Series: Intern #3
Published by Self-Published on July 16th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I should’ve known.
I should’ve listened to my gut.
But I didn’t.
I listened with the wrong head.
And where did it get me?
She embodied them all.
Deceived her way into my company.
Lied about who she was.
Kept secrets from me after convincing me I could trust her.
Those walls she tore down are back up in full force.
She was no longer my intern.
She was no longer mine.
I’ve had all of Brooke Cumberland’s books on my kindle forever but never got to reading her work until this morning. And after finishing the entire “The Intern” series all throughout the day I find myself sitting her baffled, thinking “Why did it take me this long to finally read her work?” Ceci and Bentley’s story was just … all-consuming!
In the third book, Ceci leaves for college (for real this time). I expected her to be excited – beginning a new chapter in her life but she leaves sad and heartbroken. If you’ve read the previous books you know that she is mostly at fault with what occurred between them but I couldn’t help but think that Bentley could have made different choices.
Just like Ceci, Bentley tries to move on but being the one left behind it is even more difficult. Everywhere he goes he is reminded of her and what they had. Because of this he decides to make a comeback in his modeling career. While the traveling and the lifestyle itself seems to help – he continues to crave her and still thinks of her constantly.
Years pass and while he has his means to get in touch with her he thinks that she has moved on. It takes one coincidental encounter and they find themselves rekindling their relationship as friends. Disappointed? I was but Already in a relationship, Ceci isn’t willing to give more to him even if her heart knows otherwise.
” I love you. I love you so fucking much, it’s pained me not to say those words every single day to you. I knew I did, but I didn’t know how to handle it.”
This is one of the major reasons why I loved this series. Cecilia was simply magnificent. From the very beginning I admired her intelligence, maturity, drive and her motivation. She really wasn’t your typical teenager. She should have been busy socializing, worrying about prom and boys but her priority was always finding closure. She literally would have done anything to find out why her father was murdered.
Since the series was told over a couple of years (which another thing that I liked) we witness her further grow and mature into womanhood. During that time some difficult decisions had to be made and she always seemed to make the right choices especially when it came to her relationships.
Bentley on the other hand was different. I have to admit that I felt a little unsettled with how their romance started. It really wasn’t just the age thing that made it a tad awkward. In addition to that it was also the fact that he was her boss. After I got used to the idea of them together though it was all uphill from there. I thought they were amazing together. Although she was not as experienced as Bentley when it came to that part of their relationship her degree of maturity, acceptance and willingness made up for it. Even after years of separation their chemistry never wavered and for me it was all fantastic.
I also loved the twist that at the end. I’m trying my best not to spoil it for anyone. All I can say about it is that I never in a million years would have been able to predict that entire scenario. Who would have even thought that something like that even be possible yet it made perfect sense.
I immensely enjoyed Cecilia and Bentley’s story. The plot and story flow was terrific. All three parts were captivating. For me, this series had everything that I look for in a romance novel and in my opinion well worth looking into.