Mess Me Up
Lani Lynn Vale
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 charm in each smooth word that comes out of his mouth. What’s left is an angry, bitter, scared man that’s terrified one day he’s going to wake up and his entire world is going to be gone.
Nobody knows what drove him to leave the game he loved—nobody but her.
She’s the one person that has helped him make it through the dark days and even darker nights. She’s the bright and shining star in his pitch-black sky.
And he doesn’t even know her name.
He should be afraid that she knows things that not anyone—not even his best friend—knows.
Yet, with each encounter, he gives what little bit of his soul remains, and before he knows it only two people on this earth—one dying, and one too afraid to live—make his life worth living.
Until one day he has to choose—the love of his life, or the life he brought into this world.
Two impossible situations. One decision that would change him forever.
“Water works, 5 stars”
Dear lord did Mess Me Up make me cry like a baby! At one point I was almost sobbing, and my son asked me if I was okay which only made me cry a little bit harder. Mess Me Up kills you at the very start and shatters your heart. But by doing so Vale gave us plenty of time to heal by the end. It was soul crushing and then slowly built you back up.
Rome has had a few bad years with worse times headed his way. He knows he’s not going to handle it well and has resigned himself to the fact. What he didn’t expect was Izzy. She makes him feel happy when he’s convinced he has no right to be. Will he finally pick up the pieces of his shattered heart with her help or will he push her away?
Isadora is no stranger to heartache, she’s been dealt blow after blow, but she always gets back up. She’s sick of watching Rome morn, not that she blames him but because its not healthy. Doesn’t help she somehow fell in love with him. Will she be able to pull him back to the land of the living? What happens if something around the corner knocks them back a step or two?
Do not, I repeat do not read this story if you cannot handle death and heartache. With that said I will tell you this was a killer start to a new series for Vale.