I received this book for free from Wildfire Marketing PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Keeping You Away by Kennedy Fox
Series: Tyler and Gemma #1, Ex-Con Duet Series #1
on July 16, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Wildfire Marketing PR
I never planned on returning to Alabama, but circumstances brought me here after years of being gone. Though Lawton Ridge is my hometown, I was hesitant to go back because of her—my sister’s best friend. The last time we were together, she was eighteen, and I was a broken soldier transitioning to civilian life.
Gemma wrote to me while I was overseas and we developed a bond I hadn’t anticipated. I crushed her heart the day I left, something I’ve never forgotten. But now that her dad is my new boss, life just got way more complicated.
Too sweet, too innocent, too good for a guy like me—I should walk away again.
After serving five years in prison for something I didn’t do, I trust no one, but Gemma gradually breaks down my walls and exposes the pain I’ve hidden underneath. For her own sake, I should keep my distance, but it’s nearly impossible when I hear her sweet humming while I work and she slowly draws me back in. It’s a battle I didn’t train for, and one I’ll lose if I don’t keep my restraint—especially since she’s engaged to another man.
KEEPING YOU AWAY is a slow-burn, angsty romance wrapped up in an intense love story. It’s book 1 in the Tyler & Gemma duet and must be read first.
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Tyler was introduced, or at least we really got to know him, in the last two parts of the Roommate Duets by Kennedy Fox, starring Liam and Maddie, beginning with Always Mine. And after how much he did to help them out of their hard times I just knew I wanted his story too. Tyler has just got out of jail, and is going back to his hometown, the town he had to get out of when he was younger, even though it meant leaving the one girl he’d ever really loved, Gemma, behind. Gemma is also besties with his sister Everleigh, and she has moved on. She is now engaged to the perfect man. One who treats her well, buys her nice stuff and wants to get married and have children. But when Tyler gets back to town, Gemma finds herself wondering if she is really over him. Especially when things with her fiancee, Robert, start to seem not as great, to pale in comparison to what she remembered having and feeling with Tyler. Of course Tyler’s past can’t quite be gone, and while there are ways that it seems to be showing up and possibly throwing a monkey wrench into his trying to get back to a normal life, what happens at the end of this book, the cliffhanger I know to expect in the first book of these duets, definitely was NOT what I thought was happening. I love how the authors can always surprise me in that way, and now I’m just ready for the second book to come out so I can find out where it goes next.
Needing You Close
Release Date: August 13
Conclusion of Tyler & Gemma’s Duet!
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Meet Kennedy Fox:
Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!