Just an Illusion - EP
Book 3, The Illusion Series
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Just an Illusion - EP is the third book in The Illusion Series. You will need to read the previous books Just an Illusion - Side A and Just an Illusion - The B Side in order to follow along.
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?
Illusion Series Reading Order -
Just an Illusion - Side A
Just an Illusion - The B Side
Just an Illusion - EP
An Emotional & Amazing Conclusion to the Series!
Get those tissues ready and buckle up!
Just an Illusion - EP is the 3rd book in the Illusion series and should only be read after Side A and The B Side. 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!
*I voluntarily read and advance reader copy of this book*
Completely Wrecked Me! 10 Stars!
This book has completely wrecked me. I can not stop crying even though I finished the story last night. This book is not a standalone and you need to read #1 and #2 before reading this one. This is the final chapter in the story and make sure you have a lot of tissue handy.
This is the kind of story that stays with you. The characters have woven themselves into my heart and I will think about them years after reading about them. The writing was well done and I have NEVER cried myself through a whole book. This book took things to a whole other level for me. It was completely draining to read and I felt like I had been through the wringer. It is an epic love story, but not without complete heartbreak. I couldn't wait for this last book in this story, but now I'm sad that it's over. I would love to read about Darren or even a novella later down the road about this group. I am completely wrecked and this one leaves me with a big book hangover.
Definitely A Tear-Jerker!
After the devastating cliff-hanger ending of Just An Illusion: the B-Side, I was eager to read Just An Illusion EP. I didn't realize at the time the emotional upheaval I was in for. I went into reading this book hoping that finally, finally, the obstacle standing in the way of my 'ship sailing would be killed off (if you've read my reviews of book one and two you know what I'm talking about). And even if I got my way, which I will neither confirm nor deny, I had no idea that this book would hit me the way it did.
If I could describe Just An Illusion: EP in two words, those words would be "heart-wrenching." The writing is great, it gets right in there and screws with your heartstrings. I think I sobbed from the second page onward. While reading this book I literally ugly-cried for hours, and I'm a girl who hates to cry, who can actually force myself not to cry at times. At one point I ran out of tissues and had to wipe my nose with a dirty sock.
I'm glad that everything worked out the way I hoped in the end and I loved reading this series from start to finish (although I hear there will be a fourth book in Sawyer's perspective!) - it truly was an amazing journey.
Overall, if you've been following this series from the beginning you'll love the conclusion of Amelia's story, but be prepared - surround yourself with plenty of tissues and maybe some chocolate. Yes, chocolate would be very good right about now...