It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold...
I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music's brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.
I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can't get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything - I will. And once she's mine, I won't let go.
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“She’s like the eye of the storm. Chaos all around, but right here, in her arms, at the center, peace. Unreasonable, undeniable peace.”
HELLO first chapter! I had tears in my eyes on the very first two chapters. Now. This isn’t a sad book. But the author is a talented writer and she was able to grab me from the very beginning. Her WORDS are captivating. So I am asking myself. Why have I not read her before? This is my first book of hers. And certainly not my last. I want to read everything she writes.
“Little by little she has crept into even the broken places of my heart.”
Child prodigy, Rhyson Gray, turned famous and successful musician has everything he has ever wanted. But deep down, he knows something is missing. And he finds that missing piece in Kai Pearson. Kai’s life was turned upside down when she lost her mom. Determined to make something of herself, she leaves behind her southern roots to head to California. The moment Rhyson and Kai meet, it’s like they’re the only ones in the room. Their deep connection through music. While others listened to music, both Rhyson and Kai felt it in their bones.
“His smile promises things that make my heartbeat stutter.”
You know the feeling a a book gives you that makes your heart flutter? You're like OMG real life go away, I just want to read! This book did that for me. Kai and Rhyson did not fall for each other over night. While the connection was instant, their love built over time. Kai was reluctant to even think about Rhyson because of her past. She was determined to make it on her own in the entertainment industry. Without the help of Rhyson. However, over time, the two of them could no longer deny the feelings that festered beneath the surface. Kai wanted more time. But the thing about the heart is that it waits for no one. For love does not know circumstance or time. It only goes where it belongs.
“The man I didn’t want to need feels like the breath in my lungs. Feels like the blood pumping through my heart. Feels like the pulse pounding in my ears. Feels like everything I need to survive.”
As I mentioned before, the words are what makes this beautiful story magical. Poetic and lyrical in nature, the words of this story gave me LIFE. I have never read this author before, and I am kicking myself that this is my first book of hers. Her words are powerful. Magnetic. Addicting. She brilliantly weaves a story together that goes beyond love and romance. This story is simply about two soulmates and how much love truly saves. Always.
“Rhyson’s words set my heart free like a stampede of wild notes across a music staff, falling off the lines, running off the page.”
The love between Rhyson and Kai cannot be boxed in or simply explained with words. Their love was deep. Overwhelming. Unyielding. Transcending. Profound. They love with conviction, with strength. Even though their circumstances tell them they are not right for each other, their hearts know different. Their hearts know they love with truth.
“I hand over more of my heart. More of my soul. I always think he has it all, and he always finds more. Takes more. Gives me more.”
If love could be translated into music, it would simply read the words of this book. The declarations of love between Kai and Rhyson weren’t always put into words, but simply felt in their moments together. You feel the moment their hearts are tethered. The moment where there is no turning back. They recklessly hand over their hearts to the other. But thats the thing about love. It’s a risk. One you take with the person you know it belongs to. And that was Rhyson and Kai. Their hearts were always on the same beat.
“You’re in my veins. In my blood. In my bones, and I just want you deeper.”
My Soul To Keep is an all consuming read. I was in love with the writing by the second page. Rhyson and Kai are something special and I dare not compare them to anything I have ever read. I would also like to thank the author for adding diversity in this book as her characters truly reflect the truth in love not caring about looks, socioeconomic status, nor ability. Love always ends up where it’s meant to be. My heart continues to sing over this story. Rhyson and Kai’s story is not cookie cutter. It’s raw, touching, emotional, and you will fall deeper into the lives of these characters. The ending left me speechless, and I cannot wait to see what is to come for these two. This story is definitely one of the finer moments of the romance genre.
I just can't write about myself in third person for one more bio! 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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