on February 8th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Crime, Dating & Sex, Family & Relationships, Humorous, Love & Romance, Romance, Standalone
Source: Amazon, Author
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Three young men meet in university and form a lifelong friendship.
Their pasts dictate the men they are, but their present shapes their future.
What happens when these men meet the one person they are destined to be with? Can they fight their feelings and walk away? Or will they each succumb and learn the sweet agony of love?
The leader of the group. He is uptight, formal, and cold. Rigid and set in his ways, always following the same path. Until the day, he stumbles upon her. Emmy. She brings with her spontaneity and light. The world she lives in is so different from his, yet he cannot control the draw to her. Nor can he explain the way she makes him feel. Happy. Protective. Loved.
I had heard of Melanie Moreland but had not read anything by her when a post about her new series caught my eye. The descriptions of the three books in the Vested Interest sounded good but I was hesitant because I have been disappointed by some new to me authors recently. However, you don’t find gems without looking, so I took a shot.
Now I tend to be blah about the standard rich, alpha hero and his sassy, feisty woman, meet, misunderstanding, clear it up, HEA stories. They are good but I want a little more. A twist. A spin to the basic Cinderella story. Luckily for me, Bentley gave me that. Winston Bentley Ridge is the “midas touch man” of the Real Estate world. Bentley, with his friends and partners Aiden and Maddox, has taken flipping houses and turned it into a force to be reckoned with development company, BAM. Bentley should be knee deep in wine, women and song. Instead he is an overtly formal, stuffy man who is more lonely that he cares to admit and who has forgotten how to smile. Enter Emmy. Emmy is always cold, dresses from thrift stores, broke as a joke and slowly working her way through college to change her circumstances. Emmy is a great character, not only because she is humorous and bright but because she is blunt and honest. She flat out tells Bentley that she has nothing to wear that would fit in at a place he would normally choose to go to dinner. No hedging or false bravado. She is who she is, take it or leave it. These two are different enough from the usual as to make them interesting and refreshing.
The story is centered around the budding romance and love of Bentley and Emmy with a bit of a mystery of who is outbidding BAM for property. This allows the story to include tantalizing glimpses of the other BAM owners, Aiden and Maddox as well as Emmy’s best friends Dee and Cami as their lives become intertwined. The pace is a quick clip with a great balance between sexy between the sheets scenes, touching personal revelations and the “who is behind it” action.
I recommend grabbing this one and getting to know the BAM guys.