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Emphatic (Soul Serenade #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,881 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
There comes a point in your life where you have to say enough is enough.

I wasted my college years on a guy who played with my head, played with my heart. I was blinded by the fairytale, the one that didn’t exist.

The day I gave up on the idea of happily ever after, my focus became me. Moving forward and establishing my career.

Until one day…

I didn’t expect him. My new bo
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Kaylee Ryan (first published August 24th 2015)
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Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: safe
This was a really enjoyable book! I liked Logan from the start, but wasn't crazy about Kacen at first. When they first met Kacen came across as a cocky, very experienced player and I wasn't impressed. Once they were back in Nashville and we started seeing the real Kacen I loved him. He was so smitten with Logan and he pursued her. The way he felt about her was really sweet. Logan was a little too stubborn, but did finally accept her feelings and was all in. I enjoyed his band mates , but I don't ...more

4.5 stars!

What I loved about this book was how wonderfully sweet it was; it was super romantic. Kacen (hero) was an absolute sweetheart who basically put Logan (heroine) at the center of his universe. It was so lovely. He was the first rock star hero I felt like I could read about. He was not a manwhore, and he wasn't in the music business just to enjoy the perks of fame and the tons of women. He actually disliked groupies and disliked being the center of paparazzi attention. (Note: His bandmate
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Book Facts: Emphatic

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Part of a Series/Installment:
Standalone/Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
M/F-M/M-M/M/F-etc: (view spoiler)
Multi-Luv'n/Ménages: (view spoiler)
Was There Descriptive Sex: (view spoiler)
Contains Cheating: (view spoiler)
Amount of Sex in The Book 1-10: (view spoiler)
Overall Steam Factor/Chemistry: (view spoiler)
audio reread March 2017

Started this on my commute to work today and on my way home I couldn't stop listening, so finished it. Forgot how much I loved Kacen and Logan. I felt it took too long for them to finally get together!

I would love more from this couple ( even though I know they're in book 2- I've read it as well) I like an epilogue that's further out!
Deserie williams
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
May Contain spoilers!!

4.5 stars! Loved this !!I My heart has fallen for Kacen lol. He is a perfect man in my eyes! he's sweet, patient, loving, loyal, gorgeous , hot beautiful man! I'm really glad I read this :D the way Kacen feels about Logan was omg so sweet and the words and sayings he would tell her made my heart ache(in a good way). He really is something special:D I loved the guys , Stacey, parents , brother and gran! Logan was pretty awesome too . in the beginning though I was a little ir
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 sweet stars!!
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 Stars

Emphatic is a sweet romance about a rock star and a beautiful girl next door type who fall madly deeply, emphatically in love but don’t truly get together until the book is almost finished. Their romance starts out hot and heavy but then turns into one of the slowest of slow burns I think I’ve ever read in this genre.

Logan has just graduated college and has wisely dumped her cheating loser of a boyfriend and is ready to start a new life and a brand new job. But first she heads to Haw
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
5 Stars for Kacen
2 for Logan….

So, if you saw any of my status updates while I was reading this you saw a lot of frustration….

By 64% I was still….


Logan, I know your job was important to you, I get it. I really do. But there are other jobs out there…you said so yourself. I understand you were hurt…but girl, you are the one who kept letting that scum bag back into your life. Why would you punish Kacen?

Kacen was perfect….Logan n
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

This author... brilliant. I fell in love with her series, With You, and I just knew from these books and a few standalones she has written that I was going to love this book. She writes a sweet romance with some angst like no one else can. She will make you swoon. She will make you smile. She will make you cry. She will make you get hot and bothered. She will make you fall in love. Most importantly, she will make you believe in second chances and happily ever afters.

I loved this book. Un
Logan spent the last 3 years in a relationship with a guy who cheated and wasted her time. She's not looking for a relationship, she wants to spend time focusing on herself. She just graduated college and is starting her new career for a music label in a week. Before she starts her new life, she goes to Hawaii for a week with her best friend. When enjoying some time on the beach, she meets a friendly, inked, gorgeous man and feels an instant attraction to him. Kacen is on break from touring and ...more
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Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fresh out of a relationship that made her doubt everything she’s ever believed about love, Logan takes herself off the market and decides that from that point on, her life will be lived for her, and nobody else. So of course she immediately meets a tall, tatted, tempting man who sweeps her off her feet. They share a swoony, sexy, whirlwind week and then part ways forever.

Or so they thought. Imagine their surprise when Logan shows up to her first day at a new job to discover that her sexy strange
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Another sweet book by Kaylee Ryan.

HEA (view spoiler)
Cheating/OW (view spoiler)
Angst Level: 2.5/10
Heat Level: 5/10
Beneath The Covers Blog
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2015-reads
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Emphatic and am so grateful that I did. You know it's a good book when your iPad dies at 1:30 am and you immediately reach for your phone to use the kindle app to continue reading. I could not put it down. Ms. Kaylee Ryan may be one of my new favorite authors. This story is well written and the story line kept me wanting more and more.

Logan; sweet, trusting, lovable and newly single. Screwed over by an ex-boyfriend, she vows to never trust a man again. Kac
Heather Lyn
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!! I try to keep my reviews spoiler free, but Logan and Kacen meet and there is immediately a connection. They share a beautiful night and then go their separate ways, only to end up being thrown back together in an unusual situation.

Kacen: This man is my new book boyfriend. He was SO sweet and respectful. I loved how much he loved Logan. He was perfection.

Logan: I loved how she has self worth, she didn't give up in tough situations. she's beautiful!

Go One Click this right now! K
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super sweet. I loved the hero. I read awhile ago and don't remember much but I expect I will do a re read at some point and write a better review.

Update: Sugary sweet. Hero was way too good to be true. But sometimes sweet hits the spot. Heroine was a bit of a Pollyanna but I did not hate her.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Life is full of risks, and I have to risk my heart in order to reap the reward”

Emphatic follows the story of Logan and Kacen. Logan and her best friend Stacy just finished college. This was supposed to be one of the happiest times of her life. What she didn’t expect was to be breaking up with her boyfriend of 3 years. Logan’s friends tried to warn her about her ex’s ways, but she was blinded by love, until the truth was staring her in the face. What better way to get over her heartbreak, then b
Sep 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I love a good beach read, but this is one that I'd like to throw in the ocean. I'm surprised by all of the 5 star reviews in all honesty.

I understand that this book is a work fiction, but there were many circumstances that were too fictitious. For example, the main character is offered a job over the phone sans interview. By her resume alone she is the best candidate regardless of the fact that she was only truly hired due to her perceived gender—hello illegal hiring practice. Does the record la
Jeanette Book-Reviews
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 5-star, kindle-read
**** 5 Stars ****

ARC provided from Author...

HOLY SHIT!!!! I read this in one setting! This story is AMAZING, not your typical rock band which makes it even better & fucking hotter!!!

Logan & her best friend Stacy finishing college, their parents (awesome parents) treated them to a week trip to Hawaii as their graduation present for their hard work. Stacy decided it's time for Logan to chill after her ex boyfriend Daniel of 3 years being a prick!! Decided to use their middle names Paige (L
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The more I read of Kaylee Ryan the more I realize her characters are about 90% identical. There's the best friend who is either in a serious relationship or her future boyfriend is friends with the main guy character. (Leah, Stacy, Kara, Hailey, Allison, Nicole.) The main female character who has been cheated on in the past or never thought she would settle down but all her fears magically disappear when she meets the leading male. (Logan, Kensington, Hailey, Ava, Tatum.) The main male who is a ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Ok, when I first started this book, I was unsure...
1. He is a rockstar. I'm so over the man whore rockstars.
2. The whole "we had a fling then I find out your my boss" trope is not really my thing.
Here is why I was SO WRONG.
Yes, 'Paige' and 'Michael' meet on vacation and have a fling based on pure lust. However, it wasn't like a super slutty thing. They actual had a few 'dates' before deciding to have sex. Kacen is so NOT a manwhore. A rockstar who isn't a manwhore?!?! Its like find bigfoot in
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Are you ready for Kacen's story. Well I love a good Rock Star story and Kacen is a sexy rocker at that but we don't always get the life of the rocker not on Stage. Kacen is knocked off his feet when he Meets Logan, this story will suck you in and keep your there till the end. Logan is finally done with her Boyfriend of many years with Cheating on her. She feels like she wasted the last few years on him. Logan and her friend Stacy just finished College and their Family sends them to Hawaii before ...more
Not as good as I thought it would be.

Before I started this book I read a review where the reviewer said she gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 because it started out slow. I was prepared for that, but not prepared for the WHOLE story to be that way. I liked the story and liked the fact that Kacen was so sweet to Logan and not, at any point in time, an ass-hatt, but it was pretty BORING!!!

And one thing especially annoyed me was when we find out about the death of Logan's grandfather and all Kace
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this start to the series.

I have read a few of Kaylee Ryan books now and like her writing, I gave to say that we're a couple of moments in this book that did quite feel real but overall I really liked it

I look forward to reading the next one.
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Sohinee Reads & Reviews
Yay! Finally after breezing through couples of not-so-great romance novels, I finally landed on Emphatic.

I loved this. This is of course a contemporary adult romance but the hero is not damaged goods neither the heroine is like cradling a broken heart or something like the other romance books out there.

The hero, Kacen is hot but he doesn't have the usual personalities that heroes in romance fiction tend to be. He isn't domineering, he isn't cold, he isn't distant, he isn't intimidating, he isn't
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kaylee Ryan
3.5 stars

Logan has been on and off again with Daniel for three long years. Daniel constantly goes through the phases of needing a break which is code for he needs to get his man parts into another hot piece rather than Logan. Daniel is giving Logan the same speech just as college graduation is around the corner and this time she is done.
With the arrival of her parents, her younger brother Jase and her best friend Stacy’s parents Jase produces an envelope that contains a week
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-stars
Logan finally has enough. She broke it off with her boyfriend who seemed to have a penchant on breaking up with her to sleep with other women. At last, she had the courage to break the cycle and be on her own. It was a good thing that her parents had brought her a Hawaii Trip as a graduation present.

Her beliefs of prince charming, happily ever after and fairy tales were ruined. For now, she will be concentrating on herself and her career. But going to Hawaii changed everything. Thanks to her bes
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
I read a lot of books for review, and every once in awhile there are ones that stay with me. This book, it will stay with me for a long time. Not because it was terribly graphic, or because it was a dark read, it is because of the romance. This a story of love and destiny, in my opinion. Sometimes it is great to go back to the basics. The author did such a wonderful with her writing and it shows with every page you turn. There weren't any parts that drug, I want skipping ahead because something ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
When Logan ends things with her boyfriend the day she graduates from college, she changes. Lost is the girl who believed in happily ever afters, love, marriage, and the white picket fence. Her dreams are gone and replaced is a girl who just wants to focus on herself. When her parents and her best friends parents surprise her and Stacy with a trip to Hawaii as a college graduation present, she never expected to meet Micheal and have a fling that would stay with her long after. Excited to start he ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***ARC received for honest review***

I LOVED this book and could not put it down! I mean come on, you have a tall, tatted, beautiful, rock God as one of the main characters. How could you not like it?

So Logan is this girl that has been with her boyfriend throughout all of her college life and is finally through with his "breaks" (also known as, "I need to go out and hook up with someone else for a few days while you sit around waiting for me"). She always had this feeling (she knew) that this is
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