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(Vested Interest #5)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Vince Morrison, known to most people as Van.

Good with his hands, be it crafting a piece of wood, playing his guitar, or pleasing a lover—he excels at them all.

Friendly, flirty, and talented, he’s cool under pressure, and hot everywhere else.

But he keeps his heart closed, even as his interest and emotions are tested.

Olivia Rourke works alongside him at BAM.

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Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published March 25th 2019 by Moreland Books Inc (first published March 2019)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Van is book five in the Vested Interest series by Melanie Moreland. I loved this book so much. It can easily be read as a stand alone. I have not read any of the previous books in this series. As they normally do, characters do recur in each book and I find myself wanting to go back now and get some of their stories. But believe me when I say that in this book, one hundred percent of your attention and love will be on these two main characters.

sexy man with tools

Vance (Van) Morrison works for BAM, a huge land deve
I am totally swooning right now! And it’s all because of Van.


Van and Olivia have worked together for the past year. While he didn’t feel an immediate drive to pursue her, he now finds himself realizing he hasn’t been with another woman since he first met her. He finds her intriguing and sets out to learn more. Little by little he begins to dig beneath the layers to find the true heart of her and in the process learns to let down his own walls.

Olivia has had to stand on her own for a long time an
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Van is the fifth novel in the Vested Interest series and it’s an amazing addition to that series! This book is another Melanie Moreland book that I added to my favorites-shelf. I loved so much about this book, from that hot cover to that lovely epilogue. The progress was great and I didn’t want to stop reading.

I absolutely love Van and Olivia. Van is hardworking, sweet, caring, protective, reliable, talented and strong. He works for BAM as a carpenter and a foreman. When he needs to do something
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Vince Morrison aka Van is a 39 yr. old single guy living in Toronto. He works for a successful company called BAM where he mostly dealt with the land development side of things, where he enjoyed flipping houses, custom woodwork, and overseeing crews. He’d always been able to build or create anything and loved having a job where he could do demolition and rebuilding. Van often worked alongside the head of their design team Olivia Rourke. She’d joined their team ov
DJ Sakata
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Between them her tea set was arranged on the table, many of her stuffed animals gathered around it… Van sat on the floor, his legs crossed, a few animals on his lap. A blue boa was draped around his neck, and a tiara sat askew on his head, the plastic gems glittering in the light. He held out his cup, his pinkie extended, no doubt having been schooled in proper tea party etiquette by Sammy, murmuring his thanks for more “tea.”

Call it experience or friendly advice, but if you’re g
My Own Bookshelves
What more can I say - But LOVED this handsome man -- All the Swoons!

I am going to break my rule and start with: If you've not read Melanie Moreland's Vested Interest series and want to start, here is a great place. This story not only is in the heart of the Vested Interest world, it is the heart of these characters. Ms. Moreland's storytelling shines with this friends to lovers story. You'll be back to tell me you'll be binging on the rest, because seriously - how can you resist engaging writing
Island Girl Romance Reads
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With every book I finish in this series I say this one is my favorite. I hate to sound repetitive, but this is my new favorite in this series!!
Omg this book is sooo good! And new book boyfriend. He’s a gentle giant but also don’t very protective of his girls. The way he was with his “mouse” swoon!! Liv was a strong woman, loving mother and very professional. Both attracted to each other but both afraid to commit in a relationship.
So many emotions when reading this book. There was a few t
***5 Stars***

I was really excited when it was announced that Van would be getting his HEA because after finishing Reid I was crossing my toes that he’d get a book because he was such a good guy and Ms. Moreland didn’t disappoint! It was everything from swoon worthy to frustrating to ovary exploding goodness and that epilogue...yeah, that one got me a little teary there, and so worth it after everything that happened in the book.

I adored Van and Livvy. Van, I liked going into the book, but afte
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
Book Hangover alert!!! I loved this story so much. Vince ‘Van’ Morrison is no ordinary carpenter. By day a leader at work and by night he is a bit of a rock star, but always hiding the pain of a tragic past. He is at ALL times the swooniest of heroes.

“Gentle and sweet with her and those he loved, but fierce and stern with those who threatened them.”

Olivia ‘Livvy’ Rourke is a single mom to an amazing precocious little girl, Sammy (Mouse). Livvy has admired Van but has enough on her plate to jug
Erika (OwlwaysReading)
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Carvanz said... "There is nothing like a big burly hero who works with his hands, covered in glitter." And I would have to agree <3

Marina Skinner
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Im not sure what to say to do this wonderful read justice!
I have such a book hangover from reading it! It was riveting, entertaining, heartwarming, had some suspense and drama that held my attention to the very end and I could have read so much more!!
I just loved the way Van was, with everyone around him, but when family really matters, needless to say he’s the most amazing caring man! So devoted, so loving....ok commence sighing and swooning! I mean, book boyfriends are just darn swoonwor
Monique Tinline
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better with every book added.
Ths story of Van and Liv is the perfect addition, with the intertwining of our beloved BAM guys and just the right amount of love, drama and swoon worthiness, Van has defiently stamped his mark.
Notorious Book Tease
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book. Oh my God, this book.

Van works for BAM as head of their construction team. He’s a hot construction worker and an even hotter musician. Van had a different life in the past. He had fame and fortune, and he thought he had love. Van thought that was what he wanted from his life, but what he wants from life has changed. Van is happy with the life he has now. He has a job he loves, his music, good friends, and a beautiful home. Van isn’t looking for anything else. His past has closed him
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Cosy & Firm Stars

Van and Olivia (a.k.a. Liv) have worked together at BAM for about a year, and although Van didn’t feel an immediate keening drive to pursue her, he has now woken up to the fact that he hasn’t been with other women since he met her, and so sets out to learn more about her. Slowly Van and Liv learn more and more about each other, and begin a tentative relationship (this is a slow burn), and through their relationship both learn to let down their walls.

Oliva’s daughter Sammy
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh man.... Van is the best!!
This story is a five star read for me... not because it’s action packed or full of drama, but because it is a real story of love and family... a story of hope and happiness, not just for the two main characters but for the family that they create together.
There aren’t any long winded misunderstandings, no angst... just true situations and real solutions.
Van has an interesting history.... he is now happy with his quiet life. That is until he starts really noticing Liv,
Pamela Lilley
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure if this series is getting better and better, or if, in between books, I’m forgetting how awesome each book is. From the very first page, Van had me hooked, Van the book, and, Van the person. Vincent ‘Van’ Morrison is every girl’s dream (well he’s definitely mine). Kind, considerate, a little alpha, and a whole lot of protective. All wrapped up in 6’ 3” of pure temptation. Not only is he in construction, he also writes music, and he’s in a band. Van has had a secret crush on his cowo ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the stars!!!
Such a sweet story with no unnecessary relationship drama. Just two people falling in love and dealing with real life issues.
Liv is such a strong heroine and Van is totally swoony taking the best care of her and Sammy.
I’m definitely going to have a book hangover especially after that epilogue 😍
Stefani Daley
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Melanie has done it again with another amazing book!! Every book in this series keeps getting better and better, and Van is no exception... Van is an amazing man who is loving, sexy, sweet and has the kindest heart. The relationship between Van and Liv gives me all the good vibes I need to make me happy reader. Just like all her books there are twists and turns that will keep you wanting more till the end. I couldn’t put this book down if I tried.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Moreland continues the BAM goodness with Van. A smoking hot carpenter/master builder with a tragic past and a heart of gold. And Olivia Rourke the designer he works with. A single mom with a history of picking the wrong men. Can they move past the things that have continued to haunt them? That make them wary of a loving relationship? Can they stick together when that past rears its head once more? The BAM family rallies once again around two of their own and makes sure that a happy endin ...more
Cheryl O'Harney (The Book Whisperer)
Title: Van (Vested Interest #5)
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC received in return for an honest review.

Moreland has done it again with another fab addition to her Vested Interest series, I’ve loved the previous books and Aiden (#2) was my firm favourite, notice how I’ve wrote was, that’s because Van has just stomped his way into the top position.

There’s not much I can say that will do this book justice, you just need to read it for yourself to experience all
Isha Coleman
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Just when you think you have Van all figured out, he throws a monkey wrench in your way of thinking. Moreland has crafted a puzzle that seems totally put together, but looks can be deceiving. Hidden in the fine print, the clues are almost blinding. Olivia and Van are only a piece of the big picture. It's the intricacies that tell the true story. Determined to hope, afraid to risk and refusing to love, these two overachievers are about to learn that what the heart wants, the heart gets. Emotion i ...more
Sharing My
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is the first book I have read of this series, and I can definitely say I have a "Vested Interest" in the series, and can't wait to read the other books. I loved Van! He is strong, but so loving towards Livvy and Mouse. They melted my heart, and I fell in love with all of them. Livvy has gone through a lot, but it only made her that much stronger. Van was amazed by her inner strength, and so was I. This is just the second book I have read by Melanie Moreland, but I have come to love her ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret that I love Melanie Moreland's writing and I adore this series! Every single time I sit down to write a review for one of these books, I find it hard to adequately describe how much these characters weave themselves into my life and into my heart -- I don't ever want this series to end so I'm hoping she continues to write about all the new characters she introduces us to in each book -- Hal??? Hint, hint?! Van, Livvy and Mouse stole my heart and took my breath away several times, ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
VAN (Vestest Interest 5)
By Melanie Moreland
4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟
Release Date March 25

My heart. I’ve loved each and every one of the BAM boys but Van was just something else. His big heart & patience was just too much.

Van and Liv were perfect together. The way Van was with Sammy melted my heart. He was perfect! 😍

This story was so real. It was heartwarming and had the right amount of drama. I was on happiness overload that I had tears at the end because of how sweet it all was. Omg! Hands down my fave of
Darlene Avery
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Van a Vested Interest Book by Melanie Moreland is just what I needed.

I love that Moreland gives us characters and storylines that renew our faith in humanity.

While she tackles real life issues, she still leaves us with the hope of a brighter future.

Van and Liv are one couple you’ll find yourself rooting for throughout the whole book.

They’re the best new you want to see succeed. The ones you want to get to know.

5 Stars
Stephanie Rose
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the BAM boys so much. Van was a beautiful giant, great with his hands and and his heart. Melanie Moreland sucks you into their world so much I felt like I was back with friends and family. This book left me a big puddle of swoon and I enjoyed every second.

Also, there is nothing hotter than Reid going dark web. Just saying...
Carrie Elks
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book in the Vested Interest series I think they can't get any better - but then Melanie Moreland hits it out of the park. I absolutely loved Van and Liv's story, so much that I read it in one sitting, ignoring the family, the dog, and the fact I had a whole load of work to do. It was heartwarming, gorgeously written and a page-turner all in one. Bravo Melanie - I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next!
Pimm Cullen
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Lord, love this story. Liv and Van are beautiful people with horrible histories, together they begin to leave their histories where they should be, firmly in the past. But when the most hideous part of the past turns up in the present, I physically felt my heart twist and my inside clench, such is the ability of Melanie as a writer. Melanie has given us another super installment in the BAM series. The family theme that runs through all these books reminds me that family isn't just blood, it c ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about Van and Liv without giving anything away... they are exactly who each other needs. They each have had something happen to them in a big way and help heal each other along the way.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
I want a Van in my life. Seriously. He’s like the epitome of my perfect fantasy man: smart, sexy, funny, sweet, gentle, forgiving, loving. Did I mention sexy? **fans self**

I’ve loved the glimpses we’ve had of Van through the rest of this fantastic Vested Interest series, but I was wholly unprepared for him and his story and his big ol’ heart. Gah, who doesn’t love a man who’s great with kids and a hammer? And I mean hammer both literally and figuratively . . . just sayin’. **wink**

But in all se
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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 t

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