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Bend Paperback – 5 Apr 2016
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About the Author
Kivrin Wilson is a mother, wife, unabashed cat lady, avid reader, Netflix binge watcher, proud introvert, and a passably good cook. She 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, their daughter, and two young male cats who behave very much like teenage boys and of whom she shares too many photos on Instagram. Visit her website at www.kivrinwilson.com.
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What's it all about?
This stunning novel from debut author, Kivrin Wilson tells the tale of Jay Bradshaw and Mia Waters two firm friends who take on the challenge of their six years worth of building attraction between them. A friends to lovers tale, with a rocky, heartwarming twist. Wilson, takes the reader on a romantic journey of love and hope.
What did I love?
This book may have featured some similar tried and tested themes but nothing about this book was cliche. in fact it was so originally written that I'm already (not so patiently) waiting for more. Sexy, emotional and 'pull at your heart strings' read worthy this author has just landed herself on my romance reading map. The build up and emotion of the story telling was perfect, add in to the equation that I simply can't resist a story of supposed unrequited love and I found myself addicted to these characters. Both hero and heroine won me over spectacularly and I failed to see anything that I didn't admire about this saga. I was crazy about this book, the scenes had a real feel to them and the characters connection was as authentic as a fiction book can get. Smitten from beginning to end, Kivrin Wilson has found herself a firm fan.
Final thoughts ...
If you are looking for something fresh, a new author to discover, or like me you can't resist a 'friends to lovers' romance then this is the perfect next read for you. 'Bend' won me over with its emotional but sexy and heart felt story telling and a love story that quite frankly made my heart burst. Enjoy ...
“Sucks to live with regret. Don’t be that guy.”
Kivrin Wilson is a debut author and to say that I was impressed is an understatement. Friends to lovers is one of my favourite storylines and it either works really well or falls really flat. Kivrin Wilson delivered this story with great character connection, fantastic dialogue and two incredibly adorable characters that you couldn’t help but fall in love with. This book was so well written that I breezed through it effortlessly, totally engrossed in Mia and Jay’s story with the will they won’t they push and pull that this storyline typically delivers.
“That was the best art lesson of my life.”
Mia and Jay have been best friends since college. Mia had her heart broken by Jay’s best friend and typically sides are taken, but Jay remained loyal to Mia and he has held her hand through her heart break and has been there with her through thick and thin. These two became best friends, they knew what the other was thinking, they did everything together, family parties, holidays and typically spent every spare hour together. Both had demanding jobs, Mia being a nurse and Jay being on his second year residency, but they always found time to text, call and just be together.
Mia and Jay’s relationship as friends was fantastic, Kivrin Wilson really delivered in making the reader believe that these two were actually inseparable, that their connection was the forever kind and that they truly were soul mates. Soul mates that had never crossed that line but life without the other didn’t bear thinking about. These two needed one another to survive and really it was only a matter of time before they realised what everyone else did, Mia and Jay belonged together together.
“I’m in love with Mia Waters. And somehow, that’s both the best and the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Jay knew everything about Mia, but when looking at it, Mia didn’t really know everything about Jay, there were obvious things he didn’t like talking about and Mia had just left it alone. Jay obviously had issues that still troubled him and Mia just wanted to be there for him when he was ready to open up, but sometimes, these issues have a way of coming back to haunt you and sometimes you just wish you had the courage to be open from the start.
“Life is filled with heartache, tragedy and cruelty. It’s s*** piled on top of s***. I’ve learned, through necessity, how to cope.”
Jay was completely and utterly adorable, he was the worry wort, the sensible one, he tries to do “the right” things bless him, he tries his hardest to stay in control and keep his best friend as a best friend, but when the woman you have fantasised about for years suddenly says she wants more you are a bit taken aback. When crossing the line is mentioned for the first time I literally heard his jaw hit the floor, I felt him catching flies with his mouth agape. I felt his inner turmoil and this is what I love about friends to lovers. I love my angst and while this wasn’t over the top, you had enough to believe and enough to keep the story real and relatable.
“So in those six or seven years or whatever, have you ever thought about having sex with me?”
Mia was a fantastic character, she had no filter, says it how it is and takes no crap from anyone. But she had the kindest heart and was beautiful on both the inside and out. Her love for Jay was infinite and while it took her years to wake up and smell the coffee, when she does, you feel it and you cannot help but smile. Mia was a bit wild in her own way, a bit of a free spirit and Jay was her anchor, he kept her on the straight and narrow and kept her safe (mainly from herself), these two were ying and yang and they complemented each other perfectly. I loved this couple and was rooting for them from the get go and totally invested in their love story.
“I don’t think we can forget it…I definitely can’t.”
“Because you’ve opened Pandora’s box.”
Bend is a dual POV book, so you live both sides and this really helped nail the character connections, flawlessly written with such an engaging writing style I really loved this authors voice. If this is a sign of things to come I am itching for her next book, Kivrin Wilson maybe a newbie on the block but she has made her voice well and truly heard. Fantastic read, loved it.
Kirvrin Wilson’s debut novel Bend, hit our shelves today and what a way to start.
Mia met Jay when her boyfriend introduced him as his best friend.
Jay chose Mia when her boyfriend cheated on her . Six years later and he has become her rock and best friend he is her world. Mia has become more important than his own family.
They had both pushed down how they felt about each other. Jay was due to leave to help his uncle in 2 years time. Mia was left heartbroken.
It took one night and one question from Mia to change thier unbreakable friendship.
“So in those six or seven years or whatever, have you ever thought about having sex with me ?”
I love a good friends to lovers story that leaves you a little hot under the collar, with that lovey feeling you know it’s going to work out. Not much in the way of truly strong emotions.
Let me tell you now, you will not be disappointed? If had everything you needed. Bend is not your average run of the mill story, it’s so much more.
I was left not really knowing how to feel at some points, feeling sad and happy, finally falling in love all over again. It was a rollercoaster of highs and lows and it was an amazing ride
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