Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: Student/Teacher Forbidden Romance
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.
It’s incredibly difficult for teenagers to deal with life-altering situations, especially when the aftermath of those particular incidences leave them feeling lost, confused, and ultimately alone despite the number of people in their lives who try to help them, only to be pushed away because the emotions are too overwhelming…too raw…too unpredictable.
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
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.