Beautiful Illusions [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Beautiful Illusions

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045302630
  • Publisher: Annie Jocoby
  • Publication date: 9/22/2013
  • Series: Illusions , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,368
  • File size: 341 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Pass

    I'm a stickler for reviews, I rely on them for basically everything. Man, I need to stop doing that, especially when it comes to free books. Here I am reading all the great reviews for this book and all of you who have praised this book could not be more WRONG! This book quite frankly, sucked.

    I couldn't identify at all with any of the characters and I'm sorry but Iris should not be practicing any kind of law. Doesn't matter how stressed you are, be professional and get the job done, worry about your personal sh*t on your own time, not on your client's time. It was nice to see that Ryan wasn't made to be a perfect specimen of a man, he had issues, but the author overdid it with those issues. There was just so much going on, it became unbelievable, almost comically so.

    I know that Iris was trying to be a decent human being by accepting all facets of Ryan's life, but HELL NO, that other relationship is not acceptable. That's just wrong on so many levels, you can't have your cake and eat it too. You have a relationship with either one or the other, but one those parties is married, where's the respect? That's not cool. Ryan is just being greedy...lol! Oh and the fact that every time something goes wrong in his life he does have a relapse and she sees nothing wrong with that really baffles me!

    The story got a little better towards the end, after the attack. That portion of the book was the best part and that's the only reason I'm bumping this rating up from 1 star to 2. I could go on and on but you all get the gist....

    SR

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Beautiful Illusions

    This book was.... decent. It had its good parts and it had it's rushed, poorly elaborated bad ones. It's one of those long books that just seems to keep dragging on and on. Everything horrible that happens just keeps coming one after another and doesn't seem to stop. The plotline was seriously lacking.

    I liked Iris at first, she seemed very realistic and spunky. But she became incredibly insecure throughout their relationship, to a point that I eventually had a hard time believing their love for one another. It ended up seeming fake. She also whined and cried about everything.
    Ryan was/is a "Stage 5 Clinger." He definitely creeped me out in the beginning and it's funny because his character is equally insecure as Iris, albeit for different reasons.
    The suspense surrounding Nick was so built up that when the secret was revealed I was quite disappointed. I'm not sure when this was written, but I felt Iris took on a very naive and ignorant approach to the topic. It blew my mind because she seemed to handle drug abuse, suicide attempts, and child abuse extremely well, but she couldn't handle (IMHO and I don't want to give anything away) Ryan's "lifestyle." Smh.
    Luckily the book ends without any cliffhangers, in which I will not be getting the next one.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Do we really need to plug Obama?

    I felt like this book gave too much of the author's opinions. Especially when Obama was mentioned. Really? Such a volitile topic to add to your book. Also a perfect way to date/outdate the story.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    I thought the I character could had been written as a smarter pe

    I thought the I character could had been written as a smarter person  considering she was a lawyer. 

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Not worth it

    Wrong....completely. .

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Interesting Story

    I saw this compared to 50 shades and other such books, but it is not the same. It touches more on people's vulnerabilities and less on their sexual natures. Story starts off rough; the writing was almost amaturish. But the story itself sucks you in. You want to know what Iris will do when she finds out the next piece of who Ryan is. At times I felt she was too accepting, but then many of us try to walk that higher ground with those we care about..until it all catches up with you. It is obvious that she has more to learn about Ryan; that their lives and story is still evolving.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    KGB

    Hurry up and write more books.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Gfhbcf

    The main guy goes from acting straight to being bi and acting guy in about 100 pages. This book is messed up. Rate 0

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    Telling a story in a series of 3 books has indeed become very po

    Telling a story in a series of 3 books has indeed become very popular and is totally acceptable to me. It can allow for real development of the characters and the storyline. I'm sorry to say this writer's efforts do not succeed. I did read all 3 parts of the "Illusion" series and would not suggest it unless you have serious masochistic tendencies.

    There was not a normal character in the book, ANYWHERE. The male and female protagonist had so many problems and had so many negative climactic events happen to them it became painful and overwhelmed the story. They both have very weak self esteem and make their life decisions accordingly. But, oh, there is so much money there, you see that as the glue to hold everyone together. Then she makes them flaming liberals, like that is their redemption.

    For as long as this goes on there is not much depth to the characters or the story. She will start a story thread and just leave it hanging. The editing was atrocious. It often seemed there was lots of copy and paste going on... I found the whole experience painful, frustrating and the story downright stupid. There are too many interesting stories out there to waste time on this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Not sure...

    I couldn't get past how passive and negitive the main character was. It didnt help that everyone she met seemed to bring this up to her. As I read it I felt like they were both teens not the 30 somethings the writer tried to pretrayed them as.its was dificult to keep reading this...I kept hoping it would get better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Not worth it

    I found myself getting more frustrated the further i got into this book. I don't know how mant times the author pointed out how "unworthy" Iris felt, but it became too much after awhile. Also, i understand characters having issues, but the amount of issues dealt with in this story made them not believable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Interesting

    So when I first read this book I thought Ryan had too much of a God complex. He was way too perfect. But I was glad to find that he had flaws. However, I think his past and situation wasa bit much. Personally, he needed more help than what he got in the book. Now onto Iris, I liked her at first but she was way too accepting of Ryan's interesting qualities....no person is that calm...also by the end she let his craziness affect her too. I thought it was a very interesting story but I still had problems with the content. I am going to read the second one just to see how it will continue...but I say that people should read at their own risk

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    I really was into the first part of this book, Then I thought yo

    I really was into the first part of this book, Then I thought you have to be kidding me. I couldn't believe so much bad happens. I thought that it over trumped the good. I had to read the second book to see if it could get any better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Eh

    I really wanted to like this book. I certainly liked the concept and the plot was well executed, but I couldn't help feeling like the writer needs more experience. It was supposed to read almost like a journal, but the voice was similar to that of a teenager - even tho she was close to 30.

    Descriptions of the sex scenes were occasionally good but more often felt like the musings of a teenager recounting her recent experiences. I didn't really get any sense of anything beyond a physical intimacy - but it was a "love story."

    As mentioned earlier, the POV was that of the girl in the relationship. At one point it switched to the man/boy's POV, but only briefly. It was odd.

    I wouldn't say this was a bad book. I enjoyed it for the most part, but it was difficult to overlook the superficial emotions (at least that's how it felt to me) and the recounting of mundane details of the day which seemed to have no real impact on the story. I wish the author had put a bit more effort into describing things more poetically, stirring up images and emotions in the reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    I think this book could have been really good but I couldn't get

    I think this book could have been really good but I couldn't get past Ryan's "issues". I mean cheating is cheating and this is not acceptable under any circumstances. I'm all for forgiveness but turning a blind eye for this behavior to continue during a relationship because of his "needs". If Iris isn't enough for Ryan he shouldn't be in a relationship with her. And Iris has about 0% work ethics! I didn't have a very good feeling when this book ended and didn't really want to know what happened to them. Bunch of nuts if you ask me!! Who in their right mind would think this is in any way okay!!   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Really?

    There are no words to describe how completely...jesus...just say no. Trust me

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Wow

    Wow

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Love it!

    Great Love Story!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Not at all what I thought

    I was disappointed in this book, so much that I couldn't even finish it! I could not even try to relate to the characters, and most of the time I was disturbed by the things that the main character saw as ok in the relationship. They also have too many deep issues one right after the other that makes things so unbelievable! Nothing in this book pertaining to a relationship could be considered healthy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Anonymous

    Almost 300 pages. Some errors, however I will wait on the three book complete serious before I read the next ones....djc

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