16 June 2014

Release Day Launch & Giveaway: When You Are Mine (The Bennetts #1) by Kennedy Ryan

When You Are Mine (The Bennetts #1)
by Kennedy Ryan.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: June 17th 2014 by Forever Yours .
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 . . .

“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.

Excerpt, Part One
From Chapter Ten

Walsh stepped out of the elevator, adjusting his tie and checking the shine on his shoes. His father’s suite of offices took up the entire twenty-first floor of a New York skyscraper. He had come here with his mother as a child, awed by this inner sanctum from which his father ruled. He hadn’t understood then exactly what his father did, but he knew it was important, and that Daddy was powerful.
Now he knew what Daddy did.
Daddy was a pirate. A swashbuckling tycoon who preyed on the dismal circumstances of corporations too weakened to fend him off. Acquisitions. Takeovers, amicable or hostile. It really didn’t make a difference to Martin Bennett. If he wanted a company, he would have it.
It took something like acquisitions to stretch his father to the outer limits of his intelligence and ambition. He was a raider. A marauder. And Walsh, God help him, was sitting at his feet to learn everything he knew. One day, this company would be his. He was determined that it would be on his own terms, but for now, he had to live with his father’s.
Unmitigated adoration had burned bright for his father until Walsh was twelve years old and seen the man’s feet of clay. He’d never forget the angry exchanges through the walls of their brownstone, or his mother’s wrenching sobs after his father’s infidelity.
Walsh checked his watch, shoving those emotions aside. Martin Bennett didn’t deal in emotions. He dealt in power, results, and cash. Eyes incessantly trained on the bottom line and his ever-expanding interests, his dad had missed a lot of the smaller details of life, like his wife and son. In the grand scheme of things, though, did it really matter?
Not to Walsh. Not anymore.
“Morning, Claire.”
Walsh greeted his father’s assistant with genuine pleasure. He’d always liked her.
He remembered the strange feeling of relief he’d felt the first time he came to the office and saw the staid, older woman who had replaced Laura, Martin’s previous assistant.
Laura had been blond, voluptuous, condescending, and rude when his father wasn’t around. The affair with her had destroyed his parents’ marriage. The marriage had been unsalvageable, but at least Walsh hadn’t had to look at Laura’s smug face every time he came here.
“Walsh.” Claire smiled, standing to give him a quick peck on the cheek. “How have you been?”
“Pretty good.”
He hoped her usually omniscient glance missed the lines of fatigue around his mouth and eyes. It had been a long month, between making arrangements for Iyani and overseeing some additions at the Kenyan orphanage. He had only returned yesterday, per his father’s summons. He had intended to head straight back to North Carolina, but Claire had called asking that he come to New York first.
“So why does he want to see me? I know you know.”
Claire smiled a tiny bit, cracking her professional demeanor just enough to reveal her affection for him.
“You’ll see.” She studied him over her fashionable tortoiseshell glasses. “Go on in.”

To read Part Two, visit the following blogs:

Nicely Phrased
Monlatable Book Reviews
Just One More Page
Kimberly Belle Books

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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).

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