to couldn’t tell that something was wrong with their longtime friend and former military leader?! They couldn’t recognize the signs while they were on all those missions saving their loved ones that something was wrong with Sam?!

No, I think I would be able look at Sam as I once did before Texas Tornado if he had just sat Silas and Sawyer down and with Cheyenne ready to say her piece and just apologized, I would be okay with that. But since he apologized in the way he did without Cheyenne standing by his side to apologize too, I just can’t look at them without pity, and sometimes disgust, for them.

I’m happy things are now peachy keen within the Mackenzie clan, but Sam and Cheyenne got a lot more groveling to do before they’re back in my good graces. I’m glad that Silas and Sawyer don’t have to worry about anymore verbal attacks coming their way from Cheyenne and Sam.


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