Bentley

Vested Interest Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, John Lane
Series: Vested Interest Series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (524 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 is the leader of the group. He is uptight, formal, and cold. He's rgid and set in his ways, always following the same path. Until the day he stumbles upon her. Emmy 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. Happy. Protective. Loved. Contains mature themes.

©2017 Moreland Books Inc. (P)2018 Tantor

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FANTASTIC!! A Must Read!!

Melanie Moreland writes an Alpha Male just the way I like them. Bentley is controlling and head strong. He’s all business and comes across as rigid. But he’s also a gentleman and has a heart full of love. Emmy is light and carefree. She has a laid back, go with the flow personality, and shines with life. A chance encounter brings two complete opposites together but they soon find out they’re only different when it comes to their social status. Bentley lives a life of wealth and high class whereas Emmy is counting pennies to make ends meet. From the outside looking in, they’re all wrong for one another but when they’re together, Emmy brings out the charming, passionate side of Bentley, and he discovers that underneath all those smiles and jokes, Emmy is a girl who is hurting and just wants to be truly loved. These characters were absolutely beautiful. Their chemistry was intense but they approached their attraction to one another with a slow-burn, one step at a time allowing their bond to strengthen into something powerful and one of a kind. This story was a page-turner. It’s sweet and sassy, yet there is an underlying suspense that keeps you guessing. I listened to this on Audiobook and highly enjoyed every minute of it!!! John Lane was the PERFECT narrator for Bentley. His voice is strong and solid and ridiculously enjoyable. Maxine Mitchell was the narrator for Emmy and gave a beautiful performance. She’s passionate and emotional. You can feel her connection with Emmy and the story. These narrators together was the perfect treat. They complimented each other and were on point from beginning to end. Two of my favorite narrators!!! I devoured this book. This is going to be a FANTASTIC series. Highly Recommend.

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Erotic, Respectful and Funny

First, I was surprised how much I enjoyed a book by the same author that wrote the blatantly misogynistic book The Contract. Hint: I hate macho, arrogant bosses who get off on bullying helpless employees. and who sexually harass women. Now, Bentley may be one of my favorite male heroes ever; he genuinely likes and respects women, Bentley is a wonderful friend and he treats his female employees as intelligent professionals. But the star of this novel is definitely Emmy - smart, confident and gutsy. She was not star struck by Bentley's good looks or incredible wealth, but wanted a man who would treasure her.

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Overacted

Wow, first impressions are important. Male voice actor doesn’t sound natural at all. Overacting. Hoping it gets better, I’ll update if it does.

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BAM😉😊

I know you don't like emojis Bentley but it's the emoji era, deal with it😏. Fantastic story, beautifully written and narrated. Love Rigid, Freddie and the rest of the gang. Hardly any angst, lots of humor, good banter, and friendship. It's just a happy family. Add a little danger and mystery to complete it. Will be listening to the rest of the series, I have a vested interest in Aiden and Maddox story. They need their HEA too. Get this book and the others in the series, you will not be disappointed, I've loved every Melanie Moreland book I've ever read.

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Bentley was completely adorable!!

Loved this book!! At first I thought it was going to be the standard rom-com format, but it quickly evolved into an engrossing love story with humor, suspense, and quirkiness!! I also loved the dynamic between the three guys: Bentley, Aiden and Maddox. They were as close as brothers and tormented each other the same way:)) it was fun listening to their antics! I will be listening to this one again!

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It has potential

I almost didn’t complete this. I got about a third of the way in and wasn’t really invested in the mystery aspect of the story. I stuck it out a bit more and became more interested in the way Bentley’s friends interacted, even though the bad guy wasn’t too difficult to pick. Sweet-ish.

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Just awful

I don’t understand all the good reviews. The story lacked depth and the characters were mostly without personality. The sex scenes were moronic and the dialogue was trite. But worse than that was the terrible narration! Thumbs way down. Other than that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

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Loved the book......

I've read the entire series. Fell in love with the BAM guys. I decided to give the audible book a try. Male narrator wasn't what I imagined Bentley sounding like. Was hard to finish. May be better read by Jason Clarke or Jacob Morgan. Sebastian York would do great reading Aiden's character.

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Predictably

Enjoyed the narration. Bentley, the main character, is not well developed. Actually, I didn't think any of the characters were well developed, but I would expect to get a clear picture of the namesake. I wouldn't reccomend this unless you want to listen to a story about sex.

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Just Blah!

I really tried to like this one. but it just lacked alot. started off as a good listen, but the characters were soo boring and narration wasn't my favorite. I couldn't finish this one.

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  • deb4040
  • 05-13-18

Enjoyable

Good story but predictable but still worth a read , the performances brilliant and really brought story to life.

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  • Joanne
  • 07-28-20

Bentley

Nice romance between Emmy and Bentley who is so uptight...add kidnap and good morals and it’s a good read or listen. I liked this book. John Lane is brilliant as Bentley, Maxine - Um sorry but not so sure her voice fitted Emmy, sounded older than the character, but didn’t put me off.

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  • Suzyplums
  • 07-08-19

Enjoyed

story great, performance great but there was just something missing for me. I listened all the way through but I just was captured.

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  • Katt R.
  • 12-16-18

Good Story

Another enjoyable listen. Looking forward to Melanie’s next story. John Lane is brilliant with his reading and characters he portrays but I’m afraid Maxine does not suit this series of books, her characters sound too similar, even with other books. As far as the story goes, I’m becoming a fan of Melanie Moreland and her style.

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  • karen grave
  • 02-25-19

author didn't give the alphas much credit

being billionaires I though they would heave figured it out earlier. but great to see the alpha female holdiing het own. the female narrator, I found didnt portray the alpha female like I felt the author wanted her to be. the voice was wet to grown up and lacked the innoncene she needed. the Melle narrator did a better job I'm surprised to say. goodt little story....short and sweet and oh if only we has billionaires like him fellow gals!!!!!

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  • Haley
  • 11-10-18

Good story : wrong narrator

Really enjoyed the story but narrators made the characters sound 20 years older which was off putting. It’s fine tho.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 05-19-18

So coooooooll💕💕

Tol lonely people who accidentally found each other .. their life’s change and with it they fell in love ..definitely worth the read.... ❤️❤️❤️