Ain't Doin' It (Simple Man #4) by Lani Lynn Vale

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Coke Solomon has lived a full life.

He’s a retired army drill sergeant, so he is more than used to getting his way.

And if he can’t have it his way? Well, let’s just say that’s never happened before…

At least not until Cora Maldonado walks into his life, demanding he fall in line, or she’ll find a way to make his life hell.

He finds out fast that Cora marches to the beat of her own drum, and a lot of times that drum takes her farther away rather than closer to where he feels she needs to be.

He can’t stand it.

He wants her, and he has to have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s twenty years younger than him, and has a father that would rather see him dead than have his baby girl anywhere near him. Nor does it matter that his ex-wife is highly offended that she’s been replaced with a much younger woman.

Despite the odds stacking against them, he’ll fight for what he wants.

His ex-wife, her father, and their age difference be damned.

ellie's $0.02:

Coke and Cora.  Sounds like the new latest and greatest drug choice.  It could be, I'm not really into that scene anymore.  But in this case, it's Lani Lynn Vale's latest.

I was curious about Coke from previous books in the series (don't worry, all stand alone, you're safe if you haven't read).  I couldn't get a read on the guy.  He sounded so old and maybe crotchety.  But not.  I just couldn't get a feel.  But now we have him.

Turns out, he's not so old.  Unless 35 is old.  And his gravelly voice isn't from being an old haggard man.  Turns out he sounds pretty hot.

And Cora.  Damn.  I got Cora.  She intrigued me.  Riveted me.  I liked her more than Coke.  And Coca-Cola.  Her traits and personality... I totally got.  

The two of them together were kind of like a drug.

Cora's friends did nothing for me in this book.  But I think that is the way it was meant.  Once you get the feel of Cora's, I fully understood the push/pull.  The love/hate she has with the world and everyone in it. And I think the "meanness" some readers may not understand.  It totally resonated with me and her odd friendship was fine with me even though their characters were "meh" for me.

But the ex-wife.  Dude.  I love villains.  I love villains getting what they deserve.  And I love conflict in a book.