Genre: Contemporary Romance
Just released today!
Synopsis from Goodreads: If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true.
It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake.
Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people.
Is following your dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?
Bent is a book you will instantly fall in love with! The author did a phenomenal job of writing the story in the present tense while seamlessly weaving in snippets from the past. The background glimpses slowly filled in the missing pieces we needed to understand how the characters ended up where they are currently in their lives. The narration alternated between Julia and Micah's points of views and HB did a brilliant job of making these switches flow beautifully without making the reader try to shuffle along to catch up with the story. The plot was well developed and written with an enjoyable flow.
Julia was a strong, young woman who was trying to start over after her divorce by moving back to her small hometown. She was hesitant to come back for fear of running into Micah who broke her heart with a million unanswered questions so many years ago. Micah was easy to love right away. He was taking his unimaginable second chance with Julia and refusing to let her go so easily this time around. There was a bit of angst and some unexpected drama that added an interesting flair to the plot. I was happy with the ending and will admit that I shed quite a few tears as the story came to a close. I love how HB ended the story without leaving us hanging, yet opened the door to future plot lines.
"Micah, even with everything that's happened in our lives, I don't think there was ever a time when I didn't love you. You've bent the hell out of my heart but for whatever twisted reason, I never stopped loving you."
Bent is the perfect book for the times you need that warm and fuzzy love story. This is the first novel written by H. B. Heinzer and she has firmly planted herself into the group of Indie authors who know how to deliver a solid story readers fall in love with. I can't wait to see where she takes us next!