Rusty Nail is the sixth and final installment of Lani Lynn Vale’s Uncertain Saints MC series. I’ve read the entire series and I’ve absolutely loved it. Without question, it was a definite departure from Vale’s usual writing style, and I think the risk she took in putting out something so different paid off. This series is undeniably a bit darker and edgier than what we’ve seen from her previously. She’s tackled some tough topics in these books, and I think she’s done it well. I was excited to see an author whose work I love spread her wings so she can grow as an author, and as I watched the series evolve and unfold, I absolutely think Vale accomplished that. I enjoyed this series tremendously, and Rusty Nail was definitely my favorite of the series.
Readers of this series have been clamoring for Wolf’s story, and I think capping off the series with it was definitely the way to go out with a bang. Like everyone else, I too, have wanted Wolf’s story since he was introduced as a side character in the KPD SWAT series. My interest this character only grew with his supporting role in Controlled Burn, book 4 in her Kilgore Fire series. Portraying these broken, somewhat dark alpha male heroes and helping them find redemption or healing through love is somewhat of a Vale trademark and something she does exceptionally well. And for me, no character has needed that as much as Wolf did.
There were some interesting twists and turns in this story, which is no surprise since Lani really knows how to ratchet up the suspenseful elements in her books. The story was fast-paced and action-packed, and the romance between Raven and Wolf was sexy, sweet and hard fought and won. I absolutely loved them together. What sets Lani apart, though, is her ability to deliver a suspenseful story, touching on a difficult subject, while still weaving in those threads of that humor that is so uniquely hers. No other author has quite the same slightly twisted sense of humor that Vale does. It’s the kind of humor you’d have privately with your best friend or your significant other, and Vale manages to capture that on the page in a such a way as the reader actually experiences it. It’s a special writing ability, and it’s one of the reasons why I love her books so much, I know that I can always count on that from her. Her writing style, her story lines, her characters and that Vale humor is just so different from anything else out there. All of this is on full display in Rusty Nail, and as usual, Vale pulled it all off, pulled it all together and put it all out there, and she did it with spectacular results.
This story ties up the series and puts a period at the end of it. While I’m very sad to see this series come to an end, I’m thrilled with how it did. I just loved Wolf’s story, and it made my heart so happy to see this man get his happily ever after. Lani Lynn Vale’s Rusty Nail gets five smooches from me.
~ Danielle for Red Cheeks Reads