Bentley (Vested Interest, #1)

Bentley (Vested Interest, #1)

by Melanie Moreland

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Bentley (Vested Interest, #1) by Melanie Moreland

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.




Product Details

BN ID: 2940155364368
Publisher: Melanie Moreland
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Series: Vested Interest , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,579
File size: 816 KB

About the Author

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

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Bentley (Vested Interest, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## FABULOUS. I loved, loved this book. It was so refreshing on so many levels. No man-slut, no dead wife, no secret baby mama, no Barbie doll EX trying to reclaim her man. No gaggles of women throwing themselves at the millionaire bachelor. Man, that gets old. Thank you Melanie. What a great couple. It's so rare that I can say I adored them both. Emmy was tremendous. So smart, funny, capable, playful, AND beautiful. My favorite kind of heroine. And the hero was......well yummy comes to mind. I loved that the author let them have so much fun together. And the bond between the three guys was amazing as well. Highly recommended. I know I will be reading this again & again and I will be anxiously awaiting Aiden's story in May.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First in the series, and 198 nook pages. Can not wait for second book about Adian. This has steamy loving, a little action, mystery, best friends who are a good part of the story as well and just overall great book! First time reading this author, won't be the last.****
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 star Review Bentley (Vested Interest #1) by Melanie Moreland Can I start this review by stating firmly that Bentley is MINE? Melanie Moreland sucked me into the story from the first page; I kept thinking just one more chapter. I loved the characters of Bentley and Emmy and all the secondary ones and have a feeling this is going to be one of my top series of 2018. The story was well written, engaging and it was great to see the growth of both the main characters as the book evolved. This is one of those books that I was sad to see end and I am anxious to read more in the series from Ms. Moreland. There were sizzling scenes as well as many laugh out loud moments, not to mention some intrigue and suspense.The banter and humour between Bentley and his friends had me in stitches, these three men share such camaraderie ans do Emmy, Cami and her sister Dee. Bentley is obviously a man of great wealth and power and yet he shows his vulnerable side to the quirky and oh so fabulous Emmy time and again, that in itself made him so swoon worthy I was in danger of passing out. I just loved him and again, he is mine. This story captivated me and to say I am excited to see what happens in the next book, which is Aidan, is an understatement. Congratulations, I loved everything about this story and firmly believe you have another hit series on your hands Ms.Moreland.
LilleyLoohLah 9 months ago
Light, easy, enjoyable read with a little bit of drama added into the mix. Book 1 in the Vested Interest series sees sultry uptight millionaire (whoops, sorry, multi millionaire) Bentley Ridge falling (literally) for Emmy Harris, as he trips up over her rucksack in a coffee shop. I loved Brentley’s grumpy ways, I loved his take charge attitude and I loved his protective side. His rigid ways complemented Emmy’s happy go lucky independent personality. A beautifully written (in dual POV), romantic whodunnit. I can’t wait to read Aiden’s story in book 2.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great storyline and the characters were a joy to get to know. Lots of funny parts and also very serious situation Bentley had to deal with. Really liked this author and can't wait to read the next book in the series. Very highly recommend both author and there series. Mjw
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Laura_F More than 1 year ago
BAM!!! That is the only way to accurately describe how I felt after reading this book. Bentley is uptight, formal, barely ever smiles. Then he trips over Emmy's bag in a coffee shop and just like that, his life changes. Emmy is the opposite of Bentley: warm, funny, fun. She's quick with jokes and to call Bent out when he acts like a jerk. From the second they met, I was pulling for Bent and Emmy. Their chemistry was felt through the whole book. I was surprised about the suspense part of this book but I absolutely loved it. I'm already counting down the days until Aidan is released into the world. I can't wait to see what's next in this series!!
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
BAM!!! That is the only way to accurately describe how I felt after reading this book. Bentley is uptight, formal, barely ever smiles. Then he trips over Emmy's bag in a coffee shop and just like that, his life changes. Emmy is the opposite of Bentley: warm, funny, fun. She's quick with jokes and to call Bent out when he acts like a jerk. From the second they met, I was pulling for Bent and Emmy. Their chemistry was felt through the whole book. I was surprised about the suspense part of this book but I absolutely loved it. I'm already counting down the days until Aidan is released into the world. I can't wait to see what's next in this series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
208 pages for $3.99. Really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet romance and a story about three friends. The three guys will each have their own story and I'd buy them based on this story. No cliff hanger.
pughtwins More than 1 year ago
I love Bentley and the other men of BAM of course. I wish every relationship could be so light on drama, and every man as certain in their love. I really loved Bentley and Emmy together. I can't wait for Aiden!
gillek2 More than 1 year ago
Bentley has achieved professional success but due to a tragedy in his past the only people has allowed close to him are his best friends from college Aiden and Maddox.    He knows he wants more but few people can penetrate the serious and stoic persona he presents to the world. Emmy is a student who is as different from Bentley as you could imagine.    She is a starving student who is free spirited and sarcastic and has no problem putting Bentley in his place and he doesn't mind.    These two are perfect for each other as Emma allows Bentley to have fun and she has no interest in his money and all Bentley wants to do is protect her and make her smile.    The humor and heat between the two evidences their deep connection and you know that they are meant to be.    I have enjoyed the first book in the series and can't wait for Aiden's story.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Having read and loved The Contract series, I was interested to see what Moreland was going to come out next. Her stories are always intriguing, full of romance and Bentley did not disappoint at all. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Bentley, he is a powerful CEO whose power and money will always attract the wrong people in his life. He is used to being in control of situations, but lately he has been surrounded by his security more than usual. When he finds himself in need of some alone time, he ends up at a coffee shop and bumping into Emmy. The two exchanged a few words, but that enough for him to be completely smitten by her. He knows that because of who he is that he can’t have a relationship, but he wants that more than ever with Emmy, and now it’ll be up to him to convince her that they might just be perfect for each other. For Emmy being able to do something for herself has always been her first priority. She has been through so much growing up and now that she is taking college classes, she feels that she is one step closer to making a name for herself. Working at the coffee shop is not going to last forever, but she loves it. It’s on a day that she is studying that she bumps into an incredibly good looking stranger who happens to be a rich CEO. Their conversation is full of laughter and that soon turns into flirting. When they are ready to go their separate ways, Bentley ends up asking her out, and soon that turns into a rollercoaster romance. But there are things that they’re both hiding really deeply that could end up hurting them and their relationship. Melanie Moreland has done a great job describing the two characters and their pasts. It was a sweet and steamy romance that will definitely keep you reading until the very end. Bentley was such a sweet and protective character that intrigued me from the very start. Emmy is such a strong character full of courage. I loved her personal story, it just made the book ten times better. She is the completely opposite of Bentley, but she complements him really well. There were things that I would have changed towards the end, but it was nicely ended and I would highly recommend reading this story! ***ARC provided for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.***
queenzany More than 1 year ago
Bentley is a divine, rock your socks off, must have this book! Which will have you swooning for a little sinful taste of Bentley! But this charming, witty, a great flowing storyline and I might say hot alpha dominance will have you-you jumping for joy. Making you consume it just that much quicker.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
4.5 “You’re impossible to resist.” Stars Melanie Moreland isn’t a new author to me and I’ve had as many successful reads from her as I’ve had less so. But if Bentley is anything to go by, her Vested Interest series and I are going to get along just fine. “Maybe what he needed wasn’t glitz and glamour, but someone to make him happy.” Successful and wealthy, Bentley Ridge has a presence befitting his billionaire status when he walks into a room, or as is the case when he first meets Emmy, falls. He has a more vulnerable side—protecting himself with an uptight, cold veneer—and aside of his best friends, Aiden and Maddox, he’s a bit of a loner. But from the moment he and Emmy meet, the chemistry between them leaps off pages and it quickly becomes evident that there’s something special brewing between them. “He made me feel beautiful and wanted.” Emmy is like a ray of sunshine and I loved how she teases out Bentley’s softer, easier-going side with her sharp wit and warmth. Yet at the same time she unleashes the fierce protector in him and whilst admittedly everything happens fairly quickly between them, it didn’t feel unnatural, just two people realising that they’re meant to be and holding onto tightly as they roll with it. “I know I have a lot of money, but it hasn’t given me one second of the happiness I have shared with you this past week. You have made me smile more since I met you than I have in years.” Melanie Moreland has brought her reader intimacy and passion with action and suspense bubbling away in the background, and Bentley is an engaging, sexy romance with a sweet edge which I pretty much devoured in one sitting. And having firmly laid the foundations for the future books in this series—not only do we get to know Bentley and Emmy, but their friends too who are all strong characters with their own stories to tell—I can’t wait to get my hands on Aiden in May.
TBR_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
Another amazing story by Melanie Moreland! I can't believe I wasn't introduced to her sooner! I have fallen in love with her writing and her characters and just everything!! And if you haven't read this amazing author, do yourself a favor and do it! She has the ability to write an insta-love type story but it's a full-length novel and everything isn't coming up roses as the couple moves into a relationship. The boys of BAM are so real! They're funny but a little nerdy but they are the best kind of family. Bentley is a driven mogul but besides his wealth and success, that's really all he has going for him. Now before you think "poor little rich boy", you don't know his life story and you don't know what has brought him to this point and to be so driven. When he trips over Emmy's rucksack, everything changes for him. And he sees there's more to life than just amassing wealth. Oh I can't wait for Aiden's story!! He's a big mountain of a man and that's my favorite type.
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! This is a great series starter filled with likable characters and a sexy romance! Bentley is a great hero! He is kind, caring and so protective of Emmy without being overwhelming. Emmy is amazing! She is fun, quirky and so sweet. Emmy and Bentley are the perfect pair. The secondary characters are some of the best I have ever read. Bentley, Emmy and their friends are so fun together. Bentley and Emmy's relationship takes off pretty quickly. Instalove is abound, but I think it worked here pretty well. The blossoming romance was lovely to read and I liked that is wasn't the same old boy meets girl, boy changes girl's life for the better, the end. Sure, that is part of it here, but it is more than that. Bentley changes for the better. He becomes a better man because of her. There is of course outside interference, which wasn't over done and added to the story. The HEA is also pretty great. I am looking forward to the rest of the series and I think this one will appeal to anyone looking for a romance read.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS!!! Bentley was such a great read. This book had the perfect amount of romance and the right amount of suspense. This is a story of friendships, loyalty, love, commitment, determination, regrets, revenge and betrayal. I enjoyed the friendships and brotherhood Bentley, Maddox and Aiden had; they truly had each other backs and even though there were arguments it was done out of love. The friendships and sisterhood Emmy, Cami and Dee shared was another great thing in this story. They weren't family but they didn't need blood to make them family because in they eyes they were. Each of these characters have a back story that is touching but it also makes them stronger and I can't wait to read the rest of their stories to understand them not more but better. I started and finished this book in one day. The ending was sweet and the prologue for Aiden's book have me ready to read his story. I can't wait to read the next book and I highly recommend book lovers to give this book a try; you won't be disappointed.
Rina_S More than 1 year ago
5 +++ stars This is the first book I have read by this author and i was blown away! I had so many feels! The sizzling connection between the characters could be felt coming off the pages as i read and i loved how Emmy brought laughter and calmness out of Bentley! Their banter was unique with its own charm as well as funny and i admired their easy connection, the way they talked was beautiful everytime !!! There was also an element of suspense that had me wondering!!! It was fantastic and I devoured it!!! Highly recommended read!!! Loved it and cannot wait for more!
HanneReads More than 1 year ago
Every time Melanie Moreland announces a new book, I get super excited and the count down until release day can begin. I’m a huge fan of the author. I just absolutely love her books and it wasn’t any different with Bentley. It was beautiful, romantic and a little suspenseful. I thought I could read one chapter before going to sleep. I should have known that wouldn’t happen. One chapter was all I needed to be hooked on this book. One unexpected meeting that will change the lives of two people, was all I needed to be hooked on this book. I read until my eyes fell shut and I couldn’t really focus on the book anymore, and that only happened after a few chapters. I picked Bentley back up as soon as I could the next day and I devoured the rest of the book. I fell in love with Emmy and Bentley from the beginning. They are opposites, but they fall hopelessly in love with each other. They belong together, without a doubt. Emmy is sweet, loving, passionate, feisty, talented, reliable and independent. She works hard and goes to college. Emmy’s life isn’t easy, but she still tries to enjoy it and she’s determined to make it better. I admired her strength and optimism. Bentley is a rich, successful, rigid and hardworking businessman. He’s so much more when he’s with Emmy and he changes because of her. Bentley can be protective, caring and loving. Emmy doesn’t care that Bentley is super rich, but Bentley does love to spoil her. He wants/loves to take care of her and he wants to be with her forever. Usually, the author focuses on the main characters and there are only a few secondary characters that rarely appear. That was different in this book and I’m so happy that Bentley is only the first book in the Vested Interest series. Bentley and Emmy have amazing friends! I’m so intrigued by Maddox and Aiden. They are different and have their own strength. Both men will get their own book. Aiden’s story will be released next, so the counting down for that book can begin.
All_Things_Dark_And_Dirty More than 1 year ago
This is a new series from Melanie Moreland, based around 3 men who met at University and formed a life long bond together, other than that I wasn't too sure what to expect. What I got was a fantastic read, refreshingly different to my usual reads, with unique characters and a great story line!! WIN!! Bentley is the main character, along with his University friends of Adian and Maddox, they have formed their company BAM. What a character Bentley is, I loved him!! He has had a formal upbringing, which means he is very proper, formal, rigid, very professional and ruthless in business, seemingly cold and emotionless - he obviously has a lot of money and this shows is his clothes and lifestyle. But he is not your average typical suited a***. His personality is so refreshingly different its like a slap in the face, and he had me chuckling along whilst reading with his quirky personality. Emmy is the complete opposite of Bentley - a free-spirit, happy, caring, loving, but not someone he would've looked twice at but for their chance meeting. She has a sassy streak in her, but is the light to his darkness. Both have problems from their childhood, and both bring out the best in each other. I loved to watch their relationship develop, Bentley becoming more open and doing things he wouldn't normally do, except for with Emmy. She brings out his caring, sweet and protective nature, not something that everyone else sees. But its the little things in the story like the gifts and the shopping trip that make it such a good read. Add in Emmy's friends, Cami and Dee, and their love, support and loyalty, who end up pairing off with Aidan and Maddox and you have a great storyline that was engaging, sexy, sweet and later on quite an angsty and emotional read. A great start to a new series, I can't wait to read more about Aidan and Maddox.