Series: Soul #2
Published by Self-Published on 3/31/16
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She doesn't wear my ring.
We never stood before a preacher.
The only vows exchanged were between our bodies; between our souls.
But she was mine and I was hers until I ruined it. I have to believe that every day, every step, every breath brings me closer to making things right.
To making her mine again.
I've seen promises broken.
I know love makes no guarantees.
But things were different for Rhys and me, until he lied, and I walked away. Only there's a chain between our hearts that I can't break. Even if I forgive him, a shadow from my past hangs over us; over this love that reaches all the way down to my soul.
“These two morons are so f***ing sweet, they make me sick.” 😍
That’s not a quote from the book, that’s what I kept saying during most of Down to My Soul. The rest of the time, I moaned in agony as my babies fought for each other, themselves, and their love.
Down to My Soul is the follow up to My Soul to Keep, and it is definitely not a standalone. One must read My Soul to Keep to get the full scope of this love story, and if you do read it, be glad that you have Down to My Soul readily available. Check out my review of My Soul to Keep for more on my experience. I loved that book so much that I didn’t finish it.
The Soul series is passion epitomized. Rhyson and Kai’s love is fire, and Ryan’s writing conveys the depth of their feelings for each other perfectly. These two belong together, their bond, the string that ties them together, apparent from the moment they meet, and as their love story evolves, that string transforms to steel.
As is with book one, this emotional story builds. This isn’t an insta-love with a rapid HEA – Kai and Rhyson have to fight to stay together. They have to fight the manipulations of others, but mainly they have to fight themselves. The character development is superb. I loved the pace and growth of the story. It’s pure and organic. In My Soul to Keep, I felt like I was falling in love, right along with the characters, as they grew as friends and then transitioned to lovers. In Down to My Soul, I felt as if I was crashing right along with them.
I don’t typically like these duos, but this story extended allowed for the story to be so strong and affecting. It helped that the drama was enhancing and not redundant, so I didn’t feel like it was angst for the sake of angst. Though I still would’ve preferred an epic sized standalone (I don’t know why people are so scared of big books), what these characters experience showcases who they are and how they evolve, and I thought their ultimate triumphs were more satisfying because it wasn’t a quick change over time.
I really loved reading this series. It just has that feeling, ya know. The one that makes you feel like liquid; it melts you. And contradictory to my usual beliefs, what I needed from the story that I didn’t get was more. I really want more. Let me clarify, I’m not saying they the story needed more, I’m saying that I want more. (Although there is one tiny detail I wanted resolved that is left unknown in the end.) It seems I can never be satisfied, even though I’m more than full (see what I did there?). These characters are so real to me that I feel I need to be on their journey with them, I need to experience that future that’s foreshadowed, I need to be there every step of the way. Is it too much to ask to see it all? No. Kennedy Ryan surely doesn’t need to write other books.
P. S. This series felt a bit like the Thoughtless series. Don’t shoot me if you hated Thoughtless, this has all the good stuff. The slow-burn, and believable angst, minus the annoying heroine. Fans of Kellan Kyle will love Rhyson Grey. And an added bonus, Kennedy Ryan has mad skills with a pen. This romance has soul.