Series: Soul #3
Published by Self-Published on 08/15/2016
People dream of a love that runs deep. So deep it feels like it's always been with you, just waiting for the person who'll own your heart and soul forever. So few ever find it, but for Rhyson Gray and Kai Pearson, happily ever after was only the beginning...
One of the biggest rock stars in the world and one of the brightest rising stars make a life together. Sometimes it's glamour-filled days and blissed out nights, but it's mostly staying true in the too-bright glare of the spotlight. It's long stretches where the road is lonely and the work is hard. It's living in a love that's the safest place you know even while danger lurks at your door.
Book 3 of The Soul series is an emotionally-charged epic conclusion that had to be told and should not be missed for fans of this series and this couple!
“I think my soul knew you before I did. Knew you were the one I should spend the rest of my life with. Getting to know you, becoming your friend, only convinced me of what I think my heart and my soud already knew.”
“And what’s that? … “
“That you’re mine and I’m yours.”
Kennedy Ryan wraps up (hopefully not for the last time) the love story of one of the sweetest couples that I’ve ever read. I fell in love with these two from the very moment they met and have become more than a little obsessed with them as their story evolved. When Down to My Soul ended I was one of many fans who cried foul that Ryan would close the book on #Kaison – I just felt like I needed more. I was ecstatic when I learned that she’d written one more entry for this beautiful couple.
Refrain was a sweet and entertaining conclusion to Rhyson and Kai’s love story, full of romance, excitement, and a surprising bit of suspense. I loved every scene with my two faves – I really could read about Kai and Rhyson forever, because their chemistry is so dynamic that even the simplest glance is fully charged. They’re my favorite kind of couple, you know, the ones who just can’t get enough of each other, and not just in the sense that they’re having hot ass sex all the time (which they were), but in the sense that they’re always near each other, always touching each other, always connected. Kai and Rhyson’s bond is stronger in Refrained, and it was a joy to see them deal with a few trials after their HEA.
A part of the reason why I was so excited for this book was because there were a couple of loose ends I wanted settled for #Kaison. Refrain addressed them all satisfactorily and gloriously, but it took a while to get there. I’m a #Kaison fanatic like the craziest of them, but I didn’t love this book through and through. There were some parts of the plot that seemed, as my friends and I refer to it, a bit drama llama, and I tolerated them to get to the sweet and organic moments that I loved so much in the previous two installments. Fortunately, those moments were aplenty, so I experienced that cheesy-grinning, dramatic-sighing, awe-inducing high that just feeds my romance-loving addiction.
The Soul Series will go down as one of my favorite romantic series. Kai and Rhyson are a fantastic couple, the writing is beautiful, and the story heartfelt and passionate. These books will be re-read repeatedly for years and years, and I can’t recommend them enough.
Hopefully I’ll see more of these two when we get Marlon’s story. *Fingers crossed*
“You keep making me fall in love with you over and over. When does it stop?”
“It won’t stop.”
Earlier this year my book friends were going on and on (and on) about My Soul to Keep. To be honest, I bought it figuring I would read it once the second book came along, so I shelved it. In the meantime, I quietly began stalking Kennedy on-line for review opportunities for Down to My Soul. Finally, that day came for me to start the series and while I didn’t kick my own ass for waiting to read them, I did absolutely fall in love with Kennedy’s clean and romantically sublime writing as she filled me up with lovable characters and an emotionally charged storyline. Character driven stories like the ones of the Soul Series are my most favorite kind and I could not get enough of Rhyson and Kai.
Well, apparently I am not the only one. Readers demanded more and Kennedy has absolutely delivered. Refrain is a must-read addition to the Soul Series as it showcases the idyllic connection and soul deep love between Kai and Rhyson. I loved being back in Rhyson and Kai’s world, seemingly feeling like I had never left. Kennedy’s writing continues to amaze me as she easily brought out a varied range of emotions in just a few thousand words. I can’t even be mad that this novella eventually turned out to be a full length addition because I still want more. I do, and I will relentlessly beg Kennedy for more Kaison in the form of additional stories or cameos in any spin offs, ahem Grip.
It has been a long time since I’ve read a book or series where the characters have captured my attention as the crew from the Soul Series has. Please, please don’t miss Refrain. It’s sinfully hot and epically romantic; an absolute must read for Soul Series lovers. Live it!
I know it’s just a date, but it feels special. We’re not party people. We’re as content…no, more content…staying home. Or going to the studio. Or to the beach. But a date? Dinner? Like normal people? Yeah, I’m excited.
Ella thought it would be fun to play up my Asian ancestry. The shantung silk dress she brought over is the color of cherries and has black piping. It’s sleeveless with a stiff mandarin collar framing my neck. High side slits extend from the mid-calf hem to a few inches above my knees, flashing my thighs with each step. The material clings to my every dip and curve. Ella insisted I ditch the bra, so my breasts strain against the tight material. The rear view provides the dress’s true drama. A tiny onyx button clasps at my nape, and from there the dress cuts out, laying my entire back bare. The dress lovingly exaggerates and cups the rounded curve of my butt.
Glancing over my shoulder, even I see that it is…provocative. Ella knotted my hair and secured it with shiny black chopsticks. My make up is heavier than usual, with pencil and smoky shadow highlighting the slant of my eyes. My lips pop a vibrant matte red.
“Kai!” Rhyson’s voice climbs the stairs. “Come on, babe. We’ve got a reservation.”
“Be right down,” I yell back. Why do we even have intercom when Rhyson always resorts to the old cup and string method of communication?
“Oh!” Ella digs in her little bag of tricks, handing me a small beaded clutch. “You’ll need this.”
“And those.” She points to the backless heels on the bed which add a good four inches to my height.
I step into the heels, teetering a little until I get used to the air up here.
“Pep!” Rhyson yells again from downstairs. “Baby, we need to go.”
Ella gathers her things and heads toward the landing with me. We’re chatting, laughing over something from Grip’s shoot, when I catch sight of Rhyson at the bottom of the stairs wearing a slate gray suit with a navy button up, no tie. The slacks are impeccably tailored. He’s gotten his hair cut today. Must have been one of his “appointments.” It’s tapered in the back and on the sides, but still longer on top, dipping into his eyes. He looks like exactly what he is. A devastating famous rock star who can have anyone he wants. If I pinched myself every time I tried to wake up from this dream where I’m the one he wants, I’d be black and blue for the rest of our lives.
I stop right in front of him on the last step, which between my high heels and the elevation of the step, puts us basically eye to eye. We stare at one another for long moments, his eyes thoroughly assessing me, and mine doing the same. Ella says her good-byes, and I wave vaguely in her direction, transfixed by Rhyson’s stormy gaze. Finally he grabs my hand, draws my wrist to his lips and leaves a sweet kiss there.
“Well, I hope you’re happy,” he says softly, making another journey up and then down my body with his eyes. “You did it.”
“Did what?” I’m startled by how husky and breathless I sound.
“You’ve made me want to stay home and say screw our plans.”
I lean in to plant a kiss on his full lips, barely resisting the impulse to thrust my tongue in and set off some fireworks. I step down and walk past him. His indrawn breath once he sees the back of the dress renders a pleased smile on my face. My hand is on the door handle when his wide palm splays over my stomach, pulling me up short. His hard chest warms my back.
“Your ass in this dress is obscene, Pep,” he husks at my ear, grinding his erection into my butt. I’m reminded of my own cries bouncing off the bathroom walls this morning when he took me from behind as we watched each other in the mirror.
I glance up and over my shoulder, giving him my most seductive smile and turn to face him.
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Catch up on books 1 & 2! They MUST be read before REFRAIN!
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