Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Secret Lucidity RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW




Title: Secret Lucidity
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: Student/Teacher Forbidden Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2018



Blurb

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.







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REVIEWED BY 
Isa Jones 


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I read the Blurb for this story I was immediately captivated so I was delighted to have been given the privilege to receive an ARC and review this book.

Heartwarmingly beautiful and poignantly real, Secret Lucidity was one gut-wrenching read. It left me breathless and in awe of the complexity of the writing yet it was simple in its fluidity.

When your world crashes down around you and the unimaginable loss has left you void of all emotion how do you manage to pick yourself up from something so strong.

Cam or (Camillia) is a normal happy seventeen year old with her bright and promising future in front of her. She is loved by her family, friends and admired by her teachers. She is just the perfect all round student. She excels at swimming and its passionate about her sport. When tragedy strikes and she looses everything, her dreams and goals are suddenly put on hold. Time seems to stand still and she falls faster into an abyss of despair and depression. With no one and nowhere to turn Cam suddenly finds herself being rescued from the depths of sorrow by an unlikely source.

Having being betrayed by loved ones, David has left behind the life he thought he wanted in search of loosing himself and forgetting that pain. After many years, he now believes he has put enough distance from everyone who serves as a reminder of what could have been. He is now happy working in a school and loves coaching. But when tragedy strikes and he is witness to Cam's sorrow he can't help but feel the need to protect her and bring her out of the darkness.

What begins as a simple act of kindness soon develops into something more and both Cam and Daniel are lost to their mutual attraction. But they both know their relationship is impossible. To the eyes of the world they are wrong for each other and will be braking so many laws and rules. Forced to remain hidden from prying eyes they find themselves fighting each day for a simple glimpse or an innocent touch to give them the strength to fight time and space.

I want to say so much more but I do not want to ruin the experience for anyone. I can only say, I had my heart in my throat many times in this book. The story deals with many critical factors, like alcoholism, depression and self-harm, and being privy to one of those in my life, I know of the ramifications and effects they have on a person and it can affect a whole family.
E.K. Blair not only talks about these factors but also makes the reader, in an indirect way, feel the pain the characters are experiencing, that is remarkable and for that I commend her.

I fell in love with both Cam and Daniel and their book and I would like to continue meeting more of Ms Blair's characters, so watch this space as they say.

Secret Lucidity is a MUST READ and in my opinion an unforgettable story.

5 STARS. Isa for Jo&Isalovebooks Review Team.

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REVIEWED BY 
Monique Cashmere 



Secret LuciditySecret Lucidity by E.K. Blair
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5*'s

I have so many intense feelings about this book, I am still trying to deal hours later. There are some books that take you not only on an emotional rollercoaster but also a moral one as well. I was torn between the two with this novel due to being a mum and also a lover of a good romance story. I am not sure if it was meant to be portrayed this way, but I was crossing back and forth from wanting them to get their HEA and morally wanting justice.

I have to say, the story line played out so much better than I was anticipating. Their predicament wasn't just swept under the carpet and not dealt with, it had an outcome that was realistic and believable. There was one aspect of the book that I wasn't a fan of, which was how the mother was characterised. I get she was grieving, and believe me, if it was my husband, I would be a total hot mess too - but it was the 180 degree turn around her persona had that felt out of place. Then she skipped back and forth when it suited. It all felt unbalanced to me.

I had so much empathy for Cam, my head was spinning with compassion for this poor girl. I wanted to hug her, at times I wanted to slap her, but mostly I wanted to heal her. She endured so much and to find solace in David made me essentially happy for them. He had issues of his own, that once he found love with Cam, seemed to help him make peace too. This is a forbidden tale of a student/teacher romance that deals with loss and the after effects of that.

*I am grateful for the copy provided by the author for my honest opinion.
**Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooksBlog.

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New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. Blair tends to drift towards love stories that are deeply layered with emotional angst. Give her a character and she will dig into their core to find what lies beneath.

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.


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