Monday, April 28, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Bender, by Stacy Borel

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All Keegan wanted was a roommate who was quiet, minded their own business, and paid for part of the rent. Instead, she got Camden Brooks.
Camden, with his sinful body, sharp tongue, and the inability to stay out of Keegan’s personal business, couldn’t seem to curb his interest in the new girl who wouldn’t put up with his domineering ways.
Feelings were running rampant, sexual tension was thick, and both were struggling to let go of control.
To some people, getting a roommate simply meant living with another person. But to both Camden and Keegan it was a curveball that neither was prepared to swing at.

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4 out of 5 stars

Keegan, a college junior, has been living at home and practically raising her 8 year old sister.  Even before her sister was born she was always more of an adult than a kid, forced to learn to defend for herself, as her young mother just wasn't ready to grow up.  But, it's becoming too much.  Her grades are slipping and she's worried she won't be accepted into nursing school because between juggling classes, her job and taking care of her sister she just doesn't have the time to focus, she's fed up.  Her best friend encourages her to look for an apartment and move out.  It's time she find her own life and thus the apartment hunting begins.  An appointment with a guy named Dodger is her 3rd stop and after her first two nightmare options his place look's too good to be true and just as she is signing the lease in walks her new roommate, Camden.

Camden is the total hot alpha male package and it seems as though he is on a mission to make Keegan's life miserable!  In an effort to keep her from getting to close he is constantly throwing insults her way, parading women in an out of the apartment who Keegan feels she will never measure up to, he's distant and often has an angry attitude towards Keegan.  He's doing his best to make her feel uncomfortable, to challenge her, to break her spirit.  But to his surprise everything he throws her way she not only takes, but stands strong, calls him out and challenges his every demand.  She isn't going to just roll over and let's be honest what guy isn't going to be intrigued???

Sexual tension between these two is running rampant.  Yet no matter what Camden throws at her, Keegan cannot deny her attraction to him.  Slowly the more she learns about Camden the harder he is to resist.  He makes her feel protected and safe, but how could a guy like him ever be interested in someone as plain as herself?  

I definitely enjoyed this story!  I think Keegan is a character so many of us women can relate to.  She is fiercely independent, she works hard and wants to make it on her own.  She is also driven, she has a goal and is working her butt off to achieve her dream.  She is caring and nurturing, she loves her sister and will stop at nothing to ensure she is well taken care of and can have somewhat of a normal childhood.  Also, like so many of us Keegan also struggles with her self confidence.  While she knows she doesn't have a supermodel's body she is tries to be happy in her own skin.  And when she finds herself embarrassed and taken advantage of you completely understand her emotions, her tears and her actions because their the same one you would probably go through as well if you were in her shoes.  When she thinks she is in over head, when she tries to protect her heart yet you want her to just get over it and take a chance you totally get why she doesn't because once again if we were in her shoes we would probably do exactly what she does!  Stacy really nailed her character and I absolutely loved how she constantly stood up for herself!

Camden, my oh my!  Camden is one hot mess!  Boy did he frustrate me in the beginning, but I think that's the point.  You want to hate him, but he is written in a way that makes it impossible because even though you don't totally understand his actions, you slowly start to realize there is more to him than is necessarily coming across.  His actions slowly start to give away his true intentions and while Keegan has no clue what it all means you do and thus you find yourself begging for Keegan to open her eyes and see what she missing out on!  

When these two finally collide prepare for fireworks!  Stacy Borel definitely nailed the dominate male role in the bedroom!  I'm telling you was explosive!!!  I loved these two characters and I really think they complimented each other nicely.  Yes, the story may have been predictable and while I still have no idea why Camden really even needed a roommate I totally enjoyed the experience of reading this story.  I'm looking forward to the next books in the series, and hope we get to have a sneak peak in them of this couple because they're going to be hard to top!

About Author Stacy Borel
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Stacy Borel currently resides in southeast Texas with her husband and two kids. She grew up as a military brat and has lived everywhere from California, Alaska, Azores Portugal, and Hawaii. She loves traveling and seeing new places, so being a military spouse is perfect for her. Stacy enjoys the adventure of moving every 2-4yrs. It's refreshing to experience a new place.
Stacy is a self proclaimed reading addict and Facebook addict. If she's not doing one of those two things, she can be found writing, or playing with her kids. Some of her hobbies are listening to new music, going fishing, being active outdoors, and she always loves spending time with her out of state family.
Stacy discovered Indie Authors in early 2012 after reading Fifty Shades of Grey, and there began her passionate love affair with books. She always wrote stories and journals growing up, but she decided in December 2012 to really dip her toes in the water with a romance novel. She now has three full length novels under her belt, and a whole new series for the 2014 year.

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