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When You Are Mine

(The Bennetts #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,231 ratings  ·  217 reviews
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,
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts
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WHEN YOU ARE MINE is the first in a two part love story between Walsh Bennett and Kerris Moreton and as stupid as it sounds, I feel like Kennedy Ryan wrote their story especially for my ears. Love triangles are one of my reading LOVES. They have to be executed to perfection, and each emotion has to be depicted without creating a hero or heroine that seem contrary in nature. The characters have to be given the STRONGEST of MOTIVATION for all their decisions, thoughts, words a
Duchess Nicole

4.5 Stars
This is a debut novel, folks, and I'm happy to say what a shocker that was for me. It's rare that I pick up a newbie author's ARC from Netgalley and get this bowled over. It's purely chance that I clicked the synopsis and decided to request it. Not since Terri Osburn have I been this excited about a debut.

When I picked this up, I expected a love triangle. That's good. I enjoy love triangles. What I didn't expect was this multi-layered, in depth story that covers a few years in the live
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Duchess Nicole

3.5 stars

♫ Torn Between Two Lovers....♫

The Heroine
Kerris Moreton is gorgeous, smart, independent, with a heart of gold. She grew up an orphan, has no idea who her parents are, and has had a painful past. But now at twenty-five she's making something of her life; she's starting up her own business and her boyfriend is about to become her fiancé.

The Heroes
Cameron Mitchell has a lot in common with his girlfriend, Kerris. Both graduated from the school of hard knocks, grew up in foster homes, a
Kennedy Ryan
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Well, what am I supposed to say? I wrote it! I must think it's good, right? :-) Even as I say that, I understand there are some things about this book that will prove difficult for some readers. Can I warn you, gentle reader, that this is only part 1 of Kerris and Walsh's story? May I ask you, even though you have no reason to do so, to trust me? To trust that I want a happily ever after as much as you will, but I also want to see my characters change and grow? Our mistakes have the capacity to ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
"Figure that out before you marry my best friend.”

That's what he said. And guess what!! She didn't listen.

Feeling a wordless, mindless connection that strong with your boyfriend’s best friend would border on tragic.”

And acting on it is stupid. Poor Cam..

I hated Kerri, she was stupid, immature and selfish, and insecure oh the adjectives to describe her are limitless. She not only decided to go through with the wedding because she though that Walsh is going to marry Sofie, shea also then ch
Berry ♡ Nice
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: duets, love-triangle
Freaken Amazing!!!
I need to start a "Why Did I Wait So Long To Read This?" list.
When You are Mine will definitely make the list.

This story is written beautifully, it's unputdownable, it's unpredictable and it does not disappoint at any turn. Kept me guessing and wishing for things NOT to happen and I wished other things DID happen and everything I thought "should be" wasn't. My feelings and emotions going wild. At the end of it all I was soo in love and it hurt bad but it also hurt good.
I ser
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

**When You Are Mine generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 Undecided Stars

As a firm believer in soul mates my love for whirlwind romances runs pretty deep. While I understand not all love happens at first sight I hold on to the notion of its existence. I'm a hopeless romantic, you see, in love with being in love. For those reasons this book proved difficult for me to rate and review.

Before you go any further, let me be up front - this book contai
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
What can I say about Kennedy Ryan's prose. It's flawless, intoxicating. I need it like I need air. I've read her Souls series and I loved every book in that series. So I decided to try the Bennett series. The writing style is different from her Souls series. The story is told in third person but I loved this POV here because every character is important and how their lives intertwine with one another is what really makes this story shine.

When You Are Mine created so many emotions inside me and i
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
wish I loved this more
the ending is unresolved, continues in book two
2,5 stars
I bought this book on impulse after coming across and reading just ONE glowing review for it. I do that sometimes. (Ok, that's a lie, I do that a lot of times.)

This time, it was a mistake.

The writing just didn't click with me. There's nothing overtly wrong with it, but bottom line is that I didn't care for it. I felt like I was just reading words.

For stories like this that are fueled by drama and angst, I want - no, I NEED - writing that grips me emotionally. For example: the works of Tarryn Fi
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crystal Cook
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
If you like angst read this book, otherwise stay away. I loved the depth of emotion Kennedy was able to pull out of these characters, although I do feel like a lot of the drama was maybe a bit over the top. This book really highlights what a talented writer she is because this is still a solid read but the growth she has had since writing this one is incredible.



CW: sexual assault, child abuse, abandonment, cancer, loss of a parent, loss of a child
book bruin
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forever
3.5 stars

I will be the first to admit that this story isn't my usual cup of tea. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles or heavy angst, but I am a huge fan of Kennedy Ryan's writing. Just a few pages into it, I was hooked and needed to know how the characters had gotten to that point. It was like a train wreck that I couldn't pull my eyes from. This one pushed me emotionally and though I don't personally agree with some of the decisions these characters made, I can understand them. There was a lot
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Heat: warm butterflies
Rating: **** 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Provided by: NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

WOW!!! This book is achingly much love, so much loss.
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Kerris Moreton is a young woman driven by hope and determination. Hope that she will one day be able to start a family of her own, and determination to be better than those who 'helped' take care of her throughout her years in foster care.

She's now
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story was a true joy to read, which surprised me a bit, since it deals with some serious subject matter. But I was glued to the pages! The intense moments, and a series of reveals, caught me off guard, and had me hooked to the end! These are flawed characters, with real life challenges. But they are so well developed, and compelling, they jumped off the pages. It was hard not to root for them!

Kerris had a tough start in life, but it hasn't gotten in the way of her hopes and dreams. As a ne
Maria Rose
In Kennedy Ryan's emotional debut novel we are treated to a tale of love and desire, friendship and forbidden attraction. This first part of the Bennett series is the story of Kerris, a woman who has risen above her troubled upbringing to create a satisfying life for herself and the two men who will turn her world upside down - Cam, an artist and the man with whom she shares the bond of a foster parent upbringing and Walsh, Cam's wealthy best friend who sees in Kerris the woman of his dreams - u ...more
Kimberly Belle
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kennedy Ryan's debut is a beautifully crafted and heartwrenching story about Kerris and Cam... and Walsh. Oh, how I adore a love triangle, especially one where both men are handsome and successful and smart. How is a girl to choose? I found myself rooting for Kerris to make the right choice, really getting into her journey as her feelings changed and grew, and I LOVED the steamy chemistry between her and Walsh. Lucky for readers, this book is the first in a trilogy, and I'm already looking forwa ...more
While there isn't a typical on the edge of your seat cliffhanger per se, there are many, many unresolved issues and it is a duet.

If I had read this duet five years ago, when they were first released, I think I would have rated it higher. That is sort of a cop out but also a testament as to how much KR has evolved into a fantastic storyteller. I mean have you READ Grip?

(view spoiler) Some may view this as blatant cheating, some may see this as a grey area and
Sofia Tate
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love triangles are tough to write. But when they're done right like the one in WHEN YOU ARE MINE, it is pure bliss for the reader. The heart wants what the heart wants, and this is the case for Walsh and Kerris. The attraction between them is undeniable. I shivered with anticipation every time they were in a scene together. Together, they make the pages sizzle! I can't wait to read book 2, LOVING YOU ALWAYS! An outstanding debut from Kennedy Ryan! ...more
Debi Smith
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one who enjoys or chooses stories in which situations like Cam, Kerris, and Walsh are in in this debut novel, but I was absolutely riveted from the first page and could not put the book down. Kennedy does a stellar job making you root for what you would probably abhor in real life. The characters felt so real and the tension holds well throughout the book. This is one of my favorite reads this year. ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
I’m very sad to have a dnf of a book by Kennedy Ryan, but I just couldn’t with this story. I stopped reading at 53%
Two best friends, one fantastic girl... and that was a recipe for disaster for me. I have loved all other Ryan books I have read, so I’m going to think that this series is just a fluke for me.
Personally, I didn’t like that Kerris was so insecure. And I also did’t like that Walsh thought he should go after her when she was with his best friend. But what really made me stop reading wa
Sally Kilpatrick
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve always loved Much Ado About Nothing far more than Romeo and Juliet. You can safely say that I’m all about the happy endings and not so keen on the angst. I think this is why Kennedy was a little concerned about handing over her darling for me to review.

She needn’t have worried.

First of all, her prose is addictive. I kept turning page (er, clicking to the next page…whatevs) after page because I was thoroughly invested in her characters and because the words flowed
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

When You Are Mine is an entertaining read about two people who fall in love in unfortunate circumstances.  It's the kind of love that is all-consuming, you feel sick when you're not with the other person, and you can't imagine your life without that other person.  I enjoyed this quick read that packed a heaping dose of drama, love, and heartache.

Walsh Bennett has lived a charmed life. Everything has been served to him on a silver platter.  He has spent his adult life giving back through his
Jane super booklover📚
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This seems to be part of a duet. I usually hart duets but i liked this one. Hope to get to the good stuff wit the Second one
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me just tell you honestly that I'm really not a fan of love triangles, where the men are best friends who are both in love with the same woman, because that's very frustrating for me, but Kerris, Cam, and of course my baby, Walsh's, story is different. Still frustrating but like in a good way different.

You don't know how much I wanted Kerris and Walsh to kiss and like get together since Chapter 1. Their chemistry is just so palpable I can feel it in my soul. I'm not even sorry for Cam. I kno
Bette Hansen
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
WOW...just wow!! This is really more of a 4.5 star for me. An incredible debut novel for Kennedy Ryan.
The basis for this story is a love triangle between Walsh, his best friend Cam, and Kerris. But there is so much more packed into the pages of this story. Each of the characters in this book has a story and you can't wait to find out what happens. I would have given a five star rating but I feel the writing needs just a bit more polish but it will be so exciting to see how this writers work evol
Rebecca M
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars
Starting off like any other love triangle, this book separated from the trope early on with well developed and diverse Secondary characters. This story quickly developed into intricate layers, ending in the biggest ugly cry I've had this year. And not even over the main characters! There are several things happening that will take your attention and imagination.
This isn't your usual romance. it is an epic Southern family drama that I'm in love with, and can't wait to continue.
Gina *loves sunshine*
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Giving this 5 very unexpected, very deserved, what the heck was I worried about?? stars!!!! You go Kennedy Ryan...just like you've always been doing!!!!!! I know this author has a lot of followers on GR - definitely do yourself a favor and add this series to your immediate TBR!

It's not a surprise that I LOVE everything that Mrs Ryan writes. She just has the magic!! When she puts broken people together, she captures me and I can not let go until I am finished! Her Hoops series...her Grip series..
Lauren Luman
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come
Monique Machuca-Austin
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

When You Are Mine is the first novel in The Bennetts series by author Kennedy Ryan. Kerris had a difficult childhood growing up without love and a family to call her own. She was an orphan from day she born, because she was just left abandon on the doorsteps of an orphanage as a baby. She lived in numerous good and bad foster homes, but never letting her past steer h
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“Is it simple that I can’t stop thinking about you? About the kiss in that hospital room?” He took one step, eating up the small space separating them until he knew she could hear his whisper. “About how you taste? How you feel? Is that simple, Kerris?” 2 likes
“It was only an instant. The look that passed between them was like a flare in the pitch of night. Bright. Hot. Sudden and then gone. Her skin heated as if Walsh had kissed her. As if he had caressed her. As if he had possessed her. And maybe he had with one look. Kerris glanced around, searching each face, certain someone had witnessed the moment. So intimate out in the open. All the things she couldn’t say and shouldn’t feel rose up in her chest, suffocating her from the inside.” 1 likes
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