The Bennetts Series Books 1 & 2 by Kennedy Ryan

Posted 25 January, 2015 by Nerdy Chic in Romance / 0 Comments

by Kennedy Ryan
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
three-half-stars
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 . . .

 

I actually struggled to write this review which is why I decided instead of writing of trying to write two reviews for two books, I’m writing one review for what I felt was really one book. While I couldn’t stop reading the first book, When You Are Mine and the writing was great, I really didn’t like the characters as much as I should. Added to the fact was that the second I finished the book, I immediately began the next and I think that’s what bothered me the most. While it wasn’t technically a cliff hanger, I wasn’t done. There was much more to this story and the end was just there all of a sudden and I hadn’t even realized it.

Kerris Moreton has had a tough life, being bounced from foster home to foster home as a child. All this has made her wary of believing that she is good enough to be loved. She’s willing to settle to a life with her boyfriend Cam who she loves but is not in love with. Her life slams to a halt when she meets a mysterious stranger who makes her heart jump as it never has before. Unfortunately, this man also happens to be Cam’s best friend Walsh Bennett. He begins to have feelings for her too. What we get is two books loaded with four very confused individuals. Kerris wants Walsh but settles for Cam, and Walsh wants Kerris and is willing to destroy his friendship for her. Jo (Walsh’s sister) is in love with Cam but willing to step aside and Cam who has major issues from his own childhood and is unwilling to get help, takes Kerris as his.  

There’s a lot going on in these two books but a lot of is infidelity, betrayal and selfishness. We also get a scene in the first book between an enraged Cam and Kerris that left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I do have to say that I liked book two much more than the first book, especially the second half because Kerris grows up and she and Walsh finally get to be together. And again, I really do like Kennedy Ryan’s writing. Though the second book wrapped up Kerris and Walsh’s story and we get our (sort of) HEA, I was left wondering about Cam and Jo. Theirs is a story I am dying to read.

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