Book Review: Forgiving Keven

cover-review-forgiving kevenTitle: Forgiving Keven [The Kennedy Boys 7]

Author: Siobhan Davis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 1 Star (DNF)

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Description/Synopsis:

Cheryl

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.
But 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.

Keven

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.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I wanted to like Forgiving Keven by Siobhan Davis. The writing was clear and easy to follow, and it was a contemporary romance, which, in my eyes, is hard to screw up. The story had a fully developed world and complicated plot. It should have been an easy win…. but at 23% in, I set it aside.

The narrative voice ruined this book for me. The author’s voice was so clear and ever-present that it overtook the characters. All of them, male and female alike, sounded the same – a definitively female voice. The narrative was constantly explaining backstory and what was going on in the character’s heads – to the point that it felt like I was having the story explained to me, rather than sinking into the narrative and living in it. There were a multitude of time jumps as if the author couldn’t be bothered to let the scene play out. I even spotted a writer’s term or two being used by the characters who had no business knowing what that term meant.

There came a point when I was bored, and I realized that what really bothered me about the story, was that the book lacked depth or texture. It didn’t feel real to me. The characters conveniently spewed out all their feelings. There was no tension to it. The author gave away all the story’s information before I even knew I needed it, and it became predictable.

There will be readers out there that will enjoy this book – if I could have gotten through it, it probably would have gotten three stars, because… well, it was okay – but as an avid reader, I think the writing lacked that spark that makes a great book. I found it bland.

Weekend Wrap-Up #7

Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another Weekend Wrap-Up! Let’s get started!

What I Read

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It was a busy reading week! I picked up Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which I’ve been wanting to read ever since I saw the trailer for the movie. It was a bit of a long book, and a bit slow paced, but I really enjoyed it. The book was certainly not my usual genre pick (Non-Fiction Autobiography), but I’m glad I read it. I think it helped that I was smart enough to watch the movie first, so by the time the book rolled around I knew what was going on and it was a little easier to visualize the people portrayed.

I then went to pick up Alienated and Invaded by Melissa Landers. I’d heard quite a bit about this series in the last month or so, and alien-themed books aren’t a genre I’ve delved into on a regular basis, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Amazingly, I loved both books!

I’m currently in the middle of finishing up The Heir by Kiera Cass. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I loved the selection series, but the focal point of The Heir isn’t the same, and I’m feeling kind of over the whole selection process. I don’t know that I needed to see it happen a second time. The main character, Eadlyn, is a bit too self absorbed for me to like. We’ll see how it turns out.

All of these books have upcoming reviews, which you can see below:

  • June 15 – Wild
  • June 17 – Alienated
  • June 22 – Invaded
  • June 24 – The Heir

What Was Posted

What I Did

This is me and Bandit Bob. He lost at Strip Poker.To be honest, I didn’t do a whole lot of anything this week. I ran errands, did chores, tried very hard not to slaughter my neighbors who held a 7 hour Birthday Party well into the night that was complete with screaming kids, heavy bass, and a motorcycle parked on my lawn. At least they didn’t set up a poker game in my driveway again.

I did get a lot of reading done, and I had the opportunity to go see Tomorrow Land at the theaters (which is something I don’t do often)—and it was a cute movie. Other than that, I spent some time curled up under 7 blankets with the chills after a strange 24-hour bug that had me running a fever, and the rest of the time, I lounged around and played Skyrim. Yup. Gamer at heart.

Next Week

I need to finish The Heir. That is my number one priority. I’m also hoping to get a hold of my next Arc from The Naughty List and I was sent a copy of Wild Blue Yonder by Megan Tayte (third book in the series!) that I’ve been dying to read for weeks—so that is definitely on my short list of things to do! Other than that, my goal is to bake cookies, maybe some homemade bread, and try not to let the sweltering desert summer eat me alive. I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead of you!