Be Mine Forever
The Bennetts #3
By Kennedy Ryan
Author’s Website: http://kennedyryanwrites.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
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 . . .
I have been on this journey since book 1 of The Bennett series. I highly recommend that you begin at book 1 (When You Are Mine) then continue on to book 2 (Loving You Always) before embarking on book 3 (Be Mine Forever) as each story builds upon the next and you would miss out on vital back story.
Well…Lots of emotions are exuded in this read! Whew. Believe me when I say, this is one you will not want to miss. Finally, after many trials and tribulations (as described in detail in books 1 and 2) Cam is free to pursue Jo….or is he? Throughout most of the book, we are faced with Cam’s insecurities. He just does not feel he is worthy of the love that Jo Walsh wants to bestow upon him.
I must say that I loved the second date…being taken to a roller-skating rink! What fun. I liked the way that Cam started introducing the past he has kept secret from Jo for all these years by going to the skating rink. And it was nice to see that they both could enjoy an outing befitting an everyday person and do something other than what the rich are able to do. In fact even though they are both now well off, the theme throughout is appreciating the ordinary….which I so loved. This made the love story more in line with the average person. And the firefly scene was so engaging. I loved the symbolism and sweetness of that evening.
As Cam confronts his demons, I could not help but get wrapped up in his story. It was so gripping and heart wrenching. His past is truly something I would not want another to have to go through. It speaks volumes to his character that he was able to get past it “all” (and yes…you will have to read the book to find out what “all” is :)).
The sexy playfulness between Jo and Cam was delightful. Imagery good, but did get to leave some things to the readers imagination. Okay, passages were spelled out…no imagination necessary. I shall never view paint in the same way (and that is all I am saying).
The only unbelievable storyline of the entire book is…why would an attractive, educated, successful woman like Jo actually wait for 15 years when Cam kept waffling and other varied actions which to any other woman would take as a “he is just not that into you” moment?
I find Kennedy Ryan’s love stories are tough, all of her characters seem to have to go through some very tough life lessons, heartache, loss before they are finally bestowed with the great love they so crave. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book (as well as the other two in the series) and hope in the future to read more of her titles as they are released.