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Review: This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan

This is my first Kennedy Ryan book and it won’t be my last! Talk about a book that swept me away. This Could Be Us felt real. I loved witnessing Soledad’s character development. Keep reading this book review of This Could Be Us for my full thoughts.


Soledad Barnes has her life all planned out. Because, of course, she does. She plans everything. She designs everything. She fixes everything. She’s a domestic goddess who’s never met a party she couldn’t host or a charge she couldn’t lead. The one with all the answers and the perfect vinaigrette for that summer salad. But none of her varied talents can save her when catastrophe strikes, and the life she built with the man who was supposed to be her forever, goes poof in a cloud of betrayal and disillusion.

But there is no time to pout or sulk, or even grieve the life she lost. She’s too busy keeping a roof over her daughters’ heads and food on the table. And in the process of saving them all, Soledad rediscovers herself. From the ashes of a life burned to the ground, something bold and new can rise.

But then an unlikely man enters the picture—the forbidden one, the one she shouldn’t want but can’t seem to resist. She’s lost it all before and refuses to repeat her mistakes. Can she trust him? Can she trust herself?

After all she’s lost . . .and found . . .can she be brave enough to make room for what could be?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I have been waiting for this moment. This is my first Kennedy Ryan book and I’m already obsessed. First of all, very easily hate Soledad’s husband. But This Could Be Us is clearly about Soledad’s character evolution. Having to get back in touch with who she is, what she deserves, and who she loves. About the politics of domestic work, about the secrets that lie under sheets, and the importance of knowing our worth. In many ways it’s about love that tests us, that lets us down, and that lifts us up. It’s character focused.

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If you love a good romance story that delves into characters, and their own growth, this is for you. This Could Be Us is about knowing we can stand on our own. That we have the ability to be independent without the need to be alone. That we can allow people into our lives, love them, who don’t detract from those skills. Find This Could Be Us Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, Blackwells, & Libro. fm.


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