Down To My Soul
by Kennedy Ryan
Soul Series – Book #2
Kindle Edition: 318 pages
Published: March 31st 2016 by Kennedy Ryan
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
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.
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.
My thoughts on My Soul To Keep
First and foremost I have to say I got an ARC of this book the day after I finished My Soul To Keep. Can you think of a better time to get this? I can’t.
I was still high on Kai and Rhys story from the previous book, so I dive right into this one without thinking twice. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Kai during the Tour with Luke, because… something has to happen right? It would not be interesting or “fun” if she went and everything was right, except with her relationship with Rhys of course.
The first big situation she had… I was NOT expecting that. It took me by surprise and I was in shock for a few seconds because… Really? And then, she disappointed me. I mean Kai disappointed me for the way she handle things. I notice it was very normal for a person to do what she did and hide it from Rhys but I was not happy about it.
Rhys reaction to his father having a heart attack was so sweet and endearing. Here you have a guy that hate his parents guts so much that he doesn’t even speak with his sister for a long time before she reach out to him. His father ends up in the hospital and he is lost. Seeing him like that took my breath away and seal the fact that if I loved Kai in My Soul To Keep, this book I was going to love Rhys.
Rhys had more problems with his family than I thought but I really have to say that I enjoy the way his relationship with his father went. I notice that for him, the only approval that he really wanted was from his father and even though his mother was a capital BiTcH, his father and him managed to get to certain terms of a better understanding of each other.
Problems on Tour for Kai just keep piling up and up. The threats, the stress, the not eating well, the not sleeping well, etc. did a fucking huge number on her. The moment she got so sick and Rhys was there for her every step just solidify my love for the man.
Kai father it’s just… Arg. That man, he made me mad. I can see how it’s reasonable, how he did what he did and it’s all explained but, leaving his family like that was not good in my eyes. The fact that he has another family now and came back after Kai’s mother died and she was in the hospital just made me dislike him more.
I have to hand it over to Kennedy Ryan, she did an amazing job telling this story and the same feeling that I was reading their personal journal was in this book, just like in the previous one. The writing was just as poetic as before. I can’t say enough about this style and obviously, I still didn’t skipped any part looking for clues or highlight worthy stuff *smile*
The ending… I can’t and won’t made a comment on that because I will end up spoiling the whole fucking thing. I will say though that Rhys felt a little like a mob boss for a few seconds. But it was the most graceful ending for a couple like Kai and Rhys. I have no doubts that they belong together forever and ever.
““Image is everything.”
Another lie. Image is a conscious, deliberate projection. It’s not everything. Without substance to back it up, it’s nothing“
“You’re not my ex. You’re my always“
““How would you feel if I fucked someone else, Pep?” I’d set that woman on fire“
“Sometimes forgiveness is a decision you make with your head that takes a while to reach your heart, and sometimes it’s just… there“
“I’d rather live with your anger and disappointment every hour of every day than be apart from you“
“This love, even after my lies and hers, is immutable. Unmoving. Lodged in my heart. Stuck in my soul“
About Kennedy Ryan
I just can’t write about myself in third person for one more bio! I’m a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That’s me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you’ll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing To Be Read list! I love to hear from readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.