(4 / 5)
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.
I liked Abel and Evie alright. Their love was too intense for me at times, which is what the author was aiming for I think. An angst-y love story that would make readers swoon. She captures them perfectly within this childhood love affair, Abel the town bad-boy, Evie a good religious girl in a small Iowa town. Childhood love, forbidden by her parents, at times I couldn’t relate at all, other times, all too relate-able.
It had a good plot, one that I knew what was coming at the end, but she managed to surprise me on how we got there. There were a few twists and some great side characters along the way, and the two main characters were so well developed and thought out, us members of her author group felt like we knew Abel and Evie before we even got to read the book. But we didn’t, because there are so many layers to her writing, and she had only revealed one.
Saffron has an amazing way of making the dirty beautiful again. With her words and the detail that she chooses to focus on with her writing, sometimes reminds me that not everything that’s beautiful is necessarily clean, conventional, or even right. Her sex scenes aren’t always pretty or flowery, but they are packed with heartbreaking truth. She is almost poetic in the way that she writes, filling the paragraphs with tight emotion.
This is a new release and still just .99c on Amazon or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Would definitely recommend!
See my review for another Saffron Kent book, The Unrequited.