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Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis….Review

 

BOOK BLURB:
A friends-to-lovers second-chance romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with HEA and no cliffhanger.

Lana
I knew it would end in disaster, but I didn’t listen to reason. I didn’t care. Because I loved him so much.
Kalvin Kennedy ruled my heart.
Until he destroyed it.
Shattered it so completely that I became someone else. Someone I loathed. Someone who repeatedly lied to her loved ones.
So, I ran.
From him. From myself. Desperate to hide my new reality.
But I could only run so far.
When he reappears in my life, I’m terrified. Unbelievably scared of facing the consequences of my actions.
Never mind that I still love him and want him so badly—there’s too much at stake now.
How can I trust him with the biggest secret of all when he’s likely to rip my world apart again?

Kalvin
Lana was always far too good for me. Everyone knew it but her.
I tried to stay away, but I was weak.
And I hurt her.
Crushed her until she barely resembled herself. Forced her to follow a path she would never have willingly chosen.
And then she was gone.
And my world has never felt as empty, as lonely.
She begged me to stay away. Not to find her. To forget she ever existed.
But that’s like asking me to slice my heart in two and toss half aside.
I’ve never believed in fate, but when I rock up to the University of Florida, I’m ready to eat my words.
Because she’s here. Like I hoped she would be. And I’m determined to prove I deserve a second chance.

BOOK LINKS:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2rEXdPM
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2qE1oNw
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EARLY PRAISE FOR LOVING KALVIN

“Full of great twists and turns! Kalvin has always been one of my favorite Kennedy boys, and he’s every bit the sweetheart I imagined him to be!” Danielle. Goodreads reviewer

“Plenty of drama, secrets, and lies that will make your jaw drop and keep your eyes glued to the pages.” Dana. Goodreads reviewer

“Another inspiring story about love, strength, and forgiveness … I was awake until the early hours frantically turning the pages.” Angelina. Goodreads reviewer

“It wasn’t pretty. It was a fully-fledged sob-fest and ugly cry but I loved every second of it.” Dreamland Teen Fantasy

“Absolutely amazing. A beautiful, emotional story about forgiveness and second chances.” P. Leslie. Goodreads reviewer

“An emotional and heart touching story. I am looking forward to the next adventure in the Kennedy saga.” Jacquelyn. Goodreads reviewer

Loving Kalvin is the 4th book in Siobhan’s The Kennedy Boys series. It is a standalone, however, if you want to understand the true meaning behind Kalvin and Lana’s history, I would highly recommend reading the previous three books, which you do need to read in order.

Quick background:

Kalvin and Lana have known each other since they were two. But they were never on the same level in society’s eyes. He was the rich boy and she was the daughter of the help. As they got older, Kalvin denied whatever he was feeling for Lana and in her eyes, strung her along while he played the field with every other girl. Lana ended up doing the unthinkable and in her blind hate and rage, accused of him rape, something she knew wasn’t true. She requited her statement in court but asked that he leave her alone and never look for her.

And that’s where this Loving Kalvin starts off. Lana is now enrolled at UF and trying to move on with her life. She has changed her name so that people don’t recognize her so easily and hopefully prevents Kalvin from ever finding her.

Kalvin finally got his shit together and realized that his feelings for Lana were never going to dissipate and that he needed to prove to her he was in it for the long run. But he also knows that he has a lot to prove of himself to her.

If you have read any of Siobhan’s other books in this series, this book doesn’t have the deep angst and drama that the others have. And it shouldn’t. Kalvin and Lana story is about second changes, learning to trust and love again. These two have gone through a lot and now they are trying to move forward, together.

I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of Lana because of what she did. Even after reading this book, I am still on the fence with her. She is very selfish and uses excuses to explain away her decisions. I will be honest, Kalvin is a damn saint for being able to forgive her for everything and wanting to have that second chance. Without giving any of the twists away, Lana isn’t completely honest with Kal when they start to rekindle what they have, and her dishonesty with him is way worse than her wrongful accusation of rape.

I know many are thinking, if you don’t like one of the main characters, how could you rate the book with 4 stars. Let me explain myself – Siobhan was able to write a character that I am sure she no doubt knew her readers wouldn’t care for initially but would maybe empathize with once we got her story. In my case, no, I still didn’t like her. I don’t hate her, but I am not a Lana fan at all.

For me, it’s the fact that she is able to write an amazing story with characters I may love and/or hate that I rate this book so high. When an author is able to make the story so damn good, that I actually want to smack characters upside their heads because of their actions, that’s a damn good book!

Loving Kalvin is an enthralling and emotional story. Siobhan really knows how to bring out all the stops and keep you rooted in the story with the ups and downs of a great love story. Another enticing read from Siobhan.

About the Author

 

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult 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 True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys 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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