Title: The Beard Made Me Do It
Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC Series #5
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2017
Cover Mode: Jacob Wilson
Photographer: Furious Fotog

He’s only a friend. 

Those words had haunted him from the moment Jessie James had heard them muttered from the one girl, above all others, that he thought had his back. 

Sixteen years later, he still feels those words like a brand on his soul. 

Lucky for him he has a son to take care of, a full-time job that demands every single second of the day, and not a single moment to spare for the likes of a woman that won’t stand up for him when he needs her the most. 

He’s only a friend. 

The words had slipped out of Ellen’s mouth, and before she could recall them or better yet, explain, Jesse is gone from her life for good, taking her heart with him. 

She tries to find her way out of the pit of despair, but not one single person, no matter how much she tries, can fill the void that he left in his wake. Time heals all wounds. Or at least that is how the saying goes. It’s a crock of crap, though.

Sixteen years pass when Jessie and Ellen see each other again without the influence of the town and bad memories surrounding them, and it’s as if not a single day has passed. 

Ellen knows the instant that her eyes see her old love that she’s still just as much in love with him today as she was all those years ago.

The problem is that Jesse wants nothing to do with her. Or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself.


“The want, the need, the passion, the drama and ohhhh THE HAWT ALPHA MC MALE, and look he is on the cover of this book!!! lol Goodness this book gave me the feels and I would love for this book to go on and on…lol” – iScream Books

“The Dixie Warden Rejects MC or as I call it the Bearded MC series just keeps getting better and better and leaves us yearning for more in the end.” – Smashly Bookalicous Reviewing Chicks

“If you like second chance romances packed with emotion, drama, and action you will definitely want to read this one.” – Cat’s Guilty Pleasures



5 Stars
Anyone who reads my reviews or knows me will know how much I adore Lani Lynn Vale, she is one of my all time favourite authors and I can never get enough of her books! The Beard Made Me Do It was no different and I hated getting to those two dreaded words “The End”.
Going into this book I was adamant I wouldn’t soften Howard Ellen, after she broke Seanshine’s heart I didn’t think I could end up liking her but I was totally wrong! She had her reasons and once I got to know then they definitely changed my opinion of her.
Jessie James hasn’t had an easy life, he has had knock after knock and after walking away from the love of his life 14 years ago doesn’t think he will ever settle down again. I really liked Jessie, he was a great dad to his son and the relationship while a little unconventional was amazing to witness. I loved the banter they had together and Linc was a big part of why I loved this story.
There were more than a few times I was left crying or with a lump in my throat and the text messages were one of them. These parts of the story nearly broke me and I went through a box of tissues while reading them.
Lani Lynn Vale always delivers heroes that you can’t help but love and heroines that are strong, resilient and likeable. This story was emotional yet had some humour in it and it is definitely one of my favourites of Lani’s.

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.



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