Mia 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.
Jay 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?
I love discovering new authors. Falling in love with their words and characters for the very first time is something I look forward to in each new book that I read. I was excited to read Bend, by Kivrin Wilson, since many of my book besties have been raving about it. This book surprised me in the best way and I will definitely be reading more from this author.
In this friends-to-lover story we meet Mia Waters and Jay Bradshaw. These two have been friends for six years and they both have been hiding their feelings for each other. Well, no more. Mia is determined to find out if Jay feels the same way about her. No more games, no more hiding her feelings. As days go by, Mia and Jay grow closer than ever. Jay is trying his best to keep her heart safe. He thinks Mia deserves better than him, but she's about to prove him wrong.
This was such a great debut novel! I am very happy with my reading escape and I can't wait to read more from this author. Her writing style is easy to follow and she makes her story come to life. Her characters are lovable and she makes you want to cheer for their HEA. Mia and Jay are great characters that I loved from the very beginning. Friends-to-lovers stories is one of my favorite tropes and I love how the author wrote this story. It was an enjoyable reading escape that kept me glued to my seat.
I have to admit that the description of some scenes slowed down my reading pace. I like details in a scene, but not too much. That makes me want to skim the scene and I don't like doing that. Other than this little detail, I really liked this book. The chemistry between Mia and Jay was hot and the slow building romance between them was real and captivating.
I give, Bend, by Kivrin Wilson, 4 passionate, debut novel goodness, friends-to-lovers stars!
About the Author:
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.