A War Like Ours
by Saffron A Kent
Publication Date: February 24, 207
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can't really believe this is Saffron first novel! This is so accomplished, the writing style is rich, the characters are complex and the storyline is quite original.
“I told you to stay out of this. I asked you to. Why didn’t you listen to me?” "What do you want, Madison? Why do you keep coming back?”He squeezed my bicep, making me flinch. “Do you want me to hurt you?”
This is not really a traditional love story. Saffron said so herself she doesn't write that way. So you know from the start that A War Like Ours is definitely not an easy route. It's full of pitfalls. But it's the way the author choose to deliver her first story and if you are willing to give it a try, you might end up falling for both Maddy and James just as much as I did.
When I was asked to read and review I didn't read the synopsis but once I did I knew I had to read the book. There were dark undertones that I love in books. James seems like a broken character with so many layers but I wasn't expecting Maddison to be the same way.
Their attraction comes from a dark place. Called it guilt or salvation but what they have is stronger than themselves. They can't resist even if it's wrong. James is not in a right place after loosing his wife. Maddy has never been ok with herself and she thinks her girlfriend is the answer to everything.
Them being together is like something they can't escape. They tease, they fight. But they find peace with each other. The dark is there but they both crave and need dark at the same time.
“Let the pain take over. Let it own you, turn you inside out. Let it win, Madison. That’s the only way to stop this, to stop feeling.” Yes, I wanted that. I wanted it to stop. Was that why I wanted him to hurt me, dominate me?
I wasn't on board with everything happening in the book. First I'm not a fan of FF scenes. It's not something I read... ever. Even if Maddy is with a girl for reasons I understood I didn't like the scenes with her girlfriend, not only because I hated her for what she does to Maddy but also because I don't read that kind of scenes.
That being said, this shouldn't stop you from reading because the story is much more than that.
James was a larger than life character. I enjoyed all his flaws. The way he takes care of his daughter is sweet and beautiful. Of course he knows he is not doing the right thing by hiding the truth about her mother but how do you broke the heart of a five year old little girl?
His dark needs match Maddy's darkness and I was 100% on board with what they are going through. I was immediately attached to their darkness. Their normal was so right for them. It was quite a long and painful journey for them to get where they needed to be but trust me, you'll be rewarded with the best epilogue EVER! After all the emotions you'll feel while reading A War Like Ours, you'll get a sense of accomplishment, as sense of rightness and a huge smile on your face.
“I kept my promise.” My voice, almost bordering on panicky, interrupted her. “What?” “I still dream,”
~ Arc provided by the author in exchange of an honest review ~
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What? A Debut novel? No way!
This book. Damn, this book is original through and through, and I mean that in the most positive way possible. It's unlike anything you've ever read before and so worth the read! I promise you, it'll leave a lasting impression on you. I love reading unique romance stories that tug at my heart and mess with my brain. This is one of those books!
"Love that destroyed everything.
Love that felt like a war."
Saffron's writing is superb, her characters are complex and flawed, and the story is painstakingly real.
James and Madison, at times, are hard to like and disturbing, yet I found myself rooting for them. Even when I didn't want to or thought I shouldn't. And there were moments that were like a train wreck and as much as I wanted to look away, I couldn't!
I was buzzing while reading this, my senses warring with anticipation, angst and dread. Saffron’s words leap off the page and seep into your bones. I found myself thinking about this story long after I’d finished it.
“Let the pain take over. Let it own you, turn you inside out. Let it win, Madison. That’s the only way to stop this, to stop feeling.”
If you're one to try something new or different, or looking for that next read that will rock your world, this is it!
I can't wait for what's next from this author. It'll be different. It'll shake things up and I know I'll be gobsmacked.
**ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**