Author: Melanie Moreland
Series: Vested Interest #1
Release date: February 8, 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?
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.
Sometimes I’m having a day where things get a bit complicated… You know, kids misbehaving, cats throwing up over your fav suede boots, hubby late from work… You get me, right? And after a day like that all I want is to chill and read a book (preferably with a glass of Riesling). But nothing angst-y or heartbreaking, just a sweet, swoony story. And that’s exactly what Bentley is for me. I love Bentley and Emmy, they are adorable together.
“I thought of his words earlier. “You make me laugh.” Maybe he needed to laugh. Maybe what he needed wasn’t glitz and glamour, but someone to make him happy.”
Bentley might have dropped out of college, but he’s a smart man with good ideas who works closely together with his two best friends. As a good-looking guy with a decent size fortune he should be popular with the ladies, but since working is basically all he does, women consider him grumpy and boring. And Bentley is fine with it, until he meets Emmy. Emmy who’s different in so many ways, but somehow, she just feels right.
Emmy is living a perfectly normal, simple life as a student. She’s working hard on her summer courses, has a small part-time job and considers her two best friends her family. Everything changes when she meets Bentley. She thinks he’s way out of her league, but she loves to spend time with him, to make him laugh. Soon she knows the real Bentley and falling in love with him is all she can.
“Let’s call it even.” I tucked her close. We’d never be even. She was so much more than I could ever be. And she had no idea.”
Bentley is the first book in the ‘Vested Interest Series’ and tells the story of Bentley and Emmy. The story is told in a double POV, giving them both a voice. Bentley is a sweet story with hilarious moments, without too much trouble for the lovely couple. The ‘problem’ Bentley and Emmy do encounter (otherwise it would be a wee bit boring) is no threat to their young love, but it surely makes things interesting.
I love how Bentley is with Emmy. ‘Courting’ a woman is so NOT him, it’s funny to see how he struggles with his feelings and doing what’s right/normal. Emmy is a smart sweetheart who knows where she wants to go with her life. Bentley is the right guy for her, but I love how she ‘fights’ him, doesn’t accept his generosity without a good fight. Bentley and Emmy are just … sweet. Both are content with their lives, but when they meet it doesn’t take long before they see they’re missing something special.
“We didn’t need words, communicating it all with our lingering touches, and lips that teased and caressed. There, with the light to keep her safe, and my body to worship her, our worlds realigned as we moved and loved.”