Series: KPD Motorcycle Patrol #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Kilgore, TX
Also in this series: Hide Your Crazy, Make Me, Sinners are Winners, If You Say So
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, 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, Get Bucked, May Contain Wine, Jokes on You, Somethin' About That Boy, Join the Club, Any Day Now, Say It Ain't So, Officially Over It, Nobody Knows, Depends on Who's Asking, Repeat Offender, Conjugal Visits, Jailbait, Quit Bein' Ugly, Doin' a Dime, Kitty Kitty, No Rep, Gen Pop, Jerk It, Inmate of the Month , Chalk Dirty to Me, Shakedown
Oakley Spurlock is dying.
She only has weeks to live thanks to a freak infection that totally and completely destroyed her kidneys.
Despite her family’s desperation, not a single one of them is a match.
In a last-ditch attempt, Oakley’s father takes to social media to beg for help to save his daughter’s life.
Pace Vineyard is lost. So lost, in fact, that he’s not sure he wants to be found.
But then a beautiful woman’s face is splashed across social media, and Pace finds a spark in his soul for the first time since a bomb went off beside him.
He’s already missing two legs. What’s one more kidney?
At least, that’s what he tells himself.
What he doesn’t expect is to give his heart to the woman, too. Or for the woman to run away with it and force him to follow.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to read I’d Rather Not by Lani Lynn Vale. My dislike of sad plots is well known and this one sounded like a doozy! I mean, Oakley is DYING and Pace lost both his legs. This has SAD written all over it. But, its also LLV, so we know I’m gonna read it.
Oakley is Trance and Viddy’s daughter and she has been through hell. She got the flu and then had one bad break after another resulting in total failure of her kidneys. Pace lost both his legs in an explosion while in the armed forces; he served with Oakley’s brother Ford. His family is a nightmare! His mom and sister are scam artists and manipulators of the highest order. Pace had never met Oakley, but he fell in love when he saw pictures of her and Ford together. Years later he has a chance to meet her-and give her a kidney!
I loved the devotion between Oakley and Pace. The tension in the story doesn’t come from their relationship which I appreciate. You can see right away that the “villains” will be Pace’s mom and sister as well as his former boss. I did NOT see it all going down the way it did though. Holy crap! Vale can still surprise me with the direction she takes a story. I’d Rather Not starts out as a story of two people finding each other when they were in desperate need and ends with a beautiful love story. I loved getting more of Viddy and Trance as well!
- POV: duals 1st
- Tears: yes-there are some sad topics here!
- Trope: ex-military, police
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler