Review: Keeping You Away by Kennedy Fox

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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 & must be read first.


Oh man alive!  This book really sucked me in.  The Ex-Con series is a spin-off from Kennedy Fox’s Roommate Duet series – Always Mine and Always Yours being the last of those. They are referenced quite a bit in this book, but I was able to catch on pretty quickly.  Though if you want background, I’d start there. 

The story picks up with Tyler getting released from prison after serving 5 years inside for a crime he didn’t commit – he was framed.  He goes home to Lawton Ridge, Alabama, hoping to start his life over.  But he ends up working at the same car repair shop where Gemma works.  Gemma… the only girl he’s ever loved, but whose heart he broke 12 years earlier when he left town for the military.

He has no expectations of getting back together with Gemma, but the heat between them becomes impossible to ignore.  The problem is Gemma is engaged to someone else, and Robert, her fiance, is a REAL piece of work.  But Gemma doesn’t see what everyone else seems to see – that Robert is controlling and possessive and only seems to want her as a trophy wife. 

Gemma’s feelings for Tyler don’t help her relationship with Robert, of course, and she has some serious misgivings about whether Robert is right for her – but we have to wait until the next book to find out what happens!!  Aaargh!  Between that and the cliffhanger related to Tyler’s dealings with the mob family he used to be mixed up with – I’m not sure how I’m gonna wait a month… Serenity Now….Serenity Now…..

The slow-burn chemistry between Tyler and Gemma is *delicious*.  This was definitely one book I stayed up way too late to finish!  My guess is when their relationship finally gets *ahem* consummated, it’s gonna be hot as all-get-out!   Just be warned – you’ll be counting the days until Needing You Close comes out!

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