Series: the kingsbrier Quintuplets
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Cris Sanchez prefers to admire Daveigh Cavanaugh from afar. He’s a widower with a young son. She’s the boss’s daughter. The eight years that separate their age—and the exact time that Daveigh has been away for college and veterinary school—should have sealed their fate. Instead, Cris’s dedication to the family business and Daveigh’s love of animals has drawn them close. Now the pair must contend with the impending loss of a confidant they've shared for close
to a decade.
Daveigh has returned to Kingsbrier harboring a secret, but none that cuts as deep as the one Cris has held onto. After allowing herself time to heal, will Daveigh find strength in their friendship to return to her studies? Or will she settle for half her dreams for the chance to be with the man she’s always loved? After admitting to his responsibility in his wife’s death, can Cris relinquish the past that haunts him? Or will he and Daveigh continue down separate paths?
Jody Kaye is a new to me author and I love finding those. My thoughts on Daveigh are split so let me break it down:
What I liked: Daveigh is very bright. She just finished veterinary school! She has had a rough time when it comes to men though and feels like a failure. I think most women in their mid-twenties have felt similar to Daveigh! She has also struggled growing up in a large family, being 1 of 5 quints. Talk about sibling rivalry… Daveigh is such a relatable character that it was impossible to not feel for her. As someone who has struggled with some of the self doubt that Daveigh does, I wanted to hug her!
What I didn’t like: There are so many characters. Like, SO MANY. I didn’t read the previous books and honestly, I feel that set me at a disadvantage. I had a hard time keeping up with it all. The story is told in 3rd person and shifts focus between all these people. While the overall story is about Daveigh and Cris, the focus rotates between everyone. I’m sure for people who have read books 1 and 2 this would be awesome! You get to catch up with characters you love, you get to peek at possible future pairings. But, for me, it was distracting and difficult to keep up with.
If you like a single dad trope, Daveigh is a great pick. But I recommend you read the previous books first so you are at least familiar with all the characters. Cris and Daveigh also have an age gap if you like that too! Overall, this is an emotional read. Cris is still dealing with a lot of guilt over his wife’s death. Daveigh is so unsure of her path and future. The angst is high for sure. Finally, if you love stories that include a tight knit family, you will love the families you meet in this series (its more than just the one family!)
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: a few
- Trope: single dad, family saga
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Daveigh is physically assaulted in the beginning of the book « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler