- Series: Soul Series
- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1530629187
- ISBN-13: 978-1530629183
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 196 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,737,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Down to My Soul (Soul Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 18, 2016
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I'm a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That's me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you'll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing To Be Read list!
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“Sometimes our best intentions come with our worst decisions.”
I adored the first book in this series and was a little reticent to read this one at first as I had extremely high expectations. My Soul to Keep was my first Kennedy Ryan read and she totally captivated me with her lyrical writing, intense character connection and Kai and Rhyson’s all-consuming story. Well, I needn’t have worried because Kennedy Ryan delivered once again, in spades. This is the continuation of Kai and Rhyson’s story, therefore you need to have read My Soul to Keep first.
Down to My Soul continues where My Soul to Keep finished and once again I was thrust into the lives of Kai and Rhyson, full throttle, with intensity, emotion and once again passion. With fantastic dialogue that keeps the reader thoroughly engaged Kennedy Ryan totally captivates you from the offset and while their lives were never going to run smoothly these two throw their all into trying and at the end of the day that was all I could hope for.
“There’s no happiness without you anymore. This didn’t have to happen.”
Being friends first and foremost really gave a fantastic foundation for Kai and Rhyson and knowing everything about the other has its pluses and negatives. These two can read each other like an open book so when one is hiding from the other, they know.
Rhyson really puts his heart and soul out there in this book and Kennedy Ryan captured this perfectly. Emotionally brutal at times Kennedy Ryan draws you in to his inner turmoil and his fight to keep Kai by his side. His growth throughout was a necessary evil but it was great to watch him finally really trust and give his all to his forever love. He just needed her to open up too and accept it with open arms.
“Every wall I’d ever raised, every defense I had, you got past them all…You went deeper than anyone ever had. You peeled away every layer of skin, sunk through the flesh, and I felt you right next to my bones. For the first time in my life I felt fully…known.”
The one thing I have loved about Kai and Rhyson’s relationship from the offset is its “realness.” They were two characters that had their issues, but they knew they were flawed and try desperately to overcome their faults. They want to be better for the other while still keeping their own identities. Kai was just breaking out into the music world and was desperate to make it on her own without the constant nametag of being Rhyson’s girlfriend. Rhyson wanted to navigate Kai through the pit-falls of the music industry and while he only had her best interests at heart it was hard for Kai to accept as being anything other than Rhyson being overbearing and interfering.
“She blurs everything. Erases every line I’ve drawn in the sand. Forces me to rethink the boundaries of right, wrong, acceptable, never would, and couldn’t ever. She’s my absolute.”
We still have the suspense and intrigue with Kai’s mysterious texts and my heart was in my mouth so many times just wishing that she would share the burden. The be all and end all for Kai was to protect Rhyson at all costs, even if it meant her own sanity was at stake. I loved the way Kennedy Ryan explored the behind the scenes of the music industry and all the pressures and sharks that it encompasses. As a person looking in you think that their lives are glamourous but sometimes fail to realise the hard work that goes into, it was eye opening at times, the constant invasion of privacy and navigating your way through agents and companies that just want their pound of flesh no matter the consequences.
“She promised me that you would make mistakes, and that the real test would be to love you through them. It’s a test you already passed when you loved me through mine.”
But most of all this was a love story, a love story that has had me captivated from the first word of the first book and has kept me engrossed to the very end of the second. A love story that Kennedy Ryan penned perfectly and one that you cannot help but become emotionally invested. A love story that would stand the test of time and delivers all the bumps and curveballs with stark reality and intense emotion. A road that was far from straight but with every twist and turn a lesson was learned and a remedy found. This was a journey for both characters but one that had a pot of gold at the end, a pot that had all the riches that these two deserved and the only one they needed…each other.
“He is mine and I am his. Our darkest secrets, shared. Our deepest places, reached. We are completely known. Completely loved down to our very souls.”
When I finished my heart took a plunge. But, a love like theirs has got to survive. I have faith in Pep and Rhyson's "live" (you will understand when you read the book). I cried, because life can be cruel and mistakes have a way of coming back to bite us. But, I have to believe that love will conquer. I am anxiously waiting for part 2...bring it on.
Now I have read Down to My Soul (Soul Series Book 2) and this quote says it all:
"Can people love like that?" "I mean, can people love you no matter what? In the deep calls out to deep kinda way?"
This book is so good. I am in love with Rhys and Kai, I am right there in the middle of their love. Rhys is so special in so many ways. The first book ended when Kai leaves on tour to get away from Rhys. She was hurt by his actions and needed the distance to think clearly. She also needed to proof to herself and the world that she could make it on her own and not because of him.
Rhys waited patiently, never giving up. He would call and text her every single day. This story is about loving and forgiving. Loving so much and so deep, that when the other person hurts you, your love doesn’t falter. Love so deep you want to protect the other person from any kind of hurt. Realizing, you have to let them go through the hurt, the pain, the despair. But, be there for them when they are ready.
Right in the center of their love is a mystery to solve. Kai is keeping a secret from Rhys. Her past has come back to haunt her. A past that she is sure will kill the love that he has for her. An unexpected visitor makes her realize she has to come clean with Rhys if their relationship is to survive; and she must face the consequences.
There is not enough I can say about Down to My Soul. It is a love story that must be read. When you read it, you will feel it.
Down to My Soul (Soul Series Book 2)