Review: Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett

Finding Kyle
by Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: Jan. 14, 2017
Genre: Romance
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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?

 

 

My thoughts…

Finding Kyle is not exactly what I expected it to be. The synopsis leads you to believe that Kyle is a criminal, and while he may have done some heinous things, there was a reason behind it. He struggles with the things he’s done and doesn’t feel like he’s redeemable and worthy of Jane. It also doesn’t help that he knows his time at Misty Harbor has a time limit to it. However, no matter how hard he tries to push Jane away and keep distance between them, his quirky neighbor keeps coming back and is slowly worming her way into his life.

If you can’t tell, I am a fan of Kyle’s character. While on the surface he was the epitome of a bad-boy, the truth was that he really wasn’t. Yeah, he did some really horrible things but he suffers from the choices he made and he made those choices for the greater good. There is no way he would have been able to not only infiltrate but earn the trust of the men in Mayhem’s Mission Motorcycle Club without proving himself and keeping his cover. These were bad men that needed to be taken down and Kyle did everything he could to earn their trust, learn their secrets, and collect enough evidence to take them down. However, it’s hard for him to come to terms with leading a normal life, let alone a life with Jane, when his hands are stained with so much blood. The internal battle he has, even though it’s not always so black and white in this novel, was what really drew me in to Kyle’s character.

“As I reflect back on the last five years I gave up so I could bring a pack of criminals to justice, I feel strangely unaccomplished.”

Finding Kyle is filled with a bunch of adorable scenes. Like the first time Jane brings him muffins. They’re awful and Kyle immediately throws them away. So the next time she brings him a homemade basket of goods he is cautious and asks her if there’s any baked goods in there before he accepts it. There’s also a scene where they just spend the day together painting a fence where Jane quizzes him on movie quotes. Basically, these two together were adorable together. Kyle was surly and stand-offish and really trying to get Jane to leave him alone, and Jane was just so perky and persistent in getting to know Kyle. It was just too cute watching them interact.

I really enjoyed my time with Finding Kyle. It was a quick romantic read that was wonderfully written. I’ve read and really enjoyed the author’s Sugar Bowl series and after reading this, I’m learning that this is an author that I need to keep up on.

 

Favorite quote…

“I’ve seen enough goodness and gentleness in him to know that he’s not who he thinks he is. While he acts like he wants nothing to do with the world as it exists, I’ve seen enough curiosity within him to consider the possibility that perhaps he could have things he’s never thought were possible.”

 

 

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10 Thoughts on “Review: Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett

  1. Sweet and adorable. You make me want to read this.

  2. Kyle sounds like a really good character; one that makes you think for sure! Aw, those adorable moments between him and Jane sound wonderful.

  3. That sounds like a good book. I haven’t read this author yet but I like the sounds of this story.

  4. Bennett is always 50/50 for me. I don’t always like her books or heroes but this one sounds like one I would. And Jane sounds great too!

    For What It’s Worth

  5. well put Kristin!! I had the same thought after reading the title and blurb. It was enjoyable – but somehow I expected something different.

  6. Aw poor gal, can’t she bake? lol

  7. Awww they do sound adorable together!!

  8. I really appreciate it when an author can make a hero cross lines that probably shouldn’t be crossed and then make you adore him. I think authors sometimes think they’re pushing the envelope when really they’re not. This book does sound cute, and I love the idea of the ‘girl next door’ pulling him from his wallowing.

    Great review!

  9. I loved Kyle, too! I thought he was a very interesting character. I don’t think we (society) think about the consequences so many men and women who protect us go through and the struggle some have with it enough.

  10. I’ve heard of the author by never read one of her books. This sounds like a good one!

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