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Beautiful Illusions (Contemporary Romance): The Gallagher Family [Kindle Edition]

Annie Jocoby
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Book Description


Beautiful Illusions - a page-turning, sexy, and very contemporary adult romance novel.

VERY contemporary.

Beautiful Illusions is a Cinderella Romance With a Twist - and what a twist it is!

Attorney Iris Snowe drinks too much, eats too much, and spends too much. Her sex life has been as spectacularly unsuccessful as her law practice, so she spends her evenings in her tiny apartment watching bad TV, talking to her cat, and rescuing pit bulls.

And her name might be Iris, but it should be Jade. As in jaded, which is how she feels about romance and men in general.

So, when a gorgeous and sexy stranger appears in her law office on Monday morning, after a one-night stand the previous Saturday, she doesn't think that he is coming to see her because he is interested. She just figures that she left something behind in the room and he is enough of a gentleman to deliver it to her.

How wrong she is.

As it turns out, Ryan Gallagher not only looks like a Ralph Lauren model come to life, but is also fabulously wealthy, as he is the son of a prominent billionaire.

In other words, light years out of Iris' league.

And completely into her, in more ways than one.

And so begins the erotic Cinderella romance of her life, with a man who truly loves her. And oh, if it could just be that simple. But, of course, it's not -the fairy tale is fractured, as it is marred by obsession, jealousy, and dark secrets that Ryan has desperately sought to conceal and repress. It turns out that, behind those magnificent green eyes, lies the memories of a past that nobody should ever have to experience. Nobody.

But when his past becomes his present, his secrets come to light.

And one of those secrets just might be deadly...

This is a full-length novel, approximately 100,000 words.

Story continues in Deeper Illusions, available NOW on Kindle!

Editorial Reviews


"Fan-freaking-tastic book. Ryan is more screwed up than Christian Grey, Gideon Cross, Tony Rawlings, etc....I loved this book, there was a TON I could relate to in this book, even right down to Iris being in the legal industry and Ryan and Iris were SCORCHING hot together." - RomFan Reviews 

About the Author

Annie Jocoby lives in San Diego with her boyfriend, Joey, and her three furry children. Any resemblance to Iris Snowe is purely coincidental, as Jocoby no longer binge drinks and no longer has one-night stands. To contact the author email

Product Details

  • File Size: 2385 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tobann Publications (June 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,670 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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147 of 157 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars convoluted storyline July 2, 2013
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I'm giving this two stars because it was free. The storyline is so over the top that you are literally catapulted along the mainline to crazy town. The heroine, I use that term loosely, seems to walk through life in an emotional haze. She is a lawyer without an ounce of ambition and no work ethic. The hero, cough inserted here, is just indescribable. He's divorced, his six month old baby died, his mom is schizophrenic, he's a recovering heroine addict, raped and beaten by his father and his fathers friends, abused by a female pedophile, attempted suicide at least twice and lest I forget he is not only in love with the female lead but he's in love with another man as well. Whew, I'm exhausted just recapping that. But he is a multi millionaire, has a great body and can have intercourse for hours on end. That's a positive, right? He wants to marry his lady love and continue his long term love affair with his main man too. No problem...his lady love is cool with that. She was also pretty understanding when the pedophile kidnapped her and tried to kill her. You know because all rational thought escapes her. This was just too much and it's not even complete. Book two continues the saga of Iris and Ryan two crazy lovers just trying to navigate the mean streets of crazy town.
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70 of 84 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It gave me a headache June 29, 2013
By paloma
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok, this book is so crazy that i swear it gave me a headache. I think the author tried to fit too much into one story. Seoursly.... Biseaxuality, wife being ok with cheating husband ( man or womam still cheating), abusive parents them there was the 50 shades take, with the older woman and the 14 year old, the there is rape, drugs, ex wifes, bipolar disorder, dog rescue, kidnapping, etc etc etc. and by the way who calls the man you love and adore DUDE? And come on sex all night long? Taking over a hour to come ( the author exact words)and this after an hour of foreplay, oral yada yada. TOOO MUCH. and it need editting pretty bad. I had my head spinning. i just jumped pages at the time.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is messed up. September 28, 2013
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I am very confused about this book.
I wanted to keep reading, which tells me it's a good book, but
I also really disliked alot that was written.
Maybe its my own values and beliefs, but I struggled with the whole bisexual theme. Not the bisexual thing it self, just the whole, that wasn't seen as getting some on the side which it was.
Ryan hated that Alexis cheated on him, there was a scene that Nat made a comment about how she better not cheat on him. A lot of that was thrown around ,yet because his "brain sat in the middle of sexual interest" he could continue his affair with Nick.
Now, I understand Iris was concerned about him not having his freedom and that he may resent her if she put a stop to it , but come on... if he liked having sex with another woman as well as her, she wouldn't be so understanding.
It's cheating regardless.
I also thought that he didn't speak to nicely to her sometimes. Now her confidence was lacking at best ,yet he would put her down, him seeing Nick on the side couldn't be helping in the confidence issue, "I love you but your not enough for me".
I didn't like how the money and good looks always came into play as well, it was almost like that was a good enough reason stay and put up with all the drama.
Like I said in the beginning, it was messed up.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kept me reading July 2, 2013
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In the tradition of the New Adult novels this book had a lot of the plot lines of its predecessors-rich, handsome hero, cinderella girl and dysfunctional families and dark secrets. However it did differ in many ways. The hero wasn't a control freak. His money is from a trust fund and not some mega corporation he built himself. He was almost too sweet and accommodating. The dark family secrets was a bit darker than most of the books in this genre.

Ryan falls in love with Iris at first sight. Iris keeps wondering what he sees in her. Frankly I kept wondering myself. Except for her obvious intelligence, Iris didn't have much going for her. I wish the author had thrown a little bit more for me to like in this heroine. She is a lawyer who is overweight, in debt and doesn't like her career and pays little attention to her practice and her clients. I could have taken all the other negatives if Iris cared as much for the people she was trying to help as she did about the dogs she rescued. All that being said, the book was well written enough that I kept on reading because I needed to know what happened next through all the exaggerated plot twists and turns.

The most telling of all is that I have already downloaded the second book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL!!! DON'T BOTHER! November 11, 2013
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Illusions for a title was perfect and the synopsis as well because it gives you the illusion that it's going to be a good book and then boom... cheap!

This book goes from weird to just stupid. Nothing is believable and the characters are flaky. Nothing goes well together and things just don't make sense half the time.

He's a natural psycho in love with her the first time he sees her and wants to marry her. She's just acting dumb fir someone that's an attorney. His ex wife is a crazy, manipulative witch. The story is all over the place and he keeps coming out with secrets that truly just ruined the while story. Don't even get me started on the sex that lasts fir over an hour every single time and as soon as they're dine they're back at it not that it's very detailed.

A complete waste of my time. Stopped at 48% because I couldn't take the torture anymore. Usually I finish all books even if I don't like them much but I just couldn't do it with this one.


Wish I could give negative stars...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
struggled getting into all the issues he had.
Published 8 days ago by Amber575
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much drama in one book
I rarely review books I didn't like because I appreciate that authors spend a lot of time and effort into creating their stories, and reading is a subjective experience. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful
Lame. Story. So many grammatical errors I began highlighting them. YEESH.
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This deserves four stars because my hat goes off to the author for seeing the inner light in men who have had tragedies dim down their souls. Its worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, a lot going on.
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More About the Author

Annie Jocoby is the author of 8 contemporary romance novels and 3 New Adult contemporary romance novels. Her motivation to begin writing these novels is that she was interested in writing about rich men who actually love and respect their women. Her heroes are alpha and damaged, yet also genuinely good guys.

Ryan, Nick, Luke and Asher are all complicated characters who have experienced plenty of darkness, yet always seek the light. They would all go to the ends of the earth to protect the women they love. And they're all sexy, enigmatic, magnetic and great in bed. :)

All of Annie's books have things in common: they all combine a touch of mystery and intrigue with drama, love, and lots of hot sex. Some of the books have action and even some criminal elements in them. Her current book, in fact, is her first book that would be classified as straight romantic suspense, although it also combines definite elements of the thriller genre! If you're in the market for a book that is fast-paced, where the heroes are beautiful and wealthy, and the heroines are strong, vulnerable and flawed, then try these books out!

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