14 November 2017
I've read & reviewed each of the books separately; for those who get to read them straight through, this set is great! Then, no waiting for the resolutions of the cliffhangers! Following are my reviews:
Finding Kyler - I have been having a lot of trouble trying to write this review! Not even sure what star rating to give, let alone how to express my conflicting feelings about it! I mean, we know it's a story with a romantic element existing between cousins & I fully expected to be able to handle that, but, unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Perhaps due to the strong physical attraction between Faye & Kyler driving the story (rather than a sweet, emotional connection building between them) or perhaps because of all the messed up interactions they have, I'm not sure, but I actually got pretty creeped out about halfway through & almost didn't finish the book at all. I admit that I kept hoping some secret would be revealed that would show Faye's relationship with the Kennedys to be more distant than niece / first cousin and I kept thinking of my own first cousins & how "icky" it would be to be in Faye's position. Honestly, I have tons of reading material & quickly moved on to something else; however.... I have a sense of "reader loyalty" to Ms Davis as I discovered her work early in her writing career with the True Calling series and have absolutely loved everything else I have read by her! So... I kept ruminating about this story & eventually got to a place where I could maintain the perspective that "love is love, regardless of the taboo about their relationship, and nobody should be denied love because of who their parents are" and so I picked up the book again & continued with the journey.
I genuinely love Ms Davis's writing: her characters & their development, her descriptions & dialog, her story-building & foreshadowing techniques, her style, the quality of her work; all of it. Not one of those elements was subpar or lacking in any way in 'Finding Kyler.' I truly wanted to give a five-star rating because of all those things... and, admittedly, I did end up enjoying the book quite a bit once I got past that creepiness (and of course, as I'm sure Ms Davis intended, I can NOT wait to read the next installment to see how things are going to play out!). Yet, the fact that I only finished the book due to my loyalty to the author prevents me from doing that. I look to reviews to gather honest impressions & opinions from other readers when trying to decide whether to invest my time & energy in a new author or book, so want to be sure that is what I'm providing as well (and, to be clear, I have received a complimentary copy that I am voluntarily reviewing). And so I end up with a "four-and-a-half'ish" star rating. SO many good things about the book; one caution for those who are sensitive like me to be aware that the relationships between the characters could cause the reader some discomfort.
Losing Kyler - LOVED IT!
After the cliffhanger at the end of book 1, I could barely wait to see what direction Ms Davis was going to take us and I must say I'm totally enjoying the journey!! She's provided everything from romance to suspense to drama, and as always her writing is nothing less than superb. I absolutely love the quality of her work; it flows smoothly, the characters are wonderfully developed, the dialog feels natural, the story moves quickly yet with thorough description and explanation.
I'm particularly enjoying Faye's development; I'm finding her to be a really kindhearted person who faithfully follows her moral compass and always finds the strength to do what she feels is the right thing to do. And I'm really enjoying learning so much more about all of the Kennedys - it's great to be able to see what lies beneath the decisions they have made & to understand why they are the way they are.
I knew the next cliffhanger was coming, so I wasn't surprised but again have to say, "I don't wanna wait to find out what's going to happen!" Sure hope the next installment is ready SOON! In the meantime, thanks again, Ms Davis, for the wonderful read!
Keeping Kyler - I loved it! Keeping Kyler is by far my favorite of the Faye & Kyler books! I loved the direction Ms Davis took with the storyline! And I love the characters even more now! Faye is forever awesome - smart, strong, moral, passionate, committed, kind & compassionate, humble & human. Kyler is, too; I loved getting his POV and being able to see into his heart & mind more. And then there're all the rest of the characters - so many good ones! I can't wait for the rest of the Kennedy boys' and Brad's stories! This is the type of series I would TOTALLY love to binge-read, book after book nonstop :) Ms Davis's writing is amazing (as I say every time) - her dialog is natural, descriptions are detailed, the story flows nicely, loose ends are wrapped up, excitement abounds, and the journey is thoroughly enjoyable! Thank you, Siobhan, for yet another great read!
I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy of the book :)