A Gorgeous Villain; St. Mary’s Rebels #2
(Interconnected standalone within a series)
Publication Date: June 3, 2021
Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Surprise Pregnancy/Second Chance Romance
Author: Saffron A. Kent
A love story that honestly rocked me with how intense these two characters were.
First off, I adore the writing style of Saffron Kent. It’s completely different to most authors I currently read, which is probably why I’m drawn to her, not to mention her books are excellent. Her stories are filled with symbolism and foreshadowing which remind me of classic literature. I also love how Saffron has made each St. Mary book unique according to traits of each character. It really gives each storyline its own flavor which in extension displays the characters unique love.
Arrow and Salem’s story carried a poetic timbre throughout their entire story, which was entirely fitting for them, whereas Reed and Callie’s story reads more like a three act play. Why is this symbolic? Well, I hope you find out, but here’s a few key notes; love, heartbreak, remorse, growth, more tragedy, and of course a big end scene. Sounds a lot like a Shakespearean play doesn’t it? Hmmmm. Well, let’s hope Reed and Callie live through theirs since Shakespeare doesn’t like to keep his players alive. Although this is a romance novel so fingers crossed.
Reed is going to melt you right to the ground. He has layers and layers and even more layers. Keep unwrapping that gorgeous villain, Reed is all that and a bag of chips.
Callie evolves in the years she’s attended St. Mary’s. Stronger and not so naïve. Everyone has a moment where they regret huge mistakes, but I think Callie recognizes that the huge turning point in her life made her a better woman and sometimes we all need those moments of falling down to get back up stronger.
While this story can be read on it’s own, it’s truly best to read them together as the girls are all friends and lean on each other for support, but if you haven’t read book one, don’t worry, this love story stands on its own.
NOTE – This book is a STANDALONE set in the world of St. Mary’s. The book contains NO CHEATING.
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.