Publisher: Self published on February 26, 2018
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Forbidden, Romance, Student/Teacher
Format: eARC - Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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.
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.
FTC Disclosure: We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
book review: 4.5 Forbidden Love stars
Have you ever gotten this feeling the first time you lays eyes a new book, it’s that exact moment you know down to your very soul and bone marrow that it’s going to destroy you? If you have, then I feel for you and I’m ecstatic for you. If not, then it’s time to feel that. It may sound insane what I’m telling you right now, but the way I see it, you have to hurt so you can deeply feel. And to quote the almighty Blair as she says in this book, “you have to be unafraid to die in order to love”.
From the very first moment I saw the cover & then read the blurb, I knew that Blair would butcher my heart once again and I would be left a welling on the floor. And I may have succeeded to keep the latter in check, for the most part, I was unable though to escape the first entirely. Besides, I never can when it comes to this author. Proof how I ended up after reading the Crave Duet. She is one of those who tear me completely apart, bulldozing through my organs and putting me back together even stronger. And it’s not by chance that one of my biggest, most intense and shutting-down reactions I ever had in my reader life was caused by her pen. The craziest, and most definitely masochistic, part though is that no matter how many times I break from it, I always come back for more. No matter if her story will make me step on my hard limits or includes soul-crushing amounts of pain in it, I find myself unable to walk away from it. See, masochistic?
This time, I may not have shut down, but the pain and all the various powerful have-no-name emotions I felt during the read were definitely something that left a scar. I have no idea from where should I begin with this story. It opened so many roads for me to follow for my review, each with its own special light to shed on it. Also, so many things happen in it that I would go forever discussing them and never find their end. It’s really frustrating when you have to store so many feelings, thoughts and, most of all, so much Love for a story that touched you soul-deep and affected you in a huge way into a few paragraphs without them turning into a book themselves. And Secret Lucidity surely falls under that category.
One of the events that haunted me for the whole book was the event that started it all; Cam’s accident that caused her life to spiral out of control. I can’t even come close to imagine the pain someone, especially a teenager. experiences after losing a parent. It’s a scar that never closes no matter what you do and there’s almost never the right or wrong way to deal with it. I had to stop my brain a few times from trying to imagine how would that feel if I was in Cam’s place. But, just like everything in life, is all about the perspective you choose to see it from. So, also this accident has multiple ways to see it from. And Cam goes through every one of them with a strength and a determination that it’s truly remarkable. The way she changes because of it is a sight that I felt proud witnessing, as crazy as it sounds. Camellia Hale undoubtedly more than earned the characteristics of the “strong female”, “dynamic heroine” and “perfect book girlfriend”.
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