She’s the one who got away. He’s the boy she can’t forget…
Forgiving Keven, an all-new suspenseful, second-chance, new-adult romance from Siobhan Davis, the USA Today bestselling author of When Forever Changes and Inseparable, is available now!
Rating: 4 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
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They say you never forget your first love, but I’m determined to prove Keven Kennedy is just a random boy from my past.
It’s not like I still think about him after all this time. Or daydream about how hot his kisses were and what it felt like to have his hands on my skin.
Nope, that’s not me. I’m in a happy place in my life. Engaged to a great man and finishing the last year of my photography degree.
Yet, since I returned to Massachusetts, everything reminds me of the boy who ripped my heart to shreds. Especially when my fiancé’s constant business trips, and dwindling attention, raises old fears to the surface.
And then the unthinkable happens—Keven saunters back into my life, turning it upside down once more.
It’s ironic he thinks he’s protecting me when the only one I need protecting from is him.
They say you never forget your first love. In my case, it’s true. Most everyone in high school thought Cheryl and I were a match made in heaven and that nothing could tear us apart. Until I messed up spectacularly and lost the best thing to ever happen to me.
Years have passed, girls have come and gone, but no one has laid claim to my heart in the way Cheryl did.
I thought she was lost to me forever, when an unexpected encounter with an uptight FBI agent, and an intriguing proposition, brings the beautiful blonde back into my life.
I didn’t hesitate to sign on the dotted line.
I let Cheryl down once before. I’m not going to fail her this time.
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Keven Kennedy wants to turn his life around after past transgressions catch up with him. Thinking about the places where this story takes place is easy since it’s set in my neck of the woods. Cheryl Keeland is not happy that her past is now part of her present. But is this a case of two worlds colliding?
One thing I found is that even though this may be listed as a standalone, you will find that his brother Kaden’s story has interweaved itself here. So it’s up to you whether or not which story you want to read first. Other Kennedy brothers make an appearance as well but they don’t overtake what’s going on here.
Keven was an interesting character. Our author doesn’t try to romanticize who or what he is. She gives him some real chinks in his invisible armor. I like to see that he wants to make amends for what he did in the past. We get to see how much of a human she made him. Cheryl is what makes this a good drama. It’s her character that creates the suspense. What will she do? How is all of this going to affect her future? I could see this playing out on Lifetime.
In my short introduction I’ve become intrigued by this family. Even though I started the series here, I didn’t feel lost but after seeing some of Keven’s family I’m curious as to what I’ve missed. Especially after reading part of Eva’s story. Here though, I liked how Cheryl was stubborn. After all, we can’t make things too easy on the men in our lives.
The suspense is weaved throughout the story. That’s a good thing since it keeps us wondering what’s going to come around the next corner. I also like that it continues almost to the very end. When it comes to the ending, things aren’t over yet. Make no mistake, we get an ending that will make you smile but our Kennedy Boys aren’t quite done with us yet.
My mouth drops to the floor. “You’re lying.”
“I’m really not.” He reaches over, taking my hand and raising it to his mouth. He plants a light kiss on my knuckles, and I feel the effects all the way to the tips of my toes.“No one else ever measured up to you, and even if I had found someone worthy, how could I be with her when I’m still madly in love with you?”
I can count on one hand the number of times Kev told me he loved me back in high school. Kev was hugely romantic when it came to doing things for me and showing me all the ways in which he cared. But he always struggled to articulate those feelings. It never bothered me, because I knew he loved me anyway. I didn’t need to hear him say it a million times to know. Which is why I understand how big a deal it is that he’s said that to me now.
“Keven.” Tears prick my eyes as I look at the adoring expression on his face. Reluctantly, he drops my hand to maneuver the car around the next bend.
Silence engulfs us again as we pull up to the gate to my house. I input the code on the keypad, and the gates slowly open. When we reach the top of the driveway, he cuts the engine and swivels in his seat so he’s facing me. “Tell me you feel nothing for me, Cheryl. Tell me it’s all in my head, and I will leave you alone. I promise.”
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’.
Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
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