Monday, June 16, 2014

Release Day Launch: When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan ~ Excerpt and Giveaway

When You Are Mine is here!!!
We're thrilled to celebrate the release of When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan, and we have an excerpt to share. Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Title: When You Are Mine (The Bennetts #1)
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever Yours (June 17, 2014)

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“Ryan's debut is rife with sexual tension, while her easy style and likable characters bring this unpredictable love triangle to life.” --Karina Halle, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Artists Trilogy

“When You Are Mine is exactly what I look for in a romance! Achingly beautiful with palpable, real characters, you cannot help but completely fall in love with. I cannot wait for more!” --A.L. Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of Take This Regret and Lost to You.

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, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July.

. . . but what about love?

As one of the East Coast's most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family's nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he's been distracted by the one woman he can't have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first . . .


Excerpt, Part Four
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From Chapter 10
  You are the team.” Martin held his son’s eyes captive for an extra moment before turning to survey the city skyline. “Can you handle it?”
  “Of course I can handle it.” Walsh made sure he didn’t sound defensive or, worse, eager. “I’ve just never taken the lead on an acquisition before.”
  “Neither had I until I did it the first time.” Martin challenged Walsh with his best alpha male look over his shoulder. “It’s like sex. Grab your dick and figure it out.”
  “I’ll be fine.” Walsh stood, not giving his father the chance to dismiss him. “I’ll have Claire send me any pertinent information we already have.”
  “Of course, you’ll need to spend more time here, and less time in North Carolina.” His father picked up that damn hourglass again, his face in its usual hard lines, but his eyes alert and careful on Walsh.
  “Of course.” Ah, the end game. Always control and manipulation. “The summer will be over soon anyway.”
  “You can’t wait until the summer’s over to pursue this.” Out of his father’s face, Walsh’s own eyes stared back at him with iron in the irises. “I need you on this now.”
  “I said I’ve got it.” Walsh stiffened his back and calcified his tone. Martin Bennett only understood aggression; he only respected the kind of mental brawn he employed himself.
  “You’ll need an assistant.”
  “I’ll ask Claire for recommendations.”
  “I’ve already selected someone.” Martin turned to face Walsh wearing a younger man’s wolfish grin.   
  “Trisha McAvery.”
  “Hmmpph.” Walsh grunted, refusing to blink, trying to decipher what his father was up to. “Okay, Trisha should be fine.”
  “That’s a mild response. Most healthy, red-blooded males would jump at the chance to work with a woman who looks like Trisha.”
  “I hope that most healthy, red-blooded males would appreciate how highly unprofessional a relationship with an employee would be.” Walsh’s voice was a stone wall he dared his father to scale.
  “Who said anything about a relationship?” Martin laughed like a rogue.
  “Not interested.” Walsh strode to the door, eager to get out of his father’s presence. His soul needed a shower.
  “You and Sofie practicing a little premarital monogamy?”
  Walsh turned back toward his father, his hand on the door.
  “Dad, I’m not marrying Sofie.”
  “Of course you are.” Martin cut his hand through the air, a dismissal. “Everyone
knows that.”
  “I don’t know it.”
  “Sofie believes it.”
  “Sofie can believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus.” Walsh sifted grit into his words. “I’m still not marrying her.”
  “You can’t marry just anyone. One day Bennett will be yours, and you need the right kind of woman on your arm when you walk through certain doors.”
  “Maybe I’ll wait for someone I love.” Walsh faced his father fully now, matching his aggressive stance.
  “Love,” his father said, somewhere between a laugh and a hiss.
  “Yeah, Dad, some people marry for it. You wouldn’t know about that, though, would you?”
Anger made reptilian slits of his father’s eyes.
  “You don’t think I loved your mother?”
  “I think you broke my mother’s heart.” Walsh snapped the words before firming
his mouth and smoothing the scowl from his face. “I think you cheated on her. Guess that was just part of grabbing your dick and figuring it out.”
  “Son, I—”
  “I have a flight to catch.” Walsh turned on his heel to leave before his father could offer excuses for the inexcusable.


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About Kennedy Ryan

 There were several signs that Kennedy Ryan would be a writer, but making up stories with a mop as her long-haired heroine while the other kids played kick ball may have been the most telling. After graduating with her journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill (GO, HEELS!), she found various means of gainful employment having absolutely nothing to do with said degree, but knew she would circle back to writing, in some form or fashion. Some day. After years of working and writing for non-profit organizations, she finally returned to her first love - telling stories. Her debut novel, When You Are Mine, the first of The Bennett's trilogy, releases through Grand Central's Forever Yours imprint in June 2014.

Kennedy writes contemporary romance and women's fiction. She always gives her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! It's a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

In an alternative universe and under her government name Tina Dula, she is wife to the love of her life, mom to to her son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part.

She will donate 25% of her royalties toward her foundation and to her national charitable partner, Talking About Curing Autism (TACA).



  1. Sounds like an angst filled romance! Thanks for sharing, Andrea! :)

  2. Well, Walsh will soon get a dose of love, I assume ;) Heh. Thanks for sharing, Andrea! This was fun :)

  3. Woah what a tense excerpt, Walsh's dad sounds like a horrible person! Thanks for sharing this excerpt with us!

  4. Sounds like things get complicated in this one!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  5. I'm usually not a fan of books where the girl falls for her fiance's brother or best friend. It's just weird to me, but that excerpt sounded good.

  6. This sounds like a good read and I loved the excerpt. I've heard good things about this author. Thanks for sharing.

  7. ooh even the title makes me want to read this one. Great excerpt. This is going on my TBR for sure.

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  8. Yaaaaaaaay! I've been looking forward to this book! Thanks for sharing

  9. Ohhhh this sounds super hot and angst filled! And I enjoyed that excerpt. I'll have to check this out! Thanks for sharing, Andrea! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  10. Goodness, this sounds amazing and right up my alley, Andrea! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh interesting. Sounds good and it got an endorsement from Karina Halle.

  12. Well doesn't this sound interesting and a little intense! Thanks for sharing Andrea!

  13. Oh I really like that excerpt. He stands up to his dad - gotta love that.


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