★ SYNOPSIS ★
Sometimes what you want and what you need are two very different things.
Always relegated to the “friends with benefits” corner of small town River Bend, Jenny Riley is done giving the milk for free. Falling hard for a bad boy? Not in the plan, either.
Sexy, emotionally-wounded Marine Reservist Brody Nelson just needs someone to lend an ear. A friend. Friends to lovers? That’s more than he bargained for.
Neither wants a relationship. A long distance friendship should be enough.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
The very first thing I have to say about this book is, have you looked at the cover!? Yeah, that’s what made me want to read it. There is just something about it that I love. So anyway, Can’t Resist Him is the fourth book in the River Bend series by Molly McLain. Oddly enough, I had this whole series on my TBR marked to be read, and somehow missed them and jumped straight to this book. It can easily be read as a stand alone and it does have an HEA. It’s told from alternative third person point-of-view also.
You would think starting with the fourth book in a series I’d have been confused but I wasn’t in the least. The Author has done a magnificent job of letting you know who is in the other books, but not bringing so much forth that the lines blur and you need to read the other novels. That being said, before I even mention the main characters, I did love the co-stars in this book and fully plan to go back and read the first three.
Jenny struck me as a character that just finally has had enough. Sometimes it takes awhile for a girl to get to that point, or for a person to realize that they deserve better, and that’s where you find Jenny. She’s tough, and she sticks to her guns with the stance she takes in this book. Her personal life was a mess, with her side “Friends with Benefits” dude coming back when his other girls fell through. Then after the fact, it’s like he still wants a hold on her, basically to make him feel better about himself. You see her go through a lot, while still condensing it down into the size of the book as it is. On that front, her character growth is awesome.
Brody, oh Brody. This guy is so very close to book boyfriend material for me that it’s unreal. Brody is suffering from PTSD and he’s fighting the fact that he has PTSD. Not denial but, I have it, I don’t need to talk to anyone, just let me deal with it. The Corp. not just going to let that happen though. He’s a strong, silent type that gets the job done. He puts himself out there for everyone -but- himself. Extremely loyal and family oriented.
The way these two meet actually makes me chuckle. They are attracted to each other for sure, but just flat out tell the other, “I’m not sleeping with you.”. So in that regard, the attraction is instant, but the romance is a slow boil. It’s great mixture for at plot, I can say that much. It left me waiting to see what would happen next between them. They don’t have it easy and both are learning and growing… dealing with personal things on either side. The one other thing they having going for them is that do communicate well, which is a change from most romance novels. I enjoyed that bit!
While not an extremely long novel, it was good. Solid three stars for me, and as I said I will be going back to read the rest of the series. Great for commutes, long car trips or flights!