So good to read Brad's story... Nothing has gone right for Brad for a while now. His parents & sister packed up & disappeared on him! He falls in love with Faye, his best friend's girlfriend & then they ask him to be her "pretend boyfriend" at school. The guy is pushed to his limit. Then Rachel, Fay's best friend from Ireland arrives & he's distracted... Siobhan Davis's writing conveys Brad's problems and the general angst of youth with understanding and passion. She makes the reader feel a part of the story, drawing you into the lives of her characters and you experience all the feelings of of each of them. These books are tagged as "childrens" - it is a very long time since I was a child and I have enjoyed and recommend the series to all readers, especially those who want to feel a connection to the characters in the books they read. This is a must read series.
Saving Brad A Kennedy Boys Novel #5 Siobhan Davis Brad was obsessed with his best friends girl. The girl he was not allowed to love, the girl he was not allowed to have and he was in self destruct mode. Her best friend Rachel is hiding her own pain. Their lives were on a collision course again. Brad is an absolute mess. On the surface he is attending Harvard, on a scholarship, good looking and is on the football team, he might even go pro. Underneath he is unraveling and something has got to give. Rachel is running from her past but has not told a single sole why, not even her best friend. She puts in a pit bull persona but under her tough facade is a sweet girl who needs help. She is fierce. As secrets are exposed the true depths of the characters are revealed. This story has a little suspense and drama as well as lots of love. Set at Harvard when the characters are in their second year at college and a little older than in the Kyler stories, which is a step in the right direction for me. This is a stand-alone novel with hea however it is part of a series that is best read in order. All of the characters feature throughout the series. I received an arc of this book.
This book was so amazing! I'm so lucky to get to beta read for the extremely talented Siobhan Davis. It is such an amazing honor, because her work just gets better and better and better, and Saving Brad is no exception. At this point it is tied with Loving Kalvin as my favorite book in the Kennedy Boys series!
The interplay between the two main characters in this book is really great. I love how things develop between them.
I have a very special place in my heart for Brad, and I'm so glad she decided to write his book so soon in the series. He has made me so heartsick recently, because he's been in such an awful place, and has been acting badly. Not like the Brad I know and love! He tried my patience greatly in this book, but in the end he did me proud! Plus, it was more in the way where a character drives you nuts, but you love it.
There was so much happening in this book, as far as the plot goes. I just devoured this book. It killed me every time I had to put it down and return to real life.
I also loved the glimpse we got of Kaden at the end of the book, except now I can't wait for Kaden's book. I swear to goodness, my jaw dropped when I read the last few lines!
This book was sexy, suspenseful, and just hands down amazing. It is a MUST if you are a fan of the Kennedy series.
So, it's probably obvious, since I said that I beta read it, but, I got a complimentary advanced review copy. I'm reviewing voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
OMG this book was so good. Rachel gas had a terrible thing happen to her, so she doesn't let herself feel anything for boys. Brad thinks he's in love with his best friends girlfriend. To be honest Brad was a total jerk through most of this book. But when he falls for Rachel he falls hard. Brads really steps up for Rachel when she really needs him, so you can't help loving him by the end. A excellent story with drama and sorrow. Fantastic characters with a guaranteed happy ending. I volunteered for a arc of this book.
Love Siobhan Davis' writing! She knows how to write stories that draw you in, and keep you interested till the very end. Saving Brad is part of the Kennedy Boys series, and I'd recommend reading the previous books, but it isn't absolutely necessary. Brad has been on my bad side for quite awhile in this series because of his manwhore ways, and his lack of maturity, but I still had hope for him going into this book. He did grow on me, but I still don't like his excuses for his behavior. He needed to do a lot of growing up in this book, and it was good to see him realize that his attitude and actions aren't doing him any favors. I wasn't a huge fan of Rachel's either from the previous books, but this book did help me understand her more. Brad and her are cute together; they don't have the Faye and Kyler connection, but they have their moments. These 2 had a long way to go with me, and it's really hard not to root for them with how Siobhan Davis writes their story, so in the end, I liked them both. Rachel is dealing with some heavy stuff in this book, and it's great to see her realize her worth and stick up for herself. I liked the suspense element in the story, and of course, it's super great to see more of Ky and Faye! I'm not too sure about the premise for the next book in this series, but Siobhan Davis is one of my favorite writers, so I'll definitely check it out!
I love the Kennedy Boys series. Most people who follow my reviews, tweets, blog posts, Facebook posts, etc, probably know this of me by now. BUT I had a hard time with starting this book. Going in I knew it wouldn’t be a favorite, because I’ve never been a fan of Brad. I even questioned why he was getting his own book if he was not a Kennedy! A novella ok, but a book? BUT I am a very big fan of Siobhan’s writing and I trusted her and tried to have an open mind. But, the first 30% of the book had me questioning my judgement!!! Ugh!! But then there was a shift in the story and things started to change, and I became very involved!!
I love Rachel!! She is a very strong person and throughout the book I came to like her even more!!! Whereas with Brad....I didn’t like him, not really at all!! But I came to like him. Rachel is good for him. They were good for each other.
Oh....I have to insert this here....I think Faye would be the coolest chic to have as a friend!! She’s an AWESOME, LOYAL, CARING friend and the girl is SOOO FUNNY!!!
Anyway, it was nice to see the old Brad....the one from book 1 of the Kennedy Boys series (Finding Kyler)....when he was such a sweetheart. If you haven’t read that book....holy crap! You. Are. Missing. Out.
So...if you asked me at 30% if I recommend it...well......BUT NOW IF YOU ASK ME, IM LIKE HELL YEAH!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!
~I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book
First of all, Saving Brad is a standalone and you don’t have to, but I highly recommend reading the other books in the series because you are missing out by not spending more time with these amazing characters.
Now to my review: This was a very emotional read for me. We have witnessed Brad’s journey down the path of self-destruction for a while now, but this is when he hits rock bottom. We have also received clues regarding Rachel’s own issues, but this is when we find out the nitty-gritty, and I promise you all that it is dark and heartbreakingly sad.
“Only this time, the heartache is joined by a new layer of guilt and self-revulsion. Does she feel that too? Does Rachel hate herself as much as I hate me?”
I found both Brad and Rachel to be very realistic in how they deal with their personal issues while living their lives. Both of our main characters go through periods of self-loathing, hopelessness, anger, shame, and guilt throughout this story. There are moments when irritability consumes Brad, causing him to lash out which were difficult to witness because I’ve been there before, and the guilt that comes afterwards can be unbearable. Rachel mostly distances herself from everyone she loves, choosing to suffer silently; again, this is another coping mechanism I am quite familiar with that only leads to a life of bitterness if not properly addressed.
After Siobhan exposes these characters’ truths, it is clear that Brad and Rachel are perfect for each other. However, get buckled up because the route to happiness for both Brad and Rachel is a very bumpy one. Even though there are many ups and downs with these two, I promise you that their chemistry is HOTTT! --- “I was lost, but you found me.” “We found each other.” “I hold her hand to my mouth and plant a gentle kiss on her skin. ‘Let’s never lose sight of that.’”—This was one of my many swoon moments. --- In order to break up some of the heaviness, Siobhan adds some humor as well as that Kennedy family drama I giddily anticipate with each story. Here is a little taste:
“I think I’ve heard it all now. The day I take romantic advice from Kent Kennedy is the day the world ends.”
Saving Brad also offers some much-needed closure regarding the repair of relationships with oneself and those with family and friends as well. The ongoing tension between the main characters and their loved ones in the previous books had my anxiety levels through the roof, and it was a major relief to be given those conclusions.
However, just when one main plot ends, another opens. The Epilogue is one of my favorite parts of Brad's book because it perfectly delivers a glimpse at the life of our next Kennedy—Kaden. Where or where will Siobhan take us with this one? We can only wait and see!
I received a BETA copy and volunteered to review it.