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Mess Me Up

(Bear Bottom Guardians MC #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,708 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
When Rome Pierce moved to Bear Bottom, Texas, it was his intention to lay low. To not be seen. To find a way to heal his body and soul—as well as his son’s.

Nobody would know by looking at him that he used to play professional football. Not with the Bear Bottom MC cut covering his back, and definitely not with his friendly smile completely obliterated.

No longer is there c
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published September 4th 2018
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Natalie The Biblioholic
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew right from the start that Mess Me Up was really going to mess me up. And it did. After everything I learned about Rome in Tyler's book, Too Bad So Sad, I knew that his story was going to try to break me. And it tried really hard. The beginning of this book made me smile so hard and cry so desperately.

I was a mess! Rome's story was at once incredibly sad and incredibly heartwarming. While it devastated my heart, it also found a way to soothe it. It was full of hope and pain and heartbre
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those ugly cry, sob your heart out kind of books. Rome and Izzy are one of my favorite couples with growth and development done exceptionally well. Izzy was so special. She was the epitome of a selfless, giving person with the biggest of hearts. Rome needed that in his life and she brought it at the right time. Rome was sexy sure, but he was so much more. His role as a father included love, compassion, responsibility and so much more. Together, these two are perfect.

The plot left
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MESS ME UP: is the first full length, romance series within the (Bear Bottom Guardians MC #1) by 'new to me author' Lani Lynn Vale. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives'

'Rome Pierce' an ex professional football player, gave up playing the game due to unforeseen circumstances requiring him to retire early, and joined a motorcycle club 'The Bear Bottom Guardian's' when he needed a family the most, they were there for him.

'Isadora Solis' was a hardworking cleaner with Pixie Dust Cleaning Services' wh
Gi's Spot Reviews
5 ‘Perfectly Messed Up’ Stars

O...M...F...G... Once again, Lani Lynn Vale completely and utterly wrecked my heart, built it back up and made it soar! There is truly no better way to say it but this: MESS ME UP wholesome heartedly, PERFECTLY MESSED ME UP!!!

Get really for ALL the gut wrecking emotions and a lot of sobbing! I promise it will me all worth it!

Review to follow (must clean all the Kleenex first and get my heart in control)....

ARC kindly provided by the author via InkSlinger PR for an
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: didi-reviews

Mess Me Up is the start of Lani Lynn Vale’s new Bear Bottom MC series. If my math is correct this is Lani’s 57th published book and the 57th book of Lani’s that I’ve read and Mess Me Up is her best work yet! Have some tissues on hand and warn anyone that may happen upon you while reading that you will break out in tears throughout the book.

Rome and Izzy are perfection! Their romance has it’s ups and downs but there is no doubt they belong together. They have earned a spot on my top favorite
Kathy West
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Get your tissues ready! This book is a tear-jerker!!

I have wanted to know Rome’s story since reading Tyler’s story. Rome seemed like a man who was caught between a rock and a hard place. After reading his book…he defiantly was.

This review is hard to write without giving to many details away.

Rome and Izzy don’t have a fairytale story. Their story is full of tears and heartbreak. But it is also full of love and forgiveness.

Rome is taking care of his sick some Matias. Matias’ mom has decided sh
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
GAH! There is no sugar coating it: Mess Me Up is hands down one of the best books I've read this year. It is intense and heartbreaking and told in such a manner that your emotions are constantly in flux. I seriously went from a sobbing mess to feeling excited and giddy. Vale wrote the most perfect emotionally distraught characters who found something in one another that they needed in order to continue living. It was the most intense and exhilarating roller coaster ride that will stay with me fo ...more
Lu Bielefeld **
Wow!! Prepare the paper tissues because you will get very emotional in several scenes. We were expecting these events, but we felt the pain as if it were our own. We feel the pain and sorrow of the hero.
Very good, kudos to the author!

I’d lost nearly everything. My child, my reason for living, had been diagnosed with leukemia. My best friend, the man who had been a constant in my life for the majority of it, hadn’t spoken to me in over four years because of Tara. Tara was a lying, deceitful bitch
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
My heart!!! Good god! I snot sobbed like an infant reading the first half of this book. Lani Lynn Vale, you are now on my list woman! Jesus!

I will say this is the best book I have read in a long time. It pulled emotions from deep down in my soul out of me.

This book will rip your heart open and shred your heart into a million little pieces and then slow put it back together again. I adored Roman Pierce and Isadora Solis story. But little Matias stole this book for me. That little boy was so prec
Britt Red Hatter Book Blog
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to start with telling you now to get tissues because you’re going to need them. Lani absolutely ripped my heart out with this one, but even did that with a level of beauty that is utterly breathtaking. I full on ugly cried more than once during Rome and Izzy’s incredible story and it was worth every tear for how unbelievably amazing this book is. Even with the seriously deep emotions the bits of humor we all know and love from Lani still shine through causing more than one giggle to br ...more
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...well apparently, I'm a dumbass."

Mess Me Up messed me up. I can't blame anyone though, I knew it going in. I had already met Rome while reading Too Bad So Sad in the author's Simple Man series which featured Tyler, his best friend. So I had a peek into his life and knew what I was in for, and I went anyway. I don't regret it, but I haven't recovered from it either.

Rome is double-trouble, a big muscled sexy badass biker and also a retired pro
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great start to a new series.
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Kodie Mackay
WTF MAN. This kinda heart hurting book needs to come with a warning sign.

I'm going to say now that this will splinter your heart into tiny little pieces.

I knew from the sneak peaks of Rome in Tyler and Reagan's book that it was no doubt going to be a tough read. This author has a way of defying any and all of my expectations and she did that shit once again bringing me to the brink of emotional stability (which I might add is not great on the best of days).

It's hard to review this one because d
Sofia Lazaridou
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mess me up will mess you up. This one is a tearjerker and you should keep tissues near you when you read the book. I was not a fan of that particular plotline, but it was realistic. Rome is not ok, Izzy is not ok and I wasn't ok. Neither had an easy life and their journey in this part of their story is just as tough. The author made me understand why both of them reacted in the ways they did and I could see why they had different reactions to the same problem. I liked each person for different r ...more

This was my first time reading this author, and boy, was I surprised by it! It definitely won’t be my last time with this author!

This book was very engaging and the characters easy to connect with. It tugged at my heartstrings so much
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

This one tore me up. I cried buckets while reading Rome’s story - which didn't surprise me after meeting him in Too Bad So Sad, his best friend, Tyler’s, story! Though it wasn’t all sad tears, there were times I was crying because I was so happy with how the story was going.

Rome is the best of the best as far as book boyfriends go. He is messed up, but as he realizes it he does everything he can to fix it. Issy is a super strong heroine who takes care of herself and those around
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that you have to be in the right frame of mind to read... and I wasn't. If you read pretty much all the books that Ms Vale releases then you will have known to expect that this book might be a bit of a sad one from the introduction to Rome in Too Bad So sad. Rome is the hero of this book and his little boy is sick. The book takes you through the progression of his illness and the results of the consequences. The heroine is Izzy who is a wonderful, caring and beautiful ...more
Ellen Anderson
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mess Me Up

What a great and heart wrenching story. Rome is one of the sweetest guys and a terrific Dad. Izzy is a very special woman. They have both suffered the unthinkable. When life gives them a second chance, will they be able to lose the fear to grasp it? Read this first book in Lani Lynn Vale's newest series to find out.
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Jazmyne Kaylee (Ramblings of a Bookworm)
I never knew what the heroines meant when I read in my books about feeling protected in a man's arms. But now, with the way that Rome felt surrounding me? Yeah, I finally got it. I now knew what that protection they described felt like. We stayed like that for a very long time. So long, in fact, that I wasn't sure he was capable of letting me go.

This book ... I was not expecting the level of feelings that I experienced while reading it, but wow did this story hit me right in the heart. Isadora a
Neringa Neringiukas
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story.... It was painful to read. I have to put my kindle and walk away more then once, at the beginning. I just needed time to compose myself. I think its the most raw book of LLV I read so far.
Rome and Izzy... They been through so much. So much pain and broken moments. Hearts that wouldn't ever completely heal. So, having each other in theirs life... It was everything for them.
Kathleen R.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book was aptly named. It literally Messed Me Up. Again, Lani Lynn Vale has managed to completely surprise me and make me question my own sanity as to why i let books affect me as much this one did. Then again, it goes a long way to say that a book has the ability to make you feel things that you had long since thought wouldn't hurt you.

I cried. Like a lot as i read this book. So much so that i had a migraine that followed me around for days following me finishing this story. There is
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dear Lani Lynn Vale,

Well…you definitely messed me up with what Rome and Izzy had to face/endure as acquaintances, as friends, and finally as lovers once Izzy helped Rome fight through his sadness…his depression…his black hole of anguish and grief.

My heart hurt throughout the first quarter of the book; Rome’s helplessness and torment resonated from the pages, and there was no way I COULD NOT ACHE FOR EVERYTHING that Rome lost. In some ways, I was grateful that the darkest moments of the story w
Lee-anna Dunk
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally brilliant

I had to stop and start this book so many times because i cried so much i gave my self a headache.
The raw , emotional heartbreak that saw a beautiful boy lose his life at such a young age shattered me so much i felt like it was my own heart that was breaking. Lani Lynn Vale out did herself on this book. She made me feel Romes pain, the bitterness of a disease that shows no prisoner's and the love that a father has for his son was truly written so beautifully and that
Red Cheeks Reads
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Each month when I sit down with Lani Lynn Vale’s next book, it’s like a visit with friends—even when she rolls out a new series full of new characters. The Bear Bottom Guardians MC series is a new series, but as is generally the case with Lani’s work, it stems from another series. This series isn’t necessarily a spin-off of the Heroes of the Dixie Wardens series, it’s more like an expansion of that series. With each new book Lani releases, she builds upon those worlds, further develop
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been hoping to get Rome's story since reading Tyler's story, and the brilliant Lani Lynn Vale certainly didn't let me down, not that I had any doubts. Mess Me Up was one of those stories that needs to have a warning labels on it that states have the tissues at the ready, because boy did my eyes become one big mass flood area while reading. Rome's story is heartbreaking, definitely destroying mine, and while he found Isadora to help heal him, it wasn't one of those overnight situations, it w ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing, gut-wrenching, ugly cry….

How can I be in love with a book that hurt my heart so much? That is the question I’ve been asking myself since I finished this full-on heart stomping read. It’s the first in a spin-off series that has set the bar incredibly high for all that follow…

Rome is in a world of pain. A stranger reaching out to him in the worst time of his life was the only solace he had. A fan letter sparked a friendship that would hold him up on those days he just wanted to give up
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why do you do this to me Lani??? How does LLV write such awe-inspiring characters? How does she completely break me with every single book, but also put me back together completely whole? How does she make me cry one second and then make me laugh the next? I think she's magic. It's the only plausible theory.

Where to begin? Rome, oh my Rome. I just want to grab him and never ever let go. He will break your heart, piss you off, make you laugh, make you smile, and make you fall head over heels in
Jennifer Hajdics
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Books like this are the reason we need more than just 5 stars to rate them!

I bought this book knowing I would love it. That's just what happens when Lani Lynn Vale is the author. What I got, however, left me with more than just the anticipation of her next release. It left me feeling lucky. Blessed, even. Izzy is a strong woman who went through things I myself have never personally experienced. She knows struggle, she knows strength, but she also knows loss, in many forms. Rome knows these thing
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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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“Sometimes, Rome, you have to move past the fear, or you’ll never live again. Sometimes, you have to ride that fear and hope it doesn’t kill you the next time death sneaks up on you.” 1 likes
“I don't need someone that sees the good in me. I need someone that sees the bad in me and doesn't give a fuck. " - Rome's secret thoughts.” 0 likes
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