Lani Lynn Vale - Kinda Don't Care (Simple Man #1) {Review}

'Kinda Don't Care', first book of the 'Simple Man' series from Lani Lynn Vale bring us the story of Rafe and Janie. He is a lonewolf, going from mission to mission, each one more dangerous than the other, knowing that that one could be his last. She is the light of an organization that offers safety to women in risk and is practically untouchable...

What will result from this?
She’s in a white dress that dances around her ankles, and her hair tumbles in a long sheet of curls down her back. A veil covers her beautiful eyes, and she smiles directly at him. Janie is everything Rafe’s ever imagined she would be on her wedding day.
Breathtaking. Gorgeous. Perfect.
The moment he sees her walking down the aisle towards him, he knows that she’s the one.
Then she passes him, making her way to the man she’s to marry.
A man that wasn’t him.
A man that he knows with one hundred percent certainty isn’t good enough for her.
It seems that her father isn’t the only one who’s having a hard time giving her away. Rafe only wishes he knew why.
Everything about Janie sparks protective instincts he doesn’t feel for anyone, not even his own fiancé.
What he feels for the bride, however, isn’t merely a simple attraction. He knows that something is there just beneath the surface…if only he could reach it.
It has to be something huge, too, otherwise he wouldn’t be drinking whiskey straight from the flask in a church pew and wondering how many years he would do in prison if he shot the groom in front of about a hundred witnesses—half of those being cops.
He was good…but not that good.
A near-death experience cost Rafe almost six months of his memory, but right now he can’t help but feel like a huge mistake is being made on both of their parts. One that’s going to cost him everything.
Then she says I do.

Since she saw Rafe for the first time, Janie was never able to think about anyone else. The problem? Well... Besides being friends with her dad, and working side by side, Rafe was almost twenty years older than Janie... But that dind't stop her from dreaming with the day that everything would change and he would finally notice her. Meanwhile Janie keeps working at her family organization, helping with her computer skills, what also gave her the opportunity to look into her new obsession...

Rafe comes back from another mission as army consultant, where he was undercover to track and shut down a scam of corruption while he plans his revenge, gathering information against the doctor who played God with Rafe's life a few years back. When he comes back home and is ready for another mission, he finds Janie, the girl he saw growing up and who became a beautiful woman, and from who he ran away since forever. But now, even trying keeping himself away, it's almost impossible to resist the temptation when she's around.

But their paths would need to wait a little more because Rafe dives deep into his new assignment. The problem is that Janie's lover suffers an accident and ends up forgetting the last six months. From day to night Janie became nothing more than a acquaintance to Rafe, breaking her heart... But what they didn't expect was the dangerous from Rafe's revenge would be so deadly.

Janie is that character that knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after it. Being a military's daughter and always have her father's friends (who are also militaries) around while growing up and now working at their organization, Janie knows very well how to take care of herself and she is never too far from her beloved dogs or extra protection. Although I liked the character, I do not agree with some of her attitudes, but you know... As far as she ends up with the guy, I think it's ok... LOL

If you like a hero who suffers a lot but does not let the adversities break him, Rafe is your guy. His character goes to hell on earth as consequences of his father's actions, who used to steal money from good people... Even on his military career he wasn't safe from that, and though having a good friends and colleagues, Rafe lives away from them all... Janie is the only constant in his life but Rafe knows he needs to avoid her the best he can. But you guys know how heart works, right? Sometimes we just don't have a choice.

'Kinda Don't Care' is a good book. Lani Lynn Vale brings us a good plot, with elements that leave the readers wanting more. My only side note is: for me, some parts seemed a little be rushed, not about quality (because that's not a problem), but I'd like to see more development from a few scenes...

Besides that, if you like a military romance that has a little bit of drama, hard rock heroes from outside but sweet and soft as marshmallow from inside, girls who knows how to take care of themselves and 'kinda don't care' about the age gap between the main characters, this is a book you should read.

So, as you noticed, this is the first book of a series... This far, 'Simple Man' has a total of 5 books, but only the first is live.

Below I'm listing the titles so you can keep up with the series...

                 * Book 1 - Kinda Don't Care
                 * Book 2 - Maybe Don't Wanna (release date: may/04)
                 * Book 3 - Get You Some (release date: jun/07)
                 * Book 4 - Ain't Doin' It (release date: jul/06)
                 * Book 5 - Too Bad So Sad (release date: tba)

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You can also check this review in portuguese here.

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