My Review: Just an Illusion – EP by D. Kelly

My Review:  Just an Illusion – EP by D. KellyJust an Illusion - EP by D. Kelly
Series: The Illusion Series #3
Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Love Triangle, Rockers, Romance, Second Chance Romance
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Lives are turned upside down …
Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt.
When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on …
Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadness. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer …
Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping anything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.
Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series

My Review

Just an Illusion – EP by Author D. Kelly is the third installment in The Illusion Series. It is a rocker romance.

“Sometimes, you have to go back and shut the door that was left open in your rush to escape. Another will open, but you have to first close that door.”

When we ended book two in this series, we were left dangling over the edge of a major cliff, hoping and praying for a safety net.

“In the heat of the moment, everything seems so black and white, but life isn’t black and white at all. It’s in those shades of gray where we all get lost, question our morality, make the bad choices that affect the rest of our lives. Those make-or-break decisions are the crux of our being, and having the right person by your side is everything.”

Well, there is sad in a book. And then there is deep, aching agony. I found that my heart was definitely plunged into the latter for a good portion of this book. I cried rivers of tears for unmet dreams, rays of light that would not be seen, and souls that were left empty. Author D. Kelly provided so many angles to the story that unfolded. She left no stone unturned and no emotion unexplored, revealing each character’s line of connection to the tragedy. It all felt so real. In my uncontrollable emotional state, I had to repeatedly remind myself that this was not real. But it felt like it! I couldn’t separate myself from the story to reason it out. I was caught in the flow, lost in the turbulence, trying to surface for air. This pain was so tangible, so insurmountable. Just when I would start to breathe again, words would be spoken, thoughts would be relayed, and another fissure would form, taking me down.

“You should know my answer. Fate gives and she takes away, but I’m going along for the ride as long as it lasts. If I were lucky enough for someone to give me every happiness, I’d enjoy it while it lasted, cherish every second, and worship her every day. Some people don’t ever get that.”

I’ve never had such an itch to read the ending of a book to make sure I could survive the ride. I am not the kind of reader. I love the element of surprise, the unknown, the plush and pull of fate. But, I had to talk myself off the ledge to make sure I didn’t cheat, and that I loved this story as it was intended, step-by-step, through each moment, in tragedy and triumph. And, goodness was it ever worth it.

“We’re all bound to break at some point, but it’s what we do after the break that defines us.”

When the tide turned and the light of a new day arrived, it was the most breathtaking and cathartic experience. Love was electric and alive. As the gray clouds lifted, the world was, once again, painted with color. The stars were given back their twinkle. This was like the first time, but better. It was a life fought for with tears and anguish. It was beautiful and remarkable. The character connections were exceptional, and not just physically, the emotional connections were the most resounding.

“If I had to choose a brief infinity with you, or never having you at all, I’d pick the brief infinity every time.”

Just an Illusion – EP was an emotionally moving second chance at love with an ending that was one of the most beautiful I have read. Out of the ashes, risen from grief, fate smiled down and gave us an exceptional romance.

“Thank you for teaching me to breathe. Thank you for showing me how to love. Thank you for making me to believe in fate.”


5 Stars

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