Cover Design: Najla Qamber
Model: Justin Clynes
Release Date: October 10, 2019
Violet Moore is in love with a man who hates her.
Well, to be fair, she kinda deserves it.
On her eighteenth birthday, she got drunk and threw herself at him, causing the biggest scandal of their sleepy suburban town.
Now, everyone thinks she’s a slut and he has disappeared. Rumor has it that he’s been living up in the mountains of Colorado, all alone and in isolation.
But Violet is going to make it right.
She’s going to find him and bring him back.
No matter how cruel and mean he is. Or 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.
My ARC Review:
So, I’ve been a tad excited for this one, a big age-gap and forbidden read that had me drumming my fingers impatiently after reading Medicine Man by Saffron, I adored her writing in this and was just hoping it lived up to my expectations!
This was an outstandingly epic read for me – I adored the characters with a passion!
The story line was riveting and I was absolutely entranced by their romance. The chemistry between Mr Edwards and Violet is just off the scale, the sex between them is scorching and deliciously dirty. But it’s the emotional side of the story that got to me the most, I was welling up whilst reading so many times, I just couldn’t help myself.
So Violet is 16 when a new neighbor moves in next door, a man and his son. The son, Brian, turns out to be her new best friend, whilst at the first sighting of his dad, Mr Edwards, she falls for him big style.
Violet is no ordinary girl…. she is a girl who is not ‘seen’ by anyone. No one takes much notice of her and she lives in a world of her own. Her dad, not her biological one, is never around and her mum takes no notice of her, even her sister Fiona does not get on with her. Violet is uniquely wild and quirky and beautiful, enjoying being on the roof at night time writing her journals, watching Mr Edwards in his rose garden.
Mr Edwards, Graham, is a hulking man, the football coach at school, very cold and abrupt, everyone stays out of his way. Until the day his whole world changes and he finds Violet in his garden picking his roses at night, and she tries to kiss him…..
Their whole world implodes as his son Brian and Violet’s sister Fiona witness this. He loses his job and moves away and gets labelled as a pervert. Violet tries to tell everyone that it was all her fault, not his, but who listens to a 16 year old? Violet ends up with major anxiety and panic attacks and goes for a stay Heartstone Hospital to try and get better (this is where Medicine Man is set) and ends up being friends with Willow and a couple of other girls there – loved this small connection here!
10 months later and Violet is out and struggling on the outside of Heartstone, but cannot help but still feel guilty about everything that happened and is determined to find Mr Edwards and apologise to him for what she did.
I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this, it really was awesome!! Graham is gruff and growly and has a dirty AF mouth when he starts, he tries to keep her away, he really does, but she breaks down his walls. Violet is a wonderful character, so delicate in ways yet to wonderfully strong in others, I loved her and her wild quirky ways. Like I said it is a very emotional read at times, both characters having been through an awful lot, and have more to get through together. Brilliant, don’t let the age-gap put you off, it’s not about the older man taking advantage of the younger girl, it’s about love and the many healing forms it can take, if you let it. A huge 5 stars for me.