Haunted by memories of his past, Aiden plays the part of the happy-go-lucky friend. Always ready with a teasing smile or a joke, he is good at hiding his pain.
Using his impressive physique as a shield, he keeps his past buried beneath his rugged exterior.
Except, one woman sees through his façade.
Her green eyes see too much, even as her body tempts him.
Even as his heart yearns for her.
Cami is determined to make him realize that he is worthy of being loved.
He pushes her away at every turn, yet finds himself unable to keep her at arm’s length.
Who will win this battle of love?
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
Aiden is the second book in the Vested interest trilogy and follows the love story of Aiden and Cami. They both have developed feelings for each other in the first book of the series, Bentley (which is not connected to this book except for a few references. You can read my review for it here – Bentley, Melanie Moreland – Book Review) but instead of getting into a relationship, they’re in a friends with benefits arrangement because Aiden is of the opinion that he is not boyfriend material and would not be able to give Cami what she needs were they in a relationship. Also, he has issues from childhood because of his dyslexia and his parents mistreating him which makes him difficult to trust people. So, will Cami and Aiden have their happily ever after?
I’d already liked both Cami and Aiden from the first book, but in this one, I started liking them more. They’re both great characters who aren’t perfect and are trying the best they can. I like how the story shows both of them messing up because they’re so stubborn and making mistakes.
Cami is absolutely awesome. I love how she cares for her friends and family. She’s sweet and kind and stubborn and understanding. She never pushes Aiden even though she really wants to know more about him. But, she’s always open about her feelings to him. She tells him she likes him and wants to be with him and when Aiden rejects the idea, she lets go. Yes, there are several occasions where she tries to get him to open up and tell her about his past, but she doesn’t push him to be with her and gives him space whenever he needs it, even though it hurts her terribly when he’s distant with her. Cami is always looking out for her friends and making sure they’re okay. At the same time, she’s also dealing with her own personal issues in the best way she can. For that, I admire her.
Then, there’s Aiden. I like the way he was honest to Cami about how he didn’t do relationships and he never lied to her or led her on. He genuinely, deeply cared for her and he always made sure to do everything in his power to make sure she was okay. He was a supportive friend throughout the story and his relationship with Bentley and Maddox was amazing. That being said, I didn’t like how he didn’t tell Cami the reason behind his reluctance to pursue a relationship for almost the entirety of the book. He refused to acknowledge the depth of his feelings and unnecessarily hurt Cami even though it was his issues that were creating problems. I feel like a lot of hurt and heartache for both of them could have been avoided if Aiden had told Cami everything right from the beginning, or you know, as they started getting closer. He didn’t tell her till the last possible moment and it was only after Cami almost died that he decided to do it.
I like that we saw more of Bentley and Emmy in this book. Those two were still adorable and cute as ever and I really loved this peek into their relationship after the events of Bentley. Of course, Maddox and Dee were an added benefit. I loved both of them too.
Aiden wasn’t as satisfying as Bentley was for me, but it was a good read nonetheless.