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 #2
Published by Self Publish on 2017-03-27
Length: 319 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
Condemned to repeat the sins of the past...
Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.
Everything she believed is built on a lie.
And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.
Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.
Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hell-bent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.
Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.
But is it too late?
When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.
But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?
Okay I have to admit something….Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis blew me away! I’m not usually a fan of YA contemporary, mainly because I loathe drama and teen angst. Knowing this about me, you are probably wondering why I even bothered reading this book. Honestly, it’s because I love the author and her other sci-fi series. Siobhan Davis is the master at writing complex characters, heart-stopping action/suspense, and swoon-worthy kisses. Seriously, sometimes a kiss takes a couple of pages worth of a book….that is one heck of a kiss!
But I digress, Losing Kyler is written in the same vein as The Royals series by Erin Watt. There is a ton of drama, a whole host of characters with their own, real-life problems, and more twists and turns then your run of the mill soap opera. Despite the teen angst, I found myself thoroughly engrossed. The book picks up right where Finding Kyler left off. So, if like me you’ve been on pins and needles wanting to know what happens, you get answers fairly quick.
Faye is not one of my favorite characters, even though she is the main character and it is told from her perspective. It’s not that I don’t like her, I do, she’s just hard to like, and sometimes a little hard to stomach. She claims to hate drama and tries to stay away from it, yet she seems to always be the center of it and even creates a little herself.
And then there is Kyler, the book’s namesake. I don’t like him. Sorry, it had to be said. He’s arrogant and his treatment of Faye is abhorrent. At times he’s the best and at other times the worst. I can’t understand how she could ever forgive him or be with him. Love is funny like that I guess. Personally I would’ve kicked him to the curb.
Now Brad on the other hand *swoon* Brad is Ky’s best friend and Faye’s fake boyfriend so you can guess where this is going. There’s a semi-triangle going on but it gets resolved quickly (thankfully, triangles make my eye twitch). Brad is kind and a genuinely good guy. So of course I’m #TeamBrad.
Overall Losing Kyler is a fast-paced, engrossing read. It’s like a train wreck that you can’t look away from, you just can’t stop reading! So why four stars instead of five? If I’m being honest (and I try to be), it’s because the first half of the book moves at a slower pace then the second half. It took me almost a week to read the first half, but only one night to read the second. Then there was the drama. While I enjoyed it because Siobhan Davis is the master, I felt it was a bit much. By the time I got to the end, my head was spinning from all the surprise twists. Now that’s just my personal opinion, others may not feel that way. If you enjoy YA bordering on New Adult contemporary with shocking drama, I highly recommend you read this series.