Series: Hail Raisers #6
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Mary Persephone Hail
Hail—well that speaks for itself.
Her name is painful to think about. Mary, his newfound daughter, isn’t a wished-for child. Persephone, though? Yeah, destruction is a fitting description. And Hail? Yeah, that’s just the final f-you.
The moment that her mother drops her off on his doorstep, Dante’s hell becomes complete.
Or so he thinks.
What can make life worse after losing one’s wife and kids, you ask? Here’s what: being given a baby that depends on him for her survival. Finding out that the baby’s mother is dying of brain cancer, and has a husband that he never knew about. A husband that Dante knows in the marrow of his bones is trying to kill her just as surely as the cancer eating her brain.
Dante’s a bad person. He’s done some not so nice things, and now he’s being punished for his misdeeds. Karma is finally catching up to him.
This child that he’s been stuck with is of his flesh and bone. This child is his salvation. This child is the final nail in the coffin of his wife and daughters’ too short lives.
He doesn’t want this child.
But this child will save him whether he wants her to or not.
With the help of a friend—yes, a woman friend—Dante finds his way back to life. But what he finds when he gets back isn’t the same life that he left behind. Turns out, he has to start living a new one. One where he’s suddenly having feelings for a friend that helped him get through some tough times, and loving a daughter that won’t let him quit.
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Once again Lani Lynn Vale has brought us characters that will leave you breathless. Dante and Cobie have both endured more than most, both have been at one point or another at the end of their ropes. How much should any one person have to endure? When is enough actually enough? They are brought together through a promise Dante made to the mother of his daughter. The very mother who happened to be Cobie’s best friend and worried about what would happen after she was gone.
This book weaves many characters lives into one another. That is something that Lani Lynn Vale does well. Dante’s wife was best friends with a character from another series, while Rafe (who is a little like one of all time favorite LLV characters Silas) shows up in this book much more than in past ones. I still haven’t figured out everything he does.
The characters are all well written and very believable. Dante had a few moments where he struggled and I worried I was going to hate him. At one point I did, for like a second, then he pulled his head out of his butt and I liked him again. Cobie was awesome in ways that I wish I could be. She has cancer in the beginning of the book and as she goes through that along with everything else you see just how strong she is. She does have a moment where she is, not weak, but give out I suppose. She is ready for things to be over and I can only imagine that most cancer patients have those sort of moments.
Mary. Dante’s little girl was simply the most enduring character ever! Everything she did was so wonderful and she brought such a sweetness to every scene she was in. When things were tenses she would bring a smile. She reminded both Dante and Cobie that life was worth living, that there was some hope and goodness in the world.
HONORABLE MENTION CHARACTER
Janie was so wonderful as an adult. She has a strength that you could see as a child way when and now when she stood her ground about Rafe you could see how much the men of Free played a part in her raising. She also reminded me a little of Shiloh.
This was not easy at all. There are so many wonderful scenes and moments in this book and choosing just one is not easy. What I came up with I hope shows you the depth of emotion in this book.
Then, the big man before me started to cry. Not small tears either. Big, fat, rib-crushing tears. He hit his knees, and his head dropped. His shoulders shook with his big, racking sobs.
And that’s when I knew the man I fell in love with was back.
WHAT IRKED ME THE MOST
Drake got on my nerves so bad. I just kept waiting for Dante to kill him which would have been perfect. However what ends up happening to him was even better. It was poetic in a way.