Friday, April 7, 2017



I was never supposed to see him again.
One night of passion with a complete stranger.
My last tryst before senior year.
But I was lost the moment his tempting lips were on my skin.
His intense touch on my body.

It should have ended there.

But he’s not a stranger.
He’s my history teacher.
And wanting him is against the rules.
Off limits.


Illicit was my first exposure to Ava Harrison and I enjoyed it. I was a little concerned at first that I wouldn't be able to get into the right mindset on this one (not that I don't enjoy student/teacher/forbidden type books) since it was a high school setting, but the fact that age gap between them wasn't overwhelming helped me. There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming, sexy times and some sweetness to balance it all out.

I liked Lynn-much more than I expected to. I was prepared for a giggly school girl and that was definitely not who Lynn is. She's smart, brave and a bit broken. She hasn't been dealt the greatest hand in life so to watch her grow through that was good and I thought well written.

Carson had many more hidden layers than I was expecting-and I liked them. I liked that he wasn't this perfect, slightly older man who swooped in and swept Lynn off her feet and solved all of her problems. I also really liked the direction the author took in regards to showing Carson's own growth-she didn't blow off his issues and I think did a good job highlighting that people can need help and that's ok.

Some of the drama with Lynn's mom was a bit over the top to me. I just didn't think all of it was necessary to advance the plot. 

I really enjoyed how the author told this story. The forbidden element was definitely there, the irresistible pull between them was really written well. I will definitely read more from this author and I recommend this book.

Forbidden romance can be a lot of fun when it is done right, and this one was. Lynn is a high school student, Carson is her teacher. They have one night, they don't exchange info, and then he shows up in her life her history teacher.

This is the 2nd book I have read about Ava Harrison, and the idea of the taboo, the forbidden, is definitely a theme.

Lynn and Carson are both really young. Usually, this bothers me, the idea that she is 18 and he is 22. But, you forget this quickly. And, I am glad about that as I am not always the biggest fan of books with really young characters. If this is a concern for you, there is nothing to be worried about.

The chemistry is wonderful, the pull for them to be together, the attraction, is hot and you can feel it coming off the pages of your Kindle. The pacing is strong, and you don't get bogged down in the push and pull, rather it is allowed to flow smoothly and seamlessly.

I didn't like some of the extras with her mom. I think the book would have been better without it, with more of a focus on the main characters. It wasn't bad, and the other characters didn't necessarily pull me out of the story, but especially at the end when there were a lot of changes and revelations, I would have liked it to be little more about the central characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I do recommend it.

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Ava Harrison is a New Yorker, born and bred.

When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.

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