Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review for Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett

Opposites attracting and a life full of secrets drive this romance of a hero whose past haunts him still and the kindhearted young woman he's drawn to despite the danger to her heart and soul.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of it, then add this just-released small-town romance to your bookshelf!

When you’ve lived your life as a criminal...
When you’ve done unspeakable things...
When your soul has become dark and stained...
The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.
Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.
Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.
When Kyle’s terrible past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness finally extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?




Those looking for a romance that puts readers through a gamut of emotions will want to add this charming and sexy read to their bookshelf.  From its likable characters to its fun and flirty banter to feelings of suspense permeating the story, readers will find themselves quickly captivated and sad to see this story end.  From the first page to the last it's a hard book to put down.

Kyle always wanted to be a hero and took great pride in becoming an undercover agent to bring down a corrupt MC.  The line between hero and villain became quickly blurred though as he got caught up in his role and took part in acts that haunt him still.  In hiding and presumed dead, after bringing his MC down, he awaits the trial in which he'll give his testimony and finally get back to his life.  Being in hiding is a frustrating time, tedious and lonely, as he tries not to make an impression on anyone that will bring danger to his door.  With a sexy neighbor, who doesn't take no for an answer, within arm's length hiding out soon becomes more difficult though.  With her sweet smile, kind heart, and innocent questions it's hard for him to remain aloof as he becomes more drawn to her.  With his time in town running out, and with danger coming ever closer, his heart and soul won't be the only thing left broken in a burgeoning relationship that brought a smile to my face.  Kyle's a dramatically different man after his years spent with Mayhem's Mission, he's harder and more jaded, unable to see goodness in others or himself.  He's content to be alone, biding his time until he meets Jane with her boundless energy and unending goodness. She wears him down and becomes the lone bright spot in his tainted life.  With obsession outweighing common sense he undertakes a relationship with her that reminded him of the man he used to be, and who he longs to be again, which left me aching for him.  Ultimately, Kyle's a good man who sacrificed his very soul to do what was right and is now paying a heavy price before getting a reward he never expected.

Jane's the proverbial good girl.  She never seems to stray from the path of goodness, content with the life she's made in her hometown.  Her life is ordered and quiet, but it's all her's which gives her a feeling of pride.  She's an unconventional heroine in some ways, quirky with her knowledge of film quotes, but with a backbone that won't let her back down from anything.  She's always gone for the good guys before but soon finds herself drawn to the tatted-up bad boy next door.  They start out as tentative friends but soon become more in a relationship fueled by desperation as Kyle's time in Misty Harbor winds down. Jane's immensely likable and loyal with a heart of gold and joy that radiates off her.  She's a bit quirky and somewhat naive about sex but is just what Kyle needs to find his way back to the land of the living.  Being with Kyle gives this kitten claws and I enjoyed seeing her stand up for herself when her ex seeks to bruise her ego.  Throughout the story Jane's the perfect heroine, bringing joy to one and all, and deserves her richly rewarding HEA after rescuing a man who saved so many others..

From the first page to the last I found this a sexy and satisfying romance.  With a main couple you can't help rooting for in a relationship that's sweet and scorching I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  Theirs was an erotically-charged friends-to-lovers connection that nicely balanced steamy interludes with intimate talks and playfulness to keep me fully invested in their HEA.  While their romance was fun to see flourish, I found the suspense a bit lacking.  Once danger came knocking it was resolved before it barely began, despite how much build-up preceded it.  Along with a memorable main couple came a colorful cast of secondary characters, denizens of a quaint small town who subtly pushed Kyle and Jane together.  Jane's friend Miranda was more than subtle in pushing them together and I enjoyed her bold and brash nature that was in juxtaposition to Jane.  The two of them together were an entertaining match that made me want to be their friend too.  On a whole this was a fun and flirty story about redemption that wore its heart on its sleeve and kept us entertained every step of the way!

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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