Today we are sharing an exclusive excerpt from BENTLEY, the first book in the Vested Interest series by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland.
The Vested Interest series includes 3 books: Bentley, Aiden, and Maddox.
MEET THE MEN OF VESTED INTEREST
Three young men meet in university and form a lifelong friendship.
Their pasts dictate the men they are, but their present shapes their future.
What happens when these men meet the one person they are destined to be with? Can they fight their feelings and walk away? Or will they each succumb and learn the sweet agony of love?
Bentley (Vested Interest, #1) by Melanie Moreland
The leader of the group. He is uptight, formal, and cold. Rigid and set in his ways, always following the same path. Until the day, he stumbles upon her.
She brings with her spontaneity and light. The world she lives in is so different from his, yet he cannot control the draw to her. Nor can he explain the way she makes him feel.
I met Aiden’s gaze. Some of the anger had gone, but he was still concerned.
“I didn’t say you couldn’t see her, Bent. I’m asking you to be careful. I’m asking you to trust me to do my job.”
“Like going on a date with a chaperone will be so much fun for her. How do I explain it? My security thinks I may be in danger, and therefore you are, as well. Can I see you again tomorrow?” I snapped.
He shrugged. “I can be discreet. All you have to tell her is I’m around.” He grinned. “It’s not like I want to sit at the table and watch you make kissy faces at her.”
“I don’t plan on making kissy faces at her.”
“Like you didn’t plan on giving her your tie? Fuck sake, Bent. That tie was five hundred bucks. I was with you when you bought it. It took me ten minutes to convince you the color wasn’t ‘over-the-top’.”
I shrugged, not giving a shit about how much the tie cost. I had a hundred more at home. And it looked cute on her.
“There’s something about her, Aiden. I want to get to know her. She . . .”
“She makes me laugh. She doesn’t give a shit about all this . . . stuff.” I indicated the luxurious office around us. “She would have no idea how expensive the tie was I gave her.”
He studied me for a moment. I pushed the envelope toward him again. “Don’t do this, Aiden, please. I’m asking as your friend. Not your boss.”
“On one condition. You stop doing shit like today and let me do my job. I’m with you when you’re out of the office or the house. Plus, I’m adding more cameras around the house.”
I wanted to groan and tell him to forget it. But I knew if I did, he was serious. He would walk away.
“That’s my middle name.”
“Funny, I thought it was Joseph.”
Aiden (Vested Interest, #2) by Melanie Moreland
Coming May 2018! Add it to Goodreads
Maddox (Vested Interest, #3) by Melanie Moreland
Coming August 2018! Add it to Goodreads
Melanie Moreland – Bio:
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, here and abroad, 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.