The Opposite of Love – When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel

  • Ryan_WhenYouAreMine_ebookTitle: When You Are Mine
  • Author: Kennedy Ryan
  • ISBN: 1455556823 (ISBN13: 9781455556823)
  • Series: The Bennetts Book #1
  • Published: June 17th 2014 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2014)
  • Format: eBook
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Page Count: 256
  • Rating: D

I am not immune to mellow drama, I was raised on Danielle Steel and General Hospital in its heyday after all, not to mention the highbrow dramas on PBS that my mother watched like Upstairs Downstairs and Poldark. Not to put to fine a point on it, they were just as bad, the only difference being the British accents. Come to think of it this cover reminds me somewhat of the night-time dramas I started watching when I was eight. Before you judge my mother too harshly, firstly I was in the basement (out of sight, out of mind) and second having two younger brothers that I am sure she was trying to put to bed she was probably just relieved that I wasn’t making a nuisance of myself.

SYNOPSIS – 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.

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 . . .

LYAWhen You Are Mine was a disappointment. I am not sure what I was more annoyed about, that I stayed up late to finish it the night before I had to wake up early or that it is the first of a series that inevitably would end in a cliffhanger. Which it did but I am not sure if I care enough to bother with Loving You Always when it comes out in October. Those two things in and of themselves though aggravating would not ruin a good read but when that is not the case it simply adds insult to injury.

Kerris was a paragon, the epitome of a nice girl who gives old ladies rides home and volunteers with sick children at the local hospital, all while working tirelessly to start her own business. A reader could develop a severe case of tooth decay reading about her exploits, as nice as she was, Kerris was about as engaging a heroine, as a cardboard cutout.

Scratch that I wrote out of turn, “Flat-Finn” of Flat Out Love was a fantastic character possessed of a number of traits poor Kerris was missing. There is something indefinable about some characters, that spark of life that some authors seem to effortlessly weave into a protagonist that elevates them into something greater than a collection of words on a page. That elusive fabrication was sadly missing from When You Are Mine.

Walsh was only slightly more intriguing that the utterly too good to be true, and frankly obnoxiously saccharine Kerris. The heir to a multi-million dollar fortune, he is torn between his mother’s non-profit organization benefiting orphaned children and his father’s demands that he take his place at the helm of his company. Upon his return from Africa with a child who requires medical treatment his life is derailed upon meeting Kerris.

A woman who was inexplicably the desire of not one, but two very eligible men. Apparently the sight of Kerris’ sacrificing herself, while wearing a red dress with a flower in her hair, to give a stranger a ride was so attractive that the heretofore unattainable Walsh tumbles head over heels into love. After meeting Walsh, Kerris’ formerly dormant sex drive is jump started into life which is particularly unfortunate as she is already seriously involved with Walsh’s “brotha from another motha” Cam.

I am no stranger to the love triangle and when it’s done properly there is nothing more titillating to a lover of romance novels like myself. This was not a love triangle but closer to a love square if you factor in Walsh’s annoying cousin who conveniently loves Cam passionately. Though by the time I finished I couldn’t care less if any of the characters ended up together in fact it may have been more entertaining if they didn’t.

In Kerris’ mind there is no real choice between Cam and Walsh, she is an honorable woman. A fact that we are bashed over the head with, I think she would be a much more intriguing character if she just wasn’t so “idealized”. Even weeks later it is hard to see what two men as close as brothers would see in her that would be worth damaging their relationship for.

BEWARE SPOILERS AHEAD!

I pride myself on not intentionally divulging spoilers in my reviews but in this case there were some circumstances that I just had to mention if for no other reason than for entertainment’s sake.

There was high drama in When You Are Mine perhaps no more so than when the sexual tension finally breaks between Walsh and Kerris. She finds him sitting in lotus position in the middle of the hospital bed after the child from Africa dies following her “successful” surgery. He weeps in her arms and then his tears turn to passion. I must be the only one who was wondering where the dead child was, had they taken her away? Were they kissing atop her body? There is nothing more romantic than hospital smell. Ugh. Truly, it was pretty tasteless. After this passionate kiss of which neither of them has known the like, Kerris opts to marry Cam anyway. See above for my thoughts on that.

If the deathbed make-out session wasn’t bad enough the story began to lag significantly after the wedding. Walsh buried himself in work and humanitarian efforts proving no good deed goes unpunished when he is kidnapped in Haiti. After his rescue, Kerris cannot resist going to “check on him” when they are over come again by passion and are caught kissing by Cam, who takes the news that his best friend is in love with his wife badly and begins to do his best mentally abusive husband act. I am sure to properly prepare us for the day six years hence when Kerris finally dumps his ass to inflict herself on Walsh til death they do part.

Before we reach the above conclusion which I am sure is a certainty there is still Walsh’s saintly, but not as obnoxiously so as Kerris, mother’s death from cancer, Kerris’ pregnancy and still two more books to go! It is hard to imagine how many sharks will be jumped in Loving You Always. I could speculate but I feel it just wouldn’t be sporting…

Indifferent I may not be, but I am not far off.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kennedy Ryan grew up in North Carolina, but loves living in Atlanta with her husband (tall – check, dark – check – handsome – check), and her handful of a son. Though she knew, like writers often do, that she was supposed to tell stories, the road to fulfillment has been paved with “some of everything” jobs that kept her family eating and living indoors. With her degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!), she has focused on writing for non-profit organizations and even doing some non-fiction ghost writing. Only in the last few years did she start telling stories again.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mom, she’s also passionate about serving families living with Autism. Her son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, and she has made it her mission to help as many families as possible find the resources and services they need.

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