Loving You Always

*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 AlwaysPublished: October 7, 2014

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.

When You Are Mine – Expanded Thoughts

When You Are Mine – Kennedy Ryan

I talked to the author after I published my review, and she helped me understand somethings that I didn’t understand before! This book was supposed to be published as just one book, but the publisher split it into two separate books because it was over SIX HUNDRED PAGES LONG.

That’s a really long book, so I can understand now why it’s set up that way. It makes me feel better to know that the book wasn’t ever intended to leave off with a cliffhanger.

Now that I understand why things were left the way they were… I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading the second book… and then the third when it comes out. I know in my review of the book I said I didn’t like it. And I didn’t. At least, not the way it is right now. But I think I deserve to give Walsh and Kerris a chance to woo me a little more before I decide on concrete opinions.

SO.

I said when I started this thing that I’d be honest in my reviews. I was honest with my When You Are Mine review, because right after I finished it, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the way it ended… but I didn’t understand that it wasn’t supposed to end like that.

This will teach me to not make judgements before learning all the facts, eh?

And!! I learned that Cam, the guy that turned me off so bad in the book is getting his own story. So maybe I can learn more about him and re-evaluate my opinions about him too! We shall see.

When You Are Mine

*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.*

When You Are Mine

Available: June 17, 2014

When You Are Mine — Kennedy Ryan

I’ve never read anything by this author before, and I think this book was one of her first books. The book ends on a cliffhanger, which is something I don’t like. It looks like there will be another book out later in the year that picks up where this one leaves off. I know that some people don’t mind when books are set up like this, but I’m not one of them. 

That all being said, I thought the book was very well written. I enjoyed Kennedy’s writing style and the way she was able to bring the characters to life. I liked both Walsh and Kerris (I just loved her name…so unique) but I didn’t like Cam too much.

I thought the book, I guess rather the plot, was weird. Walsh sees Kerris do a good deed for a perfect stranger and is intrigued. He meets her later at a party and learns that she’s the girlfriend of his best friend Cam. Walsh and Kerris are instantly and insanely attracted to each other, but don’t act on it until later in the book. 

I found Cam jealous and mean. There was just something about him that I just couldn’t like. I’m still not completely sure what that is, but he turned me off. Way off. Way way way off. 

The struggle of the attraction between Walsh and Kerris was also weird. I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t end her relationship with Cam if she was so tempted by Walsh. I mean, I do understand that she didn’t want to hurt Cam, but she ended up hurting herself and those around her by staying in the relationship. I kept hoping throughout the book that Kerris would break it off with Cam. Yes, he would have been hurt and angry, but it would have been better than being in a relationship like theirs ended up. I never expected Kerris to actually go through with marrying Cam, and then I didn’t expect her to stay married to him. 

Things of course didn’t end up like I’d hoped during this book. I’m rather disappointed. There’s the hope that things might change in the next book, or maybe things will work themselves out… but I don’t know if I’ll be reading the second book in October. 

Overall, I didn’t much like the story. I’m super sad to say that, but I didn’t. I probably wouldn’t read it again. I really did love Kennedy Ryan’s writing style, and I would love to read books by her in the future… but probably not this series. The book was very, very well written, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. 

I’d give this one a 6/10. I know other people might like this type of set up, so I’d recommend it to them… but I wouldn’t throw this one at people and demand that they read it.