“What does it feel like? Are you as lonely as me? As lost and angry? Are you insane like me?”
Wow! Ok like seriously, what did I just read? Well after just having finished The Unrequited, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I have never read anything quite like this story. It was unique, intense and somewhat messed up in parts. The characters are unlike any that I have met before and the writing, wow, it just kept me intrigued and engrossed throughout. I just couldn’t wait to see how this was going to end.
This story, like the title suggests is about unrequited love and the vast damaging effects it can have on your mental health. The first line of the synopsis states that Layla Robinson is not crazy, but I’m sorry, not trying to sound too “judgy mcjudge” … BUT… she is kind of nuts.
I have to admit for most of the book I did not like these characters, especially Thomas. His treatment of Layla was despicable and downright cruel. Thomas, just like Layla is suffering from unrequited love. And therein lies the connection between these two lost souls.
“With a sinking heart, I realize Thomas is like me. He is the unrequited lover.”
I have to take my hat off to the author and the stellar writing that was produced, because she made me believe I was living in this crazy world with these crazy people. To me, it was just perfectly done.
I went through so many emotions while reading this, kind of like the seven stages of grieving. I found myself both loving and hating this story and these characters, but I believe that just added to the dynamic effect this story had on me. The more I progressed, the more invested I became and I could not get enough.
“How can you forget the endless nights of wanting, needing, dreaming? I love you. That’s all I ever wanted to hear.”
This story probably isn’t for everyone. If you don’t mind a bit of taboo then definitely give this one a shot, if not, you will probably want to give this one a miss. This story does touch on some subjects that people may find disturbing, so you have been warned.
While this story did capture my full attention until the very end, I did find it a hard one to read to be honest. I didn’t really like either character, but the writing was absolutely brilliant and I know for a fact I will not forget this story.
➦There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book and naturally I had to get my paws on it asap. This was my first read by this author and I enjoyed the writing just fine, however, while I did like it, I certainly didn’t love it.
➦This was like… like… “Slammed” on steroids. lol A student/teacher romance with some poetry mixed in. Unfortunately, I thought that the beauty of poetry was lost somewhere in the midst of all the explicit sex. In fact, I think I have to file this under erotica because of the abundance of graphic sexual content.
➦There was insta-lust and a whole lot of naughty. I found it really hard to like this hero and he hasn’t really redeemed himself in my eyes by the end of the book. It would have really helped his character if he was a better father. Because, god damn, nobody wanted that poor baby.
➦Sadly there wasn’t any gradual development of the relationship for me to get the feels. Each character was well developed INDIVIDUALLY but as far as their deep connection goes – I didn’t buy it. There was whole lot of physical but not enough “getting to know each other.”
➦To sum it up: I definitely liked this book and it was a pretty solid one time read for me, you just won’t find me gushing like so many others. If you are looking for a naughty teacher/student book then this would be it. Just keep in mind that this is not a safe read and has cheating and whole lot of sexy times!