14 July 2017

Review: Kyle by Natalie Decker


Kyle
Natalie Decker

Scandalous Boys #3

Published February 14th 2017

Purchase: Amazon
Kyle Issac is a player in the biggest of ways. He’s not into relationships. Fun is all he wants, but one night with his sister’s best friend changed him in ways he can’t explain. Maybe because she was the only girl who turned him on and then shot him down. Maybe because she’s off limits in a way that has him wanting more of her. He’s not sure but something definitely changed and now he’s looking for another chance to even the scoreboard. He’s got one summer to do it.

Emily Emerson is not a relationship type girl like her best friend Madison Issac. However after her newest fling gone wrong, she’s starting to realize the fun carefree way Em is lost. Maybe a relationship is the kind of thing she needs to get herself out of this funk. But Kyle Issac, her forever crush is not going to be it. The longest he’s dated a girl was a weekend tops. How can she find someone though if Kyle is always there butting in? So, she turned him down three times, she figured he’d get over it and move on. Apparently not.

With wants and doubts confusing her, one question remains: Does Kyle really want her or is she just another game for him to win?

My Review

I had mixed feelings about Kyle. The dominating plot is the relationship between Kyle and Emily, but then the underlying theme is Emily learning to deal with a stalker and the social anxiety she gain from that. I feel like these should've been flipped. Like sure, love concurs all, and all that, but I feel the book miss out on a lot of depth to the story in doing this.

Though, I do admit that I loved the interaction between Kyle and Emily. They are sweet and witty, and it's just a whole bunch of cute, will-they-won't-they moments (even though you know that they will eventually).

And as per the usual with these player turn relationship man kind of novels, Kyle has the emotional range of a teaspoon initially, and is immature in his approach to dealing with these new feelings that he is having for Emily. Like, it's kind of cute watching him trying to deal with it, but at the same time, I just want to whack him upside the head and yell, MAN UP!

But, yeah. Props for making me feel invested in your characters, Decker.

I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. We were just happily cruising along with the plot, thing progressing nicely, then BAM! It goes from about 20 to 100 with a chapter. I mean, I know that all the conflict had to come to a head, but damn, it took a dark and twisted kind of turn that I was just not prepared for. So guess, it does get point suspense.

Kyle is a book for those looking for a sweet love story with a dash of some serious, real-life issues thrown in.


3 out of 5

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