Bend (Vegas Heat #1)
by Molly McLain
Designer: Designs by Dana
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28
4 PRINCESS WORTHY CROWNS
My first venture into the Vegas world Molly McLain created was enjoyable. The characters and the story line are fun and entertaining, with little angst or drama.
The two main characters of Bend, Trent and Kensey, are interesting. As a reader, I liked them as people, but there are some things about their characters that prevented me from fully connecting with them. Kensey struggles with what she desires in the bedroom; however, what she fantasizes about and what she desires is something that she tries to suppress. Readers see her attempt to achieve her desires, but often backtracks. I wanted her to own her sexuality and embrace what she desires with no shame. Trent as a hero was too arrogant for me at the beginning. There didn’t really seem to be any depth to his character, as he is presented as the hot yet stubborn as hell cop that is bullying Kensey. These original characterizations, however, are not who these characters are. Kensey begins to own her sexuality and desires once she feels safe and can trust her partner. Molly McLain also shows her to be emotionally brave as the novel progresses, willing to share her feelings openly, even with no guarantee of reciprocation, thus earning my respect as a reader and creating that much needed connection. Trent also develops and changes from the beginning of the novel, and he becomes more than just the arrogant cop. His background, his reason for avoiding relationships, is valid, and it makes sense why he chose to live his life the way he did. Additionally, seeing him with his family and how he interacts with Kensey as the novel progresses makes him completely endearing.
Even though it wasn’t love at first sight for me with the characters, the chemistry between these two is explosive. Sexual tension laces every conversation and every interaction, and their energy is palpable, and when they finally do the deed, WOW, just WOW. These are some HOT scenes!
This enemies to lovers story has a little bit of everything. There is suspense with the stolen lingerie, the forbidden nature of their relationship, and the hero’s demons. Each is blended together seamlessly into one concise plot, and it provides the reader with an engaging story to keep him/her entertained. The only aspect of the book that I would have liked more of is the details of the crime, and this is just a personal preference. I just wanted to know more, maybe have a little more danger. Once again, this is a personal preference, many will be completely satisfied with the amount of suspense and mystery in the book.
One thing I do know is that I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the development of the characters, and I will be anxiously awaiting the second book in the series!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Focused and in control at all times. Mostpeople think I’m a prick—and I’ll be the first to admit that’s probably true. But I’d rather be a take-no-shit cop than the kind of man genetics says I should be. You break the law, you pay the price. I don’t give a damn if you’re the captain’s daughter or the Queen of friggin’ England.
I have no patience for the cocky men my father oversees. Or maybe it’s just Sergeant Hardass who gets under my skin. Not only is he sexy as sin, he refuses to cut me a break. And now I have to work with the arrogant jerk.
I shouldn’t want him, but a secret part of me craves his unforgiving edge. He could give me everything I need, but, first, I have to break down his walls.
I have to make him bend.
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Like many novelists, especially romance writers, my infatuation with a good love story began early. I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I’ll admit that Barbie and Ken acted more than a couple of the story lines I had in my head (sorry, Mom, but, no, not all of them were kid-appropriate). The obsession continued to grow as I got older and, whenever I left home, I always had a wire-bound notebook and a blue ballpoint pen in hand. In fact, every August, I still get that goofy, schoolgirl itch to buy up oodles of pens and paper, because, while I love my laptop, nothing compares to writing long-hand. If the house is quiet and there’s a thunderstorm rumbling outside, even better.
Not that I have the slightest a clue what a quiet house is anymore. Having three rambunctious (but awesome) kids, a zippy dog and a pesky cat has completely blurred my memory of peace and quiet. Oh, and I have a husband too–I call him the FisherGuy–and he’s probably louder and crazier than all the rest. I think I’ll keep him though. After all, he keeps me in fresh fish year-round (yum!) and he’s good hero material. Did I mention he’s also a firefighter?
We live in Northern Wisconsin and, let me tell ya, living here has provided lots of small-town fodder for this writer’s overactive imagination. Of course, I know no one who’s lived anything close to the steamy experiences I write about (not that I’d tell ya if I did *wink*). There’s something inherently sexy about not knowing what goes on behind closed doors…or even better, letting my imagination run free, concocting all kinds of stories and scenarios and putting them down on paper. Or my laptop.