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Series: The Kennedy Boys #3.5
Published by Self Publish on 2017-08-31
Length: 269 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
An optional short novel in the highly-addictive Kennedy Boys series by USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis.
The Kennedy Boys go wild on vacation in Ireland!
It’s the summer before they start college, and Faye and Ky are visiting her home turf together—it’s Ky’s first time in Ireland, and her first trip home since her parent’s tragic death.
After a blissful three weeks on their own, they welcome the rest of the Kennedy clan when they arrive on Irish soil for the vacation of a lifetime.
Watch the sparks fly as family emotions run high and the Kennedy boys’ party up a storm, creating mayhem and madness wherever they go.
This dual POV short novel should only be read after Keeping Kyler.
★☆ This book also includes bonus content from Finding Kyler, Losing Kyler, a sample from Loving Kalvin and a sneak peek at Saving Brad, the fifth Kennedy Boys novel. 60,000 words in total (40,000 short novel and 20,000 bonus content)
I’m not really sure how I feel about The Irish Getaway by Siobhan Davis. I was kind of excited to read it even though I’ve made no secret about my dislike for the two main characters. I thought a story set in the author’s country would be cool, but really there isn’t much about Ireland in this short story. It’s more about the party scene which seems shadier and more dangerous than the American party scene (still trying to figure that one out). Anyways….The Irish Getaway is more of a bridge, setting up the standalone novels for the rest of the Kennedy Boys, rather than a continuation of Kyler and Faye’s story.
Told in alternating POV chapters, Faye and Ky are still just as in love/lust with each other as they were in the first three books. Honestly, I agree with the brothers…it’s nauseating, and, personally, I felt it was over done at times. I mean I get that they are 18 and alone in Ireland, sharing a house for an extended vacation. I met my husband at 18, I know what goes through your mind at that age. I also know that some restraint is shown and not everything is about sex ALL THE TIME. Seriously, Faye couldn’t look at Ky without being turned on….too much, just too much.
The plot felt nonexistent. I understand that this is a short story/novella, but even those should have a clear plot line. This felt like an excuse for more drama, more parties, and more sex. That’s it. Ky and Faye’s story was wrapped up in Keeping Kyler so I was surprised to find this novella narrated from their perspectives. Then I was disappointed that there really wasn’t a clear storyline to follow, just one party after another interrupted by the occasional fight between brothers and sex.
I did enjoy Faye getting to meet her extended family. I think it’s important for her to have family to rely on and shape her as she continues to grow into a young woman without her parents. I liked the grandparents! They were a fun and sweet, reminding me of my own grandparents.
Overall The Irish Getaway was just an okay read for me. I enjoyed learning a little bit more about the brothers and the set up for their stories. I didn’t care for the excess drama and sex though. I know it’s a hallmark of the series, but it felt overdone here and I couldn’t pick up on the plot because of it. About the 60% mark, the novella ends and the bonus content begins. The bonus content makes the novella worth every penny 😉 If your a fan of the series, I would recommend reading it after Keeping Kyler and before Loving Kalvin.