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Review – Ask Me If I Care by Lani Lynn Vale


Ask Me If I Care; SWAT Generation 2.0 #4 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Lani Lynn Vale

Review Rating:



A slow burn romance that revolves around some very current, sensitive topics. Lani does a wonderful job of writing not just about the wounded military, but how to go about the healing process. There is an inner strength that glows from within her characters and that really shines through her writing.

Hayes Greer is a current member of SWAT dealing with his own PTSD. He believes he is too messed up to ever have a real relationship, but something about Ares Downey continues to pull him back to her. It becomes harder to keep the beautiful guidance counselor away especially when she looks behind his issues to the man underneath.

Ares is smitten, yes that seems delicate for the strong, brooding man, but she is surely taken with the quiet man from the moment she meets him. Her fascination thankfully isn’t one sided since she can’t stop thinking about him. When the case Hayes has been working on lands on her doorstep she is even more grateful that he pursued her for lots of reasons.

Ask Me If I Care is a perfect combination of catching up with SWAT characters, suspense, smexy times, and everything that makes reading Vale’s books fun.


Ares saw him for the first time at a Kilgore Police Department benefit dinner. She’d gone with her dad as his plus one. Hayes Greer had gone by himself and brooded silently across the same table as her, drinking whiskey and not saying a word.

It only took that one time for her to become interested.

The next time she saw him, he was doing another benefit—but this one requiring a whole lot fewer clothes. And that was when she knew. She wanted him. Badly. But the morose Hayes was too busy thinking about his sins to see what was right in front of his face—Ares.


Hayes Greer knew the moment that he saw the feisty Ares Downy again that he should’ve stayed away. Maybe if he hadn’t done the stupid calendar, he wouldn’t be questioning every single woman’s intentions.

Maybe if he’d listened to that niggling feeling telling him to stay away, he would’ve been able to do his job a little better. But seeing her with a knife to her throat, in the middle of a building set to blow, made his usually well-wired brain start to malfunction.

Because nobody was allowed to touch her like that—only him. Nobody was allowed to scare her, either. Not and live to tell the tale.

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