When You Are Mine (The Bennetts #1) by Kennedy Ryan
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
Reviewed by Sarah
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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 . . .
Having lacked stability for a majority of her life, Kerris Moreton strives to have it now. She doesn’t play the victim card and instead chooses to work hard to achieve her goals. While in school is received a scholarship from the Bennett Foundation and even chooses to continuing volunteering her time with them to help other less fortunate kids. She meets Cam, a boy from a privileged family. She makes him work for a relationship with her since she unsure of intentions.
Walsh Bennett is somewhat of a free spirit. Growing up as “old money”, he has never felt the need to flaunt the family wealth but also understands that it brings about certain social responsibilities. With the positive influence of his mother’s philanthropy, he now spends his time travelling across the world trying to make things better. He finally returns home to attend a foundation benefit when he is instantly intrigued with a woman who is helping someone else.
The third major character is Cameron Mitchell. He’s the best friend to Walsh since childhood. Having had an awful childhood, he was taken under the wings of Walsh’s mother creating for the only permanence he had ever known. Now as an adult all he wants is a family of his own and he wants it with Kerris.
This story is full of angst. The love triangle is set from the moment Walsh lays eyes on Kerris but his best friend has beat him to it. There is an instant connection with Walsh and Kerris that has never existed between her and Cam. Yes, they had similar childhoods but that doesn’t equal chemistry. Much of this story is how they delicately—and sometimes not so much—circumvent questionable moral circumstances. It becomes clear early on Kerris is in love with Walsh but denies herself the possibility because of her low self-esteem. The narrative is a bit different from others because it jumps through years’ worth of time instead of focusing on a narrow period. Ultimately, the question at the end is will love win out.
Rating: 4 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.