#1, Vested Interest
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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.
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.
I FLOVE this book. It has everything I want and more in a romance book. I love the relationship Bentley had with Aiden and Maddox. It helped him stay a little more grounded than if he didn't have them but Emmy really bought out the real Bentley that no one has seen before. She was the light in his gray life and he just needed someone to push him in that direction. Emmy's background gutted me and I just wanted to reach in to hug her. How she kept her sunny outlook just showed how strong of a person she is inside. The bad guy was a level of crazy I haven't seen in a long time. His comeuppance wasn't what I expected but it did end his craziness. I can't wait to read Aiden's story.
Great start to a new series!
***4 ‘Rigid & Freddy’ Stars**
I have a thing for watching the uptight characters in a story loosen up a little and let their soul breathe a little, so when I read the blurb to Bentley I knew I had to get my hands on a copy one way or another and I thoroughly enjoyed this first in series romance. It was a fun, quick read filled with characters I liked almost instantly and was sweet and smexy, low on angst and had a nice little punch of mystery/suspense that kept me turning the pages to the very end.
I loved Bentley and Emmy. Bentley is all kinds of formal and uptight and it makes him come across as cold, something he is very aware of, but underneath it all is a man who cares deeply and wants the best for those he calls his own. Emmy is vivacious, sassy, snarky and a little quirky. I loved how she didn’t back down from much and could give as good as she got. Their opposites attract romance was all kinds of fun to experience. It was sweet and smexy and while low on angst, they still had a few hurdles to conquer, but they did in a very mature and honest way. While things move somewhat fast, it wasn’t so quick that they just fell, they got to know each other and see how the other ticked. Their honesty with each other was refreshing and I loved where they were at in their relationship at the end of the book.
This is my first book by the author and I really enjoyed it. The writing was engaging, pacing was good and I enjoyed the dual first person POV. There was a little mystery/suspense added in to the story that made things interesting but didn’t overshadow Bentley and Emmy’s journey to their HEA, in fact it helped to strengthen and push it along a few times. But as always, I’m all about the secondary characters and this was chock full of people I want to know more about. All of them were well written and I enjoyed how their distinct personalities came out to play throughout the story. I can’t say that I have a favorite of the bunch, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting my hands on Aiden’s book, especially after that little tease at the end of Bentley!
~ Copy provided by InkSlinger PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
Great series start
Bentley is the first book in the Vested Interest series. We meet all of the main characters from this series and I can already tell I love them!
Bentley is serious, stuffy, and “rigid”. A real stuffed shirt, but that was how he was raised and doesn’t really know how to be any other way.
When he trips over Emmy, in a coffee shop he is drawn to her easy, outgoing ways. But Emmy’s light exterior hides her vulnerable side.
“We could build a great life together, baby. No one gets me the way you do. I need your loving, forgiving heart in my life. I need you. And I think, if you let yourself feel it, you need me, too.”
“I know. I am, too. I never thought I could love someone like I love you. I do, and I want you to know it.”
I truly swooned for Bentley and his protective nature. He sees his own faults and works to make himself a better man. And Emmy is such a sweet heroine, so resilient and strong. I got such a book hangover from this story. I just need more Vested Interest to cure me!!