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Series: The Kennedy Boys #5
Published by Self Publish on 2017-10-22
Length: 313 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
An enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliff-hanger.
I’m in love with my best friend’s girl.
She knows it. He knows it. Everyone knows it.
Faye will never be mine, but try telling that to my stupid heart.
An endless rotation of girls streams in and out of my bedroom in a desperate attempt to forget her, but nothing eases the horrid ache in my chest. Rejection isn’t anything new for me, but it hasn’t gotten any easier.
Until she reappears in my life. Like an out-of-control tornado. Storming in, all fierce and angry, ready to steamroll everything in her path. Rachel is trouble with a capital T bundled in a gorgeous, sexy, Irish package.
She pushes all the wrong buttons, and I can’t decide if I want to yell at her or kiss her.
I should steer clear.
But I’ve never been very good at taking my own advice. Especially when it comes to girls I can’t have and shouldn’t want.
I need to escape.
To put as much distance between me and that monster so I can start living my life.
Yet, even the vast Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough to sever the connection. To allow me to forget how he’s ruined me. His hold is more than just physical. He has a vise grip on my head and my heart, and I can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t function.
So, I do everything to blot it out.
Until he reappears in my life.
Brad McConaughey. So hot. So infuriating. So in love with my best friend.
Every word out of Brad’s mouth makes me want to throat punch him or kick him in the nuts.
But he makes me feel, and I hate him for it. A part of me might actually love him for it.
I should keep my distance, but like destructive magnets, we are drawn together.
This isn’t going to end well.
I know it. He knows it.
But we’re powerless to resist.
This title is New Adult contemporary romance, suitable for age 18+.
This series will appeal to fans who enjoy any of these authors: Tijan, Abbi Glines, Chloe Walsh, Jay McLean, Ginger Scott, Jillian Dodd, Penelope Douglas, Sara Wolf, Sara Ney, and other similar authors.
Oh my heart!!!! Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis is the fifth installment in her The Kennedy Boys which follows one family and their relationships. Seriously these books are so addicting! I may not usually read or enjoy contemporary but Siobhan Davis has written such a compelling, dramatic series full of angst that I just cannot sit down.
As the title suggests, Brad, the other side of the Faye/Ky triangle, is the main focus. I’ll be honest, I really liked Brad at the beginning of the series and may have shipped him with Faye more than once. I felt like his character was so tragic. He lost everything: his best friend, his family, his fortune, even his dreams were at stake. He was just so sad that my heart ached for him throughout the series thus far. Now nearly two years after the end of Keeping Kyler, Brad has really lost himself. When the book begins, he’s nearly unrecognizable from the character Faye met in Finding Kyler. He’s unintentionally (and sometimes intentionally) mean, still pining for his best friend’s girl, and drinking his pain away. Not a very attractive side of him.
Then enters Rachel. Of Faye’s two Irish girlfriends, she’s the one that intrigues me the most. Her history is shrouded in mystery. She’s been seriously hurt in the past and has told no one of it. Like Brad, she’s spent most of her teenage years having sex and drinking away her pain. Now with her family’s recent good luck, she’s at a place where she can start over and disappear. Rachel is finding herself, gaining confidence, and showing a little vulnerability. But what endears her to me is how she recognizes Brad’s pain when those that are closest to him seem to ignore it.
The plot of this story really revolves around the growth of both characters and is moved along by the drama that surrounds them. Unlike the other books in this series, I felt like Rachel and Brad’s drama flows naturally with the story. It adds to their characters and helps to understand them better. Like the other books, there are many twists and surprises along the way and I was very surprised by Rachel’s reveal. I had an idea what it was but not the whom. (sorry I know that’s vague, but no spoilers from me ?)
Overall I loved Saving Brad! I devoured it. I started it before bed one night with the intention of reading one or two chapters, 6 hours later I was teary eyed and finished. I couldn’t sit it down and needed lots of coffee the next morning but it was totally worth it! If you enjoy contemporary romance, filled with angst and drama and surprise twists and turns, I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book. While it can be read as a standalone, I highly suggest reading it after the first three books of the series so you can understand the characters better. Also of note, this is a new adult book and I do not recommend for those under 18. There are some graphic sexual scenes, foul language and some triggers. Be aware before you read!