Double Review: My Soul to Keep and Down to My Soul by Kennedy Ryan

my soul to keep2My Soul to Keep by Kennedy Ryan
Series: Soul #1
Published by Self Published on November 16th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 361
Source: ARC copy from author, Purchased
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five-stars

It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold…

KAI

I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music’s brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.

RHYSON

I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can’t get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything – I will. And once she’s mine, I won’t let go.

down to my soulDown to My Soul by Kennedy Ryan
Series: Soul #2
on March 31st 2016
Pages: 318
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five-stars

RHYSON

She doesn’t wear my ring.
We never stood before a preacher.
The only vows exchanged were between our bodies; between our souls.
But she was mine and I was hers until I ruined it. I have to believe that every day, every step, every breath brings me closer to making things right.
To making her mine again.

KAI

I’ve seen promises broken.
I know love makes no guarantees.
But things were different for Rhys and me, until he lied, and I walked away. Only there’s a chain between our hearts that I can’t break. Even if I forgive him, a shadow from my past hangs over us; over this love that reaches all the way down to my soul.

what i thought

BOOK 1:

Words cannot describe how much I LOVED Rhyson!!! Tears never stopped. A lot were happy tears, some weren’t. Kennedy has such a gorgeous writing style and the background Kai comes from just brought tears to my eyes multiple times. The way it was told and what certain characters would do, it was just a constant flow of tears! I loved the characters she created, especially our 2 main characters. I don’t want to give too much away from the plot and spoil anything which is why that sounds extremely vague, but once they start occurring, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Kennedy’s writing is gorgeous and I’m beyond excited to read more from her. She’s definitely working in to one of my favorite authors because of her writing.

The ending, that could go another way… Just to be warned for those that haven’t read this, it does have a pretty big cliffhanger. It’s one of those that you just have to know IMMEDIATELY what happened and figure out how they will get through it because obviously they will right? If not, that’s cool. I’ll take Rhys. ;) So just keep in mind that if you want to read this, make sure you have the sequel downloaded and ready to begin immediately after finishing the first. Trust me.

BOOK 2:

I loved this sequel. It immediately picks up where the first ended. Perfect sequel (even better than the first) and STUNNING ending to this addicting duology!

You get so attached to these characters and what is going on that you just want to reach through your Kindle and scream and tell them they are making the wrong decision! Rhys has definitely made it into my list of top book boyfriends – his character and his personality was to die for and you can’t help but fall in love with him.

What I really like most I guess about Kai and Rhys’ relationship, despite all the drama and secrets that came along with the two (let’s just ignore that for the sake of this comment) how well they communicate with each other. I know you’re probably wondering why I would say that after saying the drama and secrets that come between the couple, but despite all that, their interactions is what really drew me. Yes, they had secrets and weren’t always honest. But the way they communicated with each other is different from a lot of books I read (maybe I just didn’t pay much attention as I did in this one). But I truly felt they communicate fairly well.

COMBINED THOUGHTS:

I’m praying there’s a 3rd book- that just being me. It wraps up nicely, but being the absolute hardcore romance addict I am, I always want more to a couples’ story. Maybe even like a novella or something…. ;) I need more!!!!! Like I mentioned, Kennedy’s writing is so gorgeous you get swept away while reading. It’s one of those series (or even just standalones) where the outside world (AKA real world) doesn’t mean a DANG thing. I’m really looking forward to diving into her other books she has out already as well as any new books in the future.

This duology brings all the feels. I’m sure it’s noticeable in the way my review it written – based on emotions. You might cry, laugh, get mad/frustrated, and swoon. The passion and strong feelings between Rhys and Kai is epic for better terms. I cannot stress how fast I fell in love with their story.

Gush time…- I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. EVERY. DANG. MINUTE. BEAUTIFUL!

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