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Dreams of 18

(Heartstone #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,505 ratings  ·  871 reviews

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 a huge scandal in 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 Col
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published October 10th 2019
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
“You know what happens when a thirty-four-year-old man watches a sixteen-year-old girl?”
“But I’m not… I’m not sixteen anymore.”



*sigh* I guess I needed time to absorb this story as well as the level of disappointment I felt while reading DO18. This story had so much potential and I honestly could not have been more excited. Saffron Kent has written one of my all time favourite romances, Medicine Man and I always do a little dance whenever she comes out with new material. This one fell
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

Thanks for my ARC! [le swoon] AGE GAP, FORBIDDEN = AUTO-READ FOR ME!

"You don't go around kissing your best friend's dad, do you?
Even though that's all you ever dream about."
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 ha
𝑰 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒚𝒃𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒐𝒙𝒊𝒄 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒍𝒚.

uhm eww this shit hurt. it hit way too close to home for me. i literally, viscerally connected to every word, every little and last thing about it. like, deep-seated inside-of-me things. things i identify with on the innermost of levels. things i never wanna talk to actual human beings about bc they just don't get it, unless they actually, personally, live with it. things i fully fathom in the most emotionally taxing, othe
3 stars



Violet has that thing going on where she describes her beautiful facial features as if she is the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Honestly though, it’s not as if they’re giving me any attention anyway, what with my colorless cheeks, great, big brown eyes and super full and weird stung-by-a-bee lips.
But it’s fine. I have made my peace with it.

Where in our day and age do people find big, plump lips weird?

This brings me t
Isabella. R
5 Blooming Violet Stars ⭐

Her intention was never to ruin his life, the man she dreamed about, the man that consumed her thoughts. It was a mistake that cost them all dearly.

Violet has spent the first 18 years of her life being neglected, ignored, an outcast. She never expected to develop a crush on her neighbor who happened to be her best friend's dad. She's not manipulative or impulsive, she's just lonely and naive. Her crush for Mr Graham Edwards was always meant to be her secret until it was
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The first half was heartbreaking. Fucking. Heart. Breaking! I was swept up in the tide that was Graham, Violet, and their forbidden love. I read until my eyes drooped and only stopped once I hit the end.

So, why 3 stars? Because the second half was a bit too much like a fairytale with too many sex scenes (gasp). Undoubtedly, the writing was strong and faultless but I did at some point wonder why Graham had no friends (like, seriously?)

All in all, it was a good solid story and one I'd recommend
Simran .
5 “ Strawberry Man & Jailbait “ stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

And he’s staring at me with a burning gaze as he rasps, “Something made of moon and magic.”

Wow wow wow. One of my most favourite read this year. I’m completely in love with this author. Her writing is so engaging and unique. The flow of story and the setting of chapters is perfect. The way I imagined the story would be after reading the blurb, it was the complete opposite in a very good way. There was so much depth to both the characters. This
The Sassy Bookworm
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
description Lately I have had zero interest in reading and even less interest in writing reviews, so this will be short and to the point. I always enjoy this author's writing, and again, I enjoyed this book. I didn't realize it was connected to MEDICINE MAN until I started reading it. So that was cool. I really liked a lot of the side characters in that book. The plot of this one was good, even if I think the reaction to the original kiss was a little too over the top. Both Violet and Graham were both lika
When it comes to taboo/forbidden romances SAK makes beautiful love stories. Dreams of 18 is another forbidden trope which gives us delicious feels to our sinful thoughts and makes them come true (imagination only, whores! 😉).

Violet and Graham's love story is not easy but romance so true. Both are attracted to each other but are held back because of 'consequence'. Violet never meant to ruin Graham's life but she is determined to make things right. Violet has been neglected and heartbroken by her
Melanie A.
4.5 STARS!!
"I don't want you to be noble or good. I don't want you to do the right thing."
After postponing this one forever because of the lukewarm reviews, I'm SO HAPPY to say that Dreams of 18 was a definite WINNER for me.

It appealed to my romantic nature 100%!
This isn't a case of denial. This is a case of pure faith.
LOVED IT! I laughed, I cried, I swooned.

[Side note: It's such a catch 22, isn't it? Not wanting to read reviews so nothing gets spoiled. In this case,
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
im hopeless and im a romantic. im a masochist. im addicted to less. im addicted to the pain. im addicted to him.

🌷 i can confidently admit that this book had me so intrigued. if youre a lover of (steamy) age gap forbidden romance, then this book could just be the one for you. however, despite its appeal and the authors captivating writing, i personally find this book to be quite unsatisfying.

🌷 the first half of it was really heartbreaking. it had a lot of emotions. meanwhile, the second half
mel ☽
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: age-gap, ow-om, meh
3 stars

meh. this was ok.

i love age-gap romance and some of my fave books of all time have this trope, ie. Kulti and Birthday Girl.

but anyways, i just didn't really connect with the characters here but i was still hooked with the story though just because i wanted to see if there was gonna be more drama but unfortunately, it was all solved so quickly.

the forbidden aspect of this was meh. nothing really happened. the whole book is just them having sex in his cabin sooo.
Part I: Review

Trigger warning: What could turn some people off is that the h is 16 at the beginning of the story and he is 34 but it's not as bad as it sounds. Not sure how much I should divulge but (view spoiler). I think Saffron A. Kent did a really good job of toeing the line between "What problem?" and "This is a no-go".
Crystal (Crystal_reads_)
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it

Dreams of 18 is one hell of an emotional read for me. The author takes forbidden romance and turns it into a beautiful love story, with a mix of edge and spice.

Violet has spent her whole life as an outcast and ignored. Her family is just awful people, all of them, and her sister is the worst of them all. What Violet never expected at the age of sixteen was to fall in love with the new neighbor Graham. The high school football coach. Fast forward two years at the age of eighteen, and she steals
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it!

It made me feel, that is why although there are many things that might have bothered me, like the huge age gap (18 years), and some other stuff here and there, I can make allowances in this case because the story and the characters completely trapped me. In addition, the sex scenes were pretty hot, so bonus!
I love it when I can't put a book down. That already tells me most of what I need to know, regardless of all the reasoning and criticism I could give it. I read to feel, and this
Nikki ღ Navareus

I adore SAK's storytelling and this story blew me away. SAK creates the most unique characters, that have to endure uncomfortable circumstances, to the point of cringiess, and I love the awkward feelings her stories elicit. I loved Violet and Graham's turbulent relationship and their struggles to overcome Violet's emotional anxiety and Graham's disgust and loathing of himself and his feelings for Violet. This story had scorching hot/animalistic sex scenes, and spectacular dirty talk too. There w
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Saffron Kent just showed up with a taboo age-gap romance with a subtle Beauty and the Beast vibe and I thoroughly enjoyed every sinful bit of it. This story of two loners whose forbidden kiss sets into motion a course of events that shatters hearts and curses them to ruination was both intoxicating and rife with brutal pleasure pain. Readers will LOVE this.

Dreams of 18 reads like an enchanted fairy tale of sorts, what with its majestic rose gardens and a reclusive, brooding hero who hides himsel
Elle G. Reads
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Release Date: October 10, 2019
My Rating: 4 stars


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 t
Dilek VT
Oct 10, 2019 marked it as nope
Note to self: She is 16 when he is 34. She is younger than half his age.
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forbidden, arc-2019
4 Strawberry Man Stars!

I LOVED this one! Oh Mr Edwards you stole my heart! I love age gap romances and so this book immediately caught my eye. This is a best friend's dad romance with an 18 year gap but don't worry, everyone is legal. These characters, this whole story... I don't know... it felt a little wild, crazy and unhinged. I don't know how else to describe it.

This book had everything I love about forbidden romances. There is so much longing and anticipation of wanting something or someo
MC The Bookaholic ♡
5 stars!!!!!

Oh my lollipops!!! (😉)

The way lollipops were incorporated into this read is a sin because now the next time I suck on a lollipop, I’m going to freaking remember Graham and Violet!

Graham and Violet — oh my goodness. The complete emotional attachment I developed to these characters amazed me. This was a plot unlike one I’ve ever read.

Normally I dislike angst-filled books, but the angst in this one made me yearn for more — I didn’t want to put the book down, at all.

All of the dram
Carla Bulian
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is delicious!
It’s worth the reading!!
D.L. Howe
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Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love an older man younger woman scenario, not sure why but they always appeal to me.

I really liked this storyline. It was very different and maybe a bit taboo but no actions were acted upon until she was of age.

Violet was so broken from her upbringing and tortured. Due to that fact, she suffered a mental illness but yet she was so sweet and wise beyond her years.

Graham was damaged also from all of the people who deserted him through the years and obviously didn’t feel worthy of love or true
Sentranced Jem
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
oh wow... I needed this book.
After a not so great weekend, Dreams of 18 ended up being the best recommendation of the week for me. It was so fucking hot! I need a Graham in my life because that was crazy sexy and had ridiculously not-obvious sweet romance. I was wide eyed and hooked with Dreams of 18. It was crazy , it was messy and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-gap
That was hot. Have never ever read anything that taboo about age before but it worked and was actually really lovely.

That first part was so heartbreaking though and I felt so much for both of them. I loved the slow burn and them trying to move past everything and helping each other.

My only gripe is that the whole virgin to slut thing was a bit odd. Like kudos to her for jumping right into loving sex but I couldn't quite believe some of the things she said to him that first time and like, do virg
Lori [semi-hiatus]
Nov 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
What stuck in my head after reading this.
big, bad cock
Ley ♡
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3 ⭐

What's keeping you up, Mr. Edwards?

This was just an okay read and uhm I kinda skimmed a lil tiny bit at the end (don't attack me). I really wanted to love this a little bit more but maybe I am still not over birthday girl lol. The fact that I read that first didn't help. I was expecting more when I shouldn't.

However, this is still good. Hot damn. Steamy lolly scene really got me worried because dude my smartass brain's thinking what if the lolly was detached from the stick and I just ended u
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3-3.5 stars! I really wanted to love this one more. I love age gap and forbidden love in my romances, so I had high expectations going into this, despite it being my first Saffron A. Kent book. And this book was HOT – no denying that. But the romance itself was lacking a bit in the development side. It was very much instalove, which I personally don't mind. But in this case, I needed something MORE to make me believe in this couple, especially with how different the main characters are.

Violet fi
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first half of the book and how Graham and Voilets story came to be but I felt like Grahams attitude towards Violet got old really fast.
I know that is part of his persona but the he basically threw violets love back in her face even when he clearly wanted her.
Violet was such an immature character that some of the sex scenes made me cringe and dont think they were meant to be funny but I laughed out loud at some of the terms used... 'pussy sloshing' was up there with comedy g
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Writer of bad romances. Lana Del Rey of the Book World.

Saffron A. Kent is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and New Adult romance.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing and she lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, along with a million and one books.

She also blogs. Her musings related to life, writing, books and everything in between can be found in her JOURNAL on

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