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Monday, August 27, 2018

A Review by Diane

Melanie Moreland

Four and a half, you can have it all, Stars!

Melanie…..just when we thought Vested Interest was done…

Now that you have us vested….you’ve gone and done it again!

You’ve given us Reid.  Smart….no wait…..he’s techie extraordinaire, who’s tall and handsome with those brooding eyes, and glasses he always flings to the side.

But also in love and figuring out how, to get the girl named Becca, who makes our Reid go all tongue-tied. 

But little does he know, this darling, confident and sassy young girl, only has eyes for him as well. 

And so begins another love affair for readers of Melanie Moreland’s Vested Interest Series with another installment entitled Reid.  Unlike her last three books which focused on the three primary men of BAM, Reid Matthews is an employee and not a partner….yet.  He came to BAM a broken individual, who was once a forgotten child, then a rebellious youth and now a young man who is trying desperately to get his life back from a stupid mistake that cost him four years of his life… prison.  

As a cocky kid, computer skills came easy to Reid.  He wanted a job, but without the guidance as to how to go about getting one, Reid made a stupid decision trying to show a bank their pitfalls in their firewalls; however, the bank did not take his hacking kindly and thus had him prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  Now, after having paid his debt to society, Reid has finally been given a chance to redeem himself.  Aiden Callaghan who handles security for BAM, sees something of himself in Reid, and also knows that if a chance had not been given to him, he would not have all the wonderful things he has today.  His job, his wife, his friends.  And so Reid is given that chance and proves time and time again, that he is a valuable asset to the men of BAM.  But more importantly, he is given a chance to dream of a future he never thought possible because of a close circle of friends who are there for him.  Something he has never had in his life.

And then Becca Holden comes to work at BAM as an in-house marketing consultant on loan from the Gavin Group (and yes, Richard VanRyan is back!!!!!!!!!), and our Reid is instantly in love…..with her brightness, her confidence, and a sparkle that ignites a passion in our otherwise too techie Reid.  

But underneath all the smoothness of knowing how to fix anything related to a computer, our Reid is broken.  He carries guilt and shame for his previous actions that continually haunt him in the simplest of ways and burdens him down, so much, he finds his life impossible to live and that includes loving Becca.   But Reid is lucky.  It is through honest and open friendships and love from caring friends, he learns the lessons of what is really important in life and how to treasure those individuals that make a difference.   These are great people to have in your life!

Melanie Moreland has once again written another winner.  I could state the obvious that we have all come to expect from our beloved Melanie…..the richness of her characters, her clever writing, the sassy banter, the hot and steamy between the sheets sex, the heart wrenching love that we all long for, but what I want to say is…..Melanie continually takes her characters and makes each one new and fresh as she weaves her craft to tell a compelling story.  By now you would think we have learned all we need to know about the men of BAM and the women in their lives, but that would be wrong.  Melanie is always up to the challenge and keeps us the readers coming back for more.  We want to learn more about where Bentley, Aiden and Maddox are headed.  We want to learn more about how Emmy, Cami and Dee are doing.  And now we add Reid and Becca to this list.  We can only hope there is another book in the making.  Another set of characters to learn about and then add them to this ever growing list of characters we want to learn more about.   All I can say is what a wonderful list it is becoming!!

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, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She's learned happily ever-afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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