Book Review - BENT by WYSTERIA WILDE
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This is my first book by Wysteria and I can say that I want to read more. In this book you meet Michael and Nick, college roommates and best friends. Annabelle and Brooks, her long time guy friend are also beasties and go to the same college as Michael and Nick. Nick and Annabelle get together and have to hide it because her brother, Michael won't allow it. There are a lot of things going on with these characters. There are a lot of twists and turns and I can't wait to see how things turn out in the next book.
The start of this series was an interesting one. The author writes an entertaining tale... Not much is revealed in this story about Nick, what his past was, or what Annabel has to do with any of it or is she just a "happy" coincidence? The big "ta-ad is Annabel's older brother, Michael, and his nefarious "plans". Like I stated above the story is entertaining, could use some work, editing-wise, some of the dialogue seemed forced, the characters maturity level were up and down at times but, not a bad beginning.
In book one of What Was Everything: Nick Bignanni was somebody—and then he was nobody. By the time he was in high school, he still loved his father but hated his alcoholism, and he loved his mother (more) but resented her for her alcoholism—and infidelities, all of which culminated in him entering into a toxic, drug and sex fueled relationship with a girl named Beth. He was only nineteen when all three of them were ripped away from him in just one night. He had wanted to die, too—and much of his family and many of his “friends” probably felt the same way. But his grandfather had given him a second chance, offering to finance his return to Blue Ivy University and his fraternity Alpha Lambda Lambda, while his fate was yet to be determined by the law—as long as he stayed clean. It was at the fraternity where he met Michael LaFrance, who instantly became his best friend and roommate. Though they were very different in many ways, they had one major thing in common: an insatiable appetite for women and sex. And both of them were so good-looking (in very different ways, however) that they attracted enough women to last a lifetime—and there was never a thought of serious relationships with any of them. That is, until Michael’s sister Annabel came to Blue Ivy as an eighteen-year-old freshman. Nick had met her once when she was sixteen and it’d been like seeing a ghost; there had been instant attraction, but she was obviously forbidden fruit. And now two years later, she was back—all grown up and undeniably beautiful—and the attraction was stronger than ever. But while he was bent on having her, her brother and mother and seemingly the Universe were bent on keeping her away. Annabel LaFrance was a privileged, preppy, intelligent, inexperienced girl who just so happened to have a male best friend—which kept most boys from even approaching her. Well, that and the fact that she was what Mother called “chubby”. By the time she was in high school, she’d tried almost every weight loss product and program available to mankind, to no avail. Losing weight seemed like her whole life’s mission…until one night at her brother’s fraternity when she was sixteen that changed the course of her life. It was there that she met her brother’s new best friend and roommate Nick Bignanni. He was everything she thought she would never want in a boy—a long haired, scruffy faced, flannel shirt and combat boot wearing, motorcycle driving older man. He was nineteen and she was instantly mesmerized by the way he looked at her with his hypnotic hazel eyes. There was a connection between them, she was sure, but it ended when the night ended—though it lived on in her fantasies throughout high school. She was eighteen when she arrived back at Blue Ivy as a freshman, happy that her best friend Brooks had chosen also to take advantage of the University’s renowned Creative Arts and Writing Program—and very much looking forward to a reunion with Nick Bignanni, something she’d been fantasizing about for years. But when she does see him again, he is in a compromising position with a Barbie Doll blonde, and she is devastated…but still hopeful. When she and Nick finally do share a “moment” together, Michael makes it perfectly clear that any kind of relationship between them is forbidden. However, as fate would have it, they end up having a class together, and the fiery connection between them grows stronger and stronger—leading eventually to an all-consuming desire that they can no longer deny. But the bond between them could possibly change everything, for everyone.