by: Sarah Robinson
Series: Kavanagh Legends
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept via NetGalley
His family’s gym has produced a roster of mixed martial arts legends, but so far Kieran Kavanagh hasn’t followed in their footsteps. After a brawl lands him in jail, Kieran is assigned to work at a center for at-risk youth. Though given a second chance, Kieran’s simply going through the motions—until he meets one very special kid, Shea Doherty, and falls hard for her very beautiful, very grown-up big sister, Fiona. The trouble is, Kieran’s best opening moves are getting him nowhere fast.
Fiona Doherty has too many responsibilities to fool around, especially now that she has custody of Shea. Sure, she’d love to find a devoted partner. But she won’t jeopardize her sister’s happiness—or risk revealing her tortured past—on a love-’em-and-leave-’em type of guy like Kieran . . . so it’s up to him to prove her wrong. As Fiona spends more time with Kieran, she starts to see a softer side of the reckless warrior. Now she must admit that when it comes to the possibility of real love, well . . . there’s a fighting chance.
Saving a Legend is the second book in the Kavanagh Legends series. This one focuses on Kieran Kavanagh who was an up and coming MMA fighter until he went to jail for aggravated assault when he almost killed a man while doing some underground fighting. The worst thing is that one of his brothers inadvertently sold him out while his other brother who is a cop played a role in arresting him. The story itself is very complicated with a lot of other interwoven stories running parallel to it. Of course, the main story is about Kieran Kavanagh and the flower shop owner that he meets named Fiona just two days after he gets out of prison. She is the guardian of her eight-year-old sister Shea who has special needs. Somehow they both end up withholding information about their pasts while at the same time becoming romantically involved.
While I like the characters themselves, I was somewhat disappointed that this book fit the same old script regarding lies and deception and of course hypocrisy. Kieran is so afraid of losing Fiona before he gets a chance to woo her that he consistently avoids telling her that he is fresh out of prison. The crazy thing is that she quickly meets his large family and ends up moving into his parents house due to an issue with her ran down apartment. The Kavanaghs are a high profile family that oddly enough is very down to earth. The brothers have some axes to grind with each other but they soon come together as the family that their mother Dee has raised them to be. Fiona has her own demons and has never made having a relationship a priority because her sister is all she cares about and her flower shop runs a close second. Fiona also has a deep dark secret that has to do with how she ended up being her sister’s guardian in the first place. She is so naive that she never asks enough questions of Kieran or the people around him to easily figure out that he was once in prison. I almost felt like she was still a child herself.
Overall, Kieran and Fiona are good together. They had chemistry and had a little sizzle under the covers. Shea was probably the highlight of the book. She seemed to bring everyone together and you had to love all of her quirks without making her seem weird. Sarah Robinson did her homework when it came to Shea. The Kavanagh family wasn’t a cliche’. They loved each other but still had their own conflicts that they had to overcome especially when it came to Kieran and his life-altering mistake. Although, I’m not giving the book 5 stars, I would still be interested in seeing how the rest of the series plays out.
**Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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