Living in Shadow

Living In..., #1

Eleanor May is a law professor. She does a favor for a fellow professor by taking over one of her colleague's classes. In that class, she sees a student who she has a hard time keeping her eyes off of. She was hurt as a student when she got involved with a professor so she is extra wary. Eleanor battles herself and Lucien about getting involved even after Lucien keeps removing all the obstacles she brings up.

Lucien North is a twenty-five year old man working on his law degree. He is almost done, with two semesters left. He is obsessed with one of his law professors, Eleanor. It gets so bad that he is everywhere she goes. Lucien had a rough childhood that no child should have lived through but rather than break him it’s only made him stronger, but he still lives with the scars.

The connection between Lucien and Eleanor is intense. I loved that beyond the discussed age difference it was very hard to tell that Lucien was younger than Eleanor was. He gave the appearance that he was much older than his stated age. The sex scenes were blistering. I enjoyed that Eleanor and Lucien just did not hop into bed they talked (a lot) beforehand.

"Living in the Shadow" is the first book in a new series called 'Living In' by Jackie Ashenden. This book was well-written. The main and secondary characters were interesting and engaging. I had a hard time putting this book down. Overall, this was a great book. I am interested in reading the next book in the series.

Book Blurb for Living in Shadow

Finding his way out of the darkness could be the biggest fight of his life.

Law professor Eleanor May is fine with taking over a class for a colleague on sabbatical. She’s not so fine with the hot student who’s always seated front and center. Once upon a time she was that student…and the scars remain eight years after it ended.

Yet this guy seems different from the others. Despite the alarm bells in her head warning her about history repeating itself, she is drawn toward the forbidden once again—even though this time it could consume her.

Lucien North’s past is darker than the ink on his skin, a reminder of a time when survival was a fight to the death. Seducing his beautiful professor wasn’t supposed to be part of his plan to put it behind him, but there’s something about Eleanor that’s gotten hold of him and won’t let go.

Together they light up the night, but will their powerful desire lead them to love—or drag them both to the brink of disaster?

Warning: Contains a younger man so hot he might scorch your fingertips, and forbidden lust so tempting, there’s no point in trying to resist. Check your inhibitions at the door—it’s WTFery 101 and class is in session.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2014 4.00