Review: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“With you, I feel that I’ve never had any feelings before, like it’s the first time I’m feeling anything at all. Do you know how terrifying that is?” He shakes his head and answers his own question. “It’s very terrifying. I have so many things I want to say to you that I end up saying the wrong thing. I’m so scared of taking the wrong step that I never move at all. I don’t know why I do that. I don’t know why I keep fucking things up when it comes to you, but all I can say is you make me feel like…I’ve never taken a breath before, like I’ve never lived before.” 

This is not your typical teacher-student romance. No, fellow bookaholics, The Unrequited, author Saffron A. Kent's sophomore effort and my favorite among her books (so far), is anything but typical. This extraordinarily enticing and illicit story of forbidden lust and love may push the boundaries of some (not-too-spoiler alert: there's cheating), but if you're looking for a tale about taboo and temptation meant to more than titillate backed by fantastically written prose, look no further. Saffron A. Kent is the real deal, and The Unrequited is a five-plus-starrer.

Eighteen-year-old Layla Robinson knows all about unrequited love. It's what got her sent to a small town in order to start college and distance herself from the havoc she wreaked within her family back in New York. A distraction would do her some good, so why not go and have a crush on her wickedly handsome poetry professor, right? He's more than ten years older than she is and he's married. No harm, no foul. There's nothing wrong with constantly thinking about a crush...or wanting to be with him...or needing to climb him...or desiring no one but him... Right?

Twenty-nine-year-old Thomas Abrams is an artist, putting his thoughts and emotions into his poetry. He's also a husband, one who wants nothing more than to work on his marriage. He also happens to be a college professor. There's nothing shocking about students crushing on their teachers and professors. Nothing can ever come from it, anyway. But there's one particular student who doesn't seem to have gotten the memo. She's persistent and she isn't easily dissuaded by his obvious attempts to push her away. Maybe because she knows he wants to pull her in.

Remember when I said in the beginning that there was nothing typical about The Unrequited? Don't assume to know how Layla and Thomas's story is going to play out. I may sound like I'm fangirling when I tell you that this was an extraordinary read, but that's because it IS above and beyond what you expect from the ordinary. Saffron A. Kent took sensitive subject matters, weaved a story worth reading, gave her readers something to sink our proverbial teeth into, and offered things to ponder on. Win-win-win-WIN. Get to reading one of 2017's best books. ♥

Release Date: 13 July 2017

Date Read: 13 July 2017

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