Author: Melanie Moreland
Series: Vested Interest #2
Release date: May 7, 2018
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
Haunted by memories of his past, Aiden plays the part of the happy-go-lucky friend. Always ready with a teasing smile or a joke, he is good at hiding his pain.
Using his impressive physique as a shield, he keeps his past buried beneath his rugged exterior.
Except, one woman sees through his façade.
Her green eyes see too much, even as her body tempts him.
Even as his heart yearns for her.
Cami is determined to make him realize that he is worthy of being loved.
He pushes her away at every turn, yet finds himself unable to keep her at arm’s length.
Who will win this battle of love?
A tough, strong man on the outside, but on the inside a little hurt boy who’s afraid to love, afraid to be rejected. Aiden tells the story of… Aiden. I love him and Cami together, they are a sweet couple who both deserve to be loved. Their story makes me swoon and giggle, I love it.
“From the moment I saw her, kissing her was a temptation, fucking her was a fantasy, and hurting her was inevitable.”
Aiden and Cami are spending a lot of time together since their best friends – Bentley and Emmy – have fallen hard and fast for each other. Cami and Aiden themselves are pretending just to be friends, but secretly they have a friends-with-benefits thing going on. And that isn’t working anymore… Cami is in love with Aiden; she wants a real relationship but has to settle for a secret fling to keep him in her life. Aiden has feelings for Cami as well, but his ugly childhood and experience with women have taught him to guard his heart.
“He was everything I wanted in my life. I wanted to witness his joy and help him when the world became too much to handle. I wanted to be his everything because he had become mine.”
Even though I want to shake some sense into Aiden and Cami at times (for not telling how they truly feel), I get where they are coming from. Aiden’s younger years have been horrible, so it’s understandable he has a hard time putting his heart on the line. On the outside he’s a successful man, but the hurt young Aiden is still very much present. Compared to Aiden, Cami had a much better life. It wasn’t easy at all, but at least she knew love and had her sister Dee. I love Aiden and Cami together, they are perfect for each other.
Aiden is the second book in the ‘Vested Interest Series’, and is about Aiden and Cami, both side characters from the previous book. Like Bentley, Aiden has sweet and hilarious moments, hot encounters between the lovely couple and some suspense; I love the whole mix. I can’t wait for the story of Maddox and Dee, after this book I’m even more curious then I was before.
“Cami loved me. All I had to do was reach out, and the one thing I wanted, I needed, all my life could be mine. I only had to take it.”