I was really excited for this book, because Kalvin is one of my favorite of the Kennedy boys. He's tied with Keaton, actually as my favorite Kennedy boy. I like how he always supported Faye and Ky, and that really endeared me to him, even if he was a lil bit of a playboy.
While I was never a big Lana fan, I was definitely open to the idea of them ending up together, mainly because I could tell from what she did at the trial that she did it from a place of hurt, rather than a place of just maliciousness. Also, let's be honest Addison is an evil little b**** with amazing capabilities as a master manipulator, so I blame a lot of it on Addison. Plus, Kal was never mad at Lana for it, so while I was still mad at Lana for what she did to him, I didn't hate her. I wasn't opposed to them getting together. I actually really liked the idea that he wanted to go after her, even though she was taking herself away so that she could let him rebuild his life.
Anyway, so I went into this book really excited and intrigued, because the author has said that it's slower, and more character driven than the previous books in the series.
It is different, but I thought it was perfect, and perfectly lovely.
I really liked getting to be in Lana's head. The book is told from alternating points of view. Siobhan handles this really well, and she uses the device very effectively. It was really interesting to also get to see Lana's view of the things that happened during the trial.
I loved getting to finally see things from Kal's point of view as well. I always knew he was a sweetheart because of how supportive he was of Faye throughout the series. It was really neat to see him since he has matured a lot since the trial. Watching him woo Lana was really sweet.
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. But, I really really really loved it, and if you liked the other books, then I think you will love this one. There's also a teaser for Brad's book at the end of it and I am so stoked after reading it! I really love Brad, and I can't wait to see him get his HEA. :-)
Basically, I loved Loving Kalvin! It was full of great twists and turns! Kalvin has always been one of my favorite Kennedy boys. I loved getting to know him better through this book. He's every bit the sweetheart I always imagined him to be!
I was lucky to receive a complimentary advanced copy. I'm reviewing it voluntarily.
Siobhan Davis is one of my favorite authors, and I always love her writing! The way she writes her characters emotions really resonates with me, and I can feel the depth of those emotions as I read her books. Lana isn't my favorite, but after reading Loving Kalvin, I understand her a bit better, and although, I can never condone her actions, I can imagine the pain she must've felt in order to do something so egregious, so I think this story is important to understand some of her thought processes. After reading Loving Kalvin, I'm still not completely sold on Lana, but I really enjoyed Kalvin and her story. I loved that they have a backstory with each other, and I think Siobhan Davis did a great job of showing what the consequences are for Lana's actions. The writing is a 5 star for me, and the only reason I went with a 4 star is more of a storyline that I don't enjoy being involved in Kalvin and Lana's story, so it's a personal preference thing rather than a quality of the story thing. I can always count on Siobhan Davis' books to be entertaining and to keep me enthralled in her characters stories. Loving Kalvin is a great book, and I read it in one sitting. Both Kalvin and Lana have needed to grow up rather fast, so I often forgot that they are so young, so I would find it odd when their ages were mentioned; Kalvin doesn't act at all like a 17 year old, but that just goes to show the maturity these characters exhibit, which I like because sometimes with NA or even some Adult books, some older characters act like they are little children with their actions, so I really appreciate that these characters generally use their intelligence to make decisions. Lana has a lot of guilt over her false accusations against Kalvin, and keeps pushing Kalvin away, when he will do anything to have Lana back. The love Kalvin displays to Lana is so sweet, and the connection these two have with each other is wonderful. I also loved that we get a little bit of Faye and Kyler! I'm excited to see more in the next books, and I know I'm going to want to slam Brad's head against a wall multiple times while reading his story, so I hope he catches a clue quickly! Siobhan Davis' story telling is off the charts terrific, and I will always want to read any book by Siobhan Davis. Definitely check her out!
“If you love someone, really love someone, you stand by them, even when they’ve screwed up. Especially then. You forgive them for their mistakes” ― Siobhan Davis, Loving Kalvin
This is such a beautiful romance. Yes there is drama and there is angst, but in my opinion that just made the romance that much more romantic. And lordy, can Siobhan Davis write some beautiful romance!! She also wrote some great hot and heavy scenes too!
Kalvin and Lana are soulmates.
Definition of Soulmate in the Urban Dictionary: A person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet -- a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before. As this connection develops over time, you experience a love so deep, strong and complex, that you begin to doubt that you have ever truly loved anyone prior. Your soulmate understands and connects with you in every way and on every level, which brings a sense of peace, calmness and happiness when you are around them. And when you are not around them, you are all that much more aware of the harshness of life, and how bonding with another person in this way is the most significant and satisfying thing you will experience in your lifetime. You are also all that much aware of the beauty in life, because you have been given a great gift and will always be thankful.
This is what Kalvin and Lana have had since they were children and it grew stronger as they got older, until Kalvin's mother put a stop to them seeing each other. But that connection was still there, even when they tried to fight it. They hurt each other many times. It was just about killing them. Now in Loving Kalvin they are in college. Actually Lana went to University of Florida and Kalvin went there, thinking that's where she went, and he wanted to find her and win back her love. He knew they belonged together and was willing to try whatever it took to get her back.
Lana feels she's undeserving of Kalvin's love. She's made some pretty horrible mistakes and hurt Kalvin very badly. Even though he says he forgives her, she just cannot forgive herself. It doesn't help that she still isn't being totally honest with him and is holding back important information from him. The guilt is eating her up and making her feel unworthy of his love.
The whole story is so heartwarming and the lesson of forgiveness is a big one. I loved this book so much! Every single page!! We even got some glimpses of my favorite Kennedy, Kyler, and Faye, and the family! Yay!! I totally recommend this book, in fact I recommend that you NOT MISS IT!!!
*I got a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it*
In Loving Kalvin, we are transported to the Sunshine State where Kal and Lana are going to college. Even though there isn’t much of the Kennedy clan in this book, we get to meet new characters that quickly steal your heart, and I promise there is still plenty of drama, secrets, and lies that will make your jaw drop and keep your eyes glued to the pages.
We already have witnessed Kal’s growth as a character during the trial, but in Loving Kalvin, you get to see how often Kal’s newfound maturity is tested while holding your breath in hopes he doesn’t relapse. It is quite the struggle, and you will only fall more in love with Kalvin after reading this.
I really didn’t think much of Lana’s character prior to this book since I was so caught up in Faye and Ky, but after reading Loving Kalvin, I adore her. Get ready for some shocking moments involving Lana! I promise that if you are hesitant to read this because you are a Lana-hater, you will have a change of heart after living inside her head and experiencing her life before, during, and after the trial. Lana experiences many consequences that never entered my mind as possibilities, and you are missing out if you don’t buy this to see what happens.
You may not see it before you read Loving Kalvin, but these two were made for each other. I believe this story can also be classified as a friends-to-lovers romance which is one of my favorites, and Siobhan weaves so many hilarious anecdotes throughout the story, giving us a perfect glimpse into their lengthy history. I am not sure if it is due to their longstanding relationship or not, but the chemistry between Kal and Lana is hotter than hot. There are some bumps in the road before they become intimate, and it is totally worth the wait.
“All these emotions infuse every kiss, every caress, and I need him to feel it. To feel me. Right down to the very essence of who I am.” –This line makes me sigh every time I read it. So good.
I still can’t stop smiling about the new characters that are introduced. Get ready to experience the scariest grandma on Earth! I may be terrified of Lana’s grandmother, but I also pumped my fist in the air while yelling, “Girl Power!” and thanking Siobhan for continuing the theme of strong, independent female characters. Both Kal and Lana have the best college roommates that will make anyone who had terrible roommates envious! Brett is such a sweetheart and Liv has a good head on her shoulders (whom every girl should have as a best friend). I feel the villains are extremely realistic and also very well-written; I won’t mention their names. :-)
There is no cliffhanger with this one, and as part of the perfect ending, we get a little taste of Brad in a beautifully written segue into the book, Saving Brad. This will leave you starving for more Brad and asking hundreds of questions while counting down the days until Siobhan Davis gives us his story. All I know is that I cannot wait!
I received a BETA copy of this book and volunteered to review it.
Having previously read the other Kennedy Boys books, I couldn't wait to get started on Loving Kalvin. For fans of the series, you'll know about the history of Lana and Kalvin and like me, you're probably dying to know how all that turns out!
The book is written in dual POV, which I kind of love. I've read several books this way lately and I like getting two (or even three sometimes) points of view to see what multiple characters are thinking. I enjoy getting into their heads, so to speak. So, this book is written from Lana and Kalvin's points of view in alternating chapters. So, you will not just get to see what Kalvin is going through, but what Lana is going through as well. It's especially important in this book because of their history with each other and the secrets that they end up discovering about each other.
The story is one of second chances, which I'm sure you could have guessed if you've read the other books in the series. I'm a big fan of second chance romance and love to see characters redeeming themselves and proving themselves worthy of the one they love and possibly did wrong. Both Kalvin and Lana have things they regret that they've done to each other and they are both trying to make amends and make things right.
I also love that we get to see the other Kennedys again, especially Ky and Faye and even Brad (who I know isn't an official Kennedy, but close enough, right?) It was interesting to see Faye and Ky in their current setting and see how they are interacting with each other after everything they went through in the first three books. I hope we get to continue peeking in on them as the series progresses.
The ending was lovely, there were a couple of times I was moved to tearing up and the ending was one of them. I am a sucker for a happy ending.
If you enjoyed the first three books in the Kennedy series, you're going to love this book. Since it can technically be read as a stand alone, you'll also enjoy this book if you are a fan of second chance romance and New Adult books.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.