What it’s about:
The world knows her face . . .
Mean girl. Goddess. Bitch. Supermodel Sofie Baston has earned those labels . . . yet they don’t scratch the surface of who she really is. Before she can follow her own dreams, Sophie must do her daughterly duty and reel in a “fish” for her father’s business-a tall, brown-eyed entrepreneur who immediately hooks her. He’s a big guy with an even bigger heart . . . but will that heart be open to Sofie once her darkest secret is revealed?
. . . but only one man knows her heart
To Trevor Bishop, Sofie is a beautiful mystery he would gladly spend his life solving. He figures her tough demeanor is armor against a world that’s hurt her too many times. Then Sofie’s deepest wounds are reopened by the powerful, ruthless man who made them. When she musters the courage to take him down, her world shatters. Now Trevor is determined to help Sofie pick up the pieces so they can build a future together. The challenge will be convincing his ice princess that it’s safe to melt in his arms
••☆••*´¨`*•.☆••5 stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆
Until I’m Yours is the fourth book in Kennedy Ryan’s Bennett Series. I have not read anything from Kennedy Ryan before, and I was unaware that Until I’m Yours was part of a series. I found the book to be easily read as a stand-alone novel; Ryan provides plenty of background information so that new readers have no difficulty following the story.
This book has it all: thoroughly developed, interesting characters, a plot so thick you need a knife to slice through it, a career-killing secret, and a horrifically, dysfunctional family. Kennedy Ryan has written an unequivocal page-turner.
Sophie is a stunning supermodel. She was raised to consider “trophy wife” as her ultimate objective. A traumatic experience leads to her abandoning her academic aspirations to recuperate and beginning again in Europe. She is beautiful, successful, and bitter; she knows that something critical is missing from her sinful life. Her father’s prospective business associate, Trevor Bishop, is the only person who seems to recognize in Sophie “an appetite for significance”.
Trevor Bishop is a saint. He is also a Princeton dropout turned altruistic entrepreneur. His humble beginnings gave him a solid foundation, and his gene pool has gave him ginger hair and handsome face. He is thoughtful and purposeful. Everyone should have a Trevor in his/her life; he is strong, supportive, kind and loyal. He is a swoon-worthy book-boyfriend.
The bevy of supportive and pernicious secondary characters are developed and pivotal to the plot.
Until I’m Yours is a story of survival, tenacity, and healing. Yes, there is a romance, but it is almost secondary to the story of Sophie blossoming into the best version of herself. Trevor, in all his goodness, is the catalyst to Sophie letting go of her public reputation in order to search for the compassionate goddess who resides within her.
“When we’re young, we live for the good times, setting moments on fire, laughing and dancing in the flames. We’re invincible. No one tells you the memories may haunt you like ghosts, knocking around when the house is quiet and you’re alone with your regret. No one tells you about the rubble of your destruction. No one tells you that you’ll get burned, and those fiery moments become your mistakes.”
Sophie completely owns her past mistakes—not that she’s proud of them; between her uncaring parents, her trauma, and owning up to her subsequent bad choices, she is a very empathetic character. I loved that her small “team” thoroughly supported her through thick and thin. I desperately rooted for a positive outcome for Sophie.
Sophie and Trevor do have an instant appreciation for each other’s outward appearance. However, Trevor’s feminist beliefs and core values, lead him to insist on restraint until the two know each other better. He believes that intimacy really comes from knowing and admiring someone from the inside out. Now don’t you want a stand-up guy like that in your life? What sealed the deal for me was Trevor’s unwavering and public support of Sophie through her nightmarish ordeal.
I enjoyed this refreshing and redemptive story so much that I plan to read the entire series!
About the author: 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!