Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review: The Unrequited by Saffron A Kent

The Unrequited
By Saffron A Kent
Release Date: July 13, 2017
Source: Amazon
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 fa├žade, 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. 18+ Only.

I was seeing this book all over Instagram and could not get it out of my head. I was so excited that I went ahead and pre-ordered the ebook on Kindle, which I never do. When it popped up in my Kindle library, I immediately clicked on it and dove in. 

Layla Robinson is an expert in unrequited love. Having made a huge mistake that left her ostracized from her family, Layla is trying to deal with her stalking and obsessive compulsions. The minute she lays eyes on Thomas Abrams, Layla finds a new focus. Thomas is as broody as it gets and when Layla walks into his class, she finds a new world of poetry, passion, and unrequited love. 

As soon as I started this book, I loved how refreshing Layla's character was. The girl definitely had her issues and some serious obsessive tendencies, but it totally worked for her. I loved how she got lost in her infatuation in Thomas and immersed herself in the world of poetry, a world she had never delved into before. I loved Layla's voice and how different she was. The writing in this book was lyrical and beautiful and it was so easy to get lost in. 

Going onto the relationship, I knew going in that this was a book about cheating and was for mature audiences only. I really enjoyed the relationship between Layla and Thomas and how they really understood each other, but I didn't really buy into the more emotional connection they claimed to have. I understood the physical, animalistic passion they had, especially on Thomas's part. I didn't really feel like Thomas had a more emotional connection to her. Other than that, though, this book was so addicting and it was fun seeing Layla form new connections, not only with Thomas but people her own age as well. 

While there was plenty of heat and I enjoyed how important poetry and words were in this story, I missed the deeper connection these characters claimed to find in one another. I really did appreciate Layla's character and loved how imperfect and flawed she was. If you want an insanely hot story with a unique protagonist and an appreciation for poetry, you have to pick this book up!

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