I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pushing You Away by Kennedy Fox
Series: Noah & Katie Duet #1, Ex-Con Duet Series #3
on February 16, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
I’ve been in love with my best friend Katie Walker for as long as I can remember. We may have shared our deepest, darkest secrets but that one I’ve kept to myself. Before I got the courage to confess my true feelings, my cousin Gabe moved to town and swept Katie off her feet.
I should’ve admitted how I felt but I couldn’t—especially once they got married.
When I caught Gabe cheating on his pregnant wife, I snapped. A deadly fight erupted and before I could comprehend what happened, I was charged with his murder and sent to prison.
The day I’m released, I go straight to Katie’s house. But after pushing her away for a decade while I was behind bars—she slams the door in my face—wanting nothing to do with me.
While she’s determined to pretend I don’t exist, this time I’m not going anywhere.
PUSHING YOU AWAY is a slow burn, angsty friends to lovers romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It’s book 1 in the Noah & Katie duet and must be read in order.
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I was glad to get back to these characters, this town, and this book started out with a huge dramatic moment! One that had been alluded to in the past books, and I was really ready to find out what had happened.
Noah and Katie were sweet together, former best friends, of course both having had a crush on the other, but being too worried about losing a friendship or the other not reciprocating feelings to let the other know before someone else came into Katie’s life and making her fall in love.
Her husband Gabe, her son Owen’s father, whose death is what sent Noah away, may not have been really the right man for her. As Katie soon learns once Noah is back and she starts to let him back into her life. Of course they are kind of thrown together when Noah’s return has someone out with a grudge against him putting his family in danger. We get an idea who that is at the very end of this book, and I had a little bit of an inkling early on that it might have something to do with that person. But we don’t know why. And as the authors always do with these duets, they’ve left us hanging at the end of this first book, now I’m just waiting, patiently, or not, for the book two so that I can find out just what the reasoning is behind all this, especially if it is what I’m kind of guessing it might be. Hmm. While this one definitely had some emotion and all that, I’d say it fits in perfectly with keeping things a little sweeter than some stories, not quite the drama and angst, and with the way the world is these days, that’s just perfect.
About the Authors:
Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!
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