Posted September 30, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

BenderBender by M. Stratton
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Since high school everyone thought Jake Bender would end up behind bars; after all, he comes from a long line of bad boys. He spent years away from the place he called home. When he finally comes back, everyone thinks he's just a punk kid all grown up who’s now running a dive bar called The Night Club. What they don't know is he heads up a special task force, which cleans up neighborhoods and makes them safe again. Stormy Ryan has always felt more comfortable with her books than with people. She loves to spend her days within the pages of her books. When her second-hand bookstore is robbed for the third time in as many months, her employees quit leaving her to run the shop on her own. With the pressure of having to deal with her shop and people, not to mention the declining neighborhood, she is at the end of her rope. When closing up her shop late one night, she is held up and the neighborhood bad boy saves her, putting both of them at the forefront of a psychotic’s obsession. Being bad has never looked so good.
Pages: 262
Published by M. Stratton Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers

So here’s the thing about this wonderfully imaginative and fun book brought to us from M. Stratton… she gave all of us a real treat. A secret that only the lovers of John Hughs movies, the 80’s or Chicagoland will catch. When I realized that this story was about; what M Stratton had done here, I was so excited that I had to read it immediately. She gave one of my most beloved characters a story I never thought he would get. So a HUGE thank you to M. Stratton from all the 80’s loving Chicagoans who loved Bender as much as you did.

This story was so much fun! Bender was awesome, obviously, but the thing that really stood out was the truly sick and twisted antagonists. One word: Nutter. Holy crap! He was so sick and I loved him and his crazy-ass mind! The heroine, Stormy, was totally me. Getting lost in books to the point of losing entire chunks of the day and even getting herself in trouble in the process. I liked her. She was tough and had a heart of gold. I really liked the chemistry between Stormy and Bender. They had a lot going on, but they worked well together. Not a lot of angst in their relationship, they had much bigger fish to fry.

My only complaint about this book is that it could have been longer. I would to have had a little more story. I was so happy hanging out in this world that I could have done it for a while longer.

This was a quick and fun read. It would be great for a chilly Fall afternoon. Start a fire, grab your blanket and book and enjoy!

4 stars and make yourself an Autumn Wassail to enjoy with it. Cheers!

M. Statton Books

Bender –

The Storm Series –

Fade to Black –


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