Can't Resist Him (River Bend, #4)

Can't Resist Him (River Bend, #4)

by Molly McLain
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Can't Resist Him (River Bend, #4) by Molly McLain

Sometimes what you want and what you need are two very different things. 

Always relegated to the “friends with benefits” corner of small town River Bend, Jenny Riley is done giving the milk for free. Falling hard for a bad boy? Not in the plan, either.

Sexy, emotionally-wounded Marine Reservist Brody Nelson just needs someone to lend an ear. A friend. Friends to lovers? That’s more than he bargained for.

Neither wants a relationship. A long distance friendship should be enough.

It’s not.

Warning: This books contains a tattooed, pierced hero with a few surprises up his sleeve...and a hella sexy one down his pants.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152291070
Publisher: Molly McLain
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Molly McLain's River Bend Series , #4
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 48,270
File size: 332 KB

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Can't Resist Him (River Bend, #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book on so many levels and for so many reasons. Whether you can relate to the hook up girl trying to reform or love someone living with PTSD... you'll enjoy the way Molly spins her magic and tells Jenny and Brody's story. Molly's books can be read as stand alone stories or in order as a wonderful romance series.
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sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I loved the story of Brody and Jenny. Neither are looking for a relationship. Jenny is done with men, after her last breakup. Brody has just been released from the Marines and is suffering from PTSD. They meet in Vegas, they develop a quick friendship but soon find out that there is a intense sexual attraction between the two of them. Loved how their friendship grew between the two, great conversations. The healing of Brody through Jenny, is wonderful. Love visiting River Bend, such a great group of friends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story, a broken Marine who is dealing with what halogens to him in the desert. Not being able to forgive himself. Then there's Jenny, who's been typed with and taken advantage of by the men in her life. Not wanting to go through any of that again. I loved w how they tried to resist each other, but just couldn't. Brody is one sexy marine, I just couldn't get enough of him! I loved their story together and it was a perfect ending! There are some grammatical errors that where a little distracting, but the read was well with it.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
The very first thing I have to say about this book is, have you looked at the cover!? Yeah, that’s what made me want to read it. There is just something about it that I love. So anyway, Can’t Resist Him is the fourth book in the River Bend series by Molly McLain. Oddly enough, I had this whole series on my TBR marked to be read, and somehow missed them and jumped straight to this book. It can easily be read as a stand alone and it does have an HEA. It’s told from alternative third person point-of-view also. You would think starting with the fourth book in a series I’d have been confused but I wasn’t in the least. The Author has done a magnificent job of letting you know who is in the other books, but not bringing so much forth that the lines blur and you need to read the other novels. That being said, before I even mention the main characters, I did love the co-stars in this book and fully plan to go back and read the first three. Jenny struck me as a character that just finally has had enough. Sometimes it takes awhile for a girl to get to that point, or for a person to realize that they deserve better, and that’s where you find Jenny. She’s tough, and she sticks to her guns with the stance she takes in this book. Her personal life was a mess, with her side “Friends with Benefits” dude coming back when his other girls fell through. Then after the fact, it’s like he still wants a hold on her, basically to make him feel better about himself. You see her go through a lot, while still condensing it down into the size of the book as it is. On that front, her character growth is awesome. Brody, oh Brody. This guy is so very close to book boyfriend material for me that it’s unreal. Brody is suffering from PTSD and he’s fighting the fact that he has PTSD. Not denial but, I have it, I don’t need to talk to anyone, just let me deal with it. The Corp. not just going to let that happen though. He’s a strong, silent type that gets the job done. He puts himself out there for everyone -but- himself. Extremely loyal and family oriented. The way these two meet actually makes me chuckle. They are attracted to each other for sure, but just flat out tell the other, “I’m not sleeping with you.”. So in that regard, the attraction is instant, but the romance is a slow boil. It’s great mixture for at plot, I can say that much. It left me waiting to see what would happen next between them. They don’t have it easy and both are learning and growing… dealing with personal things on either side. The one other thing they having going for them is that do communicate well, which is a change from most romance novels. I enjoyed that bit! While not an extremely long novel, it was good. Solid three stars for me, and as I said I will be going back to read the rest of the series. Great for commutes, long car trips or flights!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "Call me soldier again... I dare you." Stars! I am always happy to return to River Bend and its inhabitants, Molly McLain has created a series that just keeps getting better with each book that she adds to it, and Jenny and Brody’s story is absolutely no exception. I think what I liked most about Can’t Resist Him, (apart from my favorite type of piercing!) is that both Jenny and Brody were both dealing with their own sets of issues. Jenny is mainly struggling with self-confidence and self-worth after years of being with the wrong types of men. He was as lost as she was. While Brody’s feelings of guilt, his struggles with grief and the PTSD that he is afraid to admit to with his loved ones. But together they both offered the other what they needed to be strong and accept themselves and their pasts for what they are, and start looking towards the future. It made their story an outstanding and emotional read for me. But in a good way, I think if an author can pull you into a couple’s story on an emotional level then they have nailed their personalities and characteristics perfectly, and Molly did this for me, and I pretty much read this book in one sitting. ”You’re going to make me love you… “That’s the plan.” There are some pretty entertaining moments between Brody and the guys, and Jenny with the girls as well, and I like that Molly always remembers to bring the previous River Bend couples in to the books so that you get a check-in with them, it keeps the series fluid, and makes the addition of new characters to the group and the town as it progresses easy to manage in relation to remembering them. If you hadn’t already guessed I loved this book, I love this series, and I cannot wait for more from the town of River Bend and it’s past and future couples in Molly’s forthcoming releases. ARC generously provided by the author, and it was, as it always is, my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
elizabethSE More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST of the River Bend series!! (I did receive an ARC of this book for an honest review however I am buying gift copies for friends as soon as it is released:) This story will pull at your heart strings for sure as both the Hero and Heroine have issues to overcome. Brody and Jenny are so right for each other however that you will start rooting for them to work out from the beginning. Jenny is a young woman who expects to work hard, supporting herself with her hair salon and being sole care taker for her Mother but what she doesn't expect is feel such a loss at being dumped by her on again/off again bed-buddy, Reed. She is slowly coming to grips with her perception of herself and realizes that she is worth more as a person/as a woman than to simply become the 'bed warmer of the town'. Jenny's struggle to strengthen her self image really set her apart from other heroines I've read recently. She admits that being a strong, single female doesn't mean that jumping from bed to bed keeps her strong, that it may have actually done the opposite. (imho anyway) Needless to say, Jenny is not looking to move into another relationship anytime soon. Enter Brody Nelson. 3 tours in Afghanistan have left him hurting and fighting demons he's not sure he can win against. He's fighting to get himself back into the war, but has to find the courage to fix himself first. He then meets Jenny and recognizes a similar lost soul and he sweetly sets out to help her become stronger. He is definitely not looking for a relationship either, but Brody can't seem to stay away from Jenny and the peaceful feelings she brings over him. The author does an honest job of being respectful of the PTSD and the affects it has over not only the veterans, but their family members, significant others and fellow vets. My heart always goes out to these brave men and women and reading Brody's story was truly no different. He is definitely an automatic 'book boyfriend'. There is definitely an instant connection between Jenny and Brody, but the relationship develops at its own pace. Not that they won't later claim 'insta-love' and not that there definitely isn't some very spicy action between the two, but considering where their heads are at, I thought the story developed in a believable manner. The story and the fun is in the journey these two will make and will keep you reading nonstop until the last page. I'm ready for the next RB release, but will keep myself busy re-reading Brody's story until then!!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
When Brody and Jenny meet New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, they surprisingly don't end up having sex (ha! not what you expected I bet!). They sleep together, but it's a comfort thing, both of them drawing what they need from each other. Their relationship therefore starts in a slower manner than you might expect, but it's exactly what the two of them need to forge a real relationship built on trust and affection. There is definitely sexual chemistry between the two and it leads to some steamy scenes between them, but the friendship they developed first is key to making their sex scenes more meaningful than just a roll in the hay, something Jenny is more used to, with a bad reputation as a result. Brody sees beyond that reputation to the hurt and vulnerable woman underneath and is determined to prove to her that she is worth every moment they spend together. The problem of course, is that he doesn't believe in his own worth, having suffered through a difficult last mission that resulted in two of his comrades dying, and him being left with survivor guilt. Jenny is the perfect foil for him, giving him the understanding he requires to move forward, not pitying him but showing him that he is valued and appreciated just as he is. I had a small problem with one of the scenes, where Brody drives home drunk from the bar. Alcohol is a crutch for him for his PTSD (I'm assuming this, as it isn't explicitly stated that way but there are a few scenes where it's obvious Brody is drinking to excess). I wish it had been acknowledged more as a problem and had him deal with it in a better way (drinking and driving is on my list of things that a hero wouldn't do, so it diminished Brody in my eyes, because it wasn't something that he seemed aware was wrong). I liked how Jenny stood up for Brody no matter the circumstances, especially when her friends (including her ex-lover Reed) were harping on him and his problems, not understanding the effect his tours have had on his psyche. The two made for a great couple, each being the healing balm for the other, and I really enjoyed seeing them find their happy ever after with each other. 3.5 stars, and a solid addition to the series.
KristiSimonsen More than 1 year ago
Can't say enough good things about this book!!! I've loved every one of the River Bend books so far but this one really caught me. The way the story unfolds for Brody and Jenny was so real and amazing that I couldn't put this book down. Molly nailed it again with this super hot, emotionally charged book with a piercing ;-). Love love love it!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Can't Resist Him a moving turn on a friends to lovers relationship. Molly McLain did a exquisite job of guiding the readers through this impassioned story of hope, absolution, maturity and tenderness. Brody and Jenny did not have an easy road. Painful experiences caused each to close their hearts to emotional upheaval. The fact that these two characters did not start off as anything more than acquaintances and slowly progressed to friendship, then love is what sealed the deal for me. Trust had to be built, a relationship had to be formed and love had to grow. I loved that because you normally do not see that within romances. I was blessed to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Can't Resist Him is an emotional but valuable read.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this story. I have not read any of the other books in this series and did not need to for the story of Brody and Jenny to find its way into my heart. I read this book and found a great story, great characters and great writing. Both Brody and Jenny have issues they are dealing with and in coming together and dealing with their issues they come out stronger, more together and better people as a result. Self-esteem and PTSD are real problems and they are dealt with well in this book. I am sitting here smiling as I think about the book and the incidents and all that happened within its pages. Thank you to Molly McLain who put this book up on NetGalley for reviewers to request, read and review.