Sunny Shelly’s Review: Pushing You Away, by Kennedy Fox


Pushing You Away

Noah & Katie duet, #1

Ex-Con Duet Series


Pushing You Away is now available on all retailers!

I’ve been in love with my best friend Katie Walker for as long as I can remember. We may have shared our deepest, darkest secrets but that one I’ve kept to myself. Before I got the courage to confess my true feelings, my cousin Gabe moved to town and swept Katie off her feet.

I should’ve admitted how I felt but I couldn’t—especially once they got married.

When I caught Gabe cheating on his pregnant wife, I snapped. A deadly fight erupted and before I could comprehend what happened, I was charged with his murder and sent to prison.

The day I’m released, I go straight to Katie’s house. But after pushing her away for a decade while I was behind bars—she slams the door in my face—wanting nothing to do with me.

While she’s determined to pretend I don’t exist, this time I’m not going anywhere.

PUSHING YOU AWAY is a slow burn, angsty friends to lovers romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It’s book 1 in the Noah & Katie duet and must be read in order.


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ah! The beginning of Noah and Katie’s story was well worth the wait! Pushing You Away is the first book in a duet and ends in a cliffhanger, so reader beware.

But don’t let that cliffy stop you from reading this wonderful best friends romance. I wasn’t sure how this book was going to go since Noah has been in love with Katie for 15 years, is fresh out of a 10year prison stint and the reason that Katie was widowed before her son was even born. But Kennedy Fox did a bang-up job in telling this story.

There is hurt and anger on Katie’s part, not because she blamed him for Gabe’s death, but because he was her best friend and he pushed her away when he went to prison. All Noah wants to do is set things right with the girl who was once his everything. It does take some time before he makes headway, and there is a really tender scene when he finally gets to tell Katie why he pushed her away when he was in prison. Soon after, they admit their true feelings, and they can’t help but wonder if they’d shared those truths back in high school, how would things have been different?

I really like the friendship that is developing with Noah and Katie’s son, so I just know that is going to go to hell once Owen learns the truth! And like all the other KF duet books, there is a bit of a mystery that leads to the cliffhanger… I did not see that involvement coming and can’t wait to find out what the depth of that connection and revenge is about!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.


Meet Kennedy Fox
Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!
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Connect with Kennedy Fox
TikTok: @brookekfox and @lyraparish

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