They believe love conquers all. Until it doesn't.
THIS PIECE OF MY SOUL
Clearing the Ice #2
Robyn M. Ryan
Releasing Jan 24th, 2017
They believe love conquers all.
One of pro-hockey’s golden couples, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick live in the limelight reserved for elite professional athletes. On their second anniversary, Andrew receives an unexpected contract offer to join the Tampa Suns. As they look forward to a new adventure, neither foresees an event that challenges their love and threatens their marriage.
Until it doesn’t.
A sudden and senseless accident threatens Andrew’s life and inexplicably drives a wedge between the couple. Shattered by the incident, paralyzed by fear that it could happen again, Caryn finds herself at odds with her husband and unable to provide the support he needs—at the time he is most vulnerable.
As their perfect world crumbles, each makes choices that take Andrew and Caryn further apart.
Distrust, fears, and secrets construct walls. This Piece of My Soul follows the joint and separate paths the couple navigate as each hopes to rediscover the love that can conquer all.
Although This Piece of My Soul is the second book in the Clearing the Ice Series, it can be read as a standalone novel.
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Andrew gathered Caryn close to his side when they stepped inside the elevator and pressed the button to his floor. Caryn squeezed his hand during the brief ride. Once inside his room, he sank gratefully onto a chair and absently rubbed the back of his head.
“Can I get you anything? Are you allowed an evening beer?” Caryn offered.
“Did Tom bring any wine over?”
“I think so.”
“Good, why don’t you get a bottle and a glass? We can share and stay within doctor’s orders.”
He watched as Caryn retrieved a bottle from the small refrigerator and opened the drawer looking for a corkscrew. She looked over her shoulder to flash a smile. “Sorry, no wine glasses.”
“No problem.” He couldn’t take his eyes off her. Even in shorts and a slightly sweaty Suns T-shirt, she sparked a familiar fire in his body. His hands itched to free the golden hair from its low ponytail and run his fingers though it. Her familiar citrus scent stirred intense memories of showers they’d shared and he longed to skim his lips across her skin. She leaned to brush her lips against his before she perched on the arm of his chair. Her sparkling amber eyes issued an invitation that matched his thoughts as she handed him the bottle and corkscrew.
“Don’t want to risk it?” he teased.
“Only have the one bottle. You’re the expert.”
He opened the bottle and poured a small amount of wine into the glass she held. Putting his arm around her, his eyes held hers captive. “To our love.”
“Our love,” Caryn whispered, her voice suddenly choked. She sipped the wine, her eyes never leaving Andrew’s, then handed the glass to him. He set it, the wine bottle and corkscrew on the table, and then he closed his arms around her, drawing her onto his lap as his lips sought hers.
“Cary, I love you so much.” The rising tide of emotion swept them into a sea where wave after wave of love and desire crashed over them. After an eternity, Andrew pulled back slightly, smiling softly when he saw Caryn’s flushed cheeks. She reached to tenderly stroke the hair on the side of his head.
“I love you, Drew. More than you’ll ever know.” Her voice was a hoarse whisper. She shook her head as her eyes filled with tears. “I was so afraid I’d lose you.”
He caught her hand and pressed her palm against his lips. “Never.” As his fingers played with the edge of her T-shirt, Caryn’s hands gripped his shoulders tightly. He captured her gasp of pleasure with his mouth, and closed his mind to everything except the onrushing waves of desire that continued to crash around them. She murmured a protest when he pulled back slightly, but Andrew didn’t speak. He caught her eyes, almost dark brown with desire and nodded his head toward the bedroom. Caryn smiled in understanding as she stepped from his lap and held out her hand.
This Piece of My Soul, Tampa Suns Hockey by Robyn M. Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the 2nd book in the Clearing The Ice series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. Since it is a series that continues, it is advised to read this series in order.
Andrew and Caryn's story continues in this new installment. Everything hits the fan when Andrew is hurt and it throws their life into chaos. They find out who their real friends and family are that come to help.
Caryn knows she does not want to live without Andrew. He is just such a big part of her life. When tragedy strikes, she learns who to trust and who to ignore.
This book was full of emotions for me. I felt the roller coaster ride that she was on. I sure hope to read the next installment as this series is just amazing.
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
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Kitty's Book Spot! Interview w/Author, Robyn M. Ryan:
1. Do you listen to music while you write?
I don’t listen while I’m writing, but I do listen to music when I’m developing a storyline in my mind.
2. Do you ever make playlists (music) for your books?
Yes. While in Paris, we discovered a French-Canadien singer, Garou. His music is not available on iTunes in the US, so I bought every CD from either France or Canada. We also saw him in concert during the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He’s a mega-star everywhere but the US—Some songs are in French and others English. His music comprises the playlist for the Clearing the Ice Series—This Piece of My Heart and This Piece of My Soul. (He’s also quite sexy—just an added bonus!)
This playlist includes both French and English songs (most can be found on YouTube):
Sous le Vent (with Celine Dion)
Back For More
Take a Piece of My Soul
Nothing Else Matters
Je voudrais voir New-York
For those who are interested most can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN6VKQ7am4c&list=PLF438B4081933D1EF
3. What was your favorite book as a child/adolescent?
I devoured the Little House on the Prairie series when I was 8-9. I could not wait to go to the library each week to get the next book in the series.
4. What is your favorite sport?
Hockey! Atlanta has had two NHL franchises move away, so my favorite team now is the New York Rangers. (Figured they are not going anywhere!) If I win the lottery, I’ll buy a team and ensure it stays in Atlanta!
5. What is it you hope your readers will take away from your book?
A few hours of enjoyment and escape from the day-to-day…And of course, eagerly anticipate the next book in the series!
6. We love getting to know you! Will you share something with us you have not told anyone yet?
Sex scenes are the most difficult to write. Twelve years’ Catholic education may play a role in this. To this day, I don’t wear patent leather shoes. Thus, my books leave” specifics” to the reader’s imagination.
By the time she was an eight-year-old tomboy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Robyn M. Ryan definitely knew what she wanted to do when she grew up—play major league baseball or write. She wrote throughout elementary and high school, first composing novels featuring favorite TV and music personalities, and then venturing into sports writing.
Attending UGA’s journalism school launched her career in public relations, which included an internship with the Atlanta Flames NHL hockey team. With the encouragement of a writers group on twitter—WritersThatChat—This Piece of My Heart, a hockey romance, and the first book in Robyn’s series Clearing the Ice was published May 2016. The second book in the series, This Piece of My Soul, introduces the Tampa Suns professional hockey team.
Besides writing, Robyn’s passions include following the New York Rangers, NASCAR, and the Atlanta Braves; splitting time between homes in Atlanta and Palm Coast, and visiting Paris as often as possible. Two brilliant Westies rule both homes.
As do many writers, Robyn chooses to write using a pseudonym—hers is a combination of her sons’ names, a contribution from her youngest nephew.
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