Thursday, June 3, 2021

Release Blitz: A Gorgeous Villain by Saffron Kent

Release Date: June 3

Two years ago, Reed Jackson betrayed Calliope Thorne and broke her heart. So she stole his most prized possession – a white mustang – and drove it into the lake for revenge.
Now, Callie is stuck at a reform school while Reed is off at college, living his life without repercussions.
Until he comes back.
With him comes back all the feelings that Callie has been trying to bury: anger and heartbreak.
But most of all, desire. At the sight of his beautiful but lying lips and his gunmetal gray eyes that still taunt and smolder when he looks at her.
Whatever though. It's not as if Callie is ever going to fall for her ex-boyfriend again. Or let him corner her in a bar one night and touch her, kiss her…
Neither is she going to kiss him back. Or worse, sleep with him.
Because that would make her naïve and foolish.
Oh, and also pregnant.
And there's no way Callie is ever going to get pregnant at eighteen and with Reed's baby, no less. The guy she hates.
The guy who taught her all about heartbreak. Who might look like a gorgeous hero but really
is the villain of her story.
NOTE: This story is a standalone and does not contain cheating.

3.5 Stars

Review by Jen Skewes

I have read all of Ms. Kent’s books and loved them all.  Especially My Darling Arrow which is the first book in this series.  I could not wait to read this on, but unfortunately I did not love it as much as I thought I would. 


This is about Callie, a 16-year-old girl who has a thing for Reed, her brother’s enemy both on the soccer field and off.  She is not supposed to fall for him and should always rake her brother’s side.  And she does until one night at his party, Reed notices her, and everything changes from that moment.  They spend time together; he gives her a ride in his Mustang, and she dances for him.  But then he completely shatters her heart into a million pieces.  She gets revenge on him by destroying the only thing he loves.  And then lands in an all-Girls’ reform school as her punishment.  


Fast Forward two years where she sees Reed at a bar one night when her and her friends sneak out of school.  She hates him!  Why shouldn’t she?  He broke her heart.  But I don’t think her heart and her body got the memo about hating him.  Because whether she realizes it or now, she still loves him, and her body still reacts to him.  Reed needs to stay away from her because he does not want to hurt her again, but at the same time he is very protective over her and wants to make sure that she is always safe.  Things between them are tense and complicated and will make your head spin.  But things happen, she gets pregnant and what happens from here?  You will have to read to find out.


Reed was not the most loveable person, but you could tell deep down that he loved Callie and has for years.  He is filled with so much anger and hate that he truly believes that he is not capable of love.  He is a broken young man with a lot of demons and for that reason he feels he needs to stay away from Callie.  But it is not that easy.


Callie is a sweet girl who cares about people and always tries to do the right thing.  She wants to hate Reed, but she has a hard time doing so.  She still hasn’t forgiven him, but she doesn’t quite hate him either.  As complicated as these two were I was rooting for them and though they were so good together.  


I loved Callie and Reed and the story itself.  But for me personally what made me give this 3.5 stars is that I found it to be very repetitive at times, repeating the same phrases and descriptions over and over again. There is also some moments of intimacy that for me was just very odd.  The book was long and filled with more inner monologue that actual dialogue which was not always necessary.  Aside from this I really did love the book and the characters.  It was just missing something for me.  Maybe more emotions, or more dialogue?  Either way I did enjoy the book and the storyline itself was great.  Just a few missteps for me.  But I cannot wait for Wynn’s story!!  



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