from the Bennett Series
by Kennedy Ryan
Walsh Bennett, the hero from books 1 and 2 of The Bennett series, is a bundle of contradictions in some ways. A man at odds with himself, he divides his time between the cutthroat acquisitions industry his father commands, and the family foundation for orphans and foster children his mother leads. He hates that his father was unfaithful to his mother, but he finds himself drawn to his best friend’s wife. He knows Kerris, the heroine, belongs to someone else, but everything in him longs to pursue, capture and keep her. These are the tensions he must manage.
Walsh Bennett joined us for an interview! Find out what he has to say about life, love, and some of the events that take place in Kennedy Walsh's exciting new series!
What is your most notable characteristic?
Walsh: I’m incredibly driven, ambitious. I get it from my parents. They each turned that drive in opposite directions, my father in business and my mother in philanthropy, but they were both unwavering in pursuing their goals. I’m absolutely that way. I don’t know how to NOT go after what I want. I am doing it before I even realize I’m in hot pursuit of the next goal.
What brings you the greatest joy in life?
Walsh: Truly, my greatest joys have come from the work my family’s foundation does for foster children and orphans all over the world. I was born with every advantage. My mom painstakingly taught me that those privileges came with responsibilities. That the greatest privilege was being in a position to make a difference for someone else. Those lessons run deep, and I feel the most fulfilled when I am living my life that way. The work I do with my father’s corporation Bennett Enterprises gives me an adrenaline rush. It’s a completely different kind of fulfillment, but it cannot touch the joy I take in helping others.
What do you fear?
Walsh: My greatest fear is becoming my father. He was never there for me growing up. He was too busy building his business empire. I know. Poor little rich boy, right? But I watched him over and over, time and time again, put business before his marriage, before our family. He and I have a better relationship now than we had in the past, but we both regret what we’ve missed and can’t get back. I know that ruthless, single-minded drive is in my DNA, and I don’t want to make the same mistakes.
What is your biggest regret?
Walsh: Hands down my greatest regret is not fighting for Kerris when I had the chance. I didn’t want to hurt my best friend and neither did she, but we have all ended up hurt because we weren’t honest about our feelings before it was too late. I watched my parents divorce even though they were in love with each other. My mom was the love of my father’s life, and he let her get away. I regret that I have done the same.
How would you define a perfect love?
Walsh: I think a perfect love is built on an acceptance that is as close to unconditional as we can humanly come. There is a safety in knowing another person sees you – flaws and all – and still accepts you. That person won’t leave when things get tough. They won’t run at the first sign of your imperfections, and because of that you can be something so few of us are – transparent. Authentically ourselves. When you find the person you can be authentically yourself with and they can be that with you, you have something special
About the Book
Loving You Always
The man she can never have...
Kerris Moreton should be the happiest woman in the world: She has a successful business and is about to start the family she's always wanted. But the man of her dreams-the one whose green eyes see straight into her soul and whose gentle hands make her body hum with pleasure-is not hers.
Each secret moment with Walsh Bennett serves to remind Kerris of what she's missing. And every stolen hour makes it harder to see her future without him. But being with Walsh would betray a sacred promise and upend her perfect life. When tragedy strikes, the razor's edge between love and loyalty grows sharper than ever. And Kerris must decide where her heart will fall.
About the Author
Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women's fiction. She always gives her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! It's a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride. In an alternative universe and under her government issue name, Tina Dula, she is a wife to the love of her life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part, serving Georgia families.
Her writings on Autism have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and she has been featured on the Montel Williams Show, NPR, Headline News, and others. Ryan is donating a portion of her proceeds to her own foundation and to her charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).
Her interview series, "Mommies do the most Amazing Things", is featured each month in Brooke Burke's online magazine, Modern Mom.
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