Friday, February 13, 2015

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Be Mine Forever By Kennedy Ryan

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 . . .

(50,000 words)

Don't miss the other titles in the Bennett's Series:
When You Are Mine, Book 1
Loving You Always, Book 2

Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Forever Yours
Source: Author


Shel: I've been waiting to read Cam's story for a while. I wasn't sure if he could redeem himself and I wanted to see how, exactly, Kennedy was going to pull this off. Court: I think that is definitely the question of the century...can he be redeemed.

Shel: Before I go any further, let me tell you that she did. I think I liked this book best out of all 3 in this trilogy. Turns out I love the tortured characters, and Cam --he had some issues. Court: I think so too! It is closely tied with the first book, because I loved Walsh...but the tortured, and complicated ones always find a way to steal our hearts a wee little bit more. 

Shel: Before I get to Cam, though, let me tell you that I absolutely adored Jo which is interesting because I wasn't sure I would--she sorta worked my nerves with her feelings about the Walsh + Kerris thing (even if she came around) but guess what? I loved her. She's so damned fierce and sassy and strong. She faces things head on, takes zero bullshit, and isn't afraid to let her vulnerable side show to the one person who could (and has) destroyed her. GAH, I freaking love her. Court: Me too. She never gives up, no matter how hard she wants to...and let me tell you...she definitely wants to. She is a girl who is now a woman who has grown up in the shadow and protection of some very fierce alpha men...and she did this without her mom. Thank God for Walsh's mother, who is her best friend, teacher, and mother figure. But when all of that is gone, well...she has a transition too...definitely not boring! 

Shel: So...with such a strong woman, of course Cam has to be equally strong, and he is. He strongly resists her wiles for a while and is strong enough to give their relationship a chance, when he finally realizes he has to (or risk everything). He's also strong enough to fight for them (by fighting against himself) when it's important. I found that I completely respected Cam by the end of this and enjoyed his character...a lot. (and I loved that he loved her ass--can't forget that!) Court: I don't think I can say this any better. I loved how artistic he strong he is as the story unfolds of what happened to him to shape him into the man he is. Jo realizes there is so much more to this man that she has loved since she was a kid, that even she doesn't know...and that blindsides her. I love this aspect, because everyone has things they don't show the world...and when you find your person to share them with. Well, it's magic.

Shel: While there are some rough patches--ones in which Kennedy ensures that you will want to cut a bitch/bastard--overall the angst wasn't too high. I loved the subtle tension that was an undercurrent. I loved their dynamic. And, I loved that Kennedy gave Jo and Cam a chance to have a story. I'd been wondering what in the hell was going on with them and now I know. Court: Yes. I was holding my breathe for a good 15-20% there at the end. I stayed up half the night to finish it, work performance be damned...and I loved it. It made the entire story complete...we had to know what would happen, and even if we wanted to punch a couple of the characters before it was over...the feeling of love for them and their author will never go away! 

Shel: There were many memorable scenes--the fireflies, the skating, the painting scene, Cam's flashbacks, and the fucking name a few. I could see these so vividly--they were movie like in the way they were 'drawn'. Court: YES! YES! YES! The fireflies, the skating, the painting scene, Cam's flashbacks, and the fucking epilogue. Shelley. *hugs* those were beautiful. Honest. Sad. Lovely. And Promising all rolled into 1. I loved those, and gah...can we re-read this already? haha.

Shel: This was a fantastic third book in this series--we got a chance to see the other characters and an ending to the story that felt satisfactory and complete. Court: Yes. It was. I love that we found Kennedy, and cannot wait to keep pestering her for more of her writing to be shared with us. I love how genuine she is (y'all, check her out on social media, she is so fun!) and wonderful, and she has a wonderful ability to tug on your heart strings with her words...and we cannot get enough. 

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I write contemporary romance and women's fiction. I always give my characters their happily ever after, but I love 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 my government name Tina Dula, I am wife to the love of my life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through my foundation Myles-A-Part.

Kennedy is giving away a $25 Visa Gift Card and an ebook copy of BE MINE FOREVER

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