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Dreams of 18

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,481 ratings  ·  428 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
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 10th 2019 by Independently published
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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 very short for
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|
Eve (Between The Bookends)
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 likable
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
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 half of it was just downr
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 "Thi
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-gap, meh, 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.
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 wholeheartedly.
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
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
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 someone you
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 (e/>/>
Carla Bulian
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is delicious!
It’s worth the reading!!
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
Dilek VT
Note to self: She is 16 when he is 34. She is younger than half his age.
Flo Grugel
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 co
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
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
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.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 book compl
Funda Demir
I mean what can I say, I have a thing for older men 😌👀
I received an ARC from Wildfire Marketing.
Here's a rough draft of my views that will probably just turn into a long rant and critique.

This book is connected to Medicine Man but it's okay if you didn't read that book. I read that one and gave it 3 stars and didn't remember too much about it. Dreams of 18 is on the same level in terms of story, writing, and characters as Medicine Man. It's a good and fun story if you like the tropes. I wish there was more story and meat to this. The h
Vanessa (nessreads)
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
* A review copy was provided by the author *

~ 3 Age is just a number Stars ~

Dreams of 18 is a book I was so excited to read!! I am always looking for new authors to read and I have never read a book by Saffron A. Kent. I was intrigued after reading the blurb. I love an age gap romance. I also was intrigued by the taboo factor of the story.

I enjoyed this story, but I have to say I wasn’t WOW’d. I was completely sucked in to the first half of the story, but then the second/>~
Anne Milne
3.5 Stars

One of my favourite genres is taboo age gap stories so when I saw the synopsis for Graham and Violets story I was excited.

Violet was a different kind of heroine, she's a quirky loner who because of her interested family spends alot of time in her own head. Her strange habits and even her stalkerish tendencies towards Mr Edwards endeared her to me. The reader doesn't learn much about Graham/Mr Edwards until the second part of the book and I wanted more from him.
The sex
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 bo
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Moon & Magic Stars!

Good Lord Saffron Kent absolutely blew me away with this heartbreaking, epic and moving story! This deliciously forbidden, slow burn romance was AMAZING and held me spellbound from start to finish. Violet and Graham were both so emotionally damaged and tortured, but so completely perfect for one another. I'm not usually one to read an age gap trope, but Kent is such a stellar storyteller that I simply could not pass this one up. Violet and Graham were EVERYTHING! This is hands dow
Ria Augustine
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“I’m tired of being their slut, Graham. I wanna be yours.”

That’s what happens when you take charge of your life. Violet has been neglected all her life, lonely. In the confines of her own mind. On the day of her birthday, her sister Fiona rushes into the room to stare at the new movers gushing about how hot this kid in violet’s grade is. Too bad Violet’s distracted staring at the older man who’s the tallest and biggest of them all. She’s in lust.
Flash forward to her being 18 on her
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
I love age gap, forbidden romances like an addict. The angst factor is really high, heart wars with the head and the one step forward, two steps backward pace just inflames my blood. I so want the characters to throw caution to the wind and just indulge in their lustful passion lavishly. The buildup being part of the craze, the ultimate getting together has me screaming...YES!!!!
I strongly feel any off the beaten path romances like forbidden tropes or age gaps should involve a lot of heart. Overpowering, abundant e
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Writer of bad romances. Lana Del Rey of the Book World.

Saffron A. Kent is USA Today Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She has an MFA in creative writing and she lives in New York
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“My soul,” he whispers. “It was my soul waking up. The thing that keeps a man alive, came alive in me when I saw you. You woke up my soul, Violet.” 1 likes
“It means I’m a masochist, Mr. Edwards. I like the pain. The pain doesn’t scare me. You don’t scare me. And let me tell you another secret – masochists like me? We have really tasty skin. You can eat me up all you want. You can eat me up a hundred different ways. I’m gonna like your teeth and your tongue and I’m gonna fall in love with the sting of it all. You’re my Strawberry Man. At least, that’s what I call you in my head.” 0 likes
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