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REVIEW: Before Ryan Was Mine (The Forever Trilogy Prequel) by Kahlen Aymes

The
highly anticipated pre-quel to The Remembrance Trilogy is
 NOW
AVAILABLE!
Barnes
& Noble:
http://bit.ly/POPrequelBN
RELEASE
DATE: December 16th, 2014
Blurb
When
Ryan Matthews meets Julia Abbott for the first time at Stanford
University, he immediately knows she will change his life. They have
an instant, unbreakable connection that goes beyond partying and
palpable attraction. Although his intelligence and good looks land
him any girl he wants, Ryan hesitates to cross that line with Julia
because she quickly becomes the best friend he’s ever had.
Both
secretly in love, Ryan and Julia are terrified to take the chance
that could mean the loss of the very person they don’t want to
lose. As the bond between them grows stronger, they are both
miserable as they are forced to watch as they each date other people.
But will Ryan’s all-consuming jealousy and Julia’s deeply broken
heart torment them enough to make one or both walk away?
Join
Ryan and Julia on the beginning of the journey that has made Kahlen
Aymes’ Remembrance Trilogy an international bestselling favorite
among her readers. This book was written after The Trilogy was
finished due to an abundance of reader requests for more of Ryan and
Julia’s story.
And
so…
The
Mad, Mad Love Begins…
Excerpt
Excerpt
from Before Ryan Was Mine, The Remembrance Trilogy, Prequel,
Copyright 2014, Kahlen Aymes, All Rights Reserved.
My
beer slipped from my fingers, and I scrambled to catch it but it was
being lifted by another set of slender fingers without the blazing
red nails. By the time my eyes shifted up and focused, Julia was
leisurely taking a drink from my bottle. Her hooded green eyes
appraised me, with my date almost on my lap. I barely noticed Leah
because my attention was on Julia, and then her eyes shifted twelve
inches right, landing on Leah. Julia hated beer, but still here she
was, stamping her ownership with something as simple as a pull on my
beer bottle. She probably didn’t even know the effect it had on
me at such a base level, but I fucking loved it. Something tightened
deep inside my chest, and my dick twitched inside my jeans.
Ryan!
Are you gonna let her do that?” Leah demanded indignantly, her
eyes flashing haughtily up at Julia.
My
lips raised in the slightest smirk. Julia echoed it when her eyes
locked with mine.
Yeah,
she… uh, she can do that,” I confirmed without emphasis.
Amusement at Julia’s confidence made me want to laugh out loud. I
felt fucking elated.
Leah
huffed beside me and angrily flung herself back against the cushions
of the couch, removing her leg from mine. “Well, do you know her?”
Yeah.
Yeah, I know her.”
Boy,
do I know her.
Julia
wobbled a little, and I could see she’d had more to drink than she
needed. Still, she grinned at me, her arm bent at the elbow as she
curled my beer close to her chest, not drinking, just holding it in
place. My instinct was to reach out or stand up to steady her.
Angrily,
Leah pushed on my shoulder and spewed venom in Julia’s direction.
“Are you going to introduce us? Is she your sister?”
Julia
started to giggle. “Pffft! Do I look like his sister?”
Then
who are you?” my date demanded, her expression hard. I watched the
exchange, anxious to see what Julia would say.
Oh,
we’re ….” She handed back my beer and walked behind me to sit
on the top edge of the back of the couch and slid her hand over the
shoulder Leah had shoved. “Well, let’s see… we’re…
mmmm…” Her words were nonchalant but her eyes widened, waiting
for me to finish the sentence. “What exactly are we, Ryan?”
This
is my best friend Julia. Jules, this is Leah.” I said the words
carefully, but couldn’t tear my eyes from Julia’s face. Her
features were filled with laughter and devilry.
His
date,” Leah spat.
Congratulations.”
Julia focused on Leah and wagged a finger in her direction. She was
clearly tipsy. “You need a donut.”
A
laugh burst from my chest because I couldn’t help myself.
You
need a donut.

I thought it was fucking hilarious, but Leah was clearly pissed.
What
did you say?”
You
seriously need a donut.”
Leah
looked indignant and furious, but my shoulders were visibly shaking
with laughter when Julia turned her attention to me. “Can I talk to
you for a sec?”
Excuse
me,” I murmured to Leah then immediately rose to follow Julia a few
feet away. “Are you being careful?”
Is
it just a coincidence that you and Twiggy are here tonight?”
I
swallowed at the accusation in her tone. She was tipsy, but her eyes
still burned into mine. “Yeah. I had no idea you were even going
out, but I’m glad I’m here. Who is that guy?” I wanted to ask
why she let him touch her in such a familiar way but clamped my jaw
shut.
He’s
a guy. Collin, I think? No big deal.” She shrugged nonchalantly,
and her hand came to rest on the front of my shirt. I should have
been reassured as her deep green eyes looked up imploringly. “Don’t
worry, Ryan.”
It
was all I could do not to cover her fingers with my own. “I
worry.”
I
know.” She leaned in and wrapped her arms around my waist in a
brief hug and the scent of her perfume engulfed me. “I’m glad to
see you. I’ll call you tomorrow.”
My Review
This is the first time I have ever met Julia ad Ryan, so I went in to this blind. And fell in love with these two. Their friendship is so seamless and easy. I love that it was told by both pov’s so we get to know what’s in both of their heads.  Even though we know what happens, it always nice to go back to the beginning and see how it all started.  I adore Ryan and Julia and even when they both frustrated me beyond belief, they still wormed their way in to my heart. Now I need to catch up and read the trilogy.
4.5 stars from me
The
Remembrance Trilogy Reading Order
Before
Ryan Was Mine (Book 0.5)
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The
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About
the Author:
Kahlen
Aymes
I’m
a single mother of one daughter, Olivia. She’s amazing in every way.
I
was born in the Midwestern United States and educated at a private
university where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and
Business Administration.
I’ve
always been creative with art, music, theater and writing. I decided
to write a story as a way to build a network for a business venture.
The reader support of my stories and my overwhelming desire to find
out where my characters would take me, soon had the writing morphing
the business. No one was more shocked than I. When readers began
nominating my work for online awards, it took my breath away and only
made me love it more. It soon became clear that writing was, and
should be, my focus.
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