Monday 16 January 2017

Release Day Review ~ Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett

Book Description:

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 extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Kyle, you deserve something good. She’s the thing you deserve. But you’re going to have to go after it.”

Finding Kyle is the story of Kyle and Jane. Kyle has appeared in Wicked Bond and Shaken, Not Stirred so the readers of those books will have a little knowledge of the man behind the name, but this can be read as a total standalone.

Kyle was a man in hiding for his own protection. Now living in some small town in Maine, beachside, as a lighthouse manager, his only goal is to keep himself to himself until the dust settles and it is safe for him to come out of hiding. Being inconspicuous when you are covered in tattoos and have “bad boy” written all over you is hard, but Kyle keeps his head down. “I want to be alone ~ Grand Hotel ~ 1932.”

Jane is a school teacher and an artist, and she lives across the road from Kyle. Jane is fascinated by her new neighbour and in an attempt to get to know him she delivers a basket of muffins to welcome him to the neighbourhood. Well, I use the term “muffins” loosely, missiles would be a better description, but the thought was there, “Well nobody’s perfect ~ Some Like It Hot ~ 1959”. But what Jane lacks in baking skills she more than makes up for in personality. Jane is a person hard not to fall in love with. Jane is adorable, she is the typical good, honest, reliable woman. Normally shy, yet Kyle seems to give her the brave juice to do what she wouldn’t normally. Never one to pursue a man she cannot seem to hold herself back from Kyle despite getting the cold shoulder every, single, time. Jane’s penchant for answering questions with movie line quotes was hilarious at times and only added another facet to this adorable woman, even Kyle finds it hard to stay away, “Of all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into mine. ~ Casablanca ~ 1942.”

“But now…now that I know this…I think I might be ruined for anyone else…”

Kyle in the first instance was very mysterious, but as his past is slowly eked out, you finally understand the man, nothing is at it seems. From the very start you know that Kyle is a good guy, despite his outward appearance but most importantly Kyle needs to realise that too. Kyle has trouble dealing with his past, he aches with his past actions and nightmares are a constant, “I don’t want to survive. I want to live. ~ 12 Years a Slave ~ 2013”. He is stuck in limbo, he has lost his identity, has lost his normalcy and just doesn’t know which way is up. You cannot help but hurt for this man.

“I have so much blood on my hands that it won’t ever come off.”

Sawyer Bennett delivers an unputdownable read as Jane does her best to break the walls of Kyle. I will give Jane credit, she does not give up and I admired her tenacity in going for what she wanted, “Mrs Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you? ~ The Graduate 1967.” The mysterious bad boy always seems to attracts women like moths to a flame, but you always knew that Jane was different. Kyle wasn’t her type, yet for Jane, he called to her, “You had me at hello. ~ Jerry Maguire ~ 1996.”

Jane and Kyle together brought each other to life, Jane giving Kyle solace and a sense of normalcy, “You make me want to be a better man. ~ As Good as It Gets ~ 1997,” and Kyle showing Jane the woman she could be, not plain Jane by any stretch of the imagination. Sawyer Bennett does make you wait as Jane takes time in breaking through to Kyle but once these two get together all bets are off, “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. ~ Notting Hill ~ 1999.” As with any Sawyer Bennett read she totally burns up the pages with an intense connection between these two and you will find yourself rooting for them from the very start.

Finding Kyle is a book of letting go of the past and looking forward to the future. A lesson in finding yourself, your true self and not the version that circumstances have made you. Believing in yourself, liking yourself, loving yourself as well as others and believing that you are deserving of that love. Love comes when you least expect it, it is up to you to grab it with both hands and embrace it. This was definitely a case of “You can’t handle the truth. ~ A Few Good Men ~ 1992,” but giving people the chance to draw their own conclusions. Totally loved this book, as ever, Sawyer Bennett delivered and Kyle and Jane are a couple that will stick with you. “To infinity and beyond! ~ Toy Story ~ 1995”

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