Jay Bradshaw. My boyfriend’s best friend.
He was never supposed to be anything more—until he was.
When my college boyfriend betrayed me and left, breaking my heart, Jay picked a side. He chose me. He stayed, and for the past six years, he’s been my rock, my anchor, my compass…
Now we’ve grown up, finished school, and have careers. Me as a nurse practitioner; Jay as a doctor. He’s been everything I needed, but now I want more. I can’t stop thinking about him, and I’m done hiding it.
It’s time to find out if he wants me, too.
A friend. Not a lover. That’s who Mia Waters is to me.
I’ve tried damn hard to make sure our relationship stays that way. I’m the shoulder she leans on, the last one to talk to her before she goes to sleep at night… And after six years, she means more to me than my own family.
The moment I met her, I wanted her. But she belonged to someone else, so I pushed the need down. I didn’t take what I wanted. I’m not that guy. Her happiness meant more.
Until now. Until she asks me a question that shatters our unspoken boundaries. Have you ever thought about having sex with me? Six years of keeping her at arm’s length, and I can feel myself starting to give in and lose control with her.
I can’t let it happen. There are reasons I didn’t get close. She hasn’t let go of her ex-boyfriend, not really. And she has no idea about the lies I’ve told her.
What if she finds out about me? What if she finds out who I really am?
And what will she do when I leave?
Jay Bradshaw. My new book boyfriend.
I never saw him coming. Having gone through at least 5 samples (I’m a moody reader), I was ready to give up and do something productive, like clean or do laundry. Instead, I picked up this book based on a recommendation from a friend. I am so freakin happy that I dove in. I fell and I fell hard. Bend was everything I was looking for and more.
Mia and Jay have been best friends since college, having met through Mia’s boyfriend—Jay’s best friend. Jay was by her side when his own best friend was caught cheating on Mia. Douchecanoe assface. Anyway, they remained inseparable and Mia finds herself wanting more.
Jay is hesitant—he’s afraid a friend’s with benefits relationship will ruin their friendship, something he can’t afford to lose. With his crappy family, Mia is the most important person in his life. It’s not a hearts and flowers kind of friends to lovers story. Jay has secrets from his past and Mia has had her own share of heartbreak.
We travel along on their journey from friends to lovers, and just WOW. Their journey was incredible. The banter, the chemistry, the way Kivrin Wilson described every emotion, every scene. Kivrin’s writing was perfect, precise—you felt like you were watching the perfect RomCom with just the right amount of angst. I was shocked to learn this was her first book!!! And the sex… the sex was scorching!!! If I don’t love Mia so much, I’d wanna steal her man!!! The supporting characters were the icing on the perfectly delicious cake, especially Mia’s grandmother. I’m kind of hoping for a story about Mia’s siblings… hint, hint Kivrin ;)!
With so many books releasing daily, it’s so hard to know where to begin. Everyone’s TBR is ever growing and sometimes it’s a challenge to pick your next book. Well this book NEEDS to be on your TBR, next on your TBR. I couldn’t put it down. Life ceased to exist. What a fantastic debut!
About Kivrin Wilson
Kivrin Wilson writes her books in first person point-of-view, so Kivrin thinks it only makes sense to write about herself in third person.
Kivrin learned as a teenager that she liked writing and that she liked romance novels. She first tried her hand at writing them in her early twenties, and then she tried for a while to get published, but when that didn’t work out, she spent the next decade or so dithering around (though that’s not quite the word she would use) before finally getting her act together enough to finish another manuscript. (Read more about that here.)
Kivrin is a mother, wife, unabashed cat lady, avid reader, Netflix binge watcher, proud introvert, and a passably good cook. When she’s not writing, she’s usually busy with her self-employed day job, though she tries to do that as little as possible. She enjoys exercising forces herself to run on her treadmill (while watching Netflix) because it allows her to eat chocolate.
Kivrin grew up in Norway, but she’s lived most of her adult life in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she currently shares a roof with her husband (who’s pretty amazing, according to him), their daughter (who’s definitely amazing, according to everyone), and two young male cats who behave very much like teenage boys and of whom she shares too many photos on Instagram.
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