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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,202 ratings  ·  348 reviews
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.

Kindle Edition, 415 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by AH Publishing
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
3.5 "Kinda Hot For Teacher" stars!!

I've read several student-teacher romances but none quite like this one. In ILLICIT, Ava Harrison introduces us to Carson and Lynn, both of whom were broken and alone. On a beautiful night, these two strangers found each other and found a connection that transcended time and space. Or maybe I'm being influenced by all of their talk about stars and astronomy. They share a night of untold passion and go their separate ways. That is until Monday, which is the
Book-Bosomed  blog
2.5 Stars

After catching her boyfriend cheating at a party, eighteen year old Gwendolyn “Lynn” Adams finds comfort in the company of a guy she meets on the beach where they share a look at the stars, a dip in the ocean, and a fling on the sand.

“He is an Adonis among men, like all the myths and tales he likes to weave.”

Turns out, he’s also her new prep school history teacher. And Carson Blake is kind of alluring till some unappealing OW drama gets inserted. Ugg! This is the ultimate mood killer i
L.J. Shen
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: the author is a good friend of mine.

This is a layered, complex, thought-provoking piece of art that I've had the pleasure of beta-reading. Well-written and knots-in-your-stomach angsty. This is not a feel good book. This is a FEEL book, period. You'll get all the feels. Try it.
2* unpopular, spoiler & bratty STARS!

It was my first read from Ava Harrison and feels horrible. Everything didn't meet my expectations about this book. The cover was drool worthy. The theme is absolutely one of my fave (Teacher/student). But the main characters really sucks. The story and plot... went straight to hell.


⇒ Lynn (18) just dump her cheated boyfriend when she walk out him with another girl. She feels empty. Alone in the beach and away from the party. Lynn met this gorgeous smart guy w
Christy  (CaptainReadsALot

Just. Wow.

Like. WHOA.

This book. Ah, man. Seriously.

SO much happened and so much was necessary for them to go through and so much this and that. I loved the drama. I loved the angst. I loved the secrets, the denials. The scandals.

But mostly, I loved Lynn and Carson. I loved their LOVE and passion for each other. I loved their connection, which was TANGIBLE, people!! I adored how they were able to go through so much and still come out on top.

This has been one of the better books I've rea
DNF at 38%

I'm just not feeling this one. I'm battling for connection & slightly cringing at the clichéd narrative. It just feels like its trying too hard :-/
Anne OK
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads

The forbidden romance between a student and teacher is one of my least favorite romance sub-genres. But the reviews suggested this new-to-me-author's formula was different and included far deeper personal matters than just the usual underage taboo sex-filled hookups. I took a chance and I’m glad I did – even though it will never be a favorite.

I've stopped wishing for extraordinary. I've stopped wishing for that one moment so profound it will change everything. I know it wil
• Island Queen Reads • Ofa •
3.5 Stars

***ARC READ***

I loved this novella as a part of the Hot for Teachers Anthology and I love that it got its own full length release. There were still parts of the novella in this and while the end is completely different, I felt like this book dragged out towards the end, it progressed really slow for me and I struggled to make a connection with the characters and the emotions throughout the book. While this book had amazing potential and I loved the storyline and the characters, I felt l
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2017
Okay so one of my FAVE book tropes has to be student/teacher books. Why? Well because they are so forbidden and filled with angst and tension and just ALL THE FEELS. IF, they are done correctly. Illicit by Ava Harrison was done PERFECTLY!

Ava initially swept me off my feet with the simmering connection and downright swoon worthy first meeting between Lynn and Carson. Then Ava pulled me deep into her words and her story. ILLICIT got under my skin and burned trails of heat and intensity through my
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5-3 stars


This story had good ingredients for an angsty sexy story, too bad I felt none of it. I don't know how to explain it ... but everything felt so cliche and ... dry. For example, the tropes used I don't mind when used well. For example, he ends things so he won't hold her back. Thing is, I felt so cold at his break up. I felt everything that happened in this story was a trope after trope. It was superficial and I did NOT feel their passion. While yes, they were talking about how co
Melanie (mells_view)
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4 angsty teacher student romance stars!

This story starts off with Lynn catching her douchey ex boyfriend cheating on her at a party. This then leads to her having an unforgettable night with a perfect stranger named Carson. Their night is one for the books, Carson is totally swoony, but she knows one night is all it will ever be. So she sneaks off before he wakes up, assuming she will never see him again. You know what happens when you assume, right? School starts and low and be
Really good book I've not read a teacher and pupil book in ages so I really enjoyed this. I've only started reading this author this year but her books and characters are becoming my favourite. I luv her writing I get sucked into the book from start to finish. I was looking forward to getting to know Lynn and Carson after getting to know them and a bit of there story through Bridget and Olivia's books. Lynn is a great character and so is Carson there story is easy and there lives aren't either b ...more
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ARC kidnly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Melanie (mells_view)
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 angsty teacher student romance stars!

This story starts off with Lynn catching her douchey ex boyfriend cheating on her at a party. This then leads to her having an unforgettable night with a perfect stranger named Carson. Their night is one for the books, Carson is totally swoony, but she knows one night is all it will ever be. So she sneaks off before he wakes up, assuming she will never see him again. You know what happens when you assume, right? School starts and low and behold who is in Ly
Amanda Brown
This book started off so strong and unfortunately by the middle, I was bored more than anything.

It was written really well and I loved the dual perspective. I also love the forbidden romance thing especially when it is a student/teacher thing. The second he mentions that teaching wasn't his passion, I already had the book pegged and guessed every single thing that was going to happen.

Their initial meeting was super romantic and I felt the connection between H and h. I never felt that again.

I co
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Get ready to be schooled by Mr. Blake. Oh hell yes. I loved Lynn and Carson's story! It was the perfect forbidden romance and I couldn't put it down!

Mr. Blake makes me want to stay for detention! RAWR! He's kind, caring and authoritative when he needs to be. Super broody. Super protective. Super HOT. He made me crazy. In a good way. Seriously I felt like a horny teenager reading this book.

I am a well known cover whore and let me tell you, when my eyes came upon
My very first read from Ava Harrison and she not only blew me away with ILLICIT, she has created a true fan, and addict if you will, in me. She had me hook, line, and sinker with this blurb and the forbidden storyline. There was no turning back once I dove in. Lynn and Carson's sensual forbidden journey had my skin tingling and my heart racing ever step of the way. A sexy, angsty tale of two lost souls finding solace in each other's arms. Beautiful, Illicit, passionate, and emotional, Harrison's ...more
Paula  Phillips
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have to admit, if you want a hot teacher/student novel, then Illicit by Ava Harrison isn't that sort of reading. I had gone into this book thinking more along the lines of a hot sizzling Taboo teacher/student relationship but got a book that was more along the lines of the level that we read in the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover or the Ezria relationship from Pretty Little Liars. The book starts with the main female lead discovering her college boyfriend in a compromising position with anoth
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars

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 s
April Symes
Ava Harrison has done it again- blown me away with the elegantly complex and emotionally forbidden storyline. This is a tale of two lost souls who found their way in each other’s arms in this angsty , forbidden student/teacher story.
Gwendolyn “Lynn” Adams has just found out her boyfriend has been cheating on her and she goes and sits on a beach to find some solace from her pain. While there she meets this dark and handsome guy she meets while on the beach. His name is Carson and it was one nigh
Love N. Books
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ellie's $0.02:

Full admission. The beginning of this book is what caught my eye. And my brain...

A hot summer one-night hookup with Carson and Lynn turns into a forbidden teacher/student romance come Monday morning. I fell in love with the relationship between these two. Fighting the chemistry, the forbidden love and attraction and keeping it all a secret. The no-no zone. Yummy. I was stressed. How long can the secret be kept?

This was my first Ava read and it won't be my last. Delightful style of
May 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok... once I started to read this book I started to recognize it right away. It was so familiar to me. As I read on... I knew that I had definitely read this book before.

When I signed up for this book I had no idea it was part of the Hot For Teachers Anthology. I was on that blog tour. Or maybe I did and forgot. So I went back to my notes right away to refresh my memory on why I didn't review this book with the others in the anthology.

Well... right away my issues for this book popped up. And I
Auden Dar
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are authors out there that as soon as they release a book, you stop everything. Everything. Ava Harrison is one of those authors. I didn’t even know she had a book coming out and as soon as I saw the release blitz for “Illicit,” I rearranged my schedule. She did not disappoint. Ms. Harrison’s take on the student-teacher romance is without a doubt, amazing. This forbidden romance was filled with angst and so many highs and lows. There were times when I felt an ache in my belly. This was mor ...more
Unnecessary everything. I think this was novella. It should have stayed that way if the addition words only added cliche drama
Briana Pacheco
Okay, I hate to do this but it's 2.5 stars for me. Gah, I hate this feeling. I want to take that rating back but I can't. Here's how I felt throughout the book in gifs:



But when I learned that Carson was fresh out of college; 22 years old, I hit a wall and it was really hard to push past it. I'm sorry but I LOVE student/teacher romances and I NEED the teacher to be in their 30's for this to feel forbidden! *hides*


I kept going though because age is just a number...

Damn all the extra drama didn't h
Ava Harrison
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Lynn just caught her boyfriend cheating, but little did she know she would end up having a one night stand with a man she thought she would never see again... Until he shows up as her high school teacher.

Carson didn't know when he walked through the classroom to teach at his old high school he would find lynn, his one night stand walking in late. How can he stay away from her even though she's his student.

Illicit is a taboo, forbidden love story about two people, who shouldn't be together, but c
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 01-signed
Ava Harrison takes a twist on the student/teacher romance with her story Illicit, which captures the taboo love affair of Lynne and Carson. Now if you’re new to Harrison’s writing you should know that she isn’t a fluffy and cutesy romance kind of girl. There is this shadow of melancholy surrounding her books and as a reader, I really can’t get enough. For me, it makes the journey to a HEA that much better when the path to get there is a struggle.

With the start of school just days away, Lynne fi
Laura Lee
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ava Harrison

3.5 Stars

Lynn and Carson meet after neither one wants to be at a party. From their first encounter, they know there is something in the stars that brought them together…..

Senior in High School, Lynn is ready to graduate and move away to college. She has not had the most loving parents growing up. Parents that divorced years ago and a mother who is constantly on the hunt for her next husband. This leaves Lynn alone and raising herself.

Carson graduated from college and has his
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