Thursday, July 13, 2017

Release Blitz & Review - The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

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.”
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.”


The Unrequited tells the story of Layla and Thomas; two people that are both suffering from unrequited love. Layla needs a distraction from thinking about her love Caleb. Her new distraction comes in the form the new married poetry professor on campus. After basically stalking Thomas she discovers he is lonely and is in unrequited love too.

Layla was the star of this book for me. She was bright, colorful, and captivating. I think some readers will find her actions immature. I found her to be naïve but she spends a lot of time on personal reflection. She is a girl that desperately wants to do better but she just doesn’t know how to go about it. Layla was also extremely lonely. She soon makes a couple of friends and I think it was important for her. It turns out she was a pretty great friend because she could read people so well. I particularly love that as the story comes to an end Layla has grown. She finds her passion in all things; love and writing. I am a big fan of personal growth in stories. I think Layla learned who she was beyond obsession. She learns what it is like to be the recipient of love. I personally would have liked more epilogue to see where things ended up.

Thomas is a man with his world crumbling around him. He moved to a new town and took the Professor job to help save his marriage. He is holding on too tight to things and doesn’t know how to let go. Layla brings that much needed color into his life. He is extremely intrigued by Layla but he uses her curiosity to play with her. Soon lines are crossed and they dive into an affair that burns them up. At times Thomas is just plain cruel but Layla believes this is part of helping him; using her to work out what is wrong. In her mind she is borrowing Thomas and helping him find his way back to his HEA. But the affair takes on a life of its own and the rules they started with quickly change. As I said Layla is the star of the book but I did really like Thomas. He is broody sexy poet in pain. As Thomas has his own epiphanies and accepts his failures he grows.

To readers that love erotica this book is for you. This book wasn’t dirty talk it was FILTHY TALK. Thomas had a filthy, filthy, mouth. I loved it. I will say I am not always a fan of the extreme dirty talk because it comes off as cheesy sometimes. Ms. Kent’s writing proves you can pull it off with good word flow. I had one phrase that bugged me and it was Layla’s use of “bleeding cum”. It kind of put me off but that is a personal preference.

I had a few minor issues here and there (one being Layla’s talk with Nicky towards the end; it seemed out of place) but honestly not enough for me to rate lower. This is a book I couldn’t put down. I found it to be extremely raw and visceral. I thought the writing was top notch and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for what Ms. Kent puts out next. Well Done!

Author Bio

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. 

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