Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis Book Review
Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys #1
Genre: NA, Romance, High School
Source: ARC, publisher
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…
Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.
Dropped smack-dab into the all-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.
Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.
He’s off limits.
And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.
Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.
Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice. But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
Finding Kyler Book Review
Yeah so basically Nick’s face right here sums up my review for Finding Kyler pretty well. When I finished Finding Kyler, I was kind of speechless. And not exactly in a good way.
Finding Kyler is so wrong and twisted for all the wrong reasons. It’s marketed as an angsty enemies to lovers, and Contemporary is all about drama, so I can see why it’s so ridiculously dramatic. Finding Kyler though took dramatic to a whole new level.
We have gone full circle: we’ve started with cousin romance, then to GOD-level incest between the parents, and finally to the whole cheating fiasco. I don’t even know which kid is which anymore (because literally, every single kid’s parents are not who they say they are).
Finding Kyler basically reached the point where it is just way too ridiculous. This is contemporary, there is supposed to be drama, but when it goes overboard, you can so easily make your book into one of those lousy paranormal books. Because those paranormal books have contemporary factors (realistic) mixed with fantasy (ridiculous, never going to happen in the real world) factors.
But books like Finding Kyler are so shallow that there is no real story, so it’s basically just the collection of all the problems the author can come up with, instead of making it into an organized arc. Finding Kyler is becoming a book like that in my opinion because 1) this book is still contemporary, but 2), it’s becoming so stupid and so laughably absurd.
I understand that this is a messed up rich family, but this is just atrocious. So when it was revealed that Ky wasn’t even his father’s son (his mother cheated on him), after we were revealed that Ky was Faye’s cousin, then half-brother (because Faye’s uncle slept with her mom, which is his sister), I was just done.
You didn’t see this with Paper Princess, or any other good contemporary books. Paper Princess, like this book, had a super messed up family, and yet the book had an excellent arc, was well organized, and the author still managed to torture us with one horrible circumstance after the other without overwhelming, or potentially driving us away.
Especially when I have so many books to read, both as a requirement and TBR, the books had a greater chance of being dropped by me if I feel like they were not worth my time. And I feel like that’s what happened with Finding Kyler. I still enjoyed it immensely despite all its flaws, but Finding Kyler went way too overboard, and unfortunately pushed me off the ship as well.
About the Author
Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Top 5 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 2 million books, and her titles are translated into several languages.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.