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The Beard Made Me Do It

(The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC #5)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  3,208 ratings  ·  220 reviews
He’s only a friend.

Those words had haunted him from the moment Jessie James had heard them muttered from the one girl, above all others, that he thought had his back.

Sixteen years later, he still feels those words like a brand on his soul.

Lucky for him he has a son to take care of, a full-time job that demands every single second of the day, and not a single moment to s
229 pages
Published June 28th 2017
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 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
3 she pined after him ⭐️!!!!

**********SPOILERS AHEAD**********

This hero walked away without saying goodbye or breaking up with the heroine but he's acting hurt like she was the one who broke up with him, I get that he got his feelings hurt when she told her mother they were only "friends" but please be a man and stop acting like a little b*tch.
I also didn't like the heroine, she was the girlfriend of the hero from the previous book (also slept with him) so they now have to see each other every t
Gi's Spot Reviews
3.75 'Second Chance' Stars

Jessie and Ellen’s story is here, and with it, Lani Lynn Vale gives us, yet again, another absolutely kickass ride into this favorite series of mine. And what a ride it was, one that started fourteen years prior and never left these two heart or mind…

And like any good ride, these one isn’t without some bumps and tricky turns, and the very first one – well, not really considering their past – was when Jessie James, at the time, prospect for The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC,
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so even though I love every word Lani has written, want to be friends with every character she has conjured, want to move to Texas tomorrow, I have to admit that from what I had seen of Ellen in Sean’s book….well, I flat plain old hated her guts. Could not stand her. Wouldn’t pee down her throat if her guts were on fire. Hope she hit every limb on the ugly tree as she fell to her doom, blah blah blah (yeah, Lani, that’s for you! Lol).

Then I read Jesse James’s book. (At this point I was onl
Pam Nelson
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 The Beard Made Me Do It Stars

I am really enjoying this series, though I really thought this was going to be Ghost’s book, that’s ok I can wait for him.

Jessie was kind of a douche!! But in a way you want him to be your douche, if that makes sense. I just loved how standoffish he was. He was having NO part in Ellen coming back at freaking all.

It was pretty mutual how they came together again and it was nice that it didn’t feel like a setup or forced.

Really enjoyed the scenes with Link, Jessi
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Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I didn't know it was a series when I started it but I had no problems following the story. I can't wait to read the rest of this series and the next book that will be coming out. This is a second chance romance which isn't always something I like to read but I loved this book. Yes they break up but it's when they are both very young. The reason the hero is upset is stupid but again they are really young. The hero most defiantly makes up for it, and is an amazing hero. I loved ...more
Brandy Roberts
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not wait to get my hands on Jessie and Ellens story once they were introduced in the series and then again while reading I'm only here for the beard I really wanted to know what there story and history is . As always all the characters are lovable the story line is refreshing and unique the couple have off the charts chemistry with steamy sex scenes . My heart hurt for them both in the beginning and the first couple of chapters but once they got together I became really giddy couldn't pu ...more
Stories in Review
Perfect read. I loved it.
2,5 stars

This is the only book I've read from this series, so that's probably why it looks like something big is missing here for me. And there are a few things that I still don't understand if they explained and I missed them or they simply forgot about it.

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Jessica {Litnoob}
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books in this series have been getting better and better and this is my favorite one yet. Not military focused which was a nice change and you can tell the author is finally finding her stride on how she wants to tell a story. Jessie and Ellen were just adorbs and I loved them.
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
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I don’t think any of Lani Lynn Vale’s books have ever, for me at least, been as emotional as The Beard Made Me Do It was. From the very start I knew I was going to be in for an emotional ride and what a ride it was. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Ellen after what happened with Sean but those doubts about her vanished quickly and my heart broke for her.

Jessie and Ellen’s past is not something the club knows
Red Cheeks Reads

No surprise here, I adore Lani Lynn Vale's writing. But the Dixie Wardens Rejects series is fast becoming a favorite. Her writing style, her sense of humor, the way she pairs her couples, the obstacles in their paths—it all works very well for me. The fictional worlds she has created in Kilgore, Texas, Benton, Louisiana, and now Mooresville, Alabama have become some of my top favorite fictional places to visit. Lucky for me, Vale’s creativity knows no bounds, and she takes me on new a
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being introduced to Jesse and Ellen earlier in the series, their reactions to one another seemed more than just lust at first sight; their connection seemed deeper and the only way that could have been is if they’d known one another before  they met because of their association with the Dixie Wardens. So going into The Beard Made Me Do It, I knew Jesse and Ellen’s past must have been left open-ended, and I was anxious to find out how they truly knew each other and how the nature of their r ...more
Shahla's World
This story is about second chances, finding oneself, love and the struggles that makes a person that much stronger.
There’s so many highs and lows and it flows together perfectly. From hurt and anger, to love and laughter.
Let’s not forget the hot scenes these two share. That ending though leaves your heart beating after it about dropped out. The author continues to hook you from beginning to end and leaves you wanting more of these bearded men. But….you know what’s even better!! The long-awaite

The Dixie Warden Rejects MC or as I call it the Bearded MC series just keeps getting better and better and leaves us yearning for more in the end. Each can be read as a standalone or you can continue in the series and see how our other friends are doing as we see them make appearances. What I love most about this MC series is they are the good MC and live normal lives per say, but are a true family and protect and love and give back to their community!
We meet Ellen and Jessie in prior books, how
Neringa Neringiukas
I'm a bit in a bind now. This story wasn't bad. It has that Lani spark feeling, as I call authors style, so if you read others book in this series, you basically know what you will get. And the story flows, but... I didn't liked how Ellen and Jessie acted first time meeting after about 14 years. On one side, Jessie may acted that way because he still had feelings for her and knew if he let her close, he wouldn't be able to keep those feelings down. But it still was dicky way and I wasn't sure wh ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviewed

I have the pleasure of being one of the first people to read Lani's books as an editor on her team but that does not mean I have to like everything she writes....

However, I loved this book! Lol! Ellen and Jessie's story is one of my favorite to date, with the backstory coming back to the present and injecting an already amazing story with a life that made this a five star read without question.

Jessie is a single dad essentially, since his son's mother is a junkie who already cost him the one tr
Although the characters got on my last nerve at times because of their stubbornness it eventually got better - way better!!! Some people find it impossible to believe that someone would hold on to the love for someone for fourteen years - so much so that you don't have any meaningful relationships within that time - me being the romantic/dreamer that I am can totally understand that - and it all works out the way its supposed to in the end (yeah ok that part may be a tad but s ...more
Genney Blass
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always all the characters are lovable the story line is refreshing and unique the couple have off the charts chemistry with steamy sex scenes . I have to admit, these books are very addicting.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read and reviewed this book on behalf of RED CHEEKS READS.


"Stoking the fires of first love lost but never forgotten, Vale rekindled this couple with plenty of heat, humor and a bit of drama."

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Fran Zoch, LSoR
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK all I can say is this series is making me love bearss even more,

Jesse James is a single dad raising his son the best he can , he had a woman who he wanted forever when he was younger but he didn’t want to hold her back so he let her go.

Now she is back in town her brother is one of his brothers in the club and he still wants her just as bad as he did before.

Ellen didn’t want to lose Jesse she loved him and his son, but he just left one day , she still texted his number not realizing that he s
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

And Jessie’s beard is spectacular!

Ahh… a new Rejects story! I was so ready to sink my hands into a new beard and wallow in another funny, heart-tugging, family-filled romance. And I so did! Ellen and Jessie’s relationship ended years ago with a pain-filled whimper. When they meet years later so much had changed but also remained the same. They had to work through their past, deal with the present and wonder if there
would ever be a future them…

“You feel like my dreams,” he whispered gruffly.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Series is emotional. Bring tissues. Most people think of M C clubs as homes to degenerates on big bikes. Real fans know the family is a tight group who is always there for their members. In this case JJ, Jessie is the single father of a 17-year-old son. While tattooed and a mouth not meant for the typical church, he has done a great job. In doing so, he'd walked away from the one woman he loved to give her a chance at a better life. Not the mother of his son. Now, a prospecting member of th ...more
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Review by: Jennifer
(4.5 stars)

YES, read all the previous books, these are not stand alones, you will be very confused, lost, not sure of what is going on.... you get the point. Jessie has had a bit of a rough go. Single parent, crazy baby mama drama, a love that he lost long, long ago, that just so happens to end up in the same place as he is. Big, no huge, problem; she is with one of his brothers, and the sister of another brother. So he will keep on going the way he has, ignoring her and hopin
Jennifer Pierson
Holy Hell, how I freakin' LOVE LOVE LOVE this author so very much! I will never stop saying this, so here goes, there isn't a book she's written that I haven't absolutely LOVED! And this title is the best yet, as I smile every time I see it. Ellen fell in love with Jessie James when she was a teenager. He left her after he overheard a comment that broke his heart, and never looked back. Fourteen years later, they run into each other again, and the feelings are flying everywhere like they were ne ...more
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews
Well I do believe that this was a good addition to this series. I'm so glad that we got the story behind Jessie and Ellen. I'm glad we didn't have to wonder any longer if they were really sneaking around. Or as the last book gave us a sneak peak, if there was actually something more between these two.

I actually really loved Jessie. There have been a couple of times in this last couple of books I've gone back and forth on liking him. I loved that he was a single dad and has been taking care of h
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beard Made Me Do It
Lani Lynn Vale

5 stars

This is another fantastic read from the Dixie Warden Rejects MC. This is Jessie and Ellen's love and hate affair. These two met years ago - highschool in fact and over protective and over bearing parents pushed them apart -- or Ellen's words that Jessie was just a friend. Haunted by those words Jessie walks away and never looks back .. Linc is his world and he has to protect him. Too bad Ellen couldn't be there along the way but squashing her dreams w
Tricia Bartley.  #AuthorStalker

THIS.....BOOK....IS....MY....FAV....LANI LYNN VALE BOOK!!!! Yesss I am shouting cuz that is how I feel right now. I just finished this book and OMG I really want to re-read it all over

Y'all, I can not tell you how much I freaking loved this book!!!

The want, the need, the passion, the drama and ohhhh THE HAWT ALPHA MC MALE, and look he is on the cover of this book!!! lol Goodness this book gave me the feels and I would love for this book to go on and

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