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Dreams of 18

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,841 ratings  ·  552 reviews
"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 a huge scandal in their sleepy suburban town.

Now everyone thinks she’s a slut and he has disappeared.
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
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
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
Eve (Between The Bookends)
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
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".
melissa ☽
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh, age-gap, ow-om
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.
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,
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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 you're a lover of (steamy) age gap forbidden romance, then this book could just be the one for you. however, despite its appeal and the author's captivating writing, i personally find this book to be quite unsatisfying.

🌷 the first half of it was really heartbreaking. it has a lot of emotions. meanwhile, the second hal
Simran (crazy-undying-obsession-for-romance)
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
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's Book Blog
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.
5 Blooming STARS!!!!!

Age-gap, Forbidden, Taboo Romance.
Full-Length Standalone.
Dual, First Person POV.

Is it even a surprise that I’ve given this 5 Stars? No, it’s really not. I’m a sucker for this woman and I’ll probably never find a fault in her work. What can I say? ‘I’m a lover of bad things.’ Beautifully bad things. Deep-seated inside of me things. Things that I just relate to on the innermost level, and things that I fully fathom in the most straining but healing way.

Dreams Of 18 has everyth
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2019, forbidden
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!!
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
Flo Grugel
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
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, age-gap
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
Tiffany Readz
3.5 Stars-A Little Tough to Take

As one of my absolute favorite genres, age gap, I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into Violet and Graham's story.

Violet is a girl that isn't the "norm" in her own eyes. She's nothing like her beautiful sister and constantly dwells on that fact. It doesn't help that she had a rough start in life, something that she's reminded of every day. Violet likes to journal, eat lollipops and watch her new neighbor Mr. Edwards.

Mr. Edwards moved to Connecticut for his son. Ac
Funda Demir
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I mean what can I say, I have a thing for older men 😌👀
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I mean who doesn't love a good age gap romance?
Vanessa (nessreads)
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 “Strawberry Man” Stars

Age gap romances are either a hit or miss with me. I mean, can a 30+ man or woman really fall for someone who’s 18? Come on, really? Yeah yeah, age is just a number and whatever, but honestly, can it ever really work? Anyway, as I was saying, I have to feel that the romance is believable, that it’s not entirely the forbidden aspect of it being something you want, but can’t have. I need that emotional pull—I have to be able to feel, it can’t just be about the sex. So, if
Four forbidden stars for Violet and Graham ❤!!!


This is the first book that I've read by Saffron A. Kent and I like it.

"Dreams of 18" is an age-gap love story about two people, Violet and Graham, whose love is forbidden no just because of their ages it's because Graham is also dad to Violet's best friend.

Violet and Graham's relationship is a really slow burn and once when they both admitted each other their feelings, it became explosive. They both are broken in some way and that's one of the
Karlie (cozyreadsandtea)
Started off strong, and then around 15% it became a flop 😭 basically skimmed the whole book, almost dnfed
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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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