Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Geeks To Save My Syntax: Blog Tour/Review for Reid: Vested Interest Book 4

You’ve met the men of BAM. Now get to know the rebel.
Who is Reid Matthews?

Title: Reid
Series: Vested Interest #4
Author: Melanie Moreland
Release Date: September 17, 2018

A child, abandoned and unloved.

A teen, adrift and disregarded, using his superior tech skills for the wrong intentions.

A young adult, his future overshadowed by his prison record, his life an endless loop of loneliness.

Until he is given a second chance and a new life emerges.

A career he once thought he could only dream of, surrounded by people who show him that family and home aren’t simply words.

And a girl who shows him the greatest, most complex code he could ever write.


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Okay this is normally where I copy and paste my review. Which I will. HOWEVER, because I have read so many other reviews, I think I pale.  Gird your loins, incoming LONG review...

If you haven't checked out the Vested Interest series or hells bells, Melanie Moreland's writing, you are missing out on the best in romance. Her storytelling always delivers all the necessary elements I need for complete entertainment: heart, soul and happy ever after. But where her specialty lies is in the male characters. They are more than the sum of their exterior shell. Ms. Moreland delivers the personalities flaws and all where the reader cannot help but fall in love with them. 

Reid does not disappoint. But exceeded my expectations. 

A beta virgin isn't a new trope to introduce to readers. Their story has an expectation. Not Reid. His position isn't because of some tragedy impacting the decision to forgo or ingrained belief. What it boils down to is opportunity with the right person. And once he meets Becca, he recognizes the 'One'. And the courtship - yes, getting to the sex - becomes fun. Imagine being the disenfranchised man and suddenly getting everything you've ever dreamed of. You are going to ROCK HER SOCKS! 

But the story has more than just the trials of getting to a HEA. It's about how your past decisions impact your future. Does someone deserve to keep paying for that mistake? Melanie Moreland handles the topic with truth and honor without high drama. Her storytelling gives insight to any characters ability to change or rearrange their 'spots'. 

If you've not read the Vested Interest series, yes it can be read as a standalone. I actually took the journey with an ARC reader and I got a resounding thumbs up. Yet, as she said, why miss out on the fabulous and entertaining story of friendship in the series. 5+ out of 5 IT Genius finds his

Here's what I forgot to mention:  First, Reid is a beta. And to write a good beta without being a doormat is a feat. (I use doormat as that’s the favorite word amongst reviewers for female betas and I feel it’s gender neutral.)  Reid is a perfect swoonworthy beta. He’d like to have more suave and swagger. Time and nurturing environment just hasn’t been friends with him in that department. Melanie Moreland pulls this off. He is endearing. For all the bumbling he has, Becca just falls hopeless in love with him. She’s confused as fuck by him. But damnit he is irresistible!

My next point is how Melanie touches on the disenfranchised. Often in romance this is ignored or glossed over. Because face it, it’s not sexy. But it’s real. For Reid and the reasons he has the label ‘ex-con’, it can’t be ignored. If he is going to have a HEA, it’s a hurdle to overcome. The fact this author didn’t shy away but embraced it – BRAVA! 

Lastly, let’s talk about the heroine. Because folks, everyone is in love with Reid, but what about the girl who captures his heart. She has tough decisions. Girl on her own from the hometown  and friends she adores. And overbearing Dad who is afraid to lose her. That’s drama central right there. Yes, Becca has choices to make. But instead of being a simpering female unable to make decisions, she is a “I-know-what-I-want- grab-the-bull-by-the-horns” woman or pole by the ankles. wink

All in all, this is a story to enjoy watching others fall in love and be in love. 

I hope you fall just as hard for Reid as I did. 

“I loved this book... [it] is everything I want in book 1 of a new series and then some.” – Shh Mom’s Reading

“I just couldn't put this book down. I became so fascinated by the plot and the characters that my fascination was actually bordering on obsession.” – MammieBabbie

“A 5-star story that made me read for hours . . . A romantic suspense that had me intrigued from the very first page read.” – TDC Book Reviews

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

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Melanie Moreland said...

Thank you! Your support means the world to me!

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