Wow! Another great story in the Invested Series. I am so in love with this series. I can’t decide which book I love more. This one is easily in the top two, with a plot line that is more common in life than we realize. Van and Liv’s story is a beautiful one, but one with challenges.
Liv is the designer on the BAM construction team. Van runs the construction team with Jordan for BAM. Together this power team takes BAM’s flips and rebuilds to a whole new level, making the guys at BAM very rich and successful.
Van has kept his distance from Liv since she started. Secretly crushing on her, but yet keeping it to professional. But it is getting harder and harder. She is beautiful, kind, smart and sweet. Watching her day in and day out is his favorite part of the day, especially if her daughter Sammy is around. But he has a past that haunts him still and makes it hard for him to do anything other than watch her.
Liv has only worked for BAM a little while, but she loves her job. As a single mother it is hard at times to balance it all, but she would not trade it for anything in the world. Sammy is her world. Just like Van, Liv has a past that restricts her from acting on the feelings she has for Van. Not that she would ever be good enough for him. But she secretly watches him without his knowledge. Dreaming of him with hopelessness.
When these two collide and the feelings are finally explored, the past comes at them hard. Everything that is important to Liz is at risk. Can Liv be happy and fight against the past that continues to haunt her?
This was a moving story. One of my favorites of the series. Each with a complicated and real problem, shows us the reality of things that threaten to tear our characters apart. Sadness, loss and love so great that only a fool would not be moved by their story. Van and Liv’s story is no different. This book moved me. I especially enjoy the part that Reid (our sexy nerd) played in helping them.
I can’t wait to see what Melanie has in store for us next with her crew at BAM. I just love all the guys and hope that this story is not the end of our crew. If you love sweet romances with a dose of real life issues, then this book is for you. So pick up the book and dive in. This book can be read as a standalone, but I suggest you start with book one. You don’t want to miss out on all that the boys at BAM have to offer.
*ARC provided by Melanie Moreland
Vince Morrison, known to most people as Van.
Good with his hands, be it crafting a piece of wood, playing his guitar, or pleasing a lover—he excels at them all.
Friendly, flirty, and talented, he’s cool under pressure, and hot everywhere else.
But he keeps his heart closed, even as his interest and emotions are tested.
Olivia Rourke works alongside him at BAM.
Talented, private, and intriguing, she touches something inside him he can’t deny.
He wants to know her. In every possible way.
He wants her to know him.
Her past tells her to stay clear. Van is everything that she wants, and exactly what she cannot have. She has someone else to think of who is more important.
Can either of them risk their hearts?
Van sat on the floor, his legs crossed, a few animals on his lap. A blue boa was draped around his neck, and a tiara sat askew on his head, the plastic gems glittering in the light. He held out his cup, his pinkie extended, no doubt having been schooled in proper tea party etiquette by Sammy, murmuring his thanks for more “tea.”
Sammy filled his cup with water and held out the plate of Oreos. I frowned. I never bought Oreos.
“More cookies, Prince Van? I made them myself.”
He lifted his chin royally and accepted a cookie. “They are delicious. You must give me the recipe. I’ll have my cook at the castle make them.”
Never had I wished for a camera more than I did at that moment. Unable to contain myself, I giggled. They both turned to the door, excited to see me home. Sammy clapped her hands, demanding I join them.
I expected embarrassment from Van, but he simply tossed his boa around his neck and indicated the floor beside him with a wide grin.
“Liv, you’re home. Join us for tea? Sammy has made the most divine cookies.”
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 traveling, 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.
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