by Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017
What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.
Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.
Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.
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Unrequited love, I think we’ve all been there at one point or another in our lives…I know I have. It’s that earth-shattering moment when the one you admire and love doesn’t return the same sentiment. That hopeless feeling of being powerless and unworthy to another. Saffron A. Kent brings all of that and so much more to this captivating novel.
“Because I’m a girl who’s not supposed to be the love of someone’s life, not with my selfishness. I was meant to live in the shadows and secrets. I can be Thomas’ secret, for a little while, at least—until I absorb all of his pain and set him free.”
I don’t think I’ve loved two characters as much as I did Layla and Thomas, even through all the secrecy and flawed moments. Their story was raw, gritty, heartbreaking–when their hearts broke, mine did, too. This wasn’t your typical romance–their love was forbidden, brutal, and ugly at times. However, you could feel how much these characters meant to the author. The subject matter in this story is unconventional and a little crazy at times, but the care Saffron put into them and their story was executed beautifully. I couldn’t get enough.
“The Harlot fell in love with the Fire-breather. It was beautiful and right. It was wrong and ugly, just like the earth beneath my feet. It was tragic and ecstatic. It was everything I’d hoped love could be.”
The Unrequited is brilliant, elegant, absolute perfection! A downright gritty, all-consuming love story that’ll stay etched into my heart for a long time to come.
Writer of bad romances. Coffee Addict. White Russian Drinker. Imaginary Ballet Dancer and poetess. Aspiring Lana Del Ray of the book world.
I’m a big believer in love (obviously). I believe in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But I also believe in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. I believe in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.
The kind of love I write about is flawed just like my characters. And I hope by the end of it, you’ll come to root for them just as much as me. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful.