ARC Review: My Soul To Keep (Soul #1)


My Soul To Keep (Soul #1)
Kennedy Ryan
November 16, 2015

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.


As readers we sometimes come across books that take you by the heart, squeeze it, break it, mend it back, just to break it all over. And we LOVE it! Why? Who knows why we torture ourselves in such a manner. Maybe it’s because when we read novels like this it makes us feel. I know for me, to be able to connect with characters and feel what they feel, is what I live and breath for. This my friends is what Kennedy Ryan has done to me. The writing in this book is absolutely beautiful. The characters are nothing what you expect them to be, and the story is one that will grab you until the very last page, and possibly beyond.
The very first chapter of this book, had me in tears. It broke my heart and made me feel so many emotions. That there, is when you know you have picked up a great book!

Kai is a young girl from Georgia, who recently lost her mother, who was basically all Kai had left, besides for her mothers best friend “Aunt” Ruthie. Her father, pastor of her small town, left when Kai was 8, with his secretary. Never to be heard or seen of again. What a piece of work, right?
Performing- Singing and dancing are Kai’s passion, so she decides to move to California with her Best friend San.  Which leads to her ultimately meeting heartthrob, Rhyson Gray! Think of a younger version of Adam Levine (at least I was).
Kai is a pretty remarkable girl. She is probably one of the most selfless characters I have read about in a long time. I also really connect with her, which makes a huge difference in my reading experience.

“My heart races when I remember every moment, every word we exchanged, every time we looked at one another as long as we could stand it before we looked away. Meeting Rhyson was like being in a darkened room where someone lights a match. He was a flare of light that illuminated everything around me and showed me just how dull my existence had become”

Rhyson, music prodigy, is something else! Totally not what I was expecting. I don’t even have the words to describe him, besides for, Beautiful! His life growing up was really sad, he had parents who fed off his career. A mother who had him addicted to a certain prescription drug at a young age, and an uncle who cared and loved him enough to get him away from it all, and on a better path of life. I was expecting a full of himself rock star, who didn’t give two craps about anyone but himself. But, what I got was a man who won my heart. Something about Rhyson makes you want to know more about him.

Rhyson has already paved his path in the music industry, he is a well known (remember I said think Adam Levine) artist, well-respected and loved. Kai, is also a very talented performer, she is a singer/dancer, just trying to get her chance, without the help of Rhyson. Becoming a star is something she wants to do on her own, she doesn’t want Rhy in the way, because of the reputation it could possibly leave her with (sleeping with a star for fame). Which definitely causes a lot of tension between these two lovely and talented individuals.

I know I am not getting my words or emotions across correctly. There is so much I want to say, but I can’t find the right words, it’s hard to when you know anything you have to say, wont do this book justice. But, I will say if you love romance and you love music this book is definitely for you! Kennedy Ryan really hit the mark with this one. I definitely cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and continue the journey with these two beautiful souls.

“When I’m around Rhyson, all my numb places spark and fizzle. The match has been struck again, and all the dark corners light up just because he is grinning at me”

5 stars

Disclaimer: This book does have the most terribly wonderful cliffhanger in this history of cliffhangers! 
Also this book was provided to my by the author in exchange of an honest review.

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4 thoughts on “ARC Review: My Soul To Keep (Soul #1)

  1. Hmm, I was just saying on another blog how I need to read a good NA romantic drama, but I’m tired of the same types of characters in these books. This one has music and seems similar to other books I’ve seen (not read), but I’m willing to try it. Okay, I’m sold!

    1. I LOVED this book, I am going to be doing a post on Recommended NA books soon. I have SO many good ones I have read this year, and just haven’t gotten to review. But this is one I will definitely recommend!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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