New Release and Review: Van by Melanie Moreland

Title: VAN
Series: Vested Interest Series
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Rom/Com
Release Date: March 25, 2019

 

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?

 

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I’ll admit, I was a late-comer to this series and this author.  Based on this book and the one before it, Reid, I need to go back and read everything this author has written.  Van and Liv are just perfect and everything I love in characters that I read.  Liv is smart, strong, and independent.  She’s also vulnerable and has been hurt in the past, but is determined to rise above it.  Van is oh so swoony!  He’s definitely an alpha male, but has a soft sweet side.  He’s also been hurt and has vulnerabilities, but willing to take a risk for the right woman.  And if your kryptonite is swoony men that are great with children, especially children that aren’t his, then you better prepare yourself to turn into a big pile of goo!  The way Van is with Sammy from the very beginning made me fall in love with him before we even got to any of the good stuff with Liv.  And then the epilogue!…I’m still a melty mess over that!

Another thing I really like about this book is the sense of family.  Not a biological family, but the family you choose and the ones who always have your back.  BAM is definitely the type of company I would love to be a part of.  They have created a family that is loyal and steadfast.  I love how the author highlights that family is more than DNA.

This book is a standalone.  Each book in the series is about a different couple.  There are overlapping characters, but you won’t miss out if you haven’t read the other books.  You definitely need to get this book!

 
 
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.”
 
Prince Van?
 
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.”
 
How could I resist?

Signed paperback copy of Van and $25 Lowe’s gift card

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.
Melanie is represented by Flavia Viotti at Bookcase Literary Agency. For any questions regarding subsidiary or translation rights please contact her at flavia@bookcaseagency.com

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