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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: February 26, 2018
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076TCC678
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This maelstrom of emotions is what settles in Camellia Hale’s soul, darkening her days and preventing any kind of clarity as to how to move on with her life now that it’s imploded and fractured in heartbreakingly devastating ways. The picture perfect life that Camellia once had, including friends, passions, and a long-term boyfriend now seem inconsequential; everything no longer has meaning, and while Camellia is not supposed to find comfort and solace in someone who has authority over her due to the fact that he is both her teacher and her coach, it’s clear that David Andrews becomes Camellia’s security…her guiding light amidst the darkness…the one who helps her find other ways to cope with her pain…with her loss…with her burdens and demons that seem to dominate her psyche in tragically unhealthy ways.
David Andrews is a game changer for Camellia; he allows her to breathe again…to not want to completely vanish from her life, but their relationship, at least where it’s headed and in terms of society’s perception, is forbidden and taboo; it’s a bond that no one, besides themselves, will understand, and while they both are well aware of the risks…of the difficulties that will follow them…of the repercussions that could destroy their lives even more than they already are, David and Camellia refuse to surrender to public opinion…refuse to turn their backs on the one person who makes them feel more alive than they’ve ever felt before, and to them, those feelings will get see them through the chaos and heartbreak that is bound to come once their secrets are revealed.
The emotional torment that Camellia has felt since tragedy rocked every facet of her life resonates from the pages of Sweet Lucidity and E.K. Blair illustrates exactly what those feelings can do to a person who has spent her entire life following one course…one path who is then forced on a new journey - one that doesn’t make sense or seem to have any value. Readers can’t help but feel for Camellia and worry that her decisions and actions aren’t ones that she would make given a clear mind and a healed heart. But it’s also difficult to truly understand where/why people find solace, and as Camellia’s entire world plummets into darkness, her one guiding light is a man she’s not supposed to want or need, but that doesn’t stop her from doing so because she’d rather have him and be deemed wrong or immoral than be without him and suffer even more misery than she already does.
Anytime I read a forbidden romance story, especially one that involves a teacher and one of his/her students, I’m always intrigued by how the romance between them begins…I want to be able to understand all of the nuances behind their choices…the reasons the risk is worth it…the inevitably of the truth coming out…And, ultimately, the resolve to allow this ‘taboo’ relationship to continue despite society’s persecution of it.
What I enjoy most about E.K. Blair and her storytelling is that she isn’t afraid to think/write outside the box regardless of the ill reception her stories may receive. There is a lot about life and living that does not adhere to society’s dictates and to disregard that idea is incredibly close-minded. Life is messy and it’s difficult and it never follows a singular course, and while most people would rather wear their rose-colored glasses and strive to only see the good life offers, there’s a lot that people will find reprehensible but until they’ve looked at it from every angle and truly understand the reasons behind the actions, judgment should not be rendered, even for those things deemed taboo and forbidden.
4 Poison Apples
“This is us – victims of love.”
Two five star reads on the bounce and EK Blair is back with a bang with Secret Lucidity. This is EK Blair at her very best and this book has earned its place on my EK Blair favourites list. I have always had an incredibly soft spot for Fading, Freeing & Falling, but this one is right up there with them.
“…if I’m going to give you the broken pieces of me, then I’m going to want yours too.”
EK Blair brings to the table a forbidden love book, student and professor and while I absolutely love this trope, the best bit about this book…EMOTION!! I literally spent the first 30 odd percent of this book in floods of tears as our heroine’s life is changed forever. I felt Camellia’s pain, I lived and breathed it, I experienced it and was in total awe as EK Blair made this character bleed on every page. This was raw and emotional and what an incredible start to a book. When an author nails a character like this I always sit back in admiration, my whole body was literally wrung out and if there is ever a character you will find yourself rooting for, it is our Camellia.
“I feel unlovable…I’m too far beyond lost, and I don’t know how to find my way back. I’m starting to wonder if there even is a way back.”
This book was beautifully crafted, perfectly paced and one of the most hauntingly emotional books I have ever had the pleasure of reading, but it is not all doom and gloom. Oh no, as I said, student/teacher and this one has all the feels. I loved the slow burn, at no point did I feel that David was a predator. Although Camellia was considered underage at seventeen, here in the UK, legal age is sixteen, so for me, age wasn’t a problem. But, for me, these two were believable. I felt their connection, the chemistry was off the charts and these two fell for each other hard, when the world wanted to keep them apart.
“…know that, no matter what they say, no matter how wrong we were for doing what we did, together all those wrongs created the most exquisite right. So, this is it. This is how our love story ends.”
The depth of these characters was flawless, sheer brilliance as EK Blair immerses the reader into the desperate lives of two people that are incredibly flawed and yet bring out the best in one and other. Each heals the other and while you would scream dependency, it wasn’t like that, these two just clicked, they worked, and they loved hard.
“This is wrong. But when the whole world is spitting its wrongs at me, what the hell is just one more?”
The angst level was way up there, but nothing superfluous. The twists and turns had my guts churning, my heart breaking, my eyes leaking and my emotions all over the place. Expertly crafted this book is one incredible roller coaster of emotions that will have you running the gamut of every single feeling you can muster. This is one of the most epic love stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and is proof that age is just a number. The heart wants who the heart wants, you don’t choose who you love…love chooses you.
“Because that’s what love is; it’s the same as death – it’s a separation from reality. It’s a moment suspended in time, and when it’s over, that’s it – your moment is gone. All you’re left with is this – this right here – mourning memories of what will never be again.”
Seriously amazing, emotional, unputdownable and a love story I will never forget and will definitely be re-reading. My only gripe…I wanted more. Keeping my fingers for a very extended epilogue in the future.
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Loved the hero and heroine.
A must read!