The Kennedy Boys #9
By: Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary, Friends To Lovers, MM Romance, New Adult/College Romance
Release Date: September. 20, 2020
Moving to California was supposed to be my fresh start. A clean slate. An opportunity to drop the façade, escape the lies, find a focus, and just be myself.
But I should have realized it wouldn’t be easy, especially when my last name is Kennedy.
I’m not ready to be a gay icon or some celebrity role model. I still haven’t admitted the truth to my family or the girl I professed to love, so there’s no way I want the public to know I’m into dudes.
Falling for my hot, straight, football-player roomie wasn’t part of the game plan.
Neither was backing myself into a corner because I trusted the wrong guy.
Now everything is on the line, and it’s time to stop pretending.
From the time I was a little kid, all I wanted is to play football in college and play in the NFL. As wide receiver for the
Golden Bears, I am on track to achieve my goals, but it comes at a heavy price.
Denying who I am—for the sake of my career—goes against everything I believe.
I should never have listened to my high school coach, because all the lies are suffocating me.
Until Keaton Kennedy enters my life, turning it upside down.
Now, there is even more reason to tell the truth, because I’m falling for the famous one and I want the entire world to know.
This heartwarming, emotional romance has a dash of angst and drama, a sprinkling of humor, and cameos from some of your favorite characters from the series. It is a 100k-word full-length novel, and the second to last book in the Kennedy Boys series.
💜Confessions Of A Bibliophile Review💜
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 𝟓/𝟓 Overall Rating: Adoring Keaton, is book nine in The Kennedy Boys Series, and Siobhan Davis’s first dip into the world of M/M romance! Although Adoring Keaton can be read as a standalone, as it focuses on an entirely new Kennedy and couple, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series to better enjoy and understand the Kennedy’s and all that comes with their world, as well as to also avoid any spoilers from previous books if you intend to eventually read them. With that being said, HOLY FREAKING HOTNESS Ms. Davis!!! Sheesh… I thought with this being her first venture into M/M that she would like be dipping a toe into that world… heck no, she didn’t even test the waters before jumping in headfirst and I am LOVING it!! I’m a HUGE Siobhan Davis fan, if she writes it, I’m reading it and Adoring Keaton was a wonderful addition to the Kennedy Boys Series. If you’re looking for a heartwarming, low angst, M/M romance, with a whole lot of steam, and just enough drama to keep you hooked then Adoring Keaton is the book for you.
❝𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆’𝒔 𝒋𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒆𝒍𝒔𝒆.❞
I’m not going to give a rundown of the plot like I normally do because I don’t feel like it’s needed. The blurb tells you pretty much all you need to know about this one and what it doesn’t say, I don’t want to spoil.
❝𝑨𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒖𝒑 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒓, 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒕. “𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒖𝒚𝒔, 𝑲𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒔?”
𝑰 𝒅𝒓𝒂𝒘 𝒂 𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒅𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑰’𝒗𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆. “𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆, 𝒎𝒂𝒏.”
𝑯𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒓, 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒖𝒑 𝒎𝒚 𝒃𝒐𝒅𝒚, 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒎𝒍𝒚 𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒄𝒌. 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔 𝒅𝒓𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒚 𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒉, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒑 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒚 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒇𝒂𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒑𝒔 𝒂𝒔 𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔. “𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒆?❞
💙 Keaton Kennedy: After reading all of the released books in the Kennedy Boys Series I felt like I knew Keaton. I was wrong. This poor boy was so much more troubled than I ever realized. From reading the last few books in the series it was clear to see that Keaton was struggling, with what we weren’t sure. All those questions are answered in Adoring Keaton. For years he’s struggled and been suppressing who he really is and because of that, he’s been kind of aimless. He’s in college and doing everything he’s supposed to do but he doesn’t feel like he has a purpose, a passion, a goal. He lacks the confidence to become the person he’s meant to be and until he finally embraces his identity and sexuality, that won’t change.
❝…𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅.❞
💙 Austen Hayes: Austin is such a sweetheart. I literally have nothing bad to say about Keaton or Austen, they are just really honest, and genuinely good guys. Austen was exactly the type of person that Keaton needed to help support him in becoming the person he wants to be. I loved that Austen was so understanding that everything as far as coming out and being an openly gay man and in a relationship with another man was so new to Keaton and he never pushes him, being nothing but supportive. I loved his “straight-talking and dirty mouth” as much as Keaton does!
❝𝑰’𝒎 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒂 𝒈𝒖𝒚.”
“𝒀𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒖𝒚, 𝑲𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒔. 𝒀𝒐𝒖’𝒗𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒂 𝒈𝒖𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒆.❞
🔥🔥🔥🔥 𝟒/𝟓 Romance & Steam: These two had off the wall chemistry. There was always an attraction between them, even before they came out together. Once Austen started rooming with Keaton things went very quickly. Austen was exactly the type of man that Keaton needed to help pull him out of his shell and Keaton has so much unconditional love that Austen needs. The ONLY thing I would have liked to have seen was a little bit longer of the attraction/will they or won’t they phase and even though it’s probably just me but when Austen and Keaton were talking to each other and kept calling each other “man” instead of like pet names like baby or something it just made it sound like they were talking to a friend instead of a lover ya know what I mean? “Man” was used a lot and it bugged me a little LOL, again it’s probably just me but it was weird. 🤷♀️
❝𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒎𝒚 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑-𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒖𝒕, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝑰’𝒍𝒍 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆.❞
❥𝟚❥ Secondary Characters: Austen’s friend Colton, I adore him! He was such a complete sweetheart and so understanding when Austen finally admitted that he was gay, although Colton had already figured it out. I’d love to see Colton get his own story too because he was just suchhh a GOOD guy. I always love being able to catch up with the rest of the Kennedy bunch, especially my first true love Kennedy’s, Faye and Kyler. After seeing the two of them again in Adoring Keaton, I’m thinking I may need a re-read of a certain trilogy ASAP!
❝𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒚 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝑭𝒂𝒚𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑲𝒚𝒍𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍.❞
🌪 Cliffhanger Warning: Nope, no cliffhanger! Adoring Keaton wraps up with a HEA. But we get a little taste of what’s to come next in Kent, the bad boy, black sheep, and last of the triplets’ story, Reforming Kent, and I am LIVING for his story! I love the little troublesome bad boy, I always have but in Adoring Keaton… he’s made me soooooo extremely mad at him. If he didn’t prove to me why I loved him so much back in Keanu and Selena’s story then I’d probably hate him for real. But from the little tease we got of what’s to come in his story, I think (I hope!!) Kent has met his match with Presley!
❝𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒖𝒑𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒐𝒘𝒏𝒔, 𝑲𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏. 𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒅𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕.❞
Blogger Note: Anyone who follows my reviews knows that MM romance isn’t something I normally review or am that familiar with (although after reading Adoring Keaton, that may be changing!) so, you may have noticed that where I usually have HERO and HEROINE, I instead just changed it to the guy’s names. 🤷♀️ I was trying to think of something to put there, like protagonist and protagonist’s love interest, but it just didn’t look… right? To me. So I went with just using their names, if anyone has a better idea (or understanding?) of what I SHOULD put there instead of when reviewing M/M romance, PLEASE feel free to comment or direct message me because I’ve looked around and I couldn’t figure it out so I figured the way I did it would be the least offensive if that makes sense. If not, just ignore this note altogether, I’m hormonal and could possibly be making it a bigger deal then necessary. LOL 🤦
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The Kennedy Boys Reading Order
The Irish Getaway – Optional Novella
Loving Kalvin – Friends-to-Lovers Second Chance Romance
Saving Brad – Enemies-to-Lovers Romance
Seducing Kaden – Second Chance/Forbidden Romance
Forgiving Keven – Second Chance Romance
Summer in Nantucket – Optional Novella
Releasing Keanu – Second Chance Romance
Adoring Keaton – MM Friends-to-Lovers Romance
Reforming Kent – Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Coming Soon!)
Reforming Kent, the black sheep bad boy of the Kennedy’s is coming up next!
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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 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.