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?
First of all, I’m having a really hard time believing this is Ms. Wilson’s debut novel. I was blown away by it, in fact. BEND had everything we look for as a reader with its angst, romance, prose, and plot. With a heroine that says what’s on her mind, with no filter, and the ability to take a leap of faith (and initiate it!) into something life-changing, you’ll fall in love with this story because of her. Secondly, the friends-to-lovers trope was perfectly done. You’ll smile, swoon, and shed some tears before you’re done, I guarantee it.
Mia and Jay have been best friends for six years, and in that time, nothing has ever shaken that bond. Until Mia can’t take not knowing if he’s attracted to her. With that can of worms open, BEND becomes incredibly delicious in the push/pull between Mia and Jay. It’s explosive and naughty, but the emotional aspect is never far behind. There’s always an elephant in the room when friends decide to change the nature of their relationship, and I felt that big mass weighing over them in completely different ways. The character development was perfectly written, allowing the reader to feel them change and want and need as feelings conflict and life changes around them.
I loved this novel because it wasn’t cliche. After reading many novels with this trope, you expect to not be affected by another telling, but I was with BEND. I felt their connection and the conflicts. Ms. Wilson’s writing pulls you easily into the story and never lets go. She makes it sweet but spicy, with a couple of kicks along the way. BEND doesn’t just focus only on romance either; it shows such a beautiful relationship with family and loss and support in there, too. The writing was beautiful and witty, and it told a wonderful story. I am really looking forward to what else Ms. Wilson writes because I am officially a fan.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
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.