on February 26, 2018
Genres: New Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. But it did. This wasn’t supposed to be my life. But it was.
I was just a typical girl, living a typical life. Nothing was out of the ordinary until tragedy threw me into a turnstile I couldn’t see my way out of. That was, until him.
I never could’ve imagined my heart falling the way it did. Hard, fast, and with unbounding beauty.
The only problem? He was off limits. Forbidden.
But he became my everything, and I became his, so we risked it all. It was only a matter of time until I realized that our risk came with unimaginable consequences.
My name is Camellia Hale and his is David Andrews, and this is our love story.
E.K Blair is pretty much a queen of the forbidden romance. Sometimes I’m too cowardly to read her books – the paperback of Author Anonymous sits bedside , awaiting the day I’ll muster up the courage to crack it open. Until then I take my chances on her new adult and college reads about addiction ( Crave: Part One] and Crave: Part Two ). And now with the story of a taboo connection between a high school swim coach and a student. Either way I know I won’t be disappointed and with Secret Lucidity I found myself taken aback by the intensity of the love story.
At it’s heart this the story about a student Camelia Hale, and teacher David Andrews, connecting through the veil of grief and Cams’ carefully cultivated isolation. My heart beat double time as Cams life begins to spin out of control. Life at home isn’t much of a life at all, and her only respite is found in two dangerous places. While she’s falling in love she’s trying to manage anxiety and fear and not in the most healthy way. Blair captures the depths of despair and Cam’s slow and painful reckoning.
Once again, as I closed a book by E.K. Blair book I felt the sway of my emotions settle somewhere between relief and happiness. The story is powerful and captivating, and ultimately one of hope. Another 5 star read by Ms. Blair.
~Review by Cyndi
Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace and spending time with her friends and family. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.