Happy Saturday y’all! Today I’m so excited to be participating in the book blitz for Siobhan Davis‘s newest release and her first-time venture into contemporary romance Finding Kyler. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 9 till 15 January. You can view the tour schedule here. If you’re a fan of forbidden love, you don’t want to miss this read!
I received this book via the author, Siobhan Davis. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: The Kennedy Boys #1
Published by Self Publish on 2017-01-09
Length: 344 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…
Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.
Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.
Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.
He’s off limits.
And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.
Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.
Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.
But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
Full of scandal, dysfunctional families, teen soap-opera-style angst and drama, secrets and lies, mean girls and catfights, lust and love, book one in the unputdownable Kennedy Boys series will have you flipping the pages’ way beyond bedtime!
Only recommended to readers aged 17+ due to mature content and language.
Special release week pricing!
Finding Kyler is only 0.99$ during the release week! Download a copy from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Kyler-Kennedy-Boys-Book-ebook/dp/B01NBH8DZF/) now before the price increases to $2.99. Finding Kyler is available to read in Kindle Unlimited.
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When I was originally approached about Finding Kyler by the author Siobhan Davis, I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant. Contemporary YA is not my thing. I’ve never really enjoyed it, even when I was a teen. I mean there’s enough drama in the real world, why would I want to read about it in my books?! However, I love Siobhan Davis. Her fantasy/sci-fi series have been addictive reads so I was more than a little curious to see how she would fare in another genre. I can honestly say, she is brilliant!
Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis is the first book in The Kennedy Boys, a book about forbidden love, scandals, and the privilege (or curse) of being in the upper class. The story begins with Faye Donovan. After losing her parents, she is forced to move in with her uncle and his family. But the story doesn’t stop there. There are scandals, secrets, and more than a little romance in store for her.
Faye is a tough character to like, in my opinion. When the book opens, she is grieving and doing so badly. She’s 17 and she’s lost everything. Her parents are dead, and she is being forced to leave the country to move in with an uncle she didn’t even know existed. She’s having a hard time reconciling this. Her parents lied to her about having other family, but why?! So now not only is she grieving but she is angry and guilty for being angry. It’s a vicious cycle and my heart hurt for her. I can’t imagine losing my parents at 17, an age when you realize you need them the most. Despite all of this Faye is herself, she forces herself to be transparent and I love that about her. She speaks her mind, which is really rare in YA these days.
When Faye arrives in the States with her uncle, she learns that she now has a large family. There are seven boys in the family ranging from college age to high school. It’s a lot to take in! While Faye prefers Kyler, the boy that is closest to her age, I personally preferred Kalvin. He’s a year younger (I believe) and strikes up a brotherly relationship with Faye once he realizes he can’t get under her skin. I enjoyed the Kennedy family more than I expected. They are so broken and there are so many secrets among them. Faye learns several and then trying to figure out who to keep the secrets from and who knows becomes a bit of a headache for her. I truly felt for this family. It was easy to empathize with them and hope that they can find their own happily ever afters.
Now for the thing I struggled with in this book: the romance. It is hot and steamy, a little too steamy in my opinion for a YA book (this is definitely not a book I’d give a young teen despite the characters themselves being teens). However I couldn’t tear myself away. Kyler and Faye are cousins which in the area I grew up in is a bit taboo, even if it isn’t necessarily illegal. I personally had a hard time setting this aside and kept hoping that their relationship would either become platonic OR it would be revealed that Faye wasn’t truly kin to them. Despite the forbidden nature of their feelings for one another, I found myself rooting for them. Kyler and Faye fit. They struggled but they also have these deeply, intimate moments that will make you love them.
Overall, despite my initial reservations, I really enjoyed this read. I found myself fully invested in the drama (and believe me there is a lot!) and my emotions were all over the place. I was angry with Faye, I swooned, I cried, I laughed, I even fell in love a bit. If you enjoy fast-paced, highly emotional, forbidden romance, I recommend you grab a copy ASAP!
“What did … Kaden mean last night? He has some issue with your parents?”
“You caught that, huh?”
“He wasn’t exactly subtle.”
He angles his body and his knees brush against mine. “He’s been acting like that ever since he turned eighteen. Keven too. I swear, for a while, I actually thought they were in some secret ‘coming of age’ club”—he gestures with his fingers—“you know, like Jacob and Co. in Twilight when they became members of the wolf pack and they couldn’t talk about it?”
I burst out laughing. “You think your brothers are shape shifters?”
He grins. “It’d be cool, right?”
“Totally.” I laugh. Keaton is so easy to like. “But I doubt that’s in the realm of possibility, so what do you think it could be?”
His smile withers up and dies. “I don’t know. Only that it’s nothing good. Things have been strained between them ever since. If the same thing happens when Ky turns eighteen next year, then I’m definitely reevaluating my wolf pack theories.”
There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Finding Kyler. This giveaway is open international. These are the prizes you can win:
- One paperback of Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis
- One paperback of Fallen Crest High by Tijan
- One paperback of Paper Princess by Erin Watt
- a $5 Amazon gift card