My Review: A War Like Ours by Saffron A. Kent

My Review:  A War Like Ours by Saffron A. KentA War Like Ours by Saffron A. Kent
Publication Date: February 24, 2017
Genres: Dark, Romance, Taboo
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Synopsis

A liar...

Three weeks ago, James Maxwell's wife died in a car accident, but he hasn't been able to tell his five-year old daughter the heartbreaking truth behind her mother's death. Instead, he packs them up and leaves for a summer resort in upstate New York to spend a few peaceful weeks and to gradually break the news. But a spirited and outspoken maid at the resort has figured out his secret.

A hater...

After witnessing her mother's violent death at the hands of her stepfather, Madison Smith has turned aimless and bitter toward the world--men, in particular. Her dead-end job at the local resort and her convenient girlfriend barely keep Madison from falling apart. When she meets James, however, she's driven to protect his child from the darkness she sees inside him.

A forbidden kiss...

But Madison doesn't expect to find that very darkness irresistible. Drowning in guilt and memories, James doesn't expect to be drawn to the sharp-witted woman who has made his life miserable. When their tempers flare, a brutal kiss triggers a need that blurs the lines of hate and desire. As their lust spins out of control, they must decide if their attraction is worth fighting for or if love is the real enemy.

My Review

A War Like Ours by Author Saffron A. Kent is her debut novel and is a dark romance story.

“I’m a rebel, you know. I like everything twisted. And dark. And sick and weird.”

Madison loves her life in a way that is safe, expected, and guided. Her bubble of predictability is suddenly popped when a mysterious and unhinged man comes into her life. James is suffering. His suffering bleeds out into all aspects of his life and family, finally leaking into Madison and drawing her into his intricate world of too bright days and wild nights.

“I knew death very well. Death smelled like coffee and bleach on weekdays and like honeysuckle on Sundays. Death smelled like my mom.”

A War Like Ours was an exceptional debut novel. Wow! It was a total bucket of insanity. From the very beginning, I had an overwhelming need to KNOW these characters, not just read their words or watch their actions, but crawl into their mind and decipher what made them tick, made them escape into the depths of life’s crevices and corners. At the same time, I was constantly with mouth agape as these characters did things that were completely surprising, but totally convincing. There was literally a tug-of-war throughout this entire book. I was enthralled reading it, but felt exasperated for the characters, knowing that their constant battle had to be exhausting.

He’d said this couldn’t happen again. Well, it could and it would. He’d said whatever we had was a game. It wasn’t. It was a war, and I’d do anything to win.

The way in which the author crafted Madison and her use of semantics was telling of someone who was both very intelligent and highly perceptible. I don’t know that she could have been paired with someone “normal”, it just wouldn’t seem right. So, her coupling with James, though unquestionably irrational, made perfect sense in the worlds from which they came and the one that they welcomed each other into. They each had their own mental roadblocks that kept them between this realm and an alternate one in which pain equaled satisfaction and love was always just out of reach.

Where had she been all these years? She matched me in every single way. She was just as raw and untamed. Just as angry and selfish. Perhaps that was why she got to me. Because I saw myself in her, a better me, in fact. I saw how unfettered she was, and I desired that, to be unchained, guilt-free.

What else did I LOVE about this book? There was a taboo feel to it from so many angles.  What seemed the be so deranged and out of place only fueled my fire to read and aroused my senses for the impending moments that were sure to come. I love the way that James made Madison lose control, made her want more, made her want to beg for him. The way in which the author described each of their interactions escalated with desire, want, and need to becoming air and water, the necessities to survive. It was hot. It was unconventional. It was potent. I also loved that the once insult-throwing of two people who loved to hate each other became the banter of two lost souls, scratching and clawing to reach one another and possibly find a calm to their storm.

“I don’t know how to tell you this, but…I think you’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

Not for the faint of heart, A War Like Ours wasn’t always a pretty love story. But, what it offered was ominous and unconventional love, lust, and longing in an extremely well-written and executed dark and daring novel.

“The first time I saw you, your eyes were empty. I wondered how you did that. What made you so careless. I wanted to look inside you. Right here. I wanted to know your secret. I thought it would set me free. But I didn’t know that you were as trapped as me. You’re just good at pretending.”

5 Stars

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