Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I want to say that I have all the words for Siobhan Davis’s Reforming Kent. But I’ll be honest, Davis has left me speechless with Kent’s story. I haven’t read all of the Kennedy Boys’ stories. I came into the series with Keanu’s story which feels like a perfect bookend to Kent’s story with Keaton’s in the middle.
When I read Keanu’s story with Selena, I liked the story. For some reason, it read a little disjointed even though Serena’s story is an important one as it relates to the devastation of human trafficking. Watching them overcome Selena’s past provokes you to recognize the power the reader has to make a difference. And for me, it was a solid 4-star read.
But Kent’s story. Quite honestly, it’s left me speechless and pretty emotional. There was something incredibly cohesive with Reforming Kent. Its heroine, Presley, is my favorite type of heroine. She’s someone who takes no <bleep> from her hero, and Kent, on the surface, is someone who requires rough handling. A hero whose former claim to fame is a playboy past, it makes sense that Presley would be reticent to give him anything. Yet, Presley eventually sees Kent when no one else does. This book has too many secrets that I can’t provide a lot of story points. Instead, what I will tell you is that this book will leave you captivated in its grasp. Each chapter reveals a little bit more of Kent and Presley’s story, and it’s spell-binding. This was a one-day binge read for me because Davis throws so much at her reader in one book. All of it, every single moment, works towards a message that is important. In fact, one of the things I liked about the books that I’ve read in this series is Davis’s insistence on using her romance to magnify a meaningful societal issue. And Reforming Kent is no different.
If you’ve read this series and Kent has come off as aggressive, out of control, and irresponsible, that’s exactly as Davis intended. However, in the world of fiction, we all know that those characteristics along with substance dependency hide a multitude of hurt. That is all I will reveal about Kent’s story. Understand that there is much much more to Kent than those traits, and this book is so worthy of a read.
From Chapter 1, Siobhan Davis’s Reforming Kent grabbed me. This book made me smile and it made me cry tears. My emotions ran the gamut as page after page reveals Presley and Kent’s story. If you do nothing else today, download this story and get lost in its pages. You won’t regret it. By my estimation, Siobhan Davis saved the best for last.
In love and romance,