Book Review: Until I'm Yours (The Bennetts #4) by Kennedy Ryan
Until I'm Yours The Bennetts #4 By: Kennedy Ryan Release Date: Feb. 2, 2016 Publisher: Forever Romance Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from publisher in exchange for a honest review GR's Summary: The world knows her face . . . Mean girl. Goddess. Bitch. Supermodel Sofie Baston has earned those labels . . . yet they don't scratch the surface of who she really is. Before she can follow her own dreams, Sophie must do her daughterly duty and reel in a "fish" for her father's business-a tall, brown-eyed entrepreneur who immediately hooks her. He's a big guy with an even bigger heart . . . but will that heart be open to Sofie once her darkest secret is revealed? . . . but only one man knows her heart To Trevor Bishop, Sofie is a beautiful mystery he would gladly spend his life solving. He figures her tough demeanor is armor against a world that's hurt her too many times. Then Sofie's deepest wounds are reopened by the powerful, ruthless man who made them. When she musters the courage to take him down, her world shatters. Now Trevor is determined to help Sofie pick up the pieces so they can build a future together. The challenge will be convincing his ice princess that it's safe to melt in his arms . . .
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The Bennetts' Series has been a dramatic, romantic, and sexy roller coaster ride from start to finish. These stories take us into a world where the wealthy and powerful deal in business, deception, dysfunction, passion, purpose, and the ultimate love. In books one and two, we got Walsh and Kerris' love story, in book three, we got Cam and Jo's story (my absolute favorite in the whole series,) and the series concludes with book four.
Sofie Baston has been the ultimate villainess in this series. She is sexy, aloof, manipulative, and lacking in emotion. It has been easy to dislike her, and I was worried about how Ms. Kennedy would be able to redeem her. We learn in Sophie's story everything that contributed to her being the person that she has become.
Trevor Bishop is a do-gooder. He has dedicated his life to helping people in poor underdeveloped countries. He is temporarily in New York with his business partner to sell their company, because he has plans that will take him to the next level of his dreams.
While attending a charity event, he meets the breathtaking, elegant, sarcastic, sexy, confident, and intelligent, Sophie Baston. He see's something in her eyes that draws him in, and makes him want to uncover all of her secrets. He loves that Sophie is a strong and honest woman. Yet, he knows she has a tough outer shell that she projects to everyone around her. Trevor believes that he shares a connection with Sophie, and is determined to get to know the real person that she hides inside of her shell.
Sophie Baston was a very complex character. I enjoyed learning about her as Ms. Kennedy peeled back her layers one by one. Sophie is flawed, and she has made numerous mistakes. Yet, she is also good. She has become tough in order to protect herself. Trevor was the perfect man for Sophie. He was gentle, patient, persistent, and refused to give up on what he wanted. Trevor brought out a softer and sweeter side of Sophie. He knew how to nurture her, and make her feel safe enough to reveal herself to him.
Passion simmered between Trevor and Sophie. However, it came from an emotional intimacy that Trevor insisted on. I'm glad that these two waited to indulge in physical intimacy, because the payoff was priceless. A breathtaking love blossomed from the slow burn of desire, sharing of secrets, fears, hopes, dreams, and the essence of who they ultimately were.
Until I'm Yours addressed the very serious issue of rape culture, or how violence against women is excused and blamed on the victim by the general population and media. The feminist in me cried out in anger and sorrow to see the way that victims are re-victimized in society. They are put on trial by popular opinion as their pasts and every mistake they ever made is put in the spotlight. I applaud Ms. Kennedy for addressing such an important issue, and making us see rape culture through the eyes of a victim.
I give, Until I'm Yours, by Kennedy Ryan, 4.5 'The Sinner and the Saint,' Urgent Love Filled Stars! The Bennetts' Series would make for amazing television, and is a guaranteed great read!
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