I should have known better.
I only have myself to blame.
This one is on me.
I listened to the hype and found myself very disappointed.
I heard so many good things about this book. Everywhere I looked, there was a 5 STARS rating here and a 4.5 STARS rating there. I just knew that this book was going to be a great read for me.
Well. . .Shit. . .Fuck. . .Goddamn was I wrong. I didn’t like this book at all.
The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent had me feeling unrequited, that’s for damn sure. This book is going to have me getting really messy here. There won’t be much pretty at all.
But first, a word from the author. . .
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.
The leading female character, Layla, is crazy as fuck. Not in that sexy kind of way where women can be just a little bit crazy. I mean, lock her up, put her on some meds, and help this child figure out life kind of crazy. I’m a firm believer and advocate for the mentally ill. I think we as a society don’t take care of our mentally ill as well as we should, but thats a whole other topic. We’re just going to note Layla’s crazy in relation to this book for now.
Her crazy is not as noticeable at first, it takes one or chapters first. At first you feel sorry for her, you know, because we read in the synopsis that she fell in love with a man who didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t love her back.
“You know, Layla, falling in love isn’t bad or wrong or even hard. It’s actually really simple, even if there’s no reciprocation. It’s the falling out that’s hard, but no matter how much you convince yourself otherwise , reciprocation is important.” – Kara
Thomas, he was difficult to figure out and I was hoping to have some fun with his character. Even though I knew going into the book knowing he cheats on his wife, I was looking forward to understanding the why behind it. And we do find out the why, it’s just…how can I put this without coming across as a bitch…unrelatable, selfish, and odd – like, quite odd. For me, at least.
As you read the book, Thomas states that he is using Layla because and wants to control her. He wants to sexually abuse her (not the abuse of like child abuse or anything), he wants to keep her at his mercy. He basically wants to tell her to, “jump high” and her to ask him, “how high?” But, no worries, the crazy girl is okay with that.
It was like a bad version of 50 Shades of Grey because there was no love behind it or fucked up childhood that kind of makes the reader understand. The crazy thing is, 50 Shades of Grey was not a well written book, it was a really good book. I liked it a lot. But we all know the writing was kind of shit. Again, that’s beside the point – I do this a lot. Too much, really. I need to learn to stay on topic. If we were judging on writing style alone, this book would win hands down. But judging by the story itself has to go to FSOG.
Here’s another point – I don’t know where they teach Stalking 101, but let’s just say Layla took the class and passed with flying colors. Then she went above and beyond and took Stalking 102 and 103, because her stalking was extreme. There was not one thing cute or alluring about her obsession with Thomas and the lengths she went to, to get his attention. This bish was insane. She needed professional help. I was seriously disturbed and I’m not kidding. Sometimes stalking can be cute in a book but there was not one single thing cute in the way she went about it.
Here’s the thing that got me, not only was she a creepy stalker but she would stare at the man in the freezing cold, outside of house from the window while he was having conversations with his wife.
Now hold on, wait a goddamn minute. While the bish was fluent in stalking, she forgot to take Cheating 101 because everyone knows you don’t go near the house or the wife. Come the fuck on now.
I’m not trying to be mean. I’m not trying to help people learn how to cheat. But I am dead ass serious. Do. Not. Go. Near. The. Wife.
Here’s the thing, I tried really hard to like the little girl. I was like, “Ok, she’s 19 and still has a lot to learn in life so I’m going to give her a break.” That thought process could only work for so long before I wanted to call her mama and beg her to take her to see a professional doctor. The chick was fucking certifiable.
Thomas’s ass wasn’t any goddamn better because he was turned on by her insane tactics.
Are you seeing why I wasn’t feeling this book yet? You need one or two more reasons? that’s okay because I’m about to give them to you.
The sex – it was humiliating. Every now and then the sex scenes were kind of sexy and hot but for the most part, it made me want to throw up and swear off sex for the rest of my life. Okay, that was a wee bit dramatic because short of my vagina being stitched together, there is not anything that would make me swear off sex. 🙂
No matter my feelings on the matter, it was Thomas and Layla that were fucking each other and it worked for them so I’m not judging. I don’t believe I have a right to. If this was real life, I would not have given their sex life more than 3 seconds of my time. But since this was a book, I’m just adding my two cents and saying the shit was odd from time to time.
In all fairness to the author, she does do a good job in describing and justifying both of their actions and feelings behind their bizarre behavior. Like I said before, the writing was on point. It was tremendous actually. It was the story that was absurd to me. I think the storyline had the ability to be fantastic if presented in a different way.
What why? I don’t know? Just, better? I feel 55% guilty for saying that without having some sort of constructive criticism or advise on how to fix it but I don’t.
The book has a happy ending but the way it gets there was. . .startling. But I still have faith in this author in her future books. This was her first book and she is freaking talented. If I was ever to write a book – which won’t happen – but if I did, I would want her as my editor.
Do I recommend this book? No.
Would a read another book by her? Yes! If I think it will have better content.
It’s early in the morning and I need to clean up my mess and get pretty.
TTYL, lovers. . .
Stalk all things messy…
4 thoughts on “The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent”
The book may have beenad but your review has perked the end of my day up no end! Loved it! 😍
Thank you so, so much!!!! I trying to hold out hope the next one will be better 😉
I’m so mad I just discovered your blog. It’s exactly the type of book recommendations I love. I’ve read about 5 reviews so far but was curious if you ever read YA or YA Paranormal? Authors like Jennifer Armentrout, Tahereh Mafi or Jus Accardo? Also, I have a Pepper Winters recommendation if your interested it’s a 2 book duet “The Boy & His Ribbon” & “The Girl & Her Ren” 😍.
I do love a good YA book. I only pretend that I only buy them for my kids, when really it’s me reading them. I’ve only read one YA Paranormal book and I wasn’t a fan so I’ve never tried it again. I’ll look into PW’s books. She’s an amazing writer!!!