Published by Amazon on September 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Ryan Kennedy is the definition of tall, dark and handsome and along with his success, he seems to have it all. However, Ryan is a man haunted by the past. The time has now come for him to face all that happened before and to finally try and put the past to rest.After eleven long years he has returned home to the wild beauty of the West of Ireland coastline, to a place that formed him in so many unimaginable ways. He must reach out to those who hurt him the most and lay his heart on the line but these were the people who destroyed him before and will seeing them again prove his salvation or his ultimate undoing.
This is the tale of Ryan Kennedy and his journey to his true self.┬á Self-discovery and acceptance are not easy.┬á Sometimes there is collateral damage.┬á The story is a recollection of the past, as Ryan shows us who he was and how he became the man he is today.┬á To say that he was haunted and has some regrets is a severe understatement.┬á However, the regrets are not solely because of his actions, but because the decisions and actions perpetrated by those who are supposed to love you most.┬á What we learn about Ryan, and life in general, is that you cannot find true happiness unless you are true to yourself.┬á ItÔÇÖs an age-old clich├®, but it couldnÔÇÖt be more spot-on.
I was beyond touched by this manÔÇÖs struggle and ached for his constant search for acceptance.┬á We all want to be loved and accepted, but sometimes, itÔÇÖs easier to hide our true selves in order to find a false sense of security.┬á RyanÔÇÖs cloak was his looks and ambition.┬á He hid behind them well.┬á You hideÔÇªuntil , well, you canÔÇÖt.
Roisin Black does a very good job of transporting you to the different periods in RyanÔÇÖs life and struggles. Quite a few times I had to pause my reading because I was overwhelmed with thoughts swirling around in my head; there are strong parallels between the theme of this book and situations we have facing as a society. ┬á┬áThe writing flowed very easily and this book was a fairly quick read.
The conclusion of this story is bittersweet, as is often with life.┬á My take away from this book is that you have to find happiness within yourself.┬á And, when you find it, hold it dear and nourish it.┬á For life is fleeting and you donÔÇÖt want to waste it hiding.
~ Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)