Sunday, January 24, 2016

Be Mine Forever ~ Kennedy Ryan ~ Review

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 . . .

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Elizabeth's Review

4 Stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review copy provided by publisher via Net Galley

After reading the first two books in the Bennett series, I was very curious about this book and Cam's story. Ms. Ryan did not disappoint!

Going into this book, I had a certain impression of both Cam and his leading lady, Jo. As I got into the book, I discovered that those perceptions weren't 100% accurate and that both characters were a lot more complex than I expected. Cam was much more open in Be Mine Forever and that openness helped change my opinion of him and helped me start to like him more. Knowing what was going on in his head really helped shed light on why he behaved the way he did at times.

This was my first chance to really know Jo and I have to confess that I have a girl crush on her. I appreciated the tenacity she had to reach her goals, but also completely understood how she could be pushed to her limits. I loved that seeing her pushed to those limits made Cam want to take a chance and be willing to change. Cam also helped Jo change in ways that were more subtle, but definitely made her a more complete, well rounded character.

The love story between Cam and Jo wasn't perfect, but it showed just how good things can be when you are with the right person. While technically, this is a stand alone book, I would hesitate to suggest someone start the Bennett series here. The back story for Cam contained in Books 1 and 2 is not crucial, but I think it does help give the reader a good frame of reference for who both Cam and Jo are. Followers of the series will be pleased to see Kerris and Walsh pop in briefly as well so you can see what is going on with them.

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