Title: The Unrequited
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017
Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling.
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.
NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating and death. 18+ Only.
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I’m hit by a storm of desire to kiss him better. It’s a tornado, an avalanche in my body, and in one breathless moment, I decide to go for it. It’s okay. I can take the blame for it later.
I break the rules and reach up and kiss him. A feathery peck on his plump lips, it’s a kiss of solidarity, a kiss that intends to tell him I understand—but one isn’t enough. It only manages to ratchet up my lust. So I give him another, this time on the corner of his mouth, and then another one on his jaw.
It’s not enough, these small, barely-there touches. I want more, but I won’t take it. I’ll be good; I’ll only give.
Abruptly, he fists my curls and stops me. I look at him fearfully, ready to apologize—not for the kiss, but for being the kisser. His gaze reflects passion, stark, raving need, and I shiver, despite wearing layers and sweating with his heat.
“Are you trying to kiss me, Layla?” he rasps, flexing his fingers on my makeshift ponytail.
He couldn’t tell? Blush rises to the surface and I know I’m glowing like a neon sign.
Swallowing, I nod. “Yes.”
Swallowing, I nod. “Yes.”
He inches closer to me, still not touching—as impossible as that is—but infinitely closer. “You want to kiss me, Miss Robinson, you do it right.”
Oh God, does he have to call me that? Now, here? My spine arches on its own and my heavy tits graze the contours of his shuddering chest.
“H-How?” I ask innocently, belying the daring action of my body. His stern, professor-y voice is doing things to me, making me wild, uncontrolled.
For a second, he’s silent, just watching. I’m afraid he’ll back out from whatever this is, whatever insanity we’re about to commit—but then I sense the shift in the liquor-laced air as he opens his mouth and growls, “Like this.”
Final Score - 5 FIRE-BREATHER Stars!!!
HELLFIRE! To say this is the first time I'm reading a Saffron A. Kent book, it pains me so to admit to this ... but it's true. And hellfire awaits me for waiting so long to get on her! She has taken the simple premise of a married professor having an "affair" with a student and turned it up a notch, into a breathtaking and utterly exquisite read! I'll also admit, I didn't know what to expect but now? I am completely overcome with emotions once again just thinking about/recalling what I read and I'm beside myself.
I was immediately sucked into the story. It starts off with the slow push and pull between Thomas Abrams (a professor of poetry/creative writing) and Layla Robinson (his not-so student). This relationship in the beginning is not heartwarming in the least - in fact, it appears to be a train wreck in the making. Thomas is your average temperamental artist who comes across as a bit of jerk. However, it's in Thomas that Layla finds a kindred spirit. She manages to worm her way not only into his life but into his daily thoughts. You would never realize these two lost souls could find common ground, but their fragile and battered hearts call out to one another - hoping that the other can cherish/heal them.
Layla and Thomas sufferers of unrequited love, both holding onto something that should have been let loose long before - Layla's devotion/love for her step-brother Caleb and Thomas' to his wife Hadley.
Layla is relentless her pursuits. I fell in love with her tenacity, boldness, and fearlessness going after someone with such a narrow-mindedness. She's a young woman who has the biggest heart, who believes in love so much that forces others to see it, even knowing she may never find it for herself. One of the most selfless heroines I've ever had the pleasure to read, Layla owns up to her unfortunate indiscretions and her faults in a way that shows her strength & courage, which she wears like a badge of honor.
It's in this wisdom and her uncanny ability that she sees in Thomas what he could not see in himself - his extraordinary talent. However, to me he did not deserve her and quite frankly abuses her in way throughout most of this book. Yet despite this, they somehow fit and compliment each other in the most unpredictable ways like puzzle pieces with their jagged, misshapen edges that fit perfect together.
In the end, this is a book that will not only consume you, but have you questioning your sanity! I had a several moments when I gasped out loud, tears flowing from my eyes, and hair pulling in frustration. But Ms. Kent managed to weave a story of brilliance due to her storytelling - I felt as if Thomas and Layla were actual real life people. It is definitely like no other student/teacher romances I've read. The fierce passion between Thomas and Layla that is made all the more meaningful simply by the unspoken words between them.
THIS is not one to miss as the writing is at its very best. I will definitely read anything/all future books by Saffron A. Kent.
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.