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Beard Mode

(The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,997 ratings  ·  293 reviews
Aaron ‘don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.

After being denied his old position at the fire department,
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 (first published February 14th 2017)
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2.5 Well, wasn't this boring...

When I read an MC book I have certain expectations, and after finishing this, I have to say I'm disappointed.

This one was definitely not an MC read. It was a romance whose main char is, supposedly, part of a motorcycle club.
Even more, it was pretty boring, I skimmed a few parts. Can't really say it was too hot either.

So all in all, it was an average book.
Don't get me wrong, it had its good parts (hence the 2.5 rating), but if you're looking for an MC book, find a
Gi's Spot Reviews
4.5 'New Beginning' Stars

Congrats and Bravo, Lani Lynn Vale, for the start of this new series, and for once again creating an addictive base/cast that is sure to keep us hooked for all the future books of The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC! Something tells me this is going to be epic! And judging by this start…WOW…

Aaron came to us, for the first time in the beginning of one of my all time series, Kilgore Fire, and immediately I was anxious to know more, and what would come from his horrific accident i
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another really good series from Lani Lynn Vale.

Aaron and Imogen are a really good introduction to these books

Aaron is scarred emotionally as well as physically, used to people not making eye contact. When he meets Imogen there is one of that and she sees all of him.
Jessica {Litnoob}
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a 2.5 read for me. I like really gritty MC books and this was much tamer. It wasn't bad over all the story was alright. But the way it was written felt rushed? Certain scenes didn't have a good segue and that pulled me out of the story. I might read the others in this series if I like the synopsis though as they are really quick reads.
Aaron will never trust a woman again after his ex-wife tried to light him on fire, the scars are still there and it causes others to stare at him in disgust. That is until he begins to talk to Imogen, the woman has gotten under his skin. She sees more than his face and after initially denying his feelings believing it would never work, he takes a chance.

Imogen is a whirlwind and has caught Aaron's eye, she intends to keep it but is worried about his residual feelings for his ex and if he would
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aaron and Imogen's book.
Liked it.
Lu Bielefeld
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Eu gostei mas não amei a história. ok read
I liked but not loved the story. ok read
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites...

There were some crossed wires or something at the end. It wasn't written well or thoroughly or something. It was just off.
Pam Nelson
5 Beard Mode Stars

Oooooh HELLLS YAH, this book is all about the YUM. I love a bruiting man who needs a tender heart to take him under his wing and heal his soul.

Well I wouldn’t say Aaron NEEDS it but it would help and it does. I loved that they knew each other from before but didn’t really.

Imogen is a smart kick ass girl and I loved that she wasn’t afraid to be who she is.

She needed him as much as he needed her. There is a point in this book I bawled. I can’t even when a dog is in play that
I wrote an awesome review, but my stupid iPad died on me when I was, literally, about to press "Done"

And now I just noticed that from the other little review I wrote out of frustration only the paragraph above survived!

I'm so not over this.

This review is seriously jinxed.

I think LLV casted a spell on me.

This woman hasn't redeemed herself to me, and even though she probably has no idea who am I -now I'm not so sure, because of the spell- and she probably doesn't owe me anything, she owes her char
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series, though I'm going to admit that I read this series all right after another while on vacation so it will be hard to review them since it was all one big story to me since i couldn't review in between. I will say that I LOVE this series. I haven't found a series I have been his excited about in a long time. I couldn't put any of these books down and didn't want to finish. thinking that I have to wait for the next two books is so depressing. I can't recommend this series enough ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it

I've read most of Lani Lynn Vales books but lately I've been feeling a little let down by them. This was a prime example. This story is mostly well-written, I liked the characters. The plot is interesting but sometimes I can't follow the story, it jumps about without the paragraphs linking or the story been clear. I often find myself rereading wondering whether I've skipped a page or not or even that its a faulty download.
Otherwise, I enjoyed it, Aaron is the flawed hero, Imogen the
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review by: Jennifer
(5 stars)

As with all of Lani Lynn Vale's previous stories. To fully enjoy this world that she has created, to love these characters the way they deserve, you should really read from the Freebirds series onward.

So last we saw Aaron, he was understandably unhappy, very grouchy, and moving away from his friends and the family to a little town in Alabama where his mama lives. He gives up on the dream he had at one time and now works in the prison. He pretty much just avoids every
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars Loved it

Wow, what a GREAT story, with a great cast of characters!

Imogen and Aaron......I absolutely ADORED these two! The relationship progressed at a perfect pace, the honesty between the both of them was refreshing. I had wished for a bit more with them as an official couple to get to see them grow together in the latter half instead of right at the end but all in all a GREAT read:)

I will definitely be continuing on with his series:)
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, mc-romance, 2018
4 "New Beginnings" Stars for the story and narration.

Source: Library-loan
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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Dani Hodge
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book! This may be the first book that I have read by Lani Lynn Vale, but it won't be the last! Honestly I loved it!

The storyline was awesome, and I loved the characters! Aaron and Imogene compliment each other perfectly! The chemistry was there, and I felt it! And I love Tank... just had to throw that in there!

Now I can't wait to get my hands on the next book! If you love a good MC read with a touch of military/police I highly recommend picking up Beard Mode!

Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, reviews
I was looking forward to read about Aaron. After all those terrible things he went through with his wife, he deserved his slice of happiness. Although, I wasn't happy with two things, (view spoiler), I was enchanted with this new group of badasses. Their camaraderie included lots of funny barbs and revealed a few intriguing secrets about ...more
You know, I just love Ms. Vale's books. She manages to suck me in from word go! This new series is no different than all the others I've read and loved. Being familiar with most of the characters makes it that much easier to just slip into time with them. There's everything I need in a book - drama, romance, sex, and most importantly - humor, and there was plenty of that, for me anyway. My heart went out to Aaron from when we first met him in the Kilgore Fire series. I can totally understand whe ...more
Neringa Neringiukas
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have one thing to say. Why I waited so long to read it? I started not in order, which probably will give me some headache, to catch up what's happened and what's will happen and all that... But those books were good, and I had this on my kindle for months at least. So, again, why it took me so long to read this one?
This was easy read and by that I mean it just flowed and I had no blocks, that sometimes hinder my reading. It was intense, emotional and action packed. I liked both Imogen and Aaro
Not a lot to say about this one other than I liked it. Aaron and Imogen were great together. I really liked that Imogen didn’t really see Aaron’s scars and he realized that. With Aaron’s life changing so much Imogen was perfect to go along for the ride and a bad ass in her own.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the narrators.
Kristin ~ Book Lovers Obsession
Beard Mode follows Aaron "Fat Boy" Sims, Booth's brother. Aaron has been dealt a craptastic hand in life and was saddled with an evil b*tch for a wife. He survived, not unscathed, but he survived. This is his story to find himself and find out whether or not his heart can trust and love again after all that has happened.

So so good!! I loved this book - I loved watching the full circle relationship between Aaron and Imogen. I loved seeing Booth and Masen again too!!

Can't wait for more - definite
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was excited to see a new series by Lani but then worried seeing this was a spinoff from a series I had not read. No worries any background stories are explained and this book/series starter completely stands on its own.
I loved Imogene she was a bit of a bad#ss but also a bit of a mess. Her life was all over the place but she kept on truckin'.
Aaron made me sad when he called himself and his club brothers rejects. Then I got it they weren't really rejected more like misfits. I liked them all imm
Red Cheeks Reads
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beard Mode is the first book in Lani Lynn Vale's new series, The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC, the highly-anticipated spin-off series of her bestselling Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series. When Lani first started hinting about the series, I immediately paid attention. I am a huge fan of the Dixie Wardens MC series, so I was very interested in this series. In 2016, Lani took some big risks with her writing and tried new things as evidenced in her edgier, grittier Uncertain Saints MC series and her ...more
Libby Harrison

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Star Ratings:
Heroine (Imogen): 29yrs old
Hero (Aaron): 30s?
Plot: 3/5
Grovel: none
Cheating: none
HEA: yes with pregnancy
Triggers: rape of a child (not h or H)

Average score: 3.5/5

Best Line: “The first thing I did after we got into our rental was to find the first gas station I could, where I went in and got her a Twix.”

Worst Line: Nothing that stood out to me

Personal Review:
An ok biker romance between an ex-marine and a fire-fighter turned co
Ana Rita
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Is there a better way to know an author than through her writing? Of course not and starting with an MC book was the cherry on top of the cake... Seriously
I haven't read any book from this author but I can assure you that I'll manage to read them all.
Lani Lynn Vale has an intense, raw and full on meaning writing that can make you read non stop.
Beard Mode is the first book from The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC and I can't wait for the next one.
This book tells the stories of Aaron and Imogen.
Kathleen R.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Beard Mode
Author: Lani Lynn Vale

5+ smashing stars

If you're looking for a book that will make your heart cry out in sadness at what these two individuals have gone through all the while begging to hear more about their relationship, then Beard Mode is the perfect go to book! I was never one to enjoy a man in a beard, or rather, they aren't my go-to man, but Lani Lynn Vale sure changed my mind on that point when it came to Aaron. The man sure can rock the look! Imogen has the hear
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Aaron is escaping from his past with his ex and becoming a Dixie Warden Reject. He is still recovering from a terrible situation caused by his ex and even though he has no plans to get involved again, Imogen living across the hall puts those plans on the back burner. Lots of complications arise as Aaron becomes a police officer and gets to know Imogen and her family better, while dealing with the criminal element in his city and even in his building.

I like Aaron and Imogen together because Imoge
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Lani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for al ...more

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