*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*
Loving You Always — Kennedy Ryan
Remember last year when I read When You Are Mine and I got mad? Actually… I was pretty pissed with how things ended. I actually wrote TWO posts about the book (I don’t normally).
I’ve had this book to read since before it came out. I don’t know what has taken me so long to read it. I loved this damn book. I could NOT put it down and it seriously made me go on a rollercoaster of emotions.
Loving You Always picks up right where When You Are Mine leaves off. Kerris (still love her name) and Cam are married. Walsh is on the other side of the country and is miserable. All three of them are miserable.
Kerris and Cam are trying desperately to make their marriage work. Cam knows that she still loves Walsh, and is beyond bitter about it. He holds it against her. He holds both Kerris and Walsh’s attraction to each other against Walsh.
When two people get married for the wrong reasons…things don’t normally work out too well. At least, that’s my experience. I still don’t like Cam all that much. He hasn’t really endeared himself to me in any way… but I feel like I understand him a bit better. Even if I really didn’t want to.
After Kerris is in an accident and things turn to shit, Walsh is brought back into the picture by one of Kerris’ friends, much to the displeasure of Cam. But it was exactly what Kerris needed. Cam decides that he is going to follow his own passions as an artist and knows that Kerris isn’t going to follow him. Things are too broken between them. Their sham of a marriage ends, and that’s when Walsh really steps up to the plate.
Poor Kerris. I just wanted to hug her for the majority of the book. The ending of her marriage was devastating. The results of the accident were even more so (I’m not going to spoil the book, you’ll have to read it to figure out what I mean). After all that heartache, she needed a chance to just be herself. Learn who she was again. Maybe even for the first time.
Even though Walsh wants nothing more than to finally be with Kerris, he respects her decision that she needs space. Only…that space is a YEAR. A whole YEAR. But after waiting as long as he has…what’s another year? Because he loves her, he agrees to the time and leaves her be. I can’t even express how much I loved that. I don’t know of many men (in fiction or in real life) that would give someone a year of space. It was wonderful and made me love him all the more.
I still love Kennedy’s writing. She’s got a serious talent for making you fall in love with her characters, and makes you start to reevaluate how you feel about the ones that you don’t like. If you haven’t read either book by her, you’re seriously missing out. This book made me laugh, it made me cry (damnit, Kennedy!) and it definitely gave me my warm and fuzzy feelings that I’m always looking for in my books.
I can’t wait to see what she does in Be Mine Forever (Cam’s Book). I’m hoping that he’ll have enough growth that I’ll be able to like him. I’m seriously crossing all of my fingers AND toes on that one.
I give this one a VERY solid 10/10 recommendation.