title: The Unrequited
author: Saffron A Kent
release date: July 13, 2017
publisher: Independently Published
genres: forbidden love, student/professor, mental health, cheating, stalking, adult contemporary romance
Exiled by her mother to PenBrook University in Connecticut, Layla Robinson is a troubled young woman dealing with the aftermath of a horrible mistake she made. She is in love with her step-brother, but he totally ghosted her after she maybe, possibly forced herself on him. After his radio silence, she goes a little crazier than her normal brand of crazy, causing scene after scene until her mother gives her the option of university in Connecticut or rehab in New Jersey.
Living all alone in a top floor apartment in her construction zone of a building, she drifts along, punishing herself for the pain she caused. But, when she comes across a tall dark haired man who seems just as tormented as her, she cannot help but be intrigued. It just so happens that he is her new poetry professor.
Layla is a girl with serious boundary issues and some stalking tendencies. So, paired with her new mini obsession with this sexy Professor Thomas Abrams, it is a recipe for disaster.
Thomas Abrams hates life. He was a poet, but is now just a teacher. He had a beautiful, happy marriage, but now his wife can’t bear his touch, can barely look at their son… When he finds himself drawn to his student, he is both repulsed by his thoughts and unable to stay away from her.
She recognizes in this broken man, some of the same things she deals with. Unrequited love is an incredibly painful thing. She sees how much he loves his wife and how it kills him that she doesn’t love him back the same way. She wants to wallow in that pain together. And the things he makes her feel are fiery and intense. They make her feel sexy and dirty all at the same time.
But things get out of hand. They aren’t careful in their relationship and things get messy. Layla’s school career, Thomas’s job and the well being of his family are all in the cross hairs.
This book was so primal and intense. Layla is just crazy enough where she knows what she is doing is wrong, but cannot get herself to stop. Thomas is so tortured and refuses to allow himself to open up and be happy… until it is too late.
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.