Series: Valentine Boys #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Kilgore, TX
Source: ARC, Publisher/PR
Also in this series: Herd That, Crazy Heifer, Chute Yeah
Also by this author: Execution Style, Charlie Foxtrot, Coup de Grace, Right to my Wrong, Shock Advised, Hail No, Beard Mode, Lights To My Siren, Fear the Beard, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie , I'm Only Here for the Beard, Dragons Need Love, Too , Oh, My Dragon, Kevlar To My Vest , Keys To My Cuffs, Life To My Flight , Hissy Fit, Talkin' Trash, Lord Have Mercy, Hide Your Crazy, How About No, I'd Rather Not, Make Me, Sinners are Winners, If You Say So, Just Kidding, Herd That, Fries Before Guys, Crazy Heifer, Maybe Swearing Will Help, Keep it Classy, Chute Yeah, May Contain Wine, Jokes on You, Somethin' About That Boy
Darby has always been ‘that’ guy.
The guy that no man, woman, or child wants around their loved one.
See, a long time ago he made some bad decisions. Those bad decisions have haunted him ever since. No matter what he does, people still see him as the town’s screw up. The boy that sold his soul to the Devil.
Years later, he’s turned himself around. Made amends and ultimately turned into a generally good guy. Only, it’s hard to act like a good guy when people still treat you like the old you, and not the new you.
Enter Waylynn Jennings.
Waylynn has watched Darby Valentine from afar for a very long time.
She’s witnessed the changes in him and knows the only reason he’s so mean is to protect the man that lies within. A battered, injured soul that deserves more than what he’s received. Even his own family takes him for granted.
She’s made it her new mission in life to prove to everyone that Darby isn’t the bad guy. That he’s a kind-hearted, sweet soul that’s just looking for a place to fit in.
Only, Darby is fairly sure that Waylynn is out to kill him, not help him. How else do you explain all the fights he’s having to break up on her behalf, or all the times he has to come to her rescue when she’s managed to put her cute little butt right in the middle of something where it shouldn’t be?
There’s obviously only one solution. He has to make her his. Then everyone will know not to mess with her. Darby Valentine protects what’s his. No matter what the cost.
Darby’s story is finally here! As the youngest Valentine boy, he has always been treated like a problem child by his siblings. He takes it because he was a problem child. Darby is all grown up now and hasn’t been in trouble in many years and Get Bucked gives readers Darby’s story!
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Darby as a hero. However, he is wonderful! He has completely changed his life around and does all kinds of things for his family and never complains. It was great to finally see him take a stand! Waylynn is an interesting hero. She and Darby both attending the same college and had the same major (architectural engineering) so there was some bad blood between them. Darby was the top of the class and Waylynn can’t find a job. I love the hate to love you vibe between these two. It was very well written as a bit of competition and a bit of “I’ve been warned off you”.
As in the previous books, there is a great group of supporting characters. I really loved GQ and hope we get more of him! While Darby’s siblings are kind of jerks at the beginning of the story, I love the family dynamic and the deep bonds between the brothers. Get Bucked delivers a steamy romance and a family bonds story all in one!
Fans of Lani Lynn Vale will, of course, gobble up Get Bucked. If you are a fan of the hate to love you trope, I really think you should check Get Bucked out because its really well done!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: hate to love you
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: standalone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler