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Pushing You Away

(Ex-Con Duet Series #3)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  222 reviews
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
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Published February 16th 2021
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Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2021
FIVE PUSHING STARS for Katie and Noah 💚💜💚💜!!!



Kennedy Fox wrote one more amazing book that aroused so many emotions inside me and of course, left me breathless in the end because...

It ends up with the cliffhanger!

But that didn’t decrease my feelings for this book if nothing else, now I’m looking forward to the next book in the duet.

"Pushing You Away" is a contemporary slow burn small-town romance with friends to enemies to lovers trope which will make you laugh and cry
PP's Bookshelf
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
No one can beat Kennedy Fox when it comes to second chance romance. Pushing You Away is another example of their brilliance. I don't know how they get these devilish ideas to make us suffer through an absolute emotional ride. But I am grateful that they have an endless line of complex plots, wonderful characters and soul deep feels.

Pushing You Away is the first book of Noah & Katie duet. Noah is coming home after serving twelve years in jail in charge of "murdering" Katie's husband Gabe. They ha
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh man.. I really enjoyed this book! It was a very fast paced read and even though I didn’t read the first duet of this series, I wasn’t lost and I felt like these characters were my friends! But why isn’t Noah real?? He was such an amazing hero. His absolute devotion to not only Katie but his family was so admirable. Katie was such a strong woman and I loved her ability to just take no shit and do it all! Of course, the cliffy was a doozy and March can’t come soon enough!!

Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
How could you leave me hanging over the cliff like that!
I think my heart stopped for a millisecond with that last sentence…..
There are no words to describe what I’m feeling at this moment.

In My Own Words:

Pushing You Away is the third book in the Ex-Con series and the first book in Katie and Noah’s duet. This duet is told from both Katie and Noah’s point of view. This is a novel about redemption and finding love after tragedy. It’s about reclaiming friends
Erin Lewis
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Star Pushing You Away (Ex-Con Duet #3) by Kennedy Fox

I love friends to lover’s story and Pushing You Away was an entertaining read and is Katie and Noah’s story. Noah has been in love with his best friend for years but circumstances and his cousin Gabe got in the way and she had no idea how Noah truly felt.

Noah goes to prison after a fight leaves Gabe dead and despite Katie's attempts to keep in contact with him, he refuses to see her. When he is finally released the first stop Noah makes is
Jennifer English
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Maybe I'm alone in my feelings but I am so upset on Noah's behalf. For reals, no one, and I mean no one, fought for him to keep him out of prison. Not even himself. I feel like that was a wasted 10 years in prison, and not just because he was in prison but because he should have never gone in the first place.

Now as others have said, this is a duet, meaning your left hanging by your fingernails at the end, and holy cow what a cliffy to leave us hanging from!! This is a slowish burn, kind of sort
Book Maniac Forever
⭐️ 4 "Friends Forever" Stars ⭐️
Kennedy Fox excel at writing lovely romances brimming with feels and featuring endearing protagonists. Pushing You Away had me intrigued since I read the first book in the Ex-Con Series and WOW… this friends to lovers romance was so amazing!

I was expecting more angst between this couple after how Noah pushed Katie away for ten years while in prison. Yes, it starts with Katie being resentful of her friend for keeping her at arms length during his imprisonment, b
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Book 3 in the Ex-Con series and book 1 in the Noah and Katie duet. I have read several books by Kennedy Fox and with each book I read, I fall in love more with the stories that are created by this writing duo. Loved this friends to enemies to lovers romance between Noah and Katie. They were best friends before an accident pulled them apart. Noah kept Katie at arm’s length while he was in prison and when he got out, she pushed him away. Loved watching them work their way back to each other after ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Happy belated release day to PUSHING YOU AWAY, Kennedy Fox! So sorry to be posting a late review but stuff happens in life. But here I am now.


This book has been quite an intriguing ride for me, with all the pent up sexual tension, miscommunication, undeclared feelings, teenage memories, single parenthood, construction work? (I guess) and lots of Noah and Katie in general.

I loved every minute spending time with the two and since
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pushing You Away is the second set of duet books in the Ex Con Duet Series and revolves around Noah and Katie. Noah and Katie are childhood friends who have been secretly in love with each since they were children but neither one ever acted on those feelings for fear of the other not reciprocating and losing the others friendship. Eventually, Katie marries Noah's cousin, Gabe, and is pregnant when one night Noah confronts Gabe at a bar and things turn for the worst. Noah ends up in jail for ten ...more
Pauline Gaynor
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and let me just say, I could not put this book down! If you are a fan of romance you NEED to read this book. From the minute I picked this book up I absolutely could not put it down! This is a fast paced, addictive romance novel with characters you will absolutely fall in love with!

This is the third book in the series and I definitely recommend reading the previous duet first to get the full experience. This book will make you want to move to a
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting on Noah & Katie's duet since they were introduced/hinted at in Tyler & Gemma's stories.

Noah was sent to prison for the death of his cousin, who also happened to be Katie's husband and the father of her son, Owen.
If you've read the duet prior to this (or the blurb), then this is nothing new.

Now that Noah is finally released, he has to win back the trust of his best friend and the girl he let get away years ago.

On top of that, there is someone or someones out to make a point
Maddie (Bookaholic_Dreamer)
The love that Katie and Noah had for one another, but never occurred from both having been kept it a secret from each other, still burned even after 15 years.

I had been so excited for Noah and Katie’s story, ever since I came across it last year after reading the blurb. And safe to say I wasn’t disappointed!


Noah and Katie’s story Pushing You Away is the second duet in the Ex-Con series from Kennedy Fox.
After having served 12 years in prison, for
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate:  4,5/ 5 stars

Been waiting for this couple for what seems like such a long time. Noah and Katie captured my attention from the first moment they were mentioned, I knew from that moment onwards their story would be amazing.

Their story is kinda of sad due to the incredibly tragic past they share but their book was so good and sweet. This couple is just adorable. They were pretty sexy too, don’t worry! I can’t wait to get more happy moments between them and see how Noah reacts to Katie’s new
Christine (Padfoot's Library)
Here we are with the next duet in Kennedy Fox's Ex-Con series!! :D I loved Tyler and Gemma's story so much so I was really excited to jump into Katie and Noah's story. They both have always had feelings for one another but decided to not act on it. Unfortunately, Katie ended up marrying Noah's cousin, Gabe, and having a kid with him. However, things become even worse, and it ends up that Noah goes to jail for Gabe's murder :O I was really curious to see how KF was going to spin it all and see it ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

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Noah has been in love with his cousin Gabe's girl, Katie, forever. When circumstances have him go away to prison for Gabe's death, he pushes Katie away during the guilt he experiences. But he's out now and home, will Katie ever speak to him again?

I remember while reading Tyler and Gemma's story, feeling so badly for Noah and wanting his story. I am so glad I got it because it's everythig I had been hoping for - emotio
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

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 wi
Rebecca Austin
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Noah Reid has been in love with his best friend, Katie Walker since he was 15 years old but never had the courage to do anything about it. He watched as his cousin Gabe moved into town and swept in to take Katie for himself and the two were married. When he catches Gabe cheating on a pregnant Katie the two fight and Noah is charged with Gabe's murder.

Now 10 years later Noah wants to get back his friendship with Katie but having ignored her letters and requests to see him, it won't be easy for No
Jennifer Bemis
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Noah has got to have the most tender heart....EVER!!!

Take a trip back to Lawton Ridge, LA for Noah and Katie's story. They were best friends before tragedy changed all of that. Noah was almost like Katie's own guardian angel which is what lead up to him being sentenced to prison. Katie made many attempts to visit and contact Noah while in jail but he shut her out so she went on with her life as a single mom and tried to get all thoughts of Noah Reid out of her mind.

Ten years have gone by and Noa
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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First, I would like to thank Kennedy Fox for sending me an ARC Copy in exchange for an honest review!

Let me start off by saying, WHAT IN THE ACTUAL F***! If you don't know already, Kennedy Fox is KNOWN for leaving us wanting more, especially with their duets, and this one is definitely no exception! The cliffhanger that they left me in, had me SO close to throwing my tablet across the room! Well played ladies!

Personally for me, I had an itching over what wa
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, arcs
I’m so excited to be back in Lawton Ridge! Tyler and Gemma’s story was fantastic. They set the bar high for a great love story, and introduced us to fabulous friends and new characters. I could not wait for the next couple in the Ex-Con Duet Series.
Noah and Katie delivered! I love friends to lovers and second chance romance and Noah and Katie hit all the marks! They both were totally in love with each other as teens, but were too afraid to admit it. Noah missed his chance and Katie ended up with
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, this story was so good! I felt so bad for Noah. Katie and Noah are so great together and I love their slow burn. Katie doesn't give in easily and makes Noah work for it. Oh boy, when they finally give in. Noah goes all alpha and it's hot. Being that this is a duet it does end on one heck of a cliffy. I cannot wait for book 2!! Definitely check out book 1; you will not be disappointed. ~Andrea

"Kennedy Fox are the queen's of duets that will suck you in and have you rooting for all of the HEA
Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
As per usual, I NEED book 2 right this minute. Luckily, Kennedy Fox never makes us wait long. Book 2: Holding You Close comes out on March 16th.

Okay, back to this book. I love Noah. I have been so curious about both Katie and Noah since we get hints about their situation during Tyler and Gemma's Duet. They sure do have a lot of cards stacked against them with what has happened in the past! And then there's the current drama bringing that romantic suspense aspect into the picture. In true Kenned
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting for Noah and Katie's story ever since they appear in the previous duet. And now we know why Katie slammed the door on his face😆

The book started with a flashback that led to what happened to Noah being sent to prison. He's now released and back to their hometown. He's trying to make things right with Katie because he pushed her away while he was in prison. They have been friends for as long as they can remember, and he has always been in love with her. There's no way he would
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Pushing You Away by Kennedy Fox is the first book in the Noah and Katie Duet and the third book in the Ex-Con Duet series. It’s a friends to lovers story that will captivate you from the start. Katie and Noah were best friends and always there for each other. Noah had feelings for Katie, but before anything could happen, his cousin swept in and connected with Katie. Then in a moment it all changes and they are apart for years. Now Noah is determined to reach out to Katie but now she w
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Pushing You Away by Kennedy Fox is the first book in the Noah and Katie Duet and it was ahhhhhmazing! This incredible duo writes second chance romances like nobody’s business and continually blows me away with each book they put out. Full of angst, forgiveness, and a whole lotta love, Pushing You Away is hands down one of my favorite stories they’ve ever written.

I have been waiting for Noah and Katie’s story for what seems like forever and let me just say it was totally worth the wait.
Holy Moly! I‘ve been waiting for Noah and Katie‘s story since book one in the Ex-Con series! And it did not disappoint at all!

Noah and Katie are endgame! They have been in love with eachother since they were teenagers but both of them to stubborn to realize it which cost them so much time. After Noah is released from prison he wants to get his chance because life is to short to waste anymore time but Katie won‘t have any of it.

I really loved Katie and Noah. Their chemistry is so strong! They are
4.5 stars this is how I spent my Valentines Day. And I don't have one single regret about it. I feel like I've been waiting for Noah and Katie FOREVER. (I haven't but it feels like it, I get attached easy, fight me) This story does not have the best of beginnings, but considering this entire series is called Ex-Cons..never mind. Noah and Katie used to be best friends, until something happened. Fast forward a decade and now Noah is back and Katie ain't having it. Or is she? This was such a vibe, ...more
Rina's Reads
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-2021
Once again, the ending snuck up on me!

I'm not sure what it is about Kennedy Fox that hooks me so much.
Could it be the budding romance?
The cute kids?
The air of mystery?
The danger lurking in plain sight?

Whatever their recipe is, they have nailed it. I absolutely devoured this book.

Noah was so sweet. His imprisonment has had me curious since I read Gemma's book - so it's safe to say I have been waiting to hear the full story. His guilt, regrets, and love for Katie bleeds from the pages and I even t
Jenifer Briggs
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
3.25-3.5 Stars

I'm just gonna call it: I think I'm broken. I have been so freaking excited for Noah and Katie, especially with all the built up angst, pain, missed opportunities and guilt, I just couldn't WAIT. But this turned out to be really low on the angst, and high on the super sweet. Which is fine, it is, I just was ready to feel the pain (can you tell I'm a masochist when I read?😂) and I understand that this is a duet, so I knew we would be on a wicked cliffhanger and things probably woul
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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren't bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that'll make you blush and your he ...more

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Ex-Con Duet Series (6 books)
  • Keeping You Away (Tyler & Gemma #1; Ex-Con Duet #1)
  • Needing You Close (Tyler & Gemma, #2; Ex-Con Duet Series, #2)
  • Holding You Close (Noah & Katie, #2)
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