Release Date: February 22, 2018
He was an artist. She was his muse.
To everyone in town, Abel Adams was the devil’s spawn, a boy who never should have been born. A monster.
To twelve year-old Evie Hart, he was just a boy with golden hair, soft t-shirts and a camera. A boy who loved taking her picture and sneaking her chocolates before dinner. A boy who made her feel special.
Despite her family’s warnings, she loved him in secret for six years. They met in empty classrooms and kissed in darkened church closets. Until they couldn’t.
Until the time came to choose between love and family, and Evie chose Abel.
Because their love was worth the risk. Their love was the stuff of legend.
But the thing about legends is that they are cautionary tales. They are made of choices and mistakes. And for Abel and Evie, the artist and the muse, those mistakes come in the form of lights, camera, sex.
NOTE: This is NOT a paranormal or a priest romance.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GODS & MONSTERS is a coming of age, YA/NA standalone. Like the blurb says, it is NOT a paranormal or priest romance but there ARE some topics that maybe are a tad taboo! That being said, if I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would because I FLOVED it!!
I totally have a huge bangover right now (book hangover) so forgive me if this rambles a bit. I’m the type of reader that’s all about the character love, usually. But I have to say that I was absolutely enamored by the PLOT and the premise as well as the characters in this book. Why? Because this story portrayed SO. MANY. EMOTIONS. This story is a lesson in anger and forgiveness, judgement and acceptance, sin and redemption. It’s harsh and crass, taboo and shocking at times, sexy and sweet at others but also beautiful and enlightening. It offers a smidge of hope in the darkness.
Abel, my poor misjudged Abel…sigh! I wanted to wrap him in a hug, put him in a bubble. He was the product of ridicule and meanness. But in the end, he was so strong. And Pixie (Evie) was his light, his anchor. She made him better with just her presence. These two often questioned their faith, their reason for being. They let their love lead them one way and their anger lead them another.
This is one of those stories that will stay with me for awhile, a must for my READ AGAIN E-SHELF. And if you get a chance, read the reader’s note at the end! Saffron Kent wrapped the book up in such an excellent way! Told from dual POVs (mostly from Pixie though) with a wonderfully hopeful and happy end. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC if this book.
Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World.
Saffron is a big believer in love (obviously). She believes in happily everafter, the butterflies and the tingling. But she also believes in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. She believes in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.
The kind of love she writes about is flawed just like her characters. And she hopes by the end of it, you’ll come to root for them just as much as she does. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful.
She is represented by Meire Dias of Bookcase Agency