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- Print Length: 280 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545547300
- Publication Date: April 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071151KMK
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As for the included two other stories, the novella seemed so short to me that I even doubt that it's good that it exists. It ended right before I started getting involved with the plot.
One more thing to love about the story is that there are no stupid misunderstandings: people talk to each other and openly say what they think. Plus, Hudson really understands what happens in Mari's brains. I really love it about him, that he always gets everything right.
I also liked that, as a reader, I was let to see the situation equally from both points of view: from Mari's and from Hudson's (I'm new to Winter Renshaw books, and as I understood, this is the way she writes).
However, I did enjoy "The arrogant playboy". The story was entertaining and the characters loveable. I would recommend it and give it all five stars too, though the "Perfect illusion" beats it for me.
Author: Winter Renshaw
Designation: Full-Length, Standalone, No Cliffhanger #slowburn #office #wealthyboss/assistant #enemiestolovers #oppositesattract #fakefiancee #contemporaryromance
My Rating: Four Delightfully Entertaining Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟,
What a lovely read! This was my first time reading the work of Winter Renshaw, and it certainly won't be my last! I love finding talented new-to-me authors, and Winter Renshaw is most definitely super talented. There were so many things I truly enjoyed about The Perfect Illusion, but allow me to list just a few. The narrative was beautifully written in the first person with clearly discernible his and her perspectives. My favorite for contemporary romance! The dialogue was smart, natural, well executed, at times hilarious, and flowed effortlessly. I liked the premise for the story, though it would be difficult to describe as only one trope. It's more a mashup of several - adversaries to lovers, who originally meet in an office environment as boss and personal assistant, combined with fake fiance, plus opposites attract since they have extremely different backgrounds and upbringing. I think what I liked most was the way Renshaw wove all the different elements together with a surprising and special twist. It sure as heck surprised me! The book was well crafted with only a few minor typos, but nothing that distracted me from the story. The story was fast paced and easy to follow, but the romance was more of a sweet, slow, yet sensual build up which I also enjoyed. But, without a doubt, my favorite component was the cast of easily relatable characters, especially the two protagonists, handsome architect Hudson Rutherford and beautiful personal assistant Maribel Collins. They were so darn cute! Hudson was wealthy, egotistical, self entitled, always rude, very difficult to work for, and a real player with the ladies. His life was a revolving door of beautiful women - no strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Mari was intelligent, hardworking, efficient, gracious under fire, underpaid, woefully underappreciated, and had no time for a personal life because of her demanding work schedule. And Hudson didn't help matters by always pronouncing Mari's name incorrectly, which we discover he did on purpose. Yeah, I wanted to strangle him! lol... It was so entertaining watching these two lock horns which is how the story begins, but it even more fun watching Mari bring Hudson down a few pegs! I was instantly engaged and fell head over heels for both Hudson and Mari. I snickered, snorted, chuckled, sniffled, and fumed through the entire book but by the end, I was happy, satisfied, and well entertained.
Did I like this book! Yes, very much! Will I read this author again? Absolutely! Would so recommend it? You bet, and I am but only for adult readers since it does contain explicit language and dreamy sex. The Perfect Illusion is definitely sexy but more of a slow burn romance. Although both Hudson and Mari are attracted to each other, it takes a little while for these two to act on their feelings, and it takes even longer for them to realize and finally admit that what they feel is love. But when is love ever easy? That would be no fun at all. Lol... There's no violence, though I did want to slap Hudson's snobby ex-girlfriend, Audrina, a few times, but there is some drama and angst. You can't have a realistic love story without a little heartbreak and a few tears, right? And finally, was I entertained? Completely! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
Quick recap: Mari hates her boss, she’s ready to quit, he propositions her. It’s a win-win for them both, until it’s not.
The book was entertaining. It wasn’t anything different from any books of similar tropes, and due to its brevity there wasn’t a whole lot of character development. I didn’t really connect with either character on any meaningful kind of level. There were a couple of interesting twists, however they really could have been explored further.
The story is told in a first person POV from both characters’ points of view. The book moves very quickly and it makes for a very quick read. I seem to have a hot/cold relationship with this author, and while this book wasn’t the one for me, I’ll still check out her other work.