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My Soul To Keep (Soul Series Book 1) by [Ryan, Kennedy]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1424 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519135459
  • Publisher: Kennedy Ryan (13 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017ZXWV2Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By SamK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 August 2016
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This is my first (and probably last) book by Kennedy Ryan. I had read glowing reviews for this book but it failed to keep my interest. The story took forever to develop and the characters were friends for what seemed like forever! The interactions between Rhys and Kai lacked spark and passion, and I found myself skimming chapters hoping to get to some sexy times but alas I was disappointed. I didn't end up finishing this book because I just got BORED!!! I didn't want to waste anymore of my time reading this book.
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By Janelle Avison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2016
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Great story, loved the characters and loved the narrators. A bit upset book 2 doesn't have narration but the story is so good I'm willing to read it the old fashioned way.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 229 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT Romance! Kennedy Ryan's writing SHINES! 17 November 2015
By TeriLyn - Published on Amazon.com
As a fan of Kennedy Ryan’s previous Bennett series I was really excited to learn she had something new and self-published releasing soon. For me, as an already established fan, she elevated her story-telling game tenfold. 100-fold, if you will. She hit all my favorite romance story buttons creating a unbreakable connection to these characters - so strong I couldn’t stop reading. Friends-to-romance, angst-ridden, music industry culture, independent heroine, eccentric hero – this book has it all and is brilliantly pieced together providing an extraordinary reading experience. To say I’m excited about this book would be an understatement. I hope you’ll all read this new contemporary romance as My Soul to Keep definitely lands on my TOP 5 “Books of 2015” list.

My expectations for this book, well honestly I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I was going to be reading about two music students trying to make it big in the industry. I was so very wrong. And what I actually received from this story completely blew me away. As always, to preserve the plot and allow a reader to really feel and understand these characters for yourself, I give nothing away and instead will try and convey how I felt while reading. The main characters are truly the feature of this story for me, as they should be, however the secondary characters really play well into the overall tone of their lives at the present time. Who Rhyson and Kai are and where they came from is fully represented by the secondary characters – whether they be likable characters or not.

From the very first, poignantly real, and moving chapter I was hooked on the story of Kai Pearson and Rhyson Gray. Through alternating first person points of view, Kennedy Ryan digs deep into the souls of both characters. She eloquently exposes their deepest vulnerabilities through the up-front, immediate honesty they both share with only each other. The trust and connection they feel from the minute they meet drives their relationship as well their connection to the reader. With a beautifully constructed “slow-build” where they transition to the best of friends while fighting an attraction to each other to the epic romance you feel forthcoming, so many moments between these two stand out in my reading heart as I reflect on the book. Kennedy Ryan moved the plot by being totally main character-centric, the focus constantly on them even as outside forces sweep in to disrupt them.

I just can’t express enough my love for both Rhyson and Kai. So polarizing their connection to each other, so perfectly structured their “moments” thanks to the great story telling of Ryan. She easily builds up the angst and carefully moves beyond it before arc’ing again. I understood their plights, empathized with their feelings, and thought each of them so pure in their honesty to each other that this nagging feeling of self-destruction kept looming. The results of that are fantastic. Something about the two of them together and as individuals resonated so completely with me throughout the book. Maybe each of their fierce ambition, the way they couldn’t resist each other even though they should, the way they rocked each other’s worlds at first sight or rather, first note. The feral temptation hidden beneath an immediate trust. Maybe the very real, human qualities in them to realize their mistakes and move forward, their honesty and compassion for another.

Kennedy Ryan wrote a brilliant story. Connecting all the elements of her love story to my reading soul with characters for whom I want to spend more time. Her writing here is crisp, fluid, and cohesively masters the plot and the souls of her characters. Her enticing word choices and the descriptions she uses to drive home their connection and their feelings so vivid easily creating moving pictures in your mind as you read her words. It weaves together so many great romance elements while giving you a story with depth and emotion. I was a Kennedy Ryan fan before, I’m a SUPER fan now. Rhyson Gray and Kai Pearson catapulted My Soul to Keep to my Top 5 list and that’s in no small way thanks to the excellent story telling of Kennedy Ryan. I’m so excited about this book and where this author plans to take us. I’m urging to you to read it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful, heart stopping story I couldn't get enough of! I want my own Rhyson Gray! 15 November 2015
By RentasticReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Can someone please tell me why this is the first book I've read from Kennedy Ryan? I'm so freaking in love! I fell completely head over heels for Rhyson Gray and Kai Pearson. Their relationship was unlike any other. I got hooked on the cat and mouse game they had going on earlier in their relationship. It was oddly enjoyable to see all of it progress and bloom. It may not be for everybody—the slow build of the relationship, but the story just kept going. It was just the getting together part that took a bit longer than the usual. But I loved it. Every single step of the way. I couldn't stop turning the pages and finding out what's going to happen next.

Rhyson Gray is a child prodigy. At such an early age, he was already performing in some of the biggest venues. He was a star. But he didn't want all that glam and fame—it suffocated him. But that's what his parents wanted for him. Rhyson's past crushed me. What he went through when he was younger was just not right. No child should've experienced that. But someone saved him and he got up. He got his life back. But is he really living again or just surviving? His passion for music is so admirable. He played music like it was embedded in his soul. And that carried over to how he developed his feelings for a young, stunning and aspiring singer and dancer, Kai Pearson.

Kai Pearson only had two things keeping her alive—her love for music and her beloved mother who was her only living blood relative. She was okay as long as she had both of those. But God had a different plan for her. When her mom passed away, she decided to leave her small hometown in Georgia and move to Los Angeles to chase her dream of becoming a star performer. It wasn't easy at all though. She had to work hard—literally—to reach what she always wanted and she couldn't afford to be distracted by anything. Or anyone for that matter. But once she laid eyes on the rock star whose song became her anthem when she was on the brink of breaking and losing it, she felt something. She felt everything. How long could she deny it and fight it off? It's only a matter of time before she gives in—what with Rhys's persistency and persuasion, then add that to everything she feels whenever he's near. Well, let's just say I'm so glad it happened. She's such a brave and independent woman, trying to make it on her own. I loved that about Kai—she didn't want to rely on anybody. But sometimes, you just have to know when to reach out and accept help, don't you think?

The way the relationship between Rhys and his Pepper blossomed engrossed me the most. It wasn't all too pretty. But the way they handled it and the way they just responded to each other? God, my heart could explode from happiness and giddiness. They were so damn adorable. And Rhys. God, there is nothing you wouldn't love about that man. He isn't perfect, but he's probably the closest to perfect you could imagine. But he's lucky to have met and have Kai too. I love how it goes both ways between these two. Their connection, the chemistry, the spark? Damn, it was all fireworks and explosions. The story was written in a way that you could actually savor every step in Rhys and Kai's relationship and I loved that. It wasn't dragging or boring to me at all. It just made me want so much more.

And what can I say, I was not prepared for that cliffhanger. At all! I seriously dove into this thinking it was a standalone—but hell was I so damn wrong. I almost want to claw my eyes out for the next book to come out! And don't forget to read the sneak peek at the end. I wasn't sure my heart could take it. I almost lost it. Even the sneak peek got my heart pounding out of my chest! I had a feeling that it would happen at one point in the story, but the impact was still so strong, it blew me away. Such a beautiful story! I need Down To My Soul like yesterday...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 My Soul To Take Stars!!!! 16 November 2015
By Ms.Meesh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Breathtakingly Beautiful!!!! Kennedy Ryan has captured my heart, my attention and my soul as she delivers one of the most awe-inspiring, touching, emotional, and captivatingly raw story that I have read in her newest release, My Soul To Keep. With her gorgeous and beautiful prose, Ms. Ryan has delicately weaved a book layered with emotions, heart, beauty, and raw characters.

In all honesty, My Soul To Keep is a book that you need to experience and savor. It is a book that cannot be reviewed properly because the story of Rhyson and Kai was so much more. There aren't enough eloquent words to describe the feelings that Ms. Ryan has bestowed and left her readers. I practically went into reading this book blind with no expectations and barely read the blurb. All I knew was the title and book cover alone captured my attention and I knew I had to read this book stat. My Soul To Keep is the first book that I have read from Kennedy Ryan and definitely won't be my last. What I can attest and say is that my heart is bursting with so much emotions. My Soul To Keep was brimming with so much passion, raw emotions, tangible connections and a palpable romance that will leave you begging for more. Ms. Ryan has orchestrated a story that tugged all the heartstrings. She beautifully weaved a story that incorporated music, love, and heart. As Ms. Ryan collides two stranger's hearts, she has perfectly created a song that will engulf our soul and leave us a beautiful mess. Two hearts, two songs, and two rhythms that beats as one. So if you love a book that is brimming with so much depth, beauty, and raw emotions, then I highly recommend you to read My Soul To Keep. Ms. Ryan will fill your heart with the lyrics of Rhyson and Kai.

~Michelle of Four Chicks Flipping Pages
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I just can't 20 November 2015
By Joanna M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the banter between Rhys and Kai. However, I felt that Kai was just too stubborn for her own good. Why wouldn't she listen to someone who had been in the business for so long? There was just too much back and forth and ends on a pretty big cliffy. I hate those! And the epilogue... Jeez more drama more secrets, and that's just not for me. Written well, no errors. Just a stubborn heroine and a bunch of unnecessary drama. Won't be reading the next drawn out drama fest.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dead-end 19 November 2015
By Goldie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book like a few others recently have dragged the same relationship into more than one story. I was so mad at the end to be left hanging, that although it was a good book, up to it being overly long and highly dramatic. And then, to get to the end and not have the relationship resolved...I'm giving up. This kind of book is not good enough to be an Outlander type series or is it a trilogy. Too many words and not enough story.