Seducing Kaden, an all-new taboo romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available NOW!
Seducing Kaden by Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys #6
Published by Self Publish on 2018-04-30
Length: 460 pages
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Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release Challenge
A student-teacher forbidden romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliffhanger.
The woman I love will never be mine because she already belongs to another.
I’ve tried everything to forget her, but it’s impossible when she occupies a starring role in my dreams. I'm obsessed, and my eyes are glued to her shapely curves whenever I see her around campus. It doesn’t help that she looks as miserable as I feel, and I wonder if she misses me as much as I miss her.
Short of putting a bullet through the skull of that gangster she’s married to, I’m stuck in a hellhole of my own making.
Until fate intervenes, setting us on a collision course we can’t avoid.
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of falling in love. The all-consuming sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love I swooned over in movies.
It didn’t take long for that fairytale notion to come crashing down around me. Now I’m trapped in a marriage I despise with no discernible way out.
The only light in the dark is Kaden Kennedy—the one true love of my life. He doesn’t know he is, because I’m forced to love him from afar, condemned to toss and turn at night, crying over everything I want and all I can never have.
Seeing him day in, day out, destroys me, but there’s no other choice; I had to push him away to keep him safe.
Because if my husband ever finds out I’m in love with one of my students, I won’t be the only one in danger.
While you don't need to read the earlier books in this series to enjoy Seducing Kaden, it is highly recommended. This book is a contemporary new adult romance, and it is only suitable for readers aged eighteen and older due to mature content, sexual situations, and language.
This story includes details of an extramarital affair, so if you don’t like cheating or controversial storylines, then this book isn’t for you.
Seducing Kaden is the latest installment of The Kennedy Boys by Siobhan Davis. I have to start by saying I was excited and hesitant to read this book. Why? Kaden has been a mystery the entire series. From shady dealings in a back alley to fighting with Keven, Kaden has intrigued me. Then I got a taste of the blurb and found out that his romance was not only forbidden but taboo to the extreme….a married professor?! Really, Kaden could do better in my mind. Now those were my thoughts going into the book. See why I was hesitant 😉 Y’all I should’ve known better. It is Siobhan Davis after all, and she’s never disappointed. Alternating from past to present and between the points of view of Kaden and Evelina, Seducing Kaden unfolds in a dark and intimate romance that will leave you breathless by the end.
The book opens during Kaden’s first day of college and his first encounter with Evelina before jumping three years. The constant back and forth did make this hard to connect to Evelina. I already liked Kaden, but I had a hard time connecting to their romance. The story starts with them already in love and flashback chapters tell how they fell in love. The constant back and forth made it a little hard to follow the timeline. However hints and scenes from previous books (Keeping Kyler, Saving Brad…at least I believe) helped to tie this story to the series as a whole.
Evelina’s story is heartbreaking. Her marriage is a sham. She lives in constant fear. Really she is a damsel in distress, waiting for her knight to free her from her prison. But life isn’t a fairytale, and her knight could lose his life freeing her. I had a hard time accepting her reluctance to get herself out of her situation.
Now to the aspect of the story I had the hardest time accepting before I even read it: cheating. I abhor cheaters. I feel like there is always another option. However this story it didn’t even feel like cheating. Evelina was married, but not by her choice. There was no love lost between her and her husband. Now I know I’m justifying and I’m not even giving that many details (because spoilers!), but when you read it you’ll get what I mean.
Overall, I liked Kaden’s story. It wasn’t my favorite of the series, that’s still Loving Kalvin. I recommend this one to anyone that is a fan of the series thus far. However I do feel I should warn you that this is a darker read than Siobhan Davis‘s previous books.
I make a last-minute detour, veering toward the bathroom instead. My heart is beating wildly against my ribcage, and blood is thrumming through my veins. What the hell was I thinking back there?Anyone could’ve noticed me making a beeline for Kaden across the dance floor. One look at both our faces would’ve given the game away. My hands are shaking as I push through the door out into the corridor leading to the restrooms. Nausea swims up my throat at the thought of that girl with her hands all over him. I stop, resting my forehead against the wall. What the hell is wrong with me? He isn’t mine, and I shouldn’t be having these thoughts.
I’m married, for God’s sake, and he’s my student.
He’s as off-limits as they come.
Perhaps that’s why I want him so badly.
Isn’t it true what they say? You always want the things you can’t have.
The door crashes open, and I stop breathing. “Eva.”
Oh, God. Please give me strength to do the right thing. I hurriedly compose myself before I turn around to face him. “Kaden.”
“We need to talk.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Well, tough,” he says, walking around me and pushing the door to the wheelchair-accessible toilet open. “In here, quick.”
Against my better judgment, I duck under his arm and step inside the small stall. He locks the door and then leans back against it, running a hand through his hair. Strands come loose, falling over his forehead in a casual way that is completely sexy.
“I can’t stop thinking about you,” he admits candidly, and butterflies take up residence in my chest. “And I miss our chats. You’re one of the few people I’m comfortable talking to. It’s so easy to just be myself when I’m with you.” His expression is deadly serious as he eyeballs me, but there’s a soft layer underneath it. “I guess I just miss everything about you. And judging by the way you were looking at me out there, I’d say you’re the same.” I chew on the inside of my mouth, hugely conflicted. “And you look beautiful by the way, and too damn sexy for that crowd.”
I thrill at his bold statement, and I know I’m fighting a losing battle even as words to the contrary slip from my mouth. “This can’t happen, Kaden.”
“You know why.” I start pacing the small space. “I’m married, and you’re my student. Starting something could get both of us into big trouble.”
“The things truly worth fighting for in life come with the biggest risks.” He pushes off the door, cautiously approaching me. I’m acutely aware of every delectable inch of him as he approaches, and I’m struggling to hold on to my willpower. “And you don’t need to worry about me.” Tentatively, he reaches out, caressing my cheek. “If it blew up in our faces, I would be okay. The biggest risk is on your end, and it’s the main reason I haven’t said anything these last couple of months. I’d come to the conclusion you weren’t feeling it the way I was, but I see it written all over your face. I know you want me as much as I want you.”
I take a step back, needing to clear my head. “Wow, you’re awfully sure of yourself.”
“Tell me I’m wrong and I’ll walk away. I’ll leave you alone and never mention this again.”
I gulp over the sudden panic in my throat. I don’t want him to leave. Screw it. I throw caution to the wind. “I can’t tell you that.”
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