Series: Hail Raisers #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Execution Style, Charlie Foxtrot, Coup de Grace, Right to my Wrong, Shock Advised, 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
Evander Lennox doesn’t do anything he doesn’t want to do. At least, that is, until he’s sent to prison. The four years he's incarcerated, he’s had no choice but to do the things he's asked to do, when he’s asked to do them. And now, if he doesn’t, it will mean a one-way ticket straight back to hell.
Once he’s free, it takes him twenty-four hours to get his old job back, his dog at home where he belongs, and an understanding that people aren’t as forgiving as he once thought them to be. He’s just about given up hope of ever integrating back into society when a woman slams into his heart, literally and figuratively.
Kennedy Swallow just wants to belong somewhere.
When she was younger, her parents divorced, and chose to separate her from her twin. Fast forward fifteen years, and she’s finally getting to meet the family she’s always wanted to be a part of. To make that happen, she uproots her life and moves to the tiny town of Hostel, Texas—giving her almost everything she’s ever wanted.
Just when she thinks she’s making progress in winning her family over, she finds out that her twin is ill, and the only reason her family tolerates her is due to the convenience of having a free caretaker whenever they might be in need of one.
After a few eye-opening experiences, she quickly realizes that she’s being used. Vowing to herself that she’ll make the best of the situation, she begins to steel her heart. What she doesn’t prepare for is a man named Evander who sees that barrier as a challenge.
It takes Evander all of ten seconds while watching the woman on the floor, bleeding from her jaw, to realize that maybe life isn’t as bad as it could be.
This woman with her thrill for life, a crazy obsession with chickens, and a desire to be wanted, changes everything he thinks he knows.
But it doesn’t take long for him to realize that just by being around her, the people of the town have judged her guilty by association.
Her business suffers, and soon after, she realizes what it will mean to have him by her side—the loss of everything she’s worked so hard for.
Kennedy knows that Evander is worth it. Evander, however, decides that he’s not letting another person get hurt because he was stupid enough to care.
Hail No introduces us to Evander, a just released convict, and Kennedy, a chicken farmer. Both of them have shitty families (and that is the NICEST thing I can say about them!). Kennedy is so sweet and is just desperate for someone to love her. Her family has only really used her and she is alone. Evander’s family all but abandoned him once he was incarcerated. These two have a few run ins before Evander starts to consider that Kennedy might be more than just his quirky neighbor.
Kennedy made my heart hurt. Ugh, I just wanted to hug her. When View Spoiler »the neighbor’s dog killed all her chickens, I was totally crying! Both for Kennedy at the loss, and for all those chickens! So freaking sad!!! « Hide Spoiler. I wanted Evander to protect her and shield her from a world filled with people who took advantage of her. But, then he worries that he will only make her life worse (not possible dude, her life is a shit show), and tries to bail. Not cool, Evander. Thankfully, Kennedy is not dumb and realizes why he is pulling away and is determined to NOT let him. Yay Kennedy! The climax of the story occurs in parts; as you think things are getting better…nope. It was great! I read the book in 1 sitting!
Overall, Hail No isn’t surprising-no shocking suspense or anything like that-but it is the touching story of two very dynamic characters that will steal your heart. If they don’t you are a Vulcan with no emotions. Seriously, if you don’t feel empathy for Kennedy, I worry that you are dead inside.
If you are an animal lover…View Spoiler »There are dozens of chickens that are slaughtered in this story. All by a neighbor’s dog. There is also a dog that dies. My animal loving heart was breaking right along with Kennedy’s! « Hide Spoiler
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: a few (see spoiler above if you want to know which part made me cry!)
- Trope: ex-con
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler