Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review - Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan

Be Mine Forever (The Bennetts, #3)
by Kennedy Ryan
Published 2015
368 Pages

This is my favorite book in the Bennett trilogy! I absolutely loved the characters, especially Cam, who is far from perfect, but a diamond in the rough. Cam is haunted by a dark past, and as he begins to chip away at the emotional barriers he's built up, terrifying secrets are revealed. And through the unraveling, the one woman he has vowed to protect is set on a dangerous path. A raw, revealing, and gripping tale, Cam's journey will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love.

"She was a woman of limits and boundaries. He was the kind of wicked guy who wanted to blur all her lines, kiss her until her inhibitions melted and her walls fell away."
Cam always had a special place in his heart for Jo. As teenagers, they would stay awake for hours, talking late into the night. But the temporary escape he had with Jo couldn't erase the horrors that haunted him. Now, as an adult, the pull and attraction is stronger than Cam can resist. And once unleashed, the whirlwind of passion is almost too much to bear. Jo begins to imagine a future with the one man she has loved for over half her life. So, when she awakens to find him gone, she is devastated. She knows the night before was frightening, but she needs answers... all Cam wants is space.
"I want to love you in the light, without the shadow of a monster hovering over us."
Away from Jo, Cam is clearheaded and focused. Working on his art exhibit, he knows he will see her again, but the distance that is a safety net for Cam is crushing to Jo, who only gets little pieces of information through her family. She knows Cam loves her. It's how he feels about himself that is the issue. So when she confronts him in an unexpected way, he is forced to take a closer look at old patterns and the choices he has made. He knows Jo won't wait forever... and it might already be too late.
"Sometimes your life chooses you."
About halfway through the book I thought I had it figured out, but what was revealed was shocking, and completely unexpected. I was happy to see Jo confront Walsh about his role in Cam's life, and his lack of consideration for Cam's feelings -- this needed to happen. Everything came together, all questions were answered, and it left me feeling hopeful. This is a well paced and enjoyable tale, despite the heavy subject matter. I highly recommend starting with the first book to get the full history of the characters, and to see how their lives intersect. Well written, heartfelt, and original, this tale will appeal to fans of contemporary romance who enjoy complicated characters with depth and purpose.

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie


Friday, February 6, 2015

Book Release - Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan

New Release!

Be Mine Forever
(The Bennett Series, #3)
by Kennedy Ryan

Now Available!
Amazon | B&N

About the Book

Can a secret crush . . .

Jo Walsh has loved Cameron Mitchell for as long as she can remember. Whether front and center in her life or on the periphery, the tall, brooding artist has made his presence seductively and irresistibly known. But whenever they start to get close, Cam pulls away. Jo's tired of keeping her feelings in a box Cam is afraid to open. If he wants her, he'll have to prove it. And if he doesn't, Jo will need to know the real reason why.

. . . become the love of a lifetime?

How do you walk away from your soul mate? Cam wishes he knew. No matter how far he runs from Jo, he can't resist looking back at the silver eyes that seem to see right through him. But as well as Jo thinks she understands Cam, the dark truth about his past is something she shouldn't have to handle. Cam's sure that setting Jo free is the right thing to do. Too bad his heart has other ideas.

About the Author

Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women's fiction. She always give 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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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Book Review - Windburn by Juliette Cross

Windburn (Nightwing, #2)
by Juliette Cross
Published 2015
132 Pages

In the Gallium Province, a dragon-hybrid race, known as Morgons, live alongside humans, but with tension and distrust between them. As the communities evolve, boundaries are blurring, bringing Morgons and humans closer together. Many apartments now house both races, and the more progressive individuals are encouraging collaborations. But there are some on both sides who frown upon the interactions between humans and Morgons, adding another layer of tension to an already precarious situation. Still, changes are coming.

As a confident and intelligent young woman, Sorcha Linden isn't about to let old traditions get in the way of her ambitions. She accepts a position to collaborate with the Nightwings -- one of the oldest, and most powerful clans in the province -- in designing a nightclub that will cater to Morgons and humans alike. This will be the first of its kind, and Sorcha is thrilled with the prospects. Not only will the innovative project propel her career, but it will bring her closer to the handsome and mysterious Lorian Nightwing. Capturing his attention will be an exciting project on its own.

"Your raging sensuality could make any man go mad... But I won't be your prey. There's only one hunter here."
Using her best assets to gain his full attention, Sorcha pushes forward with her plan. So, why isn't Lorian responding like other men? Guarding her heart behind a fortress, and doing her best to maintain control, she realizes her feelings for Lorian are intensifying... and that she is losing the upper hand. The situation becomes especially tricky when she starts receiving strange gifts at her door, bearing the mark of an ancient clan. Only Lorian can protect her. But will she relinquish control, and accept his help? Her life, love, and the future of the province are at stake... and that's only the beginning.

This is the second installment in the series, and I wish I had started with book one! I was able to pick up on the story, without feeling lost, but having a bit more of the characters' history, and the foundation for the plot, might have been helpful. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this magical world, and the descriptives throughout, which brought the story to life. I especially enjoyed taking flight with the Morgons, discovering how they lived, and learning about the clan history that brought them into existence. A well written tale, with captivating characters, I am eager to see what will happen next!

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie

4.25 STARS