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An enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliff-hanger.

I’m in love with my best friend’s girl.
She knows it. He knows it. Everyone knows it.
Faye will never be mine, but try telling that to my stupid heart.
An endless rotation of girls streams in and out of my bedroom in a desperate attempt to forget her, but nothing eases the horrid ache in my chest. Rejection isn’t anything new for me, but it hasn’t gotten any easier.
Until she reappears in my life. Like an out-of-control tornado. Storming in, all fierce and angry, ready to steamroll everything in her path. Rachel is trouble with a capital T bundled in a gorgeous, sexy, Irish package.
She pushes all the wrong buttons, and I can’t decide if I want to yell at her or kiss her.
I should steer clear.
But I’ve never been very good at taking my own advice. Especially when it comes to girls I can’t have and shouldn’t want.

I need to escape.
To put as much distance between me and that monster so I can start living my life.
Yet, even the vast Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough to sever the connection. To allow me to forget how he’s ruined me. His hold is more than just physical. He has a vise grip on my head and my heart, and I can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t function.
So, I do everything to blot it out.
Until he reappears in my life.
Brad McConaughey. So hot. So infuriating. So in love with my best friend.
Every word out of Brad’s mouth makes me want to throat punch him or kick him in the nuts.
But he makes me feel, and I hate him for it. A part of me might actually love him for it.
I should keep my distance, but like destructive magnets, we are drawn together.
This isn’t going to end well.
I know it. He knows it.
But we’re powerless to resist.


This title is New Adult contemporary romance, suitable for age 18+.

This series will appeal to fans who enjoy any of these authors: Tijan, Abbi Glines, Chloe Walsh, Jay McLean, Ginger Scott, Jillian Dodd, Penelope Douglas, Sara Wolf, Sara Ney, and other similar authors.

446 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 1, 2017

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Siobhan Davis

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Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Top 5 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 2 million books, and her titles are translated into several languages.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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1,847 reviews485 followers
October 23, 2017
I’m fascinated with this series. Every book is hooking from start to finish, each couple’s story is a wonderful blend of angst and drama, sexiness and heart. I’ve devoured every book and I can’t wait for more, and just when I think the previous couple was my favorite, along comes Siobhan and delivers this darker, more vulnerable story with an unexpected yet perfect for each other couple.

Theirs is a love story is full of the torment Brad has for loving his best friend’s girlfriend and abounding fear from Rachel’s past and the reluctant attraction between them.

We met Brad McConaughey from the beginning. The guy with more family baggage than any teen should ever have. The guy who broke his best friend’s trust. The same guy who helped out said best friend by pretending to be the real boyfriend but falling in love with the wrong girl in the process and then trying to erase the girl from his heart with meaningless hookups. Until Rachel moves into town and turns his world upside-down.

Rachel wanted to escape the demons from her past. She needed a fresh start, control her life, start over. It’s hard to do though when she’s constantly in contact with the irritatingly handsome man whore who can’t get over her best friend. And to make matters worse, Brad makes her long ago blocked off heart feel again with the undeniable desire that burns between them.
"For the first time in ages, I feel like I belong in my skin. Like I finally recognize myself, and I'm comfortable with who I am."

Brad and Rachel are both trying to work through their issues, so when something sparks between them it catches them off guard and both struggle to process it. Will he ever get over his best friend’s girl? Can she ever let go of her past and will her past let go of her? Wasn’t their frenetic coupling supposed to be a one time thing? Making matters worse, there are outside forces conspiring against them.

These two hesitant lovers fall slowly for each other in a deliciously drama filled story that kept me up all night. I loved the incredible chemistry, past characters helping out, shocking twists I never saw coming, I just couldn’t put it down. Saving Brad in a wonderful addition to the Kennedy Boys series and I can’t wait for more.

Saving Brad is book #5 in the Kennedy Boys series by Siobhan Davis. This is a standalone new adult romance, perfect for The Kennedy Brothers fans. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.

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4,559 reviews475 followers
October 11, 2017
Okay, time to confess, Siobhan Davis won me over: I am a Brad fan now.

Saving Brad is the fifth book in the Kennedy Boys series, and the second book to work as a standalone novel. As with the prior book, Loving Kalvin, I do believe it works best if you read the Kyler books prior to reading this one. In fact, I’m of the belief each and every book in this series needs to be read for the best experience. Whilst each relationship arc is wonderful alone, there are snippets seen throughout all the books. We get ideas of what is to come for the relationships in future books, we get to see how relationships from the prior books have developed, and these things work to make the standalone books all the stronger.

That being said, the Kyler books will not be for everyone. I completely understand why some people will enter on one of the standalone novels. However, for those to be following the series, this book will work to make a lot of fans happy. As my starting line stated – I’m now a Brad fan. Brad is one of the favourite characters in the series, and I believe the high demand for his story worked towards it being published early into the series, yet I was never a fan. It’s probably one of the most unpopular opinions surround Siobhan Davis, and yet I could never bring myself to like him all that much. His story intrigued me, I cannot deny that, but I never really liked him.

As you can see, things changed in this one. I went in tentative about it being Brad’s story, yet the snapshot we were given at the end of Loving Kalvin had me eager. It was a complex mix of emotions. So much excitement, yet it was somewhat reserved compared to my excitement for the other books. The more negative emotions, however, were quickly pushed away. Siobhan Davis pulled her usual trick – she hooked me early, and I found myself unable to put the book down. The characters, the events, the drama – the entire story – managed to dig deep into my very being and I could not put the book down.

Loving Kalvin was an emotional read on a number of levels, yet it pales in comparison to Saving Brad. They’re both deeply emotional in many ways, yet the situations dealt with in Saving Brad are much heavier. From the moment we were introduced to Racheal I had a few ideas about how her story would play out – things she said, things she had done, had me believing certain secrets would one day come to the forefront. When I found out she was to be the leading lady in Brad’s story, I wasn’t at all surprised when the synopsis pretty much confirmed my belief. Nevertheless, I was waiting on the specifics of the situation. Very quickly, we get to see how Racheal has a dark past and secrets that will rip anyone apart. I worked out the specifics of the situation quite early, but that failed to lessen the impact when the reveal came about – it was dark, it was emotional, and it worked so well in this story. There have been hints of darkness throughout all the books in this series, but I believe this one to deal with the darkest of issues. In other words, it is not a story for the faint of hearts. It will be a trigger for some, and it will leave emotional scars.

Whilst Racheal’s story is the darker element, Brad’s story is also highly emotional. As I’ve stated, his story has interested me throughout the series. I’m so glad we finally got to see how everything came together in that regard. It was emotional in completely different ways, working to pull your emotions in so many directions as each element of the story was presented. A lot of Brad’s story works to add the lighter tone to the story. There are still many dark moments to be found, but a lot of the elements are in the classical Kennedy drama sense.

As for the relationship between the two of them, I came to ship it more than I’d expected. They played off of each other so well, their different personalities and individual stories making for an explosive read. Alone they were both characters I was never crazy about – together, I lost myself in their story. It hit me hard in so many places, and it left me emotionally raw by the time I was done.

There were two things I wasn’t crazy about, if I’m honest, but I realise these things are a personal preference.

The first is some of the choices made by certain members of the Kennedy family. I’m really not going to say too much, due to spoilers, but certain things felt like a bit too much. When we return to the Kennedy home, I found myself surprised by the turn of events. I understand the choice, but it felt a bit too much to me – I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. I understood, but it felt too much. The other is something to do with a reveal made by one of the characters towards the end of the book. Again, it was something I understood, but I wasn’t sure if I felt it was the right choice – at first I thought it was just the shock, but as I thought about it, I felt it jarred slightly with the image I had of the character. Both of these are things I can understand, I can rationalise the choices, but I felt as though it wasn’t what I ever expected to see of the family.

The other thing I wasn’t overly crazy about was the ending. Whilst there was closure, I felt as though things happened rather suddenly. I’m not going to go into detail, and I know why things played out the way they did, but I’m not sure if I was completely happy. To me, the latter part of the book had an almost romantic suspense feel about it. I love a good romantic suspense, and I set my bar rather high. I know this wasn’t a romantic suspense book, but the way elements towards the end slipped in that direction meant my expectation towards the ended was lifted. It did have the emotional impact of the rest of the book, but I wasn’t on the edge of my seat as action sequences of this sort usually leave me. I’m not quite sure what it was, but it hit me emotionally yet it failed to get my heart pumping.

Overall, however, I loved this one. I’m both surprised and glad that Siobhan Davis managed to win me over when it comes to Brad, as I honestly wasn’t sure whether it would be possible. Siobhan Davis managed it though, and I’m grateful. He may never be my number one favourite character in this series, but I’m certainly a bigger fan that I was prior to this one.

As a final note, I’m even more excited for the future books now. I’ve been a big Keven fan from early in the series and he completely stole my heart in this one – the sooner I get my hands on his story, the happier I will be. Honestly, he was a total babe in this one – my love for him has only grown. The snippet provided into Kaden at the end of this one has left me excited for his story also – I feel as though we’re going to get a Siobhan Davis spin on another popular trope, and I cannot wait for it.

Bring on the future Kennedy Boys!
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703 reviews2 followers
January 15, 2018
First, I must note, that I accidentally skipped over Loving Kalvin. I think I remember so much of Kalvin from Keeping Kyler that my brain filled his story in on it's own. It didn't mess up my reading of this book at all, but I will be going back to read it before Seducing Kaden is released.

Now about Saving Brad... This was good! I enjoyed it as much as the other books in the series. It's that New Adult angst-fest that I was craving. That said, Brad was starting to wear on me. I can't put him into my unlikeable-hero slot because I knew the real Brad wasn't really that asshole that he was during the larger part of this book. But man, he was a total dick for such a long time that I was starting to think that nice Brad was lost and gone forever.
Rachel was wonderful. Her story was painful and sad, which served to highlight just how strong and sweet she really is.
It's great fun that each of these books connects with each of those Kennedy Boys in some way.
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6,773 reviews572 followers
October 17, 2017
Finally, I repeat, FINALLY Brad has a reason to let go of his obsession with Faye. He has endured being the third wheel on Kyler and Faye’s bicycle built for two, survived his manwhore ways, relatively unscathed, unless you count the damage to his soul and self-respect.

Rachel, Faye’s best friend has moved across the pond to begin another chapter in her life. What no one knows is that she is also on the run from a nightmare of betrayal and the monster who can crush her spirit with a look and a twisted command. While it’s no secret that Brad and Rachel are like oil and water, when their backs are against the wall and they need a shoulder to lean on, there is an unspoken alliance, perhaps shared pain from the past that brings them together, sometimes by accident, sometimes by design and need.

Could it be that this abrasive woman is the very thing Brad needs to realize the difference between his emotional obsession with Faye and true, soul-deep love? Have the events they both must face skewed their emotions? Sometimes when life is the most painful, what you need to be strong is standing right in front of you, arms open wide.

SAVING BRAD may be Siobhan Davis’ crowning glory in a series known for angst, drama, over the top theatrics and probably one of the most dysfunctional functioning families ever! Don’t get me wrong, the Kennedys are a fascinating family, but Brad has always played the role of the sympathetic charity case, accepted by the family, but still not blood. He is most definitely the boy we met so long ago, so willing to do all he could for his best friend, including crushing his own heart and this time out, he still gives and gives, but finally gets what he needs in return!
The Princess of Pain, Passion and Angst has scored another direct hit to my reading heart! Thank you, Siobhan Davis for FINALLY SAVING BRAD and making it absolutely incredible!

I received an ARC edition from Siobhan Davis!

Series: The Kennedy Boys - Book 5
Publication Date: October 22, 2017
Publisher: Siobhan Davis
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense | Sexual Abuse
Print Length: 313 pages
Available from: Amazon
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1,620 reviews182 followers
October 25, 2017
Saving Brad is the fifth book in the The Kennedy Boys series, but it can be read as a standalone. I had been itching to read Brad's book since I knew he was getting his own and Siobhan did not disappoint in any way.

I will do my best to not give any important details away. Brad is an honorary Kennedy since he and Kyler have been best friends since they were practically in diapers. He then becomes the third wheel in Ky and Faye's relationship and ends up at one point pretending to be Faye's boyfriend, which in turn causes Brad to fall for Faye. And yes, that causes some very tumultuous problems between all three of them. However, they've all tried to remain friends throughout it all, despite Brad's issue of moving past Faye.

Rachel is Faye's best friend from back home in Ireland. Rachel and Brad met before and apparently had a very hot one night together. But neither was looking for more and both went their own ways, never expecting to really be around the other again, til now. Til Rachel decides to transfer to the states and move here permanently.

These two will give you whiplash (in the best way) with how the deal with one another. They are trying to move on from their pasts and start anew, and doing it all without having to deal with any sort of relationship too. HA! These two are so damn attracted to one another, it's surprising they never start fires when they are together.

Siobhan does a great job of telling each of their stories and how they got to where they today in such a great way. I know that sounds so confusing, but both Brad and Rachel each have their own problems they are trying to overcome and they are on two completely different spectrums of heavy shit to deal with. Yet, when Siobhan is writing about each of their unique story lines within this book, it is never confusing and you still feel a great deal for the two of them; you understand what they are going through and rooting for them both as individuals and together as a couple.

All in all, Siobhan writes another amazing story in this series and has me loving the whole thing, start to finish. And now she has me anxiously waiting for Kaden's book - more so than I was when I started this series.
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537 reviews52 followers
October 31, 2017

Siobhan's books are famous for their angst and drama, the twists and turns that were so unpredictable, ironically it was expected of Davis' works. BUT with Saving Brad, Davis took a turn for the darker side and delivered a spectacular tale filled with vulnerability and raw emotions. I have no idea how she does it but she has TOPPED her best works with Brad and Rachel's story - WOWZA!

For the fans of the series, and especially for those who are on Team Brad, we were all rooting for his happy ending and it took us a whole FOUR books to get to this point (dammit, it's about time!) Reading how he was pining away for his best friend's girl was saddening, especially when he was the anchor in the middle of the Kyler/Faye sh*tstorm, the one who truly sacrificed himself with nothing to gain in the process by pretending to be Faye's boyfriend, all the while falling for the unattainable girl.

"She's the only girl I want even though I know she will never be mine."

If being trapped in a classic tale of "nice guys finish last" wasn't bad enough, his family uprooted and disappeared without a trace the day his father was accused of a crime, leaving him all alone to struggle in his own ditch of darkness and despair. He drowned his demons the only way he knew how and found solace in alcohol and women, but it was all just temporary.

Until Rachel.

"For the first time in ages, I feel like I belong in my skin. Like I finally recognize myself, and I'm comfortable with who I am."

Rachel was running away from her past. Moving away from Ireland to America for a fresh start, she was determined to pick up the pieces and move on with her life, but she couldn't stop looking over her shoulders waiting for him to catch up - the monster from her childhood who wouldn't stop at anything until he gotten her. Yet she hid her vulnerabilities behind her feisty mouth and her tough exterior, until Brad's reappearance threatened to destroy the wall she has built, exposing her to the ONE truth that will ruin her.

From hate to lust and a bond beyond the physical, Rachel and Brad's romance only intensified with each chapter, from enemies to friends and ultimately lovers, their whirlwind romance swept readers off their feet as we were all caught in the storm. Filled with mystery and suspense, Davis' does not sugarcoat the horrors that her characters faced and challenged her readers every step of the way. It was so beautiful to read how both of them gradually opened up to one another and formed an unbreakable foundation of trust and love, I actually enjoyed that the steamy scenes were toned down a little (albeit those few moments were still incredibly hot) and the story was more plot and character driven. The only bummer was Brad and Kyler's falling out but I'm glad that worked out in the end!

Unpoular opinion (Read at your own risk):

I LOVED IT so much that I finished the book in one night (sleep be d*mned). I couldn't imagine a better ending for Brad and Rachel and in all honesty, it was my favorite out of the entire series (even beats Kal's story - and he was my favorite Kennedy). HOLY. I needed time to recover from this masterpiece. Because it is what it is, a masterpiece.

Definitely worth the agonizing wait!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Lola's Blog Tours and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!
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675 reviews101 followers
March 13, 2020
DNF before the halfway mark so no rating. Didn’t like any of the characters and I found myself skimming more than I was reading...
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385 reviews7 followers
September 24, 2017
This book was so amazing! I'm so lucky to get to beta read for the extremely talented Siobhan Davis. It is such an amazing honor, because her work just gets better and better and better, and Saving Brad is no exception. At this point it is tied with Loving Kalvin as my favorite book in the Kennedy Boys series!

The interplay between the two main characters in this book is really great. I love how things develop between them.

I have a very special place in my heart for Brad, and I'm so glad she decided to write his book so soon in the series. He has made me so heartsick recently, because he's been in such an awful place, and has been acting badly. Not like the Brad I know and love! He tried my patience greatly in this book, but in the end he did me proud! Plus, it was more in the way where a character drives you nuts, but you love it.

There was so much happening in this book, as far as the plot goes. I just devoured this book. It killed me every time I had to put it down and return to real life.

I also loved the glimpse we got of Kaden at the end of the book, except now I can't wait for Kaden's book. I swear to goodness, my jaw dropped when I read the last few lines!

This book was sexy, suspenseful, and just hands down amazing. It is a MUST if you are a fan of the Kennedy series.
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2,397 reviews44 followers
September 24, 2019
Saving Brad is part of the Kennedy Boys series. Brad isn't a Kennedy, but he's been like a brother to Ky for years. Their relationship has been strained for the past year since Brad is convinced he's in love with Faye, Kyler's 'now and forever' girl. Rachel is Faye's best friend from Ireland. Now she's in America, going to school and living with Faye. Other than one unforgettable night Brad and Faye hate each other. But is hate the only emotion they have for one another? Is it hate at all? This is a drama-filled story with plenty of angst, sex, suspense, and action.

Brad has never been my favorite character in this series. I know tons of readers love him, but his self-destructive path, his disrespect for Ky, his man-whoring ways have not endeared him to me. I was not looking forward to reading his story one bit. Rachel on the other hand, intrigued me. Yes, she was also on a self-destructive path, and yes, she was clearly running from her pain too, but she didn't pant over her best friend's man and she was trying to do better. There's the difference for me; Rachel was trying to behave healthier, Brad was continuing to wallow. However, Siobhan is good. She made me feel for Brad. His pain ran much deeper than I realized, his self-loathing much stronger. I still disliked him and his behavior at times; I think he has too many selfish moments and hurts the people closest to him, but he manned up in this book. Proof again of the power of a good woman, the power of love. Rachel broke my heart. Her story was truly painful. Her strength is amazing.

Brad and Rachel started out backwards. Sex, then enemies, then uneasy friends, then everything. They both have so much healing to do. Rachel is stronger and kinder than Brad, but she makes him a better man, the man he was always meant to be if life hadn't knocked him down. Rachel has been hurt at the deepest level. She has kept her suffering hidden, hurt herself trying to forget. Brad is hurt, but he's also very angry, so he strikes out, deliberately hurting others, then he feels worse about himself. Good friends, love, getting out of your oen head and worrying about someone else, getting support; these are the ways to heal; it just takes these two longer to figure out the right way to move forward. When they both realize that the past can be dealt with, that the present can be good, and the future can be promising, it's such a major feel good love story, you can't help but cheer them on. Their story is an emotional journey, one that too many of us can relate to on one level or another. Their happiness can give us all hope.

Brad and Rachel's story is tied up at the end in the sweetest of ways, but during the finale, we get a glimpse of the next story. Kaden. It's quite a shock and I can't wait!

Trigger warning: Sexual abuse survivors please take note that parts of this story could be upsetting.
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220 reviews
October 22, 2017
First of all, Saving Brad is a standalone and you don’t have to, but I highly recommend reading the other books in the series because you are missing out by not spending more time with these amazing characters.

Now to my review:
This was a very emotional read for me. We have witnessed Brad’s journey down the path of self-destruction for a while now, but this is when he hits rock bottom. We have also received clues regarding Rachel’s own issues, but this is when we find out the nitty-gritty, and I promise you all that it is dark and heartbreakingly sad.

“Only this time, the heartache is joined by a new layer of guilt and self-revulsion. Does she feel that too? Does Rachel hate herself as much as I hate me?”

I found both Brad and Rachel to be very realistic in how they deal with their personal issues while living their lives. Both of our main characters go through periods of self-loathing, hopelessness, anger, shame, and guilt throughout this story. There are moments when irritability consumes Brad, causing him to lash out which were difficult to witness because I’ve been there before, and the guilt that comes afterwards can be unbearable. Rachel mostly distances herself from everyone she loves, choosing to suffer silently; again, this is another coping mechanism I am quite familiar with that only leads to a life of bitterness if not properly addressed.

After Siobhan exposes these characters’ truths, it is clear that Brad and Rachel are perfect for each other. However, get buckled up because the route to happiness for both Brad and Rachel is a very bumpy one. Even though there are many ups and downs with these two, I promise you that their chemistry is HOTTT!
“I was lost, but you found me.”
“We found each other.”
“I hold her hand to my mouth and plant a gentle kiss on her skin. ‘Let’s never lose sight of that.’”—This was one of my many swoon moments.
In order to break up some of the heaviness, Siobhan adds some humor as well as that Kennedy family drama I giddily anticipate with each story. Here is a little taste:

“I think I’ve heard it all now. The day I take romantic advice from Kent Kennedy is the day the world ends.���

Saving Brad also offers some much-needed closure regarding the repair of relationships with oneself and those with family and friends as well. The ongoing tension between the main characters and their loved ones in the previous books had my anxiety levels through the roof, and it was a major relief to be given those conclusions.

However, just when one main plot ends, another opens. The Epilogue is one of my favorite parts of Brad's book because it perfectly delivers a glimpse at the life of our next Kennedy—Kaden. Where or where will Siobhan take us with this one? We can only wait and see!

I received a BETA copy and volunteered to review it.
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325 reviews6 followers
February 13, 2021
Sadly, I quit this at 14%. It’s probably a me thing, and perhaps I’ll give it another try some time later.
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1,749 reviews830 followers
September 20, 2020
What a character journey Siobhan has taken Brad on over the course of this series. And this speaks to something Siobhan is SO incredibly gifted at - she’s great at taking really flawed characters who have made bad and/or hurtful decisions and she puts them on a redemptive journey- she somehow has us as readers dislike them and then empathize and love them. Truly, only a talented character writer could evolve a character in a way where we believe they have truly evolved- to where we see them in a different light. I know a lot of people were excited to get Brad’s book, but I wasn’t yet sold on him- even though he’s worked to make amends. But after this book, wow, I’m totally in love with him- but he didn’t make it easy. Siobhan not only has him evolve- mature as the result of his prior experiences- but she also lets us into just his soul, what drives his actions. And man, it broke my soul to see him devolve so much from the Brad we know and know he can be.

And Rachel isn’t really in a good place either-burying her baggage in her partying. Like Brad, we don’t know the whole story- there is so much more going on with Rachel - and a character that we once saw as weak or unraveling you now see as a strong survivor. An embattled fighter. My heart hurts for her pain. Both of them just ripped it right out of my chest- which is why their story is so special. They understand and see each other- and by helping the other heal they can help themselves heal. This is some INTENSE connection.

This has been the most triggering subject matter of the series- so take note. But I loved this story- WAY more than I thought I would, I figured Brad wouldn’t light me up like Kyler, but I think Brad has buried himself deeper in my heart- the goodness, the strength of this man, it gets to me. And they are so perfectly paired, Brad and Rachel, two beautifully broken souls only whole in their togetherness. Oh my heart!
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82 reviews1 follower
January 14, 2019
Every book in the series has had me hooked from beginning to start and this story was no different. I was a bit tentative at the start of reading Brad's story because I just couldn't predict where it was going to go and prayed that it ended well.

In previous books in the series we learn that Brad has family issues and moved in with the Kennedy's due to his falling leaving him behind to flee the country. We also learn that Brad is in love with his best friend's girl or so he thinks. On the other hand, very quickly into the story we get a sense that Rachel has a dark past that she is keeping from everyone. I had an idea and connected the dots a bit as to what happened to her in the beginning, but that didn't lessen the blow any less once it was finally revealed. Running from her past, Rachel wants to start fresh and makes the move from Ireland to America to be near her best friend. While it is no secret that Rachel and Brad fight like cats and dogs, you see little glimpses here and there of something more.

While Brad and Rachel struggle to get through their issues, their chemistry builds and both of them don't know what to do with it. While Brad is fighting his feelings towards Rachel because he thinks he is in love with his best friend's girl, she is fighting her feelings because of her past. The pair are hesitant at first but slowly over time, they fall for one another, and boy are sparks flying.

I loved this story and stayed up all night to see what happened next. It held so many shocking twists, sizzling chemistry and undeniable love, I just couldn't put the book down for the life of me and definitely suffered the next morning at work. I can't wait to see what happens next.

5 Stars!
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502 reviews31 followers
January 30, 2019

Brad was actually a jerk in the first third of this book. But let me rewind really quick. Brad thought he was in love with Faye. I'll admit, that him being her "fake boyfriend" in high school was a HUGE mistake. He knew his feelings were starting to turn more than friendly, but he didn't back off. Fast forward to college. Brad is sleeping his way through the female student body. He's trying to get rid of his feelings for Faye and he thinks the only way to do so, is to sleep with someone else.

Rachel is Faye's best friend from Ireland. We met her in 'Finding Kyler'. Briefly. But we still met her. Right off the bat, we saw that she had a problem with drinking and sleeping around. To what extent...no one knew. When Rachel finds an opportunity to move to the States, she takes it. She starts over in a new city with her bestie and goes to school for fashion. Life is great for her. Until her past comes back to haunt her.

Brad and Rachel have an unconventional "friendship". For some reason Brad detests her when they first meet. But they have sexual chemistry that is off the charts. When Brad pretty much ruins his friendship with Kyler, Rachel moves in with Brad to be his support. They both are terrible at being alone (for good reason) so they give being roommates a shot. Of course, with the history that they have and the chemistry and sparks that light up when they're near each other...this was bound to end one way. I'm not sure when it clicked for Brad that he was never in love with Faye. The idea of her maybe. But never her. His love for Rachel was sudden and shook him to his core. Little did he know, she felt the same way.

I don't know how Siobhan does it. She sucks you into the lives of these characters. She makes you not want to take your eyes away from the words that she's poured onto each page. Siobhan is a miracle worker.
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1,376 reviews51 followers
October 20, 2017
I was very much looking forward to Brad's story in this series. I wanted to see how things turned out for him after the events in the first three books. If you haven't read the Kyler books, please do before reading Brad's story!

Brad had a lot happen to him when he was too young to really have to face those types of situations. He had to grow up fast and become responsible for himself in ways that no high school teenager should. The situations that happened after with Ky, with Faye, they just added to his stress and emotional turmoil.

Rachel had her own tragic history and though her situation was far worse in most ways than Brad's, they both were forced into adulthood far before their time. Rachel had to learn to take care of herself in different ways than Brad, but still had to learn early.

I think the fact that they had these similarities caused them to be similar in personality too and maybe that's why they rubbed each other the wrong way when they met. The dynamic was very entertaining to read.

If you like the Kennedy Boys books, if you enjoy New Adult Romance, if you like an enemies to lovers type story, you are going to love Saving Brad. I would again encourage reading the Kyler books first and I would even suggest reading Kalvin's book too, just because I think the series will flow more smoothly for you if you do.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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304 reviews23 followers
October 22, 2017
This book follows Brad and Rachel and I loved every second of it. I wasn't sure how I would like it due to the behavior of the main characters in previous books, but this one was just as amazing as all the others. I love how much Faye and Ky you get to experience in this book as well!

The book is set in dual point of views, so you are able to experience both sides as you go along. I loved that about the book. This book was written in typical Siobhan style of having no fingernails by the last page because you bit them all off in suspense! I wasn't able to put the book down once I started and found myself walking around my house with the book to my face.

I can't tell you much about the story of this book due to spoilers of not only this book but previous books as well, but I can tell you it is worth every minute you put into reading it. You will experience fear, love, anger, sadness, pretty much an overall emotional rollercoaster from beginning to finishing. The suspense in this book is off the charts in more ways than one! Get ready for a night with no sleep and be able to end this book with a smile on your face!
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1,568 reviews1 follower
October 22, 2017
Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis is the fifth book in the Kennedy Boys series. The author brings the reader up to speed with perfection and the complex storyline continues with the characters returning to their sophomore year at Harvard. Rachel and Brad deal with their tumultuous relationship among both of their families’ problems. They realize that they’re becoming friends after they both finally let their guard down. Suspense filled storyline and dynamic characters are Siobhan Davis’ mark and make this book another highly recommended new adult read.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book.
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362 reviews2 followers
February 6, 2018
Saving Brad is the Fifth book in The Kennedy Boys Series. Even though Brad is not "A Kennedy", he is not lacking in the hotness department. This book is Brad and Rachel's story...and what a story it is. The ups and downs will keep you reading. What I really liked about this book is the very difficult subject matter that it addresses. Siobhan Davis weaves this subject matter into the story, and it helps the reader to admire the characters and how they deal with what life throws at them, and to come out the other end stronger than ever. And of course you you always get your HEA! Looking forward to reading Kaden"s story.
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1,946 reviews47 followers
December 5, 2019
I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I fell for Brad in finding Kyler, and ya the way he was introduced was not pretty at all but I don't know something about him made to seek him out in other books. Now as the series went on go I was so angry with him and the situation. But now after reading saving Brad that feeling came back ten fold. Hes just drawn to you and can't help but fall. He's not perfect not by long shot but I'm still very crazy about him. Rachel now her story just gutted me I feel for this girl so much she's one strong chick.
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741 reviews
October 24, 2017
Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis is book 5 in the Kennedy Boys series and can be read as a standalone.

“Because I’m done being a victim. I’m a survivor. And it’s finally time to start living my life.” - Rachel

I have eagerly awaited Brad’s story and my heart has broken for him several times already in the series as we’ve seen the difficulties he’s had to deal with. I know some readers may hate Brad for the things he’s said and done when it comes to Faye and Kyler but I really feel for the guy and wanted him to get his own HEA.

This book is addictive, captivating and memorable. It is the best book of the series so far and I’ve already re-read it as I can’t get enough of Brad and Rachel who are perfect for each other. Siobhan Davis has created another amazing story that you won't want to put down!

As with all of the Kennedy Boys books, we get glimpses of the other family members in this story and I love that we get to see how they are all doing and are given hints of what’s still to come for Kyler and Kalvin’s brothers. Next up in the series will be Kaden and I’m looking forward to learning more about one of the older brothers who we know less about than the others.

*I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book and all opinions are my own
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939 reviews63 followers
October 19, 2017
I received an eARC of this book from the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Oh my heart!!!! Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis is the fifth installment in her The Kennedy Boys which follows one family and their relationships. Seriously these books are so addicting! I may not usually read or enjoy contemporary but Siobhan Davis has written such a compelling, dramatic series full of angst that I just cannot sit down.

As the title suggests, Brad, the other side of the Faye/Ky triangle, is the main focus. I’ll be honest, I really liked Brad at the beginning of the series and may have shipped him with Faye more than once. I felt like his character was so tragic. He lost everything: his best friend, his family, his fortune, even his dreams were at stake. He was just so sad that my heart ached for him throughout the series thus far. Now nearly two years after the end of Keeping Kyler, Brad has really lost himself. When the book begins, he’s nearly unrecognizable from the character Faye met in Finding Kyler. He’s unintentionally (and sometimes intentionally) mean, still pining for his best friend’s girl, and drinking his pain away. Not a very attractive side of him.

Then enters Rachel. Of Faye’s two Irish girlfriends, she’s the one that intrigues me the most. Her history is shrouded in mystery. She’s been seriously hurt in the past and has told no one of it. Like Brad, she’s spent most of her teenage years having sex and drinking away her pain. Now with her family’s recent good luck, she’s at a place where she can start over and disappear. Rachel is finding herself, gaining confidence, and showing a little vulnerability. But what endears her to me is how she recognizes Brad’s pain when those that are closest to him seem to ignore it.

The plot of this story really revolves around the growth of both characters and is moved along by the drama that surrounds them. Unlike the other books in this series, I felt like Rachel and Brad’s drama flows naturally with the story. It adds to their characters and helps to understand them better. Like the other books, there are many twists and surprises along the way and I was very surprised by Rachel’s reveal. I had an idea what it was but not the whom. (sorry I know that’s vague, but no spoilers from me)

Overall I loved Saving Brad! I devoured it. I started it before bed one night with the intention of reading one or two chapters, 6 hours later I was teary eyed and finished. I couldn’t sit it down and needed lots of coffee the next morning but it was totally worth it! If you enjoy contemporary romance, filled with angst and drama and surprise twists and turns, I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book. While it can be read as a standalone, I highly suggest reading it after the first three books of the series so you can understand the characters better. Also of note, this is a new adult book and I do not recommend for those under 18. There are some graphic sexual scenes, foul language and some triggers. Be aware before you read!
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This installment has to be the most emotional book of the series. Rach goes though a metamorphosis by claiming her life back. Brad finally gets his head on straight.
I love the series so much I have decided to read it again, especially before the next book drops in Spring 2018.
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1,154 reviews56 followers
September 8, 2020
So granted Brad isn’t a blood Kennedy but he’s a pseudo Kennedy and he has a story to tell. We met Brad and Rachel back in Kyler and Faye’s story and who knew we’d be where we are today? I love a good enemies to lovers stories. That fiery angst, that burning lust, that underlying love that’s being denied. Siobhan Davis gives it all to you along with one of her wicked twists to keep you on your toes!
2,001 reviews13 followers
October 31, 2017
This read really really got to me with everything that all the characters have been going through and the way it all comes out, playing on every emotion I have. Brad is a man wh***, an a**, hurting people all around him with his words and actions. But there is a reason and during the first half of the book, I had wanted to shake him, slap him, punch him, until you get to the root of his behaviour. Unfortunately Rachel is the punching bag to many of his hurtful and callous words and actions, but she is strong and has built a wall around her, not showing her hurt and moving forward.
Brad is supposedly in love with his best friend’s girl and that girl is best friend’s with Rachel. A love triangle all around and Rachel refuses to be with Brad more than a hook up or develop feelings for him because she won’t be second choice. It all comes to a head one day between Brad and Ky and because they are roommates it has Ky move in with his g.f. Faye and Rachel who is Faye’s roommate moving in with Brad. As Brad and Rachel come to an understanding that they are just friends with no benefits so their living arrangement can work but being close everyday reeks havoc on both of them, as they are attracted to each other and they can’t forget the steamy times they have shared in the past. But Rachel is afraid of something or someone and it’s Brad that she turns to when her past comes colliding with her present.
There are so many emotions and different conflicts going on and even though the story is long, there is not one word, one sentence, one paragraph, one page that is unnecessary. There’s Brad struggle with his infactuation with Faye, his relationship with Ky, his mother and sisters and of course his confusing feelings for Rachel. Then there’s Rachel who is in between the love triangle, dealing with her past and trying to start over, and fighting her feelings for Brad while being there to support him.
There were many times during the last half of this read when Brad finally comes to his senses and when we find out Rachel’s secret that I had to put the book down and take a deep breath to continue. Then there were the times when I had to put it down to wipe my tears because I couldn’t see the pages they were so blurry. Then there were the times I was so angry I had to put my kindle down so I didn’t throw it.
The strength and the courage that Rachel has and being able to offer her support and compassion to her friends when they need it after everything she has been through and going through....WOW just WOW.
This story was unbelievably emotional for me and it goes to the writing talent of this author to be able to provoke all the emotions and reactions above that I had to buy the book even though I received an ARC to show my support as I was in awe of this read.
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336 reviews40 followers
October 16, 2017
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Oh Brad, Brad, Brad! I needed this book in my lifeu! I’ve wanting to read his story since I got introduced to his character and finaaaally we got it! And it was awesome!

Brad has tried to get over his best friend’s girlfriend for over two years now and but no option seems to be working until Rachel comes back tumbling in his life. They are two people from the complete opposite pole yet they understand each other the best but Rachel is hiding something big and it’s coming for her now. Will they be able to save each other in time or will they end up wreaking each other instead?

I’ve loooved Brad since I met him. Ah, I mean his character, though he did some shitty stuff but obviously he was manipulated in a clever way, still he never cried false. But when the same thing repeats again Brad finds himself in a deep mess. In the previous books, we have seen Brad develop feelings for Faye though she never led him on but Brad couldn’t stop himself. Though I liked him, his continuous pining over the course started getting irritating but Rachael being Rachel saved the day! You go, girl! Anyway, their chemistry was seriously off the charts and I particularly enjoyed the love/hate between them that slowly changed into a meaningful relationship and their banter was way too awesome!

Although the plot was predictable, I definitely enjoyed the execution and the author’s way of writing and managing the suspense was on point. Rachel’s past really broke my heart but that girl was something else, she tried her best not to let the past affect her but continue to strive forward. Although she should have shared everything with her best friend at least but still I understood why she with withheld the information. And I loved the fact that despite the continuous banter between Brad and her, she genuinely cared about him from the very start. I saw what was coming and it was really heartbreaking but I was satisfied how everything wrapped up in the end. Well, instead of an ending, it was a beginning for both of them.

Overall, Saving Brad was an addictive read. I really had a hard time putting the book down. The plot was executed neatly and I loved the characters and enjoyed the character growth throughout the book. I enjoyed the romance between Brad and Rachel and the writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. This series just keeps on getting better and I can’t wait for the next book!

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465 reviews14 followers
October 22, 2017

Brad is in love with his best friend's girlfriend, Faye. And everyone knows it. To deal with it, Brad turns to school, football, booze and sex. But everything changes when Rachel, Faye's best friend, moves to the USA. Will Rachel be the one to save Brad?
Rachel finally has a chance to change her life and takes it. She moves from Ireland to the USA to begin a new chapter in her life. What she didn't expect were the feelings Brad brings to surface.

I loved Saving Brad! I fell in love with Brad in Finding Kyler and I wanted his HEA so bad. Brad and Rachel's story is full of drama, angst, mystery, and sexy scenes. It hooked me from the first page and I couldn't put my Kindle down.

Brad is a hot mess. On the surface, he's a cocky football player, a playboy, a jerk. But deep down he's a sweet and caring guy. He's been through a lot and now not only has to deal with his family problems but also his feelings for Faye and Rachel.
Rachel is a fiery and sassy young woman. She has been through hell and now just wants a fresh start. She wants to focus on school and her friends, but the demons of her pastkeep her looking over her shoulder and her feelings for Brad make her very confused.

Siobhan Davis gives us another amazing book, with awesome characters and a captivating story. Saving Brad is the perfect addition to The Kennedy Brothers series and can be read as a standalone, although I advise to read the whole series, it is amazing!
I can't wait for the rest of the Kennedy clan stories!

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1,926 reviews46 followers
October 18, 2017
*** 4.5 Hearts

Saving Brad is the fifth book in the Kennedy Brothers series. It is a standalone but if you want to get more background involving Brad then I recommend reading the previous books. Brad technically isn’t a Kennedy but he is Kyler Kennedy’s best friend and like a brother to him. The synopsis kicks ass so I will make this fast.

Rachel hates him but she wants him. Again. He gave her one hellava a ride eighteen months ago but she can’t go there. She is in America to start over. To concentrate on school. To stop drinking. To stop sleeping with random guys to numb her pain. She knows Brad would only make things worse since he is still in self-destructive mode. She knows she should stay away but she wants to help him even if he is being the biggest dickhead.

Brad wants to hate her but he can’t. She is too feisty and gorgeous to walk away from even if he knows it’s for the best. He doesn’t want to hurt her. He is in love with her best friend after-all. He wishes he wasn’t because it would make life so much easier. His life has been anything but easy over the last two years and he doesn’t want to complicate it anymore. But with Rachel back in the states he doesn’t know how it couldn’t be. He doesn’t go for seconds with any girl but with Rachel he wants to break his rule. Over and over again. Will he get his chance?

Brad and Rachel both have obstacles to conquer. They both have pasts that they don’t want to talk about. The both have been trying to numb their pains for the last few years with alcohol and sex. They understand one another. But can’t not fight when in the same room. It’s too much for them to admit how they really feel.

Overall...it’s crazy beautiful. It has twists. It has drama. It has triggers. It has heat. And it has love. I laughed, cringed, and was very close to crying. I thought it was an awesome addition to the series. You will get a sneak peek at what the next book is going to be about and omfg...I can’t wait!


“Look who came with,” Faye says to Rachel, wiggling her eyebrows as she stares at me.
I jerk my chin up, shoving my hands in my pockets. “Red.”
Her lips purse before speaking. “Dickhead.”

“I can’t believe you just stomped your foot. You’re really indulging your inner child tonight.” “Shut. Up. Dickhead.”

“Poor baby,” she teases, pinching my cheek. “Can’t handle a little rough play.”
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994 reviews29 followers
October 22, 2017
Final Score - 5 I Believe in Brad Stars!

I quite honestly didn't believe that Brad would ever let go of Faye. Its been years, and he has endured being the third wheel - a place he seemed hell bent staying in. He's become a manwhore in his efforts to exorcise Faye from his system, but she always managed to stay firmly tied/locked into this never-ending abyss of obsession/devotion that Brad firmly held onto. So much so he's not only damage his friendship ... but his soul and self-respect.

Now Rachel is Faye’s best friend. She's recently moved across the pond to begin another chapter in her life - a life plagued by secrets and a shame all her own. She's just escaped a living nightmare that no one close her know about - this girl really keeps things locked up. It would have otherwise crushed her spirit, but Rachel is stronger than she thinks.

It’s no secret that Brad and Rachel are old acquaintances - if you want to look at them like that - but these two are more like oil and vinegar. They don't really mesh well, given their circumstances, but somehow together they just work. Especially when both are just in need a good friend. And when push comes to shove, their combined strength and shared past pain brings them together - in unexpected ways.

Could it be that Rachel is the woman that Brad needs to finally let go of Faye? What's Rachel hiding and just how bad is her secret pain? Can Brad save Rachel? Can they these lost and wounded souls heal each other and make a go of their relationship?

This book may be Siobhan Davis’ best work yet. This series is known for angst, drama, and probably one of the most dysfunctional functioning families ever, but boy is it entertaining getting to know to the Kennedy clan! However, when it comes to friends and family, these Kennedy's stand by their own - and Brad is mostly definitely considered to be one of them.

This story really touched me in that Rachel and I shared the same pain. A most heinous betrayal by someone who is supposed to love and protect you. I empathized with her so much. Her strength gave me strength to finish the book as it was difficult at times for me get through.

This story will make you cry, make you want to shed blood, but in the end ... it will make you believe in the power of love. A love that can truly heal the worst pain and hurt another human being has gone through. A love that although wasn't considered "meant to be", is now the only love that could ever be.

I have to say a big Thank you to Siobhan Davis for doing this story right. SAVING BRAD is incredible and Must Read!
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