Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Kyland, by Mia Sheridan


Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk. 
Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly--through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds--to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They're both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

5 out of 5 stars

Based on the synopsis, I wasn't sure if Kyland would compare to my love for Archer's Voice.  But after reading Kyland I feel silly for even doubting Mia Sheridan's abilities.  I mean seriously this woman knows how to write amazing stories full of heart.  I read because books are a great escape to my own reality and Mia Sheridan captures what I imagine are other people's actually realities and turns them into these perfect fictional stories filled with characters who refuse to be forgotten.  

Tenleigh is such a perfect heroine.  She has pride in herself and even though she might be embarrassed about her circumstances, she doesn't let that stop her from working hard and trying to change them.  And of course I love how she chooses to throw herself into books to escape her reality, because lets face it, we all find ways to escape our own lives on a regular basis.  Although, I imagine the circumstance from which Tenleigh is trying to escape are far worse than the reality a majority of us face.  Or maybe it's just a different horror than most of us face, either way this girls has a story that's begging to be heard.

Kyland is one of best male characters I have connected with in a book.  He is honest, prideful and angry at his situation.  And honestly, who could blame him.  His life sucks.  My heart ached for him to find some sort of closure and peace in his life.  I wanted him and Tenleigh to both escape the horrors of their realities, I desperately wanted them to find their silver lining, to achieve their life goals.  They're both good, honest, caring, kind, selfless people.  They may live in poverty and their circumstances are definitely less than ideal, but they don't let these things break their spirit, and this in my opinion is what gives this story life, it's what makes this book so hard to walk away from.

Who will win the coveted college scholarship and escape the town of Denneville, KY?  Will they be able to survive the challenges that are thrown at them, not only economically, but emotionally?

I have never lived in the backwoods of Kentucky, but I have heard stories about living life dirt poor.  My granny grew up in poverty and worked harder than anyone I know.  She could work circles around teenagers when she was 80.  She always took time to make sure her house was clean and her door was open to anyone that needed a helping hand.  I couldn't help but think of her while reading this book and thinking about how she lived that way 75+ years ago and the situation is still the same for some of these people.  It is heartbreaking and made me appreciate my own life and circumstances that I have been whining about lately.  Thank you, Mia Sheridan, for reminding us how truly blessed we are in life with a beautiful love story born in the most unlikely of places.  So, do we think you should spend your hard earned money on this book....absolutely without a doubt!  We can assure you Kyland will most certainly make our top books of 2015 list.

Release Day: Captive Films Season 2.2

Are you ready for more Riley & Keatyn?
Captive Films (Season 2.2) is Now Available!

In reality TV form, this series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films.

Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love. 
Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies. 
And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past. 
Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events.

Fans of the USA TODAY bestselling series, The Keatyn Chronicles®, will love  reconnecting with their favorite characters as adults.

Each Captive Films season contains six episodes, two in each volume. 
Think of it as a TV show you hold in your hands! 

So tune in and enjoy this week's drama. 

Please note that as the characters have grown up, so have their stories. This contemporary romance is intended for readers 18+.


“Love requires work, Riley,” Aiden says. “It's risking your heart. It's wooing her when she has a boyfriend or is still seeing her ex. You and Ariela never had much drama. Once you asked her out, you never really broke up. I mean, until that day.”
“Graduation day,” I say, taking a gulp of milk and shoving another cookie into my mouth.
“Did you fight for her?”
I hang my head. “I was too devastated to fight. Then I was pissed. Then it was too late.”
“She's back. You have a chance. Why don’t you stop fucking around and take it?”
“If she—”
“If she breaks your heart, we’ll deal with it,” he tells me. “Call her and find out what really happened.”
“What do you mean? I know what happened.”
“Riley, you’re trying to fuck your feelings away. It’s not going to work.”

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About Author Jillian Dodd

Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy. She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.

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