Title: Saving a Legend
Author: Sarah Robinson
Series: Kavanagh Legends #2
Release Date: June 14, 2016
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.
Sarah Robinson tells a story of forgiveness, new beginnings, and the unconditional love of family with Saving a Legend. This is the second installment in the Kavanagh Legends series and Kieran and Fiona’s story. Initially Kieran and Fiona couldn’t seem more different, their personalities, histories, and family life seemingly opposite. Where Fiona had been tasked with the responsibility of raising her sister at a young age, Kieran had spent his life reveling in recklessness. Together, however, they connected in an inexplicable way. There was a spark that Sarah Robinson so carefully excited between them that pulled me in, capturing my interest and encouraging me to invest myself in Fiona and Kieran’s happily ever after. Their distinct personalities not only made for an intriguing storyline, but also instigated adorable banter, blush-worthy flirtations, and delightfully steamy encounters. This couple absolutely endeared themselves to me, leaving me no choice but to devour their story.
“The once-blank face of the man of her dreams now held Kieran’s slightly crooked smile and deeply invading eyes. It was a door she’d almost opened last night, but she was quickly reminded why it needed to remain closed.”
Connecting with Fiona was effortless. She’s the kind of heroine that immediately tugs on your heart, making you feel her story all the way through. I absolutely adored her little sister Shea and the way in which Fiona had altered her entire world to raise her. Their unconventional relationship and the sacrifices Fiona made in order to care for Shea’s special needs was hands down the best part of this novel. When Kieran entered the picture, not only did we get to see Fiona come into her own, navigating parenthood and allowing herself to live her life as well, but we also get to experience Shea’s growth as she bonds with the Kavanagh’s and adapts to the changing world around her. Sarah Robinson also developed Kieran through his relationship with both Fiona and Shea. The irresponsible, hotheaded boy that landed himself in prison somehow transformed into a caring, protective family man over the course of this story. Kieran’s passionate and sweet side came to light with Fiona and it definitely made my heart race, but it was his unexpected attentiveness and patience with Shea that left me totally swooning.
“Judging a book by its cover means you’ll miss out on the beautiful pages inside.”
Saving a Legend was well paced and full of emotion. While I’m not usually a fan of third person narration, Sarah Robinson was able to successfully alter the voice of the story to each of the characters and bring the overall picture to life with her vibrant imagery, demonstrating significant growth as a writer since the first book in the series. I loved seeing more of Rory and Clare in this novel, the continuation of their hard-won happily ever after making me grin. The dynamic that Sarah Robinson has crafted with the Kavanaghs and the additional secondary characters is truly something special. Their relationships and unforgettable personalities made this book sparkle. I must also applaud the seriousness with which Sarah Robinson wrote about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Shea’s behavior and development was genuine and respectfully depicted, giving credit to the unmatched love and unwavering dedication shown by parents of Autistic children and highlighting the beautiful personalities and kind souls so often overlooked because of their diagnosis. Shea made my heart happy and this book left me feeling all sorts of warm and fuzzy things. Sarah Robinson definitely left me anxious for more of the Kavanagh clan with this fantastic addition to the series.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Kavanagh Legends:
Breaking A Legend (Kavanagh Legends #1)
Becoming A Legend (Kavanagh Legends #3)
Chasing A Legend (Kavanagh Legends #4)
Kavanagh Christmas (Kavanagh Legends #5)
Sarah Robinson is the bestselling author of The Photographer Trilogy and the Sand & Clay rock star series. A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal psychology. She is married to a local police officer who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescue and foster animals.