No matter how cruel and mean he is, how much he hurts her with his cold-hearted and abrasive ways, she won’t give up.
And neither will she think about his tempting lips or his sculpted muscles or his strong hands. The hands that she wants on her body, touching her, feeling her skin…
The hands that make her want to forget everything and kiss Graham Edwards – Mr. Edwards, actually – again.
Because you don’t go around kissing your best friend’s dad, do you?
Even though that’s all you ever dream about.
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Release Date: October 10, 2019
My Rating: 4 stars
TROPES: FATHERS BEST FRIEND FORBIDDEN ROMANCE. AGE GAP.
Saffron A. Kent is the master of writing forbidden romances. When I saw that she was writing a best friends father romance I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into it... For the most part, Dreams of 18 was everything I wanted and expected from the author. The book takes on forbidden in the best of ways and it truly felt taboo. Then you get the angst. Oh gosh, the angst (especially in the beginning) was OFF THE CHARTS. I feel like I was sweating the whole time! I drove me WILD! And the age gap? You can actually TELL that these two are years apart in age not just when it comes to their looks (Graham being described as a brawny, corded, mountain man with chest hair and a beard to DIE for) but they way they react to their environments. You can tell how naive Violet is and Saffron writes her in the exact way one would expect from a girl her age. Sure there were a few moments here and there that I had to roll my eyes at her reaction and ACTIONS to things, but I could tell she was young and immature. Therefore, the age gap was ON POINT.
When it comes to Graham and Violet's actual relationship I definitely saw it as a slow burn. I also didn't quite believe it in some circumstances (hence the 4 stars) but I knew it was there. It took a lot of time to build and there were many things that kept them "apart" in an emotional sense, bu t when it finally came together- FIREWORKS.
Now, I don't want to be nit picky but I also have to admit that there were some cringe worthy moments within Dreams of 18. What were those moments? THE SEX SCENES. Don't get me wrong they were SCORCHING hot, but some of the descriptions made me shudder. I am not really a fan of the word "cream" and I think you can guess that it is used quite often when it comes to Violets arousal. Blech! That's a me thing though and not something I am holding against the author, I just didn't care for it. There were some other things thrown in their as well when describing their sexual escapades that made me cringe, but I don't need to go over them in detail as readers can figure it out for themselves when they are reading.
Other than this, Dreams of 18 is a GREAT book and I know readers who enjoy the age gap/forbidden romance trope are going to go crazy for this one! Saffron knows how to write a book (clearly) and I am so excited to see what she brings to us next! There was a tiny sneak peak at the end of this one and I am THRILLED for it!
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