Author: Mia Sheridan
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice.
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.
I was unsure about picking this one up. I did love Sheridan’s book Archer’s Voice (such an amazing and inspiring read), but, though the synopsis sounded like a book I would enjoy, I was still a bit unsure if I would like this one. I’m so happy I finally decided to read the first chapter because I was hooked!
“It’s too late.” I shook my head back and forth in defiance. “It’s too late. I’m not asking you to stay, but it’s too late for me not to love you.”
I really couldn’t get enough of the relationship that built between Kyland and Tenleigh. The intensity and chemistry between them was fierce and undeniable. Though I didn't really understand all of Kyland's thoughts, just on a few aspects (I felt like some of them didn't connect well), I loved how sweet, caring, and selfless he was! My god, he made my heart melt! He truly is a beautiful character inside and out. Tenleigh was such a strong character and I admired everything she did. Though her stubbornness did get to me some, I just loved her to pieces. Their situation isn’t ideal. They both grow up in environments that made me terribly sad for them, but watching them overcome that was so inspiring and heartwarming.
The book flowed nicely, covering how they met, a few years later, and then the epilogue which was amazing and beautiful and I loved so much! The development was nicely done; I felt the story didn't rush in the characters’ budding friendship to their undeniable love. Though how they fought their emotions for each other made me a bit annoyed, I loved how they always thought about each other first. The pacing was just to my liking and I felt everything built nicely. I also loved the environment, the setting, that the story took place. I felt Sheridan did a great job at capturing the world that Tenleigh and Kyland both grew up in.
“I suffered, yes, but I realized I would happily suffer for you, because that's what loving someone is. Willing to do anything for them, willing to make any sacrifice, suffer so they don't have to. I loved you then, and I still love you now.”
Kyland was a beautiful story of enduring the impossible, overcoming situations that want to hold you down, finding love when you don't expect it, and realizing that everyone deserves a chance. I felt so much for these characters; my heart ached for them and rejoiced with them. I'm so glad I picked this one up because it was a wonderful read.