Book Review – Bender (The Core Four) by Stacy Borel

Bender Cover


All Keegan wanted was a roommate who was quiet, minded their own business, and paid for part of the rent. Instead, she got Camden Brooks.

Camden, with his sinful body, sharp tongue, and the inability to stay out of Keegan’s personal business, couldn’t seem to curb his interest in the new girl who wouldn’t put up with his domineering ways.

Feelings were running rampant, sexual tension was thick, and both were struggling to let go of control.

To some people, getting a roommate simply meant living with another person. But to both Camden and Keegan it was a curveball that neither was prepared to swing at.

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5 Star Review

This is my very first Stacy Borel read and holy peanut butter and jelly sandwich where have I been?  Okay so I love Stacy but I have been a naughty girl and just haven’t read any of her books but then Bender came along and I was in a slump, like I needed another alpha male, stubborn ass, wanna smack him upside his face while you rip his clothes off type of book and Stacy delivered.  I was craving some dominance in my reading world because I just was and she was all “take Camden” and oh boy did I take that man. 

The cover is steamy hot right?  Well the story is even hotter and the characters are even hotter than that!  First I was introduced to Dodger and I thought the book was about him that, he was going to be my dominate alpha stubborn ass male dream come true but than in walks his older, grumpier, just as sexy brother Camden and boom yep that’s my alpha male.  Oh and how much that man infuriated me and made my panties sing Pony by Ginuwine and the same time. 

“And when I fuck you, you’ll know no one else owns this pussy but me.” 

Okay so maybe I got a little bit ahead of myself, let me back up a minute – even though Camden made my panties disintegrate and scream and yell at the same we are first introduced to Keegan.  I loved her from the start because she isn’t your model height, skinny as a beanpole who knows it character.  She is giving and trusting and sweet!  She is all woman with curves and all.  She is beautiful on the inside and out but doesn’t know it.  In college and looking to distance herself from her mother so her mother will finally grow up and take her responsibilities seriously Keegan, with the help of her witty and comical friend Macie set out to find Keegan and room-mate.  And that my friends gets me back to Camden.  

Let’s proceed shall we? 

There was one thing about Keegan that drove me up the flippin wall – her self esteem.  It’s her character and I got that but I found myself wanting to smack her and make her realize just how desirable she was because she clearly didn’t see herself the way everyone else did.  I did find however, that throughout the story she started breaking out of her shell and realizing that she did deserve happiness and the best which made me very happy for her.  Other times when things would happen or hurtful words were spoken that insecure woman would poke her head out and I understood that but I was glad she never stopped fighting.  

There was a connection that ran between Camden and Keegan that was undeniable but being Keegan she didn’t think that someone like Camden could possibly want someone like her.  She didn’t fit the mold, she was different then the plastic beauties he had been seen with but that’s what made her different in his eyes.  She was real and all very much woman. 

“Clear your head Keegan.  You’re going to be perfect.” 

“I don’t look like the other girls, Camden.” 

“I know.  That’s what makes you perfect.” 

Okay so not only did Camden melt my panties but he made my blood boil A LOT.  In the beginning even though I found his dominance and stubborn ass, sexy as hell I wanted to shock slam him.  There was a particularly part that literally had my whipping my jaw off the floor because I couldn’t believe the words that flew out of his mouth and trust me you will know when you get there.  I wanted to take him over my knee and tan his ass (although I may have enjoyed that a bit much).  He is sex on a stick and such a dirty lil’ talker too.

“I’m done asking.  You’re going to lick all of the juices off, and I want you to describe to me how you taste.  Then I’m going to lap up every last drop when you come in my mouth.” 


Camden’s characters runs deeper than I thought – he is NOT a meathead.  From his appearance you would think – arrogant meathead gym rat that wants a woman that eats rabbit food and wears next to nothing – he is so much more than that.  Yes he enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and works out but he likes real woman – with curves – and meat on their bones.  (Where do I sign up?). 

…With all of the passionate fighting and sometimes gentler moments, he had become a source of comfort.  The apartment didn’t just feel like home to me, Camden did.

You will also meet the side characters, Dodger who is a hoot you will love and want more of, Macie who is a riot and I can’t wait to hear more from her.  And of course we were introduced to Camden’s family as well and I want more of them.

I really don’t know what else to say other than Stacy hit the ball out of the park with Bender.  I cannot wait for the rest of the series so I can get to know Camden’s brother’s (YES BROTHERS WITH AN ‘S’) more!  All sexy and all alpha?  God I hope so!  So Stacy get to writin’ lady!