Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Contemporary Romance Review: Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan #Giveaway

be mine forever

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 . . .away...

My Review:

In the first two books, we never got Cam’s POV. What a difference that makes! I hated him, passionately. I could not see how Kennedy Ryan was going to make me like him. I knew he had a bad childhood. Sigh. Yeah. She managed to slowly lead me to the real Cam. Cam, the sarcastic, loving, protective man was shown in this book. Of course, he’s a man so he’s not perfect by a longshot and he’s made many mistakes, but for the right reasons.

Jo, I never really got a feel for her in the first two books. She was just someone who we all knew was in love with Cam and let him marry Kerris anyway. I realize now that she didn’t LET him do anything. She tried time after time to get him to see that she was there for him. He knew it but pushed her away…for 17 years. Only when she finally gave up and tried to move on did Cam wake up and smell the coffee! 

This was a great read! It didn’t pull at my emotional strings as much as When You Are Mine or Loving You Always, though. There are times when it comes close but I still think When You Are Mine is my favorite. If you’ve read this one and not the others then please go back and read them. If you are just seeing this series, you NEED to read When You Are Mine first. 

I could go deeper into the story but I want to keep it spoiler free. I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. 

“So you had a good time, huh?” Cam asked.

Jo caressed the gold leather of her shoe and trapped her bottom lip between her teeth for a moment before looking back at him.

“It was probably one of the best dates I’ve ever had.”

You asked, masochistic bastard.

“So you like this guy?”

“I like this guy a lot.”

Cam had no right to feel like a froth-mouthed rabid dog at the thought of some other man having Jo. He’d spent the last decade and a half doing everything in his power to convince her, without words, that they would never work.

Looked like she finally believed him.

And it was a stiletto twisting in his gut. Cutting through his good intentions. Slicing through flesh, tendon, sinew—until it reached the evil, selfish bone. He wanted to cut the gold confection right off Jo’s lean, curvy body. Snip it away from her lush ass and splay her on the desk. Spread her, eat her, consume her until she didn’t even know her name. Couldn’t even speak because pleasure stole her words, stole her breath, stole her reason. Show her what it really felt like to be possessed by a man who couldn’t keep his eyes off her, as hard as he’d always tried.

Who cared enough about her to keep his damn hands to himself.

It was much harder watching Jo ride off into the sunset with some other guy than he had thought it would be. Even one so obviously perfect for her. So obviously much better for her than he would be.
Cam stood and walked toward Jo, stopping just shy of her immediate orbit. The truth and a lie wrestled in his mouth until they both escaped through tight lips, sounding exactly the same.

“I’m glad.”

“He asked me out again tomorrow.” She tilted her head, considering him like a misbehaving theorem.

“Should I go?”

Cam refused his face what it wanted—to frown, scowl, furrow, squeeze his displeasure out through each feature. Instead he freeze-dried all his emotions for later and blanked his expression.

“I can’t tell you what to do.”

Jo searched his face with those eyes, the color of the moon and as omniscient. So like Ms. Kris’s eyes. Not the color or the shape, but gifted with true sight. Insight. In her wisdom, surely Ms. Kris had seen the darkness that even now threatened to swallow Cam whole, but she had loved him in spite of it. And Jo had those eyes, too, only something had changed since he had so deliberately hurt her in New York with Etty. Something in Jo’s heart was dying a slow but certain death. Probably the misplaced affection she’d held on to for years. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to place a pillow over its head or give it mouth-to-mouth. Kill or save. Alive or dead, it threatened his peace of mind.

kennedy ryanKennedy 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. She 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 inModern Mom.

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Book 1 - When You Are Mine
Book 2 - Loving You Always
Book 3 - Be Mine Forever