Southern Desire (Southern Heart #2)
By: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance / New Adult
Available January 17, 2017
After experiencing heartache and loss, Whitney decides it’s time to move on and leave the past behind, while keeping the pain with her. Finding her way to Kentucky to be with family, she’s finally settling and feeling some happiness. She meets Aaron and he’s slowly showing her how to live again. But, what Aaron doesn’t know, is the deep secret she’s keeping from him.
Aaron doesn’t believe in spending time with women he doesn’t see a future with. Love, to him was black and white, until Whitney found her way into his life.
She’s his one and he’s her strength.
The overshadowing secret plaguing Whitney’s mind drivers her away, leaving Aaron and everyone she met behind.
Will Aaron find his way to Whitney again?
Or was their love something that most people desired and never found?
Here we are again with Kaylee Ryan’s new adult romance books. She usually releases 2-3 books a year. This one is coming at the middle of January so keep your eyes peeled.
If you read Southern Pleasure then you are familiar with Evan and McKinley’s story. Well Evan’s best friend and McKinley’s older brother, Aaron, is our leading man in this story. You do not need to read book one first, they can be stand-alone; however, it would be beneficial to read the first book to meet Evan and McKinley. Evan was my dream man, so I am partial to him, but Aaron has grown on me.
There are some stories were the men are realistic and there are some where the guy just seems too good to be true. Well Aaron is the type that seems too good to be true, but he is exactly “what you see is what you get.” He doesn’t bring girls around, and most hook ups are short lived for him. He thinks that when he finds, “the one” there will be fireworks and he will be struck by lightning. He comes to realize that, love doesn’t work that way and that it grows with the more time you spend with someone. Obviously there has to be a physical attraction, but the deeper stuff comes with conversation and honest desire to know someone.
If you dream about a kind, generous, strong, loving, passionate, cowboy that is also soft on the eyes, and has a light scruff – then Aaron is your new book boyfriend. He is a family man and doesn’t want to change anything. I noticed that he wants a girl to fit into his life more than willing to change to fit into a girl’s life. He was lucky that Whitney landed right on his door step, looking to change somethings in her own life.
Whitney is our protagonist female. She grew up in Chicago with her mom. After her mother died from breast cancer, she moved south to be closer to the only family she has left. She found a job working for Mills Photography (McKinley’s photo studio). Whitney is broken. She hasn’t fully grieved the loss of her mother. For seven years she was there with her mom through all the chemo and test. Her goal is to find a new home. A place she can start over and not have to think about the loneliness she feels.
Aaron and Whitney become fast friends. Best friends. They confide in one another and spend a great deal of time together. They are small things that gradually occur to show they are each interested in one another (e.g.: hand holding, his hand guiding on her lower back, seeking ways to touch each other without being too obvious). There is nothing sexual about the constant small touches, it is more flirty and fun.
What I liked about the story is Whitney. She is totally struggling with her grief. She suppresses it and it at times paralysis her. Aaron becomes the one person she is able to turn to and lean on; but, one secret that she holds from him becomes the tipping point for their relationship.
Can Aaron keep Whitney from running away from him and her grief? Can Whitney overcome her own road blocks with life and love?
Kaylee Ryan is phenomenal. I love her stories and each one has some type of internal struggle. She goes through phases of the type of characters she is writing about, which is fun. I kind of want her to write about bad girl turned good from a boy, or even, a two evil characters that become good with each other. You know two negatives make a positive. Just a small joke.
Should you read her latest book? Well it is Kaylee Ryan, so I would say DUH!
Is it my favorite? Not top 5, but it is still good and worth the read. I hope you will give it a shot.
Come on, who can turn down a hot cowboy as your new book boyfriend?
No warm blooded heterosexual woman, nor homosexual man! These are the stories we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.