Title: Optical Illusion (Paint #1)
Author: Emma Jaye
Publisher: Purindoors Publications
Release Date: September 1, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 356
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Smile, wiggle, lie, apologise, and run for the hills.
That’s the formula Chris has used all his life, but this time, he has something he’s never had to lose before, a family that cares. The problem is, his new brother’s very edible friend isn’t fooled by his act. If his secrets are revealed, they won’t want him and he has nowhere else to go.
Thanks to a suicide bomber, ex-military police sergeant Jase Rosewood is back in the English countryside. His plans for quiet recuperation are ruined by the effervescent, go-go dancing twink who has everyone wrapped around his little finger. Luckily for the gullible Matt, Jase can smell a liar a mile away, and Chris Bacon, if that’s even his name, stinks to high heaven. Assigned ‘Chris-sitting’ duty while Matt’s on honeymoon, Jase has a week to discover what is hidden beneath the bright camouflage. It’s a job, just like any other, so why does it feel so different?
Unfortunately, Jase isn’t the only one drawn to the boy who can’t stay still, but instead of wanting to reveal his true colours; they want to dull them forever.
Contains issues of physical abuse, but not between the central couple.
Optical Illusion is a book which will take you on a journey filled with raw emotions and will make you feel destroyed in the end. This book was everything you would expect it to be and more. It was raw, emotional, realistic, heartbreaking, heartwarming and a beautiful read.
Jase is ex-military and a little reserved, tough, cynical and a serious person who is hardened by the harsh circumstances he faced. Chris is the flamboyant, friendly out going person who happens to be Jase’s best friend’s brother. Chris and Jase as a couple does not make sense due to their obvious differences but as the story progresses we see how much they are mean for each other. Chris for all his outgoing nature is hiding a deep vulnerability inside him and uses his flamboyant nature as a facade to hide his true self. Jase sees through the act and sees that Chris is hiding from himself and the world. Chris had deep seated abandonment issues and that is the reason for the way he behaves and his questionable choices in the story. He believes that if he shows his true self no one will love him. Jase understands Chris and realizes what Chris needs. Their relationship slowly builds as Jase unravels and understands Chris more. What also helps is their intense and explosive sexual chemistry. Their chemistry leaps off the pages and makes their interactions more sexy and hot. Also the author has introduced elements of suspense and intrigue which gives a different edge to the story and makes the progression of the story more interesting. Chris goes through so much in the book and it was absolutely heart breaking to read about it. But it was also beautiful and heart warming to read how Jase supported him throughout and helped him heal and how they both took a chance on each other. The book ends on one hell of a cliffhanger leaving a lot of questions unanswered and looking forward to the next book.
Optical Illusion is a raw emotional read filled with two complex main characters and a bevy of secondary characters who will take you on a ride which is unforgettable and leave you wanting the next book right now. Highly recommended.