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This was my first read from Mia Sheridan since 2015 and I remember reading other books in the signs of love which I had mixed feelings about so I was going in with no expectations at all. 

I overall enjoyed this book. The first 30% or so went by really fast. We get to learn more about Tenleigh and Kyland, their background, what their lives are like and how they deal with everything. Then we get to see them open up and change and we see the hope they have for a better life. I loved how they were both so hopeful and would not let the hardships deter them from achieving their dream. When they were together we were able to see them be kids for a minute and enjoy life. 

Past the 30% mark I started having a bit more of a hard time. The story started feeling repetitive and dragged a little bit for me. The timeline of the events was also a little bit odd as sometimes it would feel like a couple months passed while in the end only a couple weeks did then jumped to a couple months, etc.. It felt like the time spent did not make sense. Once we jumped to present day I finally got hooked again. We got so many revelations and character growth in the last part of the story I went through a whole amalgam of emotions: I was sad, I was furious, I felt hopeful, I was happy and I felt proud of Tenleigh and Kyland. 

Overall this book makes you feel so many things and really shows you how hard life can be for some people but how hope and love can give you wings and help you through anything.. I loved the characters, loved their story and was very happy with their HEA.
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Kyland by Mia Sheridan

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Tenleigh and Kyland live in a small poverty-stricken town in Kentucky. Both are looking to leave the town, by applying for a full scholarship to the school of their choice. They were never meant to fall in love. 

Oh my god this book was amazing and heartbreaking. Mia Sheridan knows how to write an emotional, beautiful novel. This one is up there with Archer’s Voice, which if you haven’t read already, do it immediately. 

I cannot recommend this one enough. The story of two people who have scarified so much in their lives and continue to do so every day. I absolutely fell in love with both Kyland and Tenleigh. Their connection was just so captivating. Read this one immediately! 
You can read it now as it is published today, May 2nd! 

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After reading Archer's Voice, I became a huge fan of Mia Sheridan's writing style and storylines. She has a way of captivating you with emotions that is truly phenomenal. This book was no exception. Kyland and Tenleigh's story showed love and loss as they found each other competing for a scholarship. They competitiveness slowly evolved into friendship and then into much more. Like with any competition, there are always sacrifices to be made and this story showed that some choices were worth making. I was truly wrecked at reading everything they went through and was glad to see a second chance at happiness appear. I loved this book and will continue to read Mia's work because they are nothing short of wonderful!

Special thanks to Mia Sheridan and Bloom Books for providing me an ARC copy to share my honest review.
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I rated this 3.5/5 stars. 

Kyland was my third book from Mia Sheridan, and while I’m still searching for the magic that was Archer’s Voice, I enjoyed this one more than I did Travis! There were both things that I really liked and things that were a little rough for me, but overall I enjoyed the book and it was worth the read. 

Our characters, Kyland and Tenleigh, are precious angels. This book is set in a small coal mining town in Appalachian Kentucky, and these teens have some of the worst circumstances. Both dealing with broken homes, loss, and severe poverty, and are doing their damnedest to win a scholarship for a full ride to college and out of this town. I do have to commend Sheridan on her writing of the poverty and destitute nature of their lives and the town as a whole. I could vividly picture how awful they had it, while also greatly appreciating the townsfolk and the way those with nothing still help each other in whatever manner they can. There was quite a strong message about the risks with coal mining as well, and made me have a greater appreciation of those who risk their lives in that job. 

Kyland and Tenleigh struck up an unlikely friendship, and then soon found themselves becoming something more. I did really appreciate how much they cared for each other and needed one another. While this book is a New Adult, I found some of their relationship and decision making fit more of a YA novel, and I struggled at times in the beginning with their miscommunication and choices in general. 

This book also was told in two timelines, with it jumping 4 years at about the 60 percent mark. I wish the book had been edited to have that jump come earlier, as I felt the initial portion of the book dragged, while the second half (which I enjoyed more) felt rushed. There was very quick resolution of the conflict, which didn’t seem realistic to me, so I would have liked a bit more on the back half of the book. 

Overall, I liked the characters and the setting, and thought the idea for the plot was really intriguing. I do think it could have been executed better to really shine like Archer’s Voice did. There was a lot of potential with the storyline but it focused a lot more on their teen angst and miscommunication instead of the adult conflict and resolution, and I think more of a balance could have really let this book become a top tier romance novel for me.   

I received a copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Living in a dead end town nestled in a nearly forgotten part of the mountains, Tenleigh and Kyland grew up hungry every day, dirt poor, and with very little to look forward to. No hopes, no dreams, nothing. Just lonely hearts, broken families, and empty bellies. Their one chance at a building a new life outside their town was through a scholarship that they both were working towards it with everything they had.
An intense, once-in-a-lifetime attraction eventually makes it impossible for Tenleigh and Kyland to stay away from each other, and they have to decide if love can save them. 
Mia Sheridan knows how to write an emotional love story, I had a steady flow of tears going from the 60% mark on. Parts of this story were so heartbreaking, I felt it in my gut. 
Some characters decisions frustrated me in this, which is why it’s not a full 5 stars for me, but the way everything happens and pieces together by the end is impactful and truly makes for a beautiful love story.
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This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I love her writing. Her books always break my heart in the best way and have me crying at 1AM. Definetly, one of my top reads this year.  

Tenleigh and Kyland are seniors in high school who live in a small poverty ridden town . In hopes of leaving the town, they both apply to the same academic scholarship. Only one individual can win. In the midst of the all this they form a bond - as friends which eventually evolves into something bigger. Who will leave and who will stay behind?.

An absolutely heartbreaking and raw love story. I will definitely be rereading this book in the near future. I can’t wait to buy a physical copy to add to my collection. 

Thank you, NetGalley, Bloom Books and Mia Sheridan for an advanced reader’s copy of “Kyland” in exchange for an honest review.
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This author never disappoints. A quick romantic read. Loved it!

🔥 Soulmates
🔥 Poverty
🔥 Small town
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I've read two books by the author this month and both left me in tears. I will admit that I don't read the synopsis too closely. Tenleigh and Kyland built a relationship out of survival. They both have suffered loss but also had many disadvantages due to the circumstances of their families and the town in which they live. They both want to escape their town and both compete for the same scholarship that will pave their way out. Both Kyland and Tenleigh did things that would sabotage their chances; both made sacrifices. 

"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.”

Time and space doesn't dull the love between Tenleigh and Kyland. They grew stronger from the adversities they faced and the distance and time they spent away from each other. They brought me on an emotional rollercoaster that will take time to recover from. 

I received an advance copy of this book at my request and voluntarily left this review.
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Sheridan delivers a powerhouse of emotion setting the stage as our two leads, Tenleigh and Kyland, compete for a scholarship that would allow them to leave the small poverty-stricken mining town they call home. Once they take notice of each other, they find themselves bound together despite all the reasons they have to stay apart. While the plot after the time jump left me wanting a bit more, the ending was a very satisfying conclusion for these characters. 
Academic Rivals. Second Chance Romance. Strangers to friends to Lovers. Small Town Romance. 

Mentions of: Death, Mental Illness, Sexual Assault
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I really enjoy Mia Sheridan’s writing. This was a quick read that I enjoyed. This was a first love love story of two characters that really got each other.
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I wanted to like this book and was hoping I would but it didn't interest me as I thought. The book could have been better if there was more of a plot to go with the story. The story line was great but it just missed some more details that could have made it better.
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Kyland is a quick, easy romance read.  It features two people, Kyland and Tenleigh, who are both high school seniors competing for a scholarship to get them out of their current circumstances.  The first 60% of the book details them in high school, turning from strangers to friends to lovers…to strangers again.  The last 40% of the book is set in the present and how it all comes back together.  Predictable in a comforting way, the ending will warm your heart.
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This book was a 6 out of 5 stars!  I was emotionally raw by the end of this book. It was so so good! Amazing job and amazing reading. 
I just reviewed Kyland by Mia Sheridan. #NetGalley
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"...hopelessness is as commonplace as the white oak trees and unemployment is the rule more so than the exception."

Dennville Kentucky is full of magnificent mountain views, lavender fields, trails and nature at its finest. However it's beauty is matched with poverty. The poorest of the poor struggle to survive each day. No one understands that more than Kyland Barrett and Tenleigh Falyn. They are driven to succeed by many things in life that most take for granted like food and heat. It is a harsh life. Hope is dangled in front of them in the form of a full college scholarship. One is granted every year by Tyton Coal.

The story of Kyland and Tenleigh unfolds beautifully. You can feel their desperation, their hunger, and their drive in every word that is written. A chance encounter and choices that are made bring them together. Once strangers, they are now friends who share the common thread of loneliness and desperation. Together Kyland and Tenleigh are sweet and vulnerable. Filled with so much emotion and tenderness. They have compassion for each other and their community. Their friendship slowly evolves into more...

I have to say that I LOVE everything Mia Sheridan writes. Kyland is a beautiful story of love and loss, sacrifice and choices. It will move you in ways you will not expect. It has all of the "feels." I had a book hangover for days and also while I was reading it. Wow is all I can say.

Mia Sheridan took my heart, ripped it out of my chest and then put it back together. To see the life that Kyland and Tenleigh had to live was heart breaking. And then to see them come through it....amazing!

5 stars

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I went into the book skeptical about Travis since I had previously read Archers Voice but it was a great redemption story. I loved the heroine, Haven, and how Travis fell head-over-heels for her. I enjoyed getting to hear about Bree and Archer again, and how Travis and Archer reconnected. Overall a sweet book with a HEA.
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5/5 ⭐
2/5 🌶️

Kyland was a heartbreakingly beautiful story of young love, survival and sacrifice. I felt so much while reading this book, Mia just has a way with words that sucks you in so deep. I laughed, I cried, I gasped and wanted to throw things, and I already want to read it again. 

I was a little nervous given how young these characters are, 17 for most of the book. But they are far from immature, the hardships they have endured make them mature beyond their years. Both of their situations are so incredibly sad, with most of Travis's family lost to a tragic accident and Tenleigh's mama having some severe mental health issues. They end up connecting over their similar situations and competing for the same opportunity to leave their small and impoverished town. From there, their reluctant love blooms into something so sweet. 

I had a lot of theories for how the scholarship situation was going to end up, but Mia definitely wrote it better. It was so perfect for their story. I am hesitant to say much about my thoughts on the second half of the book because it is really something better experienced going in blind, but just know that the pain is worth it in the end. The way these two grow was truly wonderful, and how they end up made my heart melt. I couldn't have pictured a better ending for Kyland and Tenleigh and their friends and family.
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Over the years, Mia Sheridan has become an auto-buy Author for me. I love her stories, characters, and writing style. I enjoyed reading Kyland despite the fact the there were things that made me a little uncomfortable. This was a unique story, as it usually is with Mia’s books and I love that. There were a few aspects of the story that had me swooning and smiling. One of them was the note exchange between Tenleigh and Kyland. This was super cute. There were definitely moments where I was frustrated and upset, but I think that was Mia’s point with the story. It can’t always be sunshine and rainbows. I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if 60-70% of the story wasn’t during their teenage years. I would have loved more of them during their adult years but that’s just a minor thing that could be overlooked. Mia is a mastermind when it comes to epic love stories and I cannot wait to read more of her books.
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I wanted to love this one so much. As a girl from Kentucky and someone who is familiar with Appalachia something about this one just didn't feel right.

Things I did love:
-Wanting to get out of your town. I very much understood how this one resonated with both characters. We want to be able to stand on our own two feet, but until someone gives you a chance you're only known by your family's accolades and what people have determined since you were a child. Kyland and Tenleigh both want 
-Needing a friend through hardship. We've all needed someone to confide in, hold us up, and honestly just be a sounding board. I definitely felt like these two were there for each other and were going to be great friends.

Things that I didn't love:
-Constantly mentioning beauty. This is something that is very prominent in Appalachia but also in any part of the United States. However, it felt like a persons looks were constantly mentioned or that they were constantly pointing out someone's beauty. I completely understand this as a point to be made that looks fade and you need to rely on other ways to get out of poverty but it felt like beating a dead horse.
-the sexual moments between the main characters. I in no way shape or form believe that high school students are not out there having sex. HOWEVER, it felt like the steamier scenes were not something that a typical high school student or 17 year old would be thinking some of the terminology or descriptions were something out of a harlequin novel not a romance with teen characters. 

I think that this is a novel that can go over very well but for me it just fell flat. While the Appalachia I know has poor communities, those communities also take care of their own and really sticks together. Additionally, the addition of phrases and situations like "Mountain Dew mouth" felt as if they were added in for shock value not actual value to the story. 

I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this re-release before it hits shelves.
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This book filled up my heart, ripped it apart, and slowly put it back together again.


17-year old Tenleigh has worked hard for years in school, in hopes of getting a college scholarship, to better life for herself and her family.     She meets Kyland, who’s always been a little bit of a mystery, until she sees him taking uneaten food in the cafeteria. Tenleigh also knows that kind of hunger. 
They form a friendship and bond that is undeniable, only to be broken apart. 

The story continues 4 years later. I won’t say much cause, spoilers. 
This is a story of first loves, second chances, loss, poverty, and so much more. It’s a beautiful book that had me sobbing in the middle. 

This is my 3rd Mia Sheridan read and I definitely need to read more 🥰

Read if you enjoy:
⭐️ First love
⭐️ Second chance 
⭐️ Loss, grief 
⭐️ Poverty
⭐️ Small town
⭐️ Soulmates
⭐️ Emotional read 
⭐️ Dual POV/first person 

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Bloom Books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own
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I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading this book but I wasn't expecting this. I was NOT expecting to be filled with so much hope and still being utterly shattered at the same time! I don't get real emotional reading books but this book had me in tears! 😭😭 

The writing was phenomenal and every page felt like poetry and the storyline was impeccable! I could see so clearly the lives that Tenleigh and Kyland lived and I felt everything I imagined them feeling. This book will stick out in my brain forever as an honest to goodness real love story. The unselfish sacrificial love that I hope everyone gets to experience! Go get this book now, you won't regret it!!

A million stars from me! 😁  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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