Blog Tour: ARC Review~ More With You by Kaylee Ryan +Excerpt & Giveaway
Title: More With You (With You #2)
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 3, 2014
Hosted by: Between the Sheets Promotions
Hailey and Aiden's storyHailey MacCoy has had a crush on Aiden since the day she met him. Over time that crush has intensified. Hailey feels she has to keep her feelings hidden due to his friendship with her brother. She struggles with the fact that Aiden only sees her as his best friends little sister.
Aiden Emerson is lusting after his best friends little sister. Hailey is all of a sudden grown up and Aiden can’t stop thinking about her. She has become an important part of his life over the last year. The thought of losing her is just not an option for him.
They find themselves thrown together and surrounded by wedding planning and events. Filling the roles of Maid of Honor and Best Man for their siblings. Hailey and Aiden are battling their hearts desire. Fighting against what they think they can’t have.
Can Aiden and Hailey resist temptation? Can they open their hearts for more?
Allison decides she wants to take a nap, so she and Liam go to their room. I am too comfortable to move. I am curled up on the couch. It’s a rainy day, so there is not much else to do.
Once I’m awake, it’s hard for me to go back to sleep no matter how tired I am. I’m weird like that. Aiden comes into the living room and I automatically lift my legs, inviting him to sit with me on the couch.
I keep reminding myself that we are friends and we have done this exact thing a thousand times. He takes a seat on the opposite end of the couch and I rest my legs on his lap.
“We watching a movie?” he asks me.
“Yeah, but you can pick,” I tell him, tossing him the remote.
Aiden grins and starts flipping through the channels. My head is turned towards the television, but my eyes are trained on Aiden. He is gorgeous. His brown hair is messy. I can tell he just ran his fingers through it after his shower this morning. I love his thick locks. My fingers itch to touch him. To run my fingers through his hair.
Aiden settles on the Lifetime Movie Network. I smile. He knows me so well.
“For me?” I ask and bat my eyelashes.
Aiden just smiles and winks. He picks up my left foot and begins to massage it.
This is new; he’s never done this before. Friends can give friends a foot massage, right? I lie there with his hands on my feet, working their magic.
I’m trying to concentrate on the movie, but I can’t. I close my eyes to try to calm my racing heart. I focus on taking in deep even breaths. I feel my body relax and I start to drift off to sleep.
I slowly wake up and open my eyes. I see that the television is muted and the house is quiet. I lift my head and I see that Aiden is still at his end of the couch. He’s awake and he’s watching me.
“Hey. Sorry I fell asleep on you,” I say my voice raspy. I could really use something to drink. As if he can read my mind, Aiden leans over, plucks a bottle of water from the coffee table, and hands it to me.
“Thanks,” I say, taking it from him and chugging half of it. Much better. “How was the movie?” I ask, my voice now back to normal.
Aiden shrugs his shoulders. “I’m not sure, I didn’t finish it,” he says.
I glance at the television and see that it is, indeed, still on. I look back at Aiden and raise my eyebrows in question.
“You looked so peaceful, I didn’t want it to wake you up.” He shrugs. “I know you didn’t get a lot of sleep last night and needed to rest.”
“So…uh…what did you do?” I ask.
I’m not sure how to take his last statement. Do friends just do that? Do they go out of their way to make sure the other gets rested after a drunken night? He’s in the same spot as when I fell asleep. Did he…did he watch me?
Aiden’s face flushes slightly. “I watched you,” he says softly.
He watched me! I open my mouth to respond, and no words will come out. I’m stunned speechless. I open and close my mouth again, still nothing.
I know I look like a damn fish right now, which is totally embarrassing, but… Holy Shit! Aiden watched me sleep for, what, like an hour?
“You could have moved. I probably wouldn’t have woken up,” I tell him.
“Yeah, that really wasn’t an option for me. Why would I want to move, when I can be close to my angel when she’s sleeping?” he asks.
Hailey's older brother Liam is happily in love with his fiancee, Allison. She couldn't be happier for her two best friends, but she desperately wants what they have. She wants that with her other best friend Aiden.
Aiden is glad that his best friend Liam and little sister Allison are finally together and planning their wedding. He wants to be with a girl who makes him feel the same way Liam and Allie feel for each other. That girl just so happens to be Liam's little sister, Hailey.
Despite their obvious feelings toward each other, they're too blind to realize it. As much as they both want to tell the other how they feel, they're too scared of what might happen. Hailey's afraid Aiden might not reciprocate. Aiden's worried that if they don't end up working out, the group of 4 can disappear.
"I tell myself it's Liam. That he's why I fight this pull. In reality, it's all me. I'm scared to fucking death I'll lose her."
There was A LOT of denial from both Hailey and Aiden. They kept coming up with reasons to doubt their attraction to one another and a possible future as a couple.
Miscommunication or rather lack there of, was the drive of this story. As much as this factor annoys me in novels, it is very realistic. Some people don't talk about their feelings because their afraid or shy. In this case, Aiden wasn't sure if he wanted to risk his group of friends for a chance with Hailey. Hailey was too scared to admit her feelings for Aiden or anyone for that matter, and was also afraid of the changes they would bring. Most of the book is basically sexual tension and frustration between the two.
Liam and Allison are the supporting characters in this novel. The first book in the series belonged to them. I haven't read book one so I wasn't necessarily lost, but I'm sure I would've benefited from reading it. I definitely recommend reading them in order just so you're able to get the full back story and dynamic of the group and have a stronger connection with all the characters involved. However, it is not necessary.
This was the cutest story with the most adorable couple. I'm pretty sure rainbows and unicorns jumped out of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet love story. It gave me a break from all the dark and smutty stories I'd been gorging on. Although the chemistry between Aiden and Hailey was very steamy so it's not all innocent!
I recommend this book but keep in mind, you need to have patience.
No cliffhanger and a HEA.
*An eArc was provided by the author for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review/opinion.
My Rating: 4.5 kisses
About The Author
Kaylee has had a passion for reading since she was a little girl. That passion has slowly led to spinning romantic tales, and a one-click addiction. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in her kindle or fingers glued to the keyboard, you can find Kaylee hanging out with friends and family. She loves all genres of music, enjoys scrapbooking and is a huge football fan. She lives in Ohio with her husband (her real life happily ever after) and their rambunctious little boy.
5 E-books of More With You