Author: Melanie Moreland
Series: Vested Interest #3
Release date: July 9, 2018
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from the author 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?
Brought up in chaos and fear, Maddox requires order and control to cope with life.
He has his career and two closest friends. That is all he needs.
Until Dee enters his life.
She brings forth feelings he has denied himself his entire life—and threatens his control.
He wants to hold.
Damaged by her past, Dee cannot admit her feelings for him, fighting him at every turn.
Is he strong enough to show her—to prove love is worth the risk for both of them?
Damaged, afraid of love, and all business… What happens when a guy like that actually falls in love? With a woman who has similar ‘issues’? Maddox tells the story of Maddox and Dee, who both don’t do love (or so they think). I love this stubborn couple, they both deserve so much more then they think they do.
“To the outside world, we were the same: cool, calm, and collected. Detached. When we came together, alone, things changed. We were relentless. Explosive and insatiable.”
Around the same time as their friends and sister – Bentley & Emmy and Aiden & Cami – fell in love hard and fast, Maddox and Dee started their ‘arrangement’. To the outside world they present themselves as friends, but behind closed doors there’s much more going on. The friendly Maddox loves control, and Dee is a very willing participant to their sensual games (in case you worry, this is not a book about BDSM!). Maddox and Dee are a match made in heaven, but both their pasts damaged them in such a way they’re afraid of feelings, afraid to love. The secret ‘friendship’ works, until Maddox realizes he does love Dee. Let the battle for love begin…
“Dating. Boyfriend. Exclusive. Relationship. Broken down, none of the words frightened me by themselves. Used together, they scared the shit out of me.”
Smart, silver fox, not too muscular; Maddox is really my kind of guy. Maddox grew up with a horrible father, no child has to live like that. I love how he has found his true family with Bentley and Aiden. There are moments I want to shake some sense into him, but luckily, he gets some very good advice from an interesting new character… Dee is the mother hen of her little family, she takes care of her loved ones. She’s happy for little sister Cami, but I so get her sadness about the whole new situation. And on top of that she’s pursued romantically (the horror) by an amazing guy. Maddox and Dee’s road to their Happily Ever After isn’t the easiest one, but of course they get there.
I have to be honest, since the beginning of the ‘Invested Interest Series’, Maddox is the book that intrigued me the most. And yes, it did live up to my expectations. A great couple, sweet moments, sexy moments and an evil (and a bit stupid) villain. Also important, the couples from the previous books; I love the friendships these people have. They might not be family by blood (minus Dee and Cami of course), but they sure act like family. I love Maddox, this story made me swoon and giggle (and sometimes role my eyes a bit).
“You’ve become a romantic, Maddox Duncan Riley,” she teased.
“You made me one, Deirdre Anne Wilson. You’ve changed every stupid idea I ever had about love.”