Forever is a heartbeat away . . .
Kerris Moreton knows how to make things work. Bounced from foster home to foster home as a kid, she adapted; when opportunity arose, she thrived. Now, about to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal, Kerris is ready to build the life she's always wanted. The only thing missing? A passionate connection with her would-be fiancé, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July.
. . . but what about love?
As one of the East Coast's most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family's nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he's been distracted by the one woman he can't have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first . . .
Are you a fan of reads that stomp on your heart and require the constant presence of tissues to wipe away tears? If so I have the read for you - When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan.
Kerris Moreton has never known love. Orphaned at birth, Kerris bounced through the system lonely and alone. When handsome Cameron Mitchell makes it clear that he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of her, Kerris thinks she may have finally found a companion to stay with through the years.
All of that changes when Kerris locks eyes with humanitarian Walsh Bennett. There is an instant fire between the pair that is near impossible to hide. With Walsh there is no easy companionship, it is raw and real attraction. Hiding turns out to be the pairs only option when the two realize Kerris isn't just Cam's girl, Walsh is Cam's best friend.
What I Loved: For a debut novel, Kennedy Ryan comes out of the gate swinging. She demonstrates a clear mastery of angst and roller coaster emotions. Kerris, Walsh, and Cam are well-rounded characters with strengths and weaknesses that help humanize them. Also, the chemistry between Kerris and Walsh sparks in the first chapter and only grows stronger with each passing chapter.
What I Didn't Love: I liked Kerris. I liked Walsh. I originally liked Cam. There was just something that kept me from being able to say that I loved them. I don't want to give spoilers but I do need to give a warning that there is a sex scene between Kerris and Cam around the 75% mark that greatly upset me. Cam has his demons and I understand his feelings of betrayal but some of his actions and words I'm going to have a hard time shaking.
"Feeling a wordless, mindless connection that strong with your boyfriend's best friend would border on tragic."
"The intensity simmering between them had knocked him over from that first glance. It was still here, right below the surface, coiled like a whip poised to crack at any moment. He felt it now, and knew the moment she felt it, too."
"This was... she didn't know what this was. Didn't have language to articulate this desperation, this recognition she had never asked for nor been able to escape."
Overall When You Are Mine is a solid debut novel and I would recommend checking it out. Fans of love triangles, angst, and lost loves should embrace When You Are Mine. This heart-breaker is well written and a wonderful start to a promising series.
An added bonus of this book is that author Kennedy Ryan is donating 25% of her royalties to her national charitable partner Talk About Curing Autism and Myles-A-Part, her foundation serving Georgia families. I am an Autism mom and I love the spotlight the Ryan is putting on this important issue. Purchases of this story will get you a well-written story and the feeling that you're helping those in need. The ultimate win-win.
When You Are Mine will be followed by Loving You Always (The Bennett Series #2). It is scheduled for release October 2014 and I will be anxiously waiting to find out what is next for Kerris, Walsh, and Cam.