The second book in Tammy L. Gray’s Bentwood series is an authentic, engaging, and intriguing read. Centered around two more of the “Bentwood Brats,” Sean Taylor and April Duncan, the readers learn the history these two share, and what broke them up.
Now, almost a year after their failed engagement, April is ready to move on—to get her life back. But when Sean returns to Bentwood, things become a giant mess again. Sean only ever wanted to love April, but when he was faced with an impossible decision, their future was stripped away. Now he is ready to fight for the woman he loves, to make her hear the truth. But the woman he finds is not the one he left behind, knowing if he fails the girl he loved may be gone forever.
I liked this book for several reasons, the first being that the characters face genuine problems. April’s family and the demands they place on her materialize as a main part of the story. She feels nothing she does is ever good enough for them, and they certainly do not like her ex-fiancé. Trust is also an important conflict for April and Sean—a problem that can be found in any friendship or relationship. The second reason I liked this book was because of the relationships between the characters. In the first novel, all of the main players were introduced, and readers got to know three of them fairly well, but this book takes the reader into a more in-depth look at the workings of the circle of friendship and its participants. Caroline is slowing emerging as my favorite character in this series as well—reason number three. She brings the inspirational aspect to the Bentwood series and slowly makes connections within this friendship circle.
All in all, this is a wonderful book, and highly recommended if you enjoy real world conflict, stories about love and friendship, and intriguing characters. I would give this book five out of five stars, and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.