Just an Illusion - EP: EP (The Illusion Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The story picks up right where the 2nd left off and it's extremely emotional. That first 10-15% or so gutted me so much that I had to take some breaks to process what was happening and give my heart and head time to recover. D. Kelly was not joking when she said that she would have to destroy us before putting us back together. I'm not going to sugar coat it. Sometimes I felt like I was drowning in pain. Don't despair though, there are scenes so beautiful that they will make your heart sing and moments so hot your kindle may melt.
I apologize for the vagueness of my review, but there are very few things I can say without it being a gigantic spoiler. Just know that your heart will hurt reading this, but it will be healed too. The journey that our characters take is not an easy one. It is heartbreaking, raw, and beautifully honest, but they come out so much stronger on the other side. I did get a little confused trying to keep the timeline in order at first, but I thought alternating the past and present chapters until things converged in the present was a wonderful way to paint the bigger picture of what our characters were experiencing. One thing is certain though after reading this series - Noah and Sawyer Weston will go down in the book boyfriend hall of fame. Thank you D. Kelly for this amazing ride!
This book, this series...these are the reasons I blog. The books that touch your heart and soul when you read them...the books that break you until there is no avoiding the ugly cry, no matter how guarded you think your heart is....and then put it back together, if only to set you up to do it all over again. Books that affect you in ways you never thought possible. Books that let you soar to the highest heights and drag you through the depths of hell and every emotion in between. Books of epic romances you feel privileged to have a peek at. For me, it is always a bonus if music is involved, particularly rockstars, but music is a part of almost every part of my life, so, once I discovered the multitude of books that weave music and musicians into their storyline, why would I not include music in my literary choices. But, I digress, I wanted to focus on those rare, special unicorns....those books keep me going as a reader as well as as a blogger. I honestly have never had dreams of writing myself, but there is a special kind of joy I get as a blogger when I have the chance to introduce these mythical masterpieces to a new audience. My friends, please take note of the name D. Kelly.
I really should start with telling you Just an Illusion - EP (The Illusion, #3) by D. KellyJust an Illusion - EPis not a standalone; you must read Just an Illusion - Side A (The Illusion, #1) by D. Kelly Just an Illusion - Side A, followed by Just an Illusion - The B Side (The Illusion, #2) by D. Kelly Just an Illusion - The B Side first. This isn't any kind of hardship - this trilogy is one of the best I have come across in ages, if ever. Okay, maybe I should have started with how honored I was to receive an ARC copy since this doesn't actually release until June 21st, and I have been counting down the days since I finished The B Side. I am sure some of you would like to know that both Side A and Side B close on some pretty major cliffhangers and I will go ahead and mention that EP does close out this trilogy without that kind of angst. (So if you hate cliffhangers, you can get your closure on June 21st and not have to wait for closure.) I do know there is at least one more BAD/Weston book in the works, Just an Illusion - Unplugged, and I will hope, beg, bargain, plead and pray there will be many more than that. Only a very elite group of authors have ever touched me in the way Ms. Kelly has - as a reader first, but also as a book blogger, adding to that list is like a childhood Christmas morning. In most situations I am like the Grinch, and the every once in a great while a book/series/author comes along, sucking me into their fictional vortex and giving me all the feels, leaving me feeling like my heart grew 2 sizes that day.
One more warning (that, actually probably applies to the entire series) before we get down to business- check your stock, you may need to make a Sam's Club or Costco run before you get started if you don't have several boxes of tissues on hand. While you are there a couple of bottles of wine, and maybe a good bottle of whiskey or tequila might be needed as well. Just fair warning, and it comes from a non-crier. I can only think of one book that had me in tears quicker than EP, and I don't think any have produced the infamous ugly cry to the extent this book does. However, if you are suffering from allergies, or happen to have a sinus infection, the ugly cry might clear your sinuses better than any over the counter or even prescription medications.
So it is time to focus more specifically on Just an Illusion - EP. I am a spoiler-free reviewer, and that gets trickier the deeper into a series you get. Add in the cliffhangers the previous 2 books end on, and, nope, sorry (not sorry), you won't get a lot of specifics from me. The Weston Twins will both surprise you, in unexpected ways. I ran the gamut of emotions toward each of them as I read this tome. I will have to say the same is true of Mel. Sometimes you want to hug her, sometimes you want to shake her, or, as one member of the family actually does, you may have the urge to slap her (though perhaps not for the same reasons.) If you have read The B Side, you will know that it has a dramatic ending....I don't think there is any way to prepare for how that will play out. Saying it is extremely emotional is like saying our 97°F temps with 80% humidity this week are a bit warm. The impact is massive, and the rest of the story is definitely colored by the aftermath. I truly can't praise Ms. Kelly enough for her ability to make her characters come to life, all too human flaws and all. It takes true talent to bring such a realness to your creations that people have emotional responses to these fictional situations in black and white print in front of them. Ms. Kelly's talent well must be overflowing.
Don't get me wrong, it is not all angst and tearjerking. There is plenty of slightly snarky humor (my favorite kind) and some scorching hot sexy scenes. There are the strong family ties that we have seen throughout the series, including friends who have become a part of the family. Much like real life, there are lots of ups and downs, misunderstandings, and those rare relationships where people know you so well words aren't always necessary. One factor that sets this series apart from others is the strength of the secondary characters. While they never overwhelm our MCs, several have left me wanting to know more about them - lots more. Eli and Darren probably top that list, but there is no shortage of potential spinoffs because the glimpses we get are so strongly defined as to make us curious to know more. Mac the bodyguard even plays enough of a role to make my curiosity and imagination run. Off the top of my head I can think of at least 6 more names to add to the list. It is rare for me to take notice of secondary, and almost unheard of for tertiary, characters, but this whole crew, or more aptly, my reaction to them, has taken me by surprise.
I am such an avid reader that I don't often get attached to characters, but these have really gotten under my skin. I am about to do something I don't think I have ever done, and reread this entire series , immediately. I have heard the term "book hangover" many times, and I have experienced them a time or two (and possibly it's only because this is so fresh) but I feel like I have never had one to this extent. Obviously this series gets my highest recommendations.
This book gave me so many feels. If there was a way to give this book more than 5 STARS I would be the first one signing up. This book gave me every emotion possible. It doesn't get any better than this.
There are some books that are easy to review and there are others that you just have to feel. This book needs to be felt. I was first introduced to this series last in November 2016 when Just an Illusion Side A came available to read. I was hooked. I couldn't wait for book 2, Side B to be released. After I read Side B, my entire book life changed in the best way. Now, here we are with the EP I couldn't be happier. This book brings everything full circle.
This series is unlike any that I've ever read before. It supersedes what it means to be just a talented writer, it shows you what a BRILLIANT writer is on EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. I finished this book in utter and complete awe.
I finished this book in less than 24 hours because it was so compelling. Every single character was complex and naturally flawed like the rest of it, it was beautiful. From Amelia, to Noah, to Sawyer, to Belle, to Darren, to Wyatt. I could keep going, really.
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