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When You Are Mine (The Bennetts #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  441 Ratings  ·  135 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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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 17, 2014 Jill 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, and l
Feb 19, 2015 scribes23 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
Kennedy Ryan
May 21, 2014 Kennedy Ryan 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
Jun 18, 2014 TeriLyn 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
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 Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads rated it it was amazing
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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 on
★Moonrise Books
Jun 20, 2014 ★Moonrise Books 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 new
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
Jun 14, 2014 Kimberly Belle 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
Sofia Tate
Mar 26, 2014 Sofia Tate 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!
Debi Smith
Jun 17, 2014 Debi Smith 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.
Bette Hansen
Jun 11, 2014 Bette Hansen 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
Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss

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 mother
Sally Kilpatrick
May 07, 2014 Sally Kilpatrick rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca Wheeler
Aug 31, 2015 Rebecca Wheeler 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.
Colleen BooksBooksBooks
Jun 18, 2014 Colleen BooksBooksBooks rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS!!!!

*This book was given to me for a fair and honest review*

When You Are Mine rocked my socks. Holy smokes. I was immediately consumed by Kennedy Ryan’s writing, the twists and turns that she created and the heat between Kerris and Walsh. Kennedy made me fall completely in love with all of the characters. Each were so special, so unique that I spent most of the book alternating between feeling bad for Cam and rooting for Walsh. I really felt horrible for all three in this unexpected lo
Talk Books To Me
Jun 17, 2014 Talk Books To Me rated it really liked it
Brandi’s Thoughts:
Holy hot love triangle! When You Are Mine is a beautiful yet tragic, intense yet gentle story that grabs you immediately and does not release until the very end. I know a lot if reader’s get turned off by a love-triangle but rest assured this one just works perfectly.

Kerris has met her perfect match in Cam, since they both come from the same background but the problem is the chemistry is just not there. Once she meets Walsh, Cam’s best friend, there is an instant connection tha
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GAH! Okay so the ending wasn’t a traditional cliffhanger but I’ll be darned if I’m not DYING to continue this story. Like I said this is an emotional one, I don’t know what Ms. Ryan plans on doing but I am 100% at her Mercy. I’m torn I don’t know what I want, WAIT I do know what I want, I want everyone to be happy! I just don’t know how its going to happen. I feel hurt, betrayed, and hopeful. SO.MANY.FEELS. I loved the Bennett family dynamic

I was in the mood for an angsty/emotional romance and I had this one in my list, loved the blurb, and I knew it was a love triangle going in so so it would bring some angst for sure.

Unfortunately, this one didn't deliver for me. For me to enjoy most books, but especially these angsty/emotional books I really have to feeel what I'm reading and I really didn't feel much while reading this one. I didn't feel a connection between the main character, Kerris with either of the guy. It is obvious who
Sep 26, 2014 Erika rated it really liked it
When you are mine is a great read!! The male lead, Walsh Bennett(great name) has all the money in the world, but character for miles. He doesn't believe in true love and soul mates until the moment he sees Kerris, who turns out to be his best friend's fiancee! This book has so much depth, so many loveable family members and friends, intrigue, romance, longing and lust!! I would recommend it to everybody who wants a true romanc in their lives!! I am looking forward to more from Kennedy Ryan!!
Aug 08, 2014 Trish rated it it was amazing
Every now and then we come across "one of those books” You know what I'm talking about. One of those books, that makes you forget that you have to go to sleep at night. One of those books that make you angry that you have to go to work when all you want to do is read that book. One of those books where you're seriously contemplating about calling in sick the next day to work just so you can finish your book. No judging for those that has done that, as well as I may or may not have done that :)
4 stars. There is nothing like picking up an author’s debut novel and being rewarded with a great story. That is exactly what happened when I decided to read When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan. I have always enjoyed a book with a healthy amount of angst and a good love triangle. Ryan delivered well in both areas. Kerris (love that name!) was a wonderful heroine. She was strong, ambitious, and incredibly hardworking, plus she had a huge heart. Kerris was the kind of person who would never want to ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Deen 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
Jun 18, 2014 Autumn rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Unrequited love at its best! Now where is that sequel??

Full review and giveaway on Agents of Romance - 6/18...
Eunice Ferrer
Recommended by: Mary Ruth ;)

Well This book is a good book to read. And when I say it's good, It's really good. It was different from many books that I've read since when you read a romance book it always about how great the characters were. How perfect are them for each other. The characters here are not perfect they make mistakes and deal with the consequences of their actions.How to face their ugly past they have experienced but mostly how to heal the pain that lingers in their heart. I must t
Jan 24, 2015 Jansen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, angst-ridden
WOW! Absolutely loved this book! So glad that book 2 is available for me to jump right in! This is my first Kennedy Ryan book and it definitely won't be my last! Great read! After the first few pages, I couldn't put it down!
Jan 19, 2015 Moura rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! Walsh & Kerris pulls you in. I could not put this book down! Who knew you would hope for something that shouldn't happen. You will enjoy this story.
African Americans on the Move Book Club
When You Are Mine, is a fabulous romance read that will immediately grab readers’ attention and draw them into the novel. The story was incredible. It was hard to put this book down. I am happy to know this is a series! The story itself, is about a woman who has a finance but she doesn’t feel and sparks. This leads her to question whether she is with the right man or not. Then another man appears in the story who instantly causes sparks to sky rocket everywhere for her. She has a man whom is eng ...more
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