Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Ain’t Doin’ It (Simple Man, #4) / Lani Lynn Vale /



Release Date- 6th July 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-213 Pages


Coke Solomon has lived a full life.

He’s a retired army drill sergeant, so he is more than used to getting his way.

And if he can’t have it his way? Well, let’s just say that’s never happened before…

At least not until Cora Maldonado walks into his life, demanding he fall in line, or she’ll find a way to make his life hell.

He finds out fast that Cora marches to the beat of her own drum, and a lot of times that drum takes her farther away rather than closer to where he feels she needs to be.

He can’t stand it.

He wants her, and he has to have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s twenty years younger than him, and has a father that would rather see him dead than have his baby girl anywhere near him. Nor does it matter that his ex-wife is highly offended that she’s been replaced with a much younger woman.

Despite the odds stacking against them, he’ll fight for what he wants.

His ex-wife, her father, and their age difference be damned


Ain't Doin' It (Simple Man, #4)

Ain’t Doin’ It by Lani Lynn Vale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date-6/7/18

So this was my first book by this particular author and it was mostly a great experience with only a few tiny nit-picks from me.
So this was an easy enjoyable read that though part of a series of interconnecting novels that focused on an individual couple, I still managed to follow along with fairly easily.
At its heart “Ain’t Doin It” is a contemporary romance with some added suspensful elements.
I liked both the main characters Cora and Coke very much; perhaps Coke a teensy bit more than Cora who did have some slightly irritating whiny traits and could be a bit of a drama llama at times.
Though I did warm to her more as this story evolved.
I adored the fact that this was a slow burn romance and the author did an excellent job of ratcheting up the tension here so when we did eventually get the promised action it was well worth the wait.
This had a great cast of secondary characters, but have to say that Cora’s friends did come across like actual adolescents at times, not wives and mothers; I understand they were meant to be portrayed as fun and quirky but for me, that was a total washout missing the mark entirely.
Completely understand why Cora tried to avoid them like the plague they would be enough to give anyone a bloody headache.
I also really liked the daughter and how she was so refreshingly unspoilt.
The blurb itself here I thought was really misleading Cora’s dad wasn’t a complete fan of his daughter’s new relationship but I didn’t think he ever came across as completely hostile; more like reserving judgement until a later date and its never suggested; as far as I can see that he ever wants him dead.
And also the twenty year age gap well correct me if I’m wrong but twenty-five and thirty-five is a ten year age gap.
I know it’s been a while since I left school but I can count.
I still liked the story but Its a real bug-bear of mine when we get misleading book blurbs.
Just tell me like it is already.
As for the ex-wife, I wouldnt say she was offended about Cole and Cora’s friendship the woman is a bona-fida nut job; a real class A loony-tune psycho biotch.
How Cole managed to stay married to the cray-cray Ex-wife for all those years and stayed relatively sane is a conundrum indeed.
My other winge is I felt there might be a tad too much going on in terms of plausible plotlines.
I prefered this story before things went to shite on a shovel and felt all the unnecessary drama only muddied the picture.
At its heart, The more simplistic aspect of boy meets girl and falls hard is what I prefered most about this tale, that was refreshingly lovely.
How they met, got to know each other properly before jumping into the sack together.I also especially adored the epilogue here was just so touching and sweet.
Just one last thing here I’m really over the whole virgin at twenty-five thing; are there even any of those unicorn’s around in real life.
Weighing up the whole she-bang though this had more positives than negatives and I really did enjoy myself overall; I will definitely be checking out more of this authors work to have a nose at.
I was provided with an ARC of “Ain’t Doin’ It (Simple Man, #4) ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.


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