Friday, May 15, 2020

California Dreamin' by Saffron Kent

Release Date: May 14 

Everyone thinks Dean Collins is too old for Fallon Blackwood. Her parents, her friends, even Dean himself.

In fact, he wants her to date guys her own age. But Fallon doesn’t care about that.

All she cares about is that she can’t take his eyes off Dean, her neighbor, her best friend, the guy who taught her to ride a bike and to climb trees.

All she cares about is that sometimes Dean can’t take his eyes off her, either. And that sometimes he looks at her like he wants to kiss her.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s thirty-two and she’s eighteen.

All that matters is that they belong with each other, and she needs to convince him of that.

Good thing they’re taking a cross-country road trip together, right?

California to New York; three thousand miles and a love story in the making…

*Featuring Simon Blackwood and Graham Edwards from ‘The Heartstone Series.’ 

**This is a STANDALONE NOVELLA. It was released as a part of Mixtape Anthology. Since then, it has been revised and expanded and re-titled.

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

One of my favorite books to read is an age gap romance and Saffron Kent know just how to write them.  If you read The Medicine Man this is the story of Fallon, Willow and Simon's daughter, and Dean, the boy that they took under their wing so to speak.  

When Dean was younger his mother passed away and his father more or less check out.  That's how he became a part of Fallon's family.  They took care of Dean and his sister.  When Fallon was three years old she told Dean that she was going to marry him one day.  He was 17 at the time.  Since she was a baby the two of them had a special bond that has continued throughout the years.  Whenever Fallon needed someone Dean was there for her.  He was her best friend and her protector.  

She is now 18 years old and going to school in California, where Dean also moved to, two years ago. She has a plan to drive back to NY for Christmas and she has convinced Dean to come with her.  Her plan is to tell him that she loves him and has loved him for sometime now.  She has no idea how he will react or how she feels about him either.  But she needs to convince him that they belong together.  Telling Dean could go either way.  Will he admit his love for her as well or push her away?

I really enjoyed this book.  I loved that we get to see more of Simon and Willow, and especially loved the one chapter from Willow's point of view.  The small flashback of Dean and Fallon when they were younger was adorable and I could see why these two were meant to be together.  They loved each other with such intensity, that it reminded me of Simon and Willow.  My only issues was that it was too short for me.  I didn't realize that this was a novella, but I wished we got more of these two.  I wanted more of their back story, more flashbacks and just more of them.  I don't think I had enough time to fall in love with Dean.  I adored him, all though a little too possessive for me lol.  But that is just mean and regardless of his possessiveness I knew and felt how much he loved and cared for Fallon which is why I adored him.  

Overall I really did enjoy this story.  Saffron Kent knows how to write an age-gap romance.  It is the reason that I love her writing.  It is a quick read, that is certainly intense at certain moments.  I loved the flashbacks, the revisiting with old characters, and the connection between Dean and Fallon.  I am hoping for Rosie and Brendan's story.  

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Meet Saffron A. Kent

Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon 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 Huffington Post,
New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She lives in New York
City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books. 

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