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  • All the feels

    Truly there is no one whose words so effortless wrap themselves around my heart like Saffron A. Kent's. And These Thorn Kisses is every bit as affecting as I've come to expect from her lyrical and emotive writing. The longing, the angst, the desperation and tender authenticity - no one quite writes the tumultuous feelings of overpowering and forbidden first love quite like she does. It's messy and mesmerizing, eccentric but universal, tantalizing but so sincere. These Thorn Kisses represents the best of her creative style- a story that so perfectly balances a love that is both heartfelt and innocent in a story that is deliciously taboo and naughty. It's a potent and transfixing elixir- and I just can't get enough of it! Yet another triumph from the queen of the evocative and effervescently emotional story telling!

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  • The Thorn & His Wallflower!!!

    Yup, Saffron did it again!!! I swear with each new book I fall more and more in love with her stories, characters and writing style. It shouldn't surprise me but still kind of does, it blows my mind how it only takes one chapter for me to forget about the world because I'm stuck in one of her stories. Once I started TTK I didn't think about anything else till I was done, that's how good it was. No one does forbidden romance like her, she is an expert in bringing the longing and the conflicted feelings to life. The path is never easy for her characters but the heartbreak makes the ending all the more sweet. These Thorn Kisses is the third book in the St. Mary's Rebels series and it's finally time for my favorite dreamer to find her HEA. Wynn has been dreaming about her Mystery Man since that fateful night 18 months ago when he sat on the curb to listen to her problems and changed her life without even knowing. It's because of him that she fought for what she loves, her art, but it's also because of him that she is now stuck in a reform school that for her it feels more like freedom. She never expected, though, that her Mystery Man would be no one other than Conrad, her best friend, responsible older brother and new soccer coach. Wynn really surprised me in this book. In the other ones I never cared much when it came to her, I feel like she never really shined, but oh boy she really did in this one. We know her as the artist and the good girl but she is so much more than that. She was forward and brave when it came to going after her dream man. She fought for him, she wanted to make him dream again and she didn't give up till she accomplished everything she wanted. Conrad is my baby!!! His love and devotion for his siblings, the way he gave up everything for them and how he didn't let himself dream anymore really broke my heart. He is one of the best heroes I have ever read, so protective, mature, responsible and sexy (we can't forget that). He puts everyone ahead of himself without thinking twice. This amazing man deserves the world and I'm so glad our beautiful dreamer decided to give it to him. They are one of my favorite couples, I know I say this everytime she releases a new book but it's true lol. TTK put a huge smile on my face, even when I was mad, laughing, crying, swooning, feeling all hot and bothered (OMG this book is HOT)...her books always do that to me, they make me happy and are such a joy to read. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I was not disappointed. I have said it before, Saffron can do no wrong in my eyes and she keeps proving me right. TTK was everything I expected and so much more, now I can't wait for Poe's book, that ending was such a tease *cries*!!!

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  • Deliciously Angsty & Heart Achy

    Wyn and Conrad's romance is deliciously angsty and heart achy. These two really gave my heart a workout with all the drama, emotions and raw feels they deliver. As seems to be the case with all of these St. Mary's Rebels, I adored Wyn. She is sweet, original and had a truly beautiful heart. Conrad, I really liked, felt a connection to and deeply sympathized with. These two were absolutely perfect for each other and boy, do they bombard you with an avalanche of swoon and sizzling heat. A completely amazing romance and another totally wonderful addition to this series that I just don't want to end.

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  • Loved every minute of Bronwyn & Conrad's story!

    Saffron A. Kent has such talent that she takes what normally would be a non-starter for me, and turns it into one of my favorite reads. I'm usually not a fan of high school girls and teachers, I love age gap, but not that. However, I LOVED this book! Bronwyn and Conrad are couldn't be more different. Bronwyn has a happy and bright disposition and Conrad is bitter and grumpy. Conrad has had to let go of his dreams along the way as he stepped in to hold his four siblings together and help raise them. Bronwyn, despite having others trying to pull her from her dreams, still believes in them and all that is good. This book was so incredibly good- it's slow burn but when it gets going it is so steamy and I loved reading every minute of Bronwyn and Conrad's story!

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  • A total masterpiece & Ms. Kent’s best book yet!

    It’s safe to say that I’ve wanted to read Conrad and Bronwyn’s book ever since it became obvious that they were going to be an upcoming couple in the St. Mary’s Rebels series and my excitement levels were off the charts when I found out they were next in line! Every new teaser only stoked the flames and I’m not going to lie, there were times when I struggled picking up a book just because there was nothing else I wanted to read other than These Thorn Kisses. The wait felt long, but oh my gosh, was it worth it! Saffron A. Kent gets me every time because each story of hers is better than the last and this was no different. I wholeheartedly loved and adored These Thorn Kisses and it’s definitely my favorite read of the year! Man, I can usually bang out a review for a book right after I’ve finished it and not only that, but I want to write it as well because I want to get my words out and be able to feel like I’ve moved on from the book even if I still think about it afterwards. With These Thorn Kisses though, after I was done with it and in all of my ooey-gooey warm feels, the thought of actually writing my review, wasn’t something I was looking forward to it. Now it’s been hours later and I’ve had somewhat of a difficult time figuring out what to say and I think a big part of me putting it off is because once I finish this review, I’ll officially be done with These Thorn Kisses for the first time and I don’t know if I’m ready to say goodbye yet. I just love Conrad and Bronwyn so much and I want to hold onto them for as long as I possibly can. And yeah, I know that I don’t have to be done with them post review, but I won’t have an excuse as to why I can’t move on and start something else anymore. I know that’s a bit silly so I’ll get back to mu regularly scheduled review. In my review for A Gorgeous Villain, I said that Callie and Reed would be hard to top though I wouldn’t be too surprised if Ms. Kent did and while I still love Callie and Reed, dang were Bronwyn and Conrad beyond special! I just fell for them so completely — they’re amazing! I love how soft and sweet and sunshine-y Bronwyn is and also how determined and stubborn and strong she is. She’s so protective of Conrad and willing to do anything for him and his peace of mind, she’s just impossible not to love and the same goes for Conrad. You can’t help but love him and he’s equally as protective of Bronwyn as she is with him. He’s so controlled and he has his eye rolling, shake your moments where he’s being not the nicest, but I couldn’t stay mad at him. He gives so much of himself to other people, he’s so concerned about everyone else that he doesn’t ever really think about himself and his wants and needs. My heart just broke for him and I wanted nothing more for him to get his HEA and be happy — I wanted that for both of them. I loved, loved, loved their dynamic and they’re so meant to be. Now what do I say about These Thorn Kisses as a whole? Also in my A Gorgeous Villain review, I said that Callie and Reed had this epic love and I mean that, but I feel like Ms. Kent’s books always feel like the hero and heroine have an epic love story. There’s just a real weight and presence to her stories and this book delivered that so hard! These Thorn Kisses was beautiful, meaningful, and so full of depth and life. I had all the feels with this book from heartbreak and frustration to super excited, happy, and giddy. It made me laugh and cry, curse and yell, and smile and grin so much. These Thorn Kisses is definitely the best book I’ve read this year, it was an epic, magnificent masterpiece and I couldn’t love it anymore than I already do! Can’t wait for Hey, Mister Marshall — Bring on Poe and her Mister Marshall! ~ 6 Stars

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