Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bend

Title: Bend
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN: 978-0-85715-614-3
Genre: {M/F/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Annabelle Calhoun is an independent woman and has never been interested in any relationship with a man longer than a one-night stand. Even then she’s determined to be in control and usually doesn’t want to even know her partner’s name. And forget about a monogamous relationship. It isn’t going to happen. Not even seeing the loving commitment between her brother Rory and his partner, Chance, changes her mind.  

She’s been with two men before and then she meets Justin and Evan, who want more from her than just one night. They want forever. She’s never been able to give up being in charge before but if she wants to find happiness with these two hunky ranchers who drive her crazy, Annabelle is going to have to learn to bend. 

Bend is the fourth release in Bailey Bradford’s Love in Xxchange series and is my favorite so far. Please note that it can be read as a standalone. 

I liked Annabelle. There is something about her character that appeals to me. She’s a strong-willed woman but deep down, she’s tired of being alone but is still unwilling to give up the control she needs. Ms. Bradford’s done a fine job of crafting her personality, giving her plenty of attitude and enough personal issues to sink just about any relationship. Enter Justin and Evan, two determined men who know what they want…Annabelle. Yet, they too have issues and past hurts to deal with. That didn’t stop the threesome’s quick move to an intense, passionate and blistering hot sexual relationship.  

The plot flow is smooth, the personalities are believable and the integration of the secondary characters, many met previously, is seamless. I enjoyed meeting Annabelle’s friend Josh. Ms. Bradford outdid herself with the creation of his quirky personality and I can’t wait to find out what happens with him in What Matters Most. There are also plenty of twists and turns with Annabelle’s family to add pain and drama. My only niggle is how quickly Annabelle changed her mind about wanting a real relationship with Justin and Evan. It seemed she was dead set against it one minute and then suddenly she’s changed her mind and is taking off to their ranch. I didn’t really get what had finally made her change her mind, but that still didn’t negate my enjoyment of the story.

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