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 . . .
My love for Kennedy Ryan reaches the skies, even the universes that we don’t know yet. Her latest book came out and before it even came out I already wanted it so badly.
We meet Cam and Jo in the previous books, in Walsh and Kerris’ love story. Cam was Kerris’ husband for a while and Jo was Walsh’s cousin. Between When You Are Mine and Loving You Always, so MANY THINGS HAPPENED I ALMOST LOST MY HEAD. AND MY HEART. If you want to know how everything went down and how Cam came to be the person he is in Be Mine Forever, read the previous two books.
I wasn’t very “in love” with Cam before BMF. With everything that happened in those books, I was not really thrilled, if you want to say it like that, to see him again. But as always Kennedy changes my mind with those AMAZING TEASERS TUESDAYS and you know what? Cam’s story needed to be said for you to understand him and why he was that way. I didn’t even think about it in the first two books, about all the hardship Cam went through and all of his demons inside of him.
Be Mine Forever is the story of Cam and Jo. Friends turned lovers. /cough MY FAVE TYPE OF ROMANCE. Jo has been in love for Cam for some time… MANY YEARS. I don’t even know how Jo does it. I love her. She’s such a model to follow in her footsteps. Everything she does, she does it to do good and her actions speak louder. All throughout the book, I fell in love with Jo a little bit more until I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay.
WARNING: There are some parts in Cam’s flashbacks that are intense and I felt sad and horrible in Cam’s place. If you can’t handle violence, I do not recommend you to read this. I don’t want to spoil anything by putting this but I think it needs to be said. I mean if you go and read it and find those scenes not quite what you want, then that would be so bad for you and I don’t want to cause you any displeasing or Kennedy. Because she writes her books for people to feel happy. And this book is Cam and Jo’s happiness.
So yeah there’s lots of ups and downs but definitely worth the wait.
The Hopeless Book Lovers team challenged Kenned Ryan to select a quote for the four main characters and here it is:
This was a challenging prospect; to select a quote that embodies each of the four main characters of the BENNETT series. I had to really think about this one, and I loved it. It forced me to examine, in a way, the lesson we learn from each of them.
KERRIS MORETON…MITCHELL…MORETON…BENNETT! 😉
This is perfect for Kerris because, especially in the beginning of the series, she lives the very opposite of this statement. She allows the abuse she suffered as a child and the parental abandonment she experienced to feed her a lie. The lie is that she is not worthy of what will make her happy. That she is not worth sticking around for; to committing to. That lie leads her to a rash decision that changes the trajectory of all four characters’ lives. In book 2 we see her digging into her past; excavating her pain to understand how it mis-shaped her. And she emerges as someone who won’t allow her past to dictate her future.
This is at the core of who Walsh is. Who his mother, Kristeene Walsh Bennett, raised him to be. We are aware from the beginning Walsh is rich, but it is just as apparent that he feels a strong sense of responsibility. He once tells Kerris that he never feels guilty about his wealth, but he does feel responsible about how he uses it. This speaks of generosity, compassion and stewardship. This value, more than anything, tempers the ruthless drive and ambition his father fosters in him his entire life. It is the balance that keeps his feet on the ground and his heart with people in need.
JOANNE ELIZABETH WALSH
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
It is not only the content of this quote that makes it so Jo, but who said it. Fashion is huge to Jo. She attends all the fashion shows and only wears the very best, ever. She and her Aunt Kristeene bonded around fashion, in addition to their heart for the children their foundation serves. But you never feel that the things Jo has, have her. From a content perspective, Jo held a love in her heart for 17 years, and at times, especially when Cam married someone else, being with the person she loved seemed impossible. The same perseverance we see in her dealings as a philanthropist and advocate on behalf of orphans all over the world, we see in her relationship with Cam. She doesn’t really entertain the possibility of failure, and fortunately for Cam, neither did her heart.
“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Albert Einstein
Cam endured more in his life than the other characters in the cast of the BENNETT series. There are times in his life when he allows those hurts to define and confine him, but with the help of those he loves and of concerned professionals, he is able to put it all in perspective and learn from it. He is able, eventually to understand the lies he’s been tangled in all his life. In dealing with the places he thought most weak, he gains the most strength. The deepest lessons come from the deepest pain, and he learns the lessons well.
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Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She always give her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! It’s a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride. In an alternative universe and under her government issue name, Tina Dula, she is a wife to the love of her life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part, serving Georgia families.
Her writings on Autism have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and she has been featured on the Montel Williams Show, NPR, Headline News and others. She is donating a portion of her proceeds to her own foundation and to her charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).
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Book 1 : When You Are Mine
Book 2: Loving You Always
Book 3: Be Mine Forever Links