Author: Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 1 Star (DNF)
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.
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.