Title: Optical Illusion (Paint #1)
Author: Emma Jaye
Publisher: Purindoors Publications
Release Date: September 1, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, light dark read, ex-military, mild BDSM, mild erotica
Page Count: 356 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 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.
This book should come with a WARNING. It should be a warning that says “if you do not want to read a book that tugs at your heart strings and just completely embeds itself in your heart, then do not read this book because before you are through the first chapter you are going to be in love with it and all the characters.”
If I was asked to describe to anyone about these characters, I would have to say that is probably going to be very hard for me because these characters are so complex. But regardless I am going to give it a try.
Let’s start with Jase. Jace in my opinion is this very by the book individual. He is ex-military that only got out because he was injured in the line of duty. He has a big, open, caring heart where his friends and family are concerned. But I think that even with his past experience with the military, he is not 100% sure that he is good enough for Chris. I believe that a lot of that has to do with the fact that he has always kept himself from falling for anyone or letting anyone get to close after he put himself out there to his childhood best friend Matt and was rejected because Matt is straight. I think that rejection has never totally left him and so it makes it hard for him to trust in what he and Chris eventually have 100 percent. With having that fear of rejection I think that is what leads him to try and implement the changes he (Jase) thinks is necessary to make them stronger as a couple. Which if I am being honest, I do not think personally is right. If you love someone then you accept them for who they are and you nurture that.
As for Chris, well he is definitely a difficult individual. He has so much happen to him in his life that it is a wonder that he is even still standing but I believe he is far from thriving. Chris has ADHD and is insomniac and I believe these two things rule his life. But I also believe that all of the past hurt and abuse and him trying to run from it does him no good with these two illnesses. I think that the happy perky individual is just a huge front Chris puts up for everyone to hide what is really going on in his mind and his heart. I think that Chris is a ticking time bomb that will eventually explode and I am worried about the repercussions that he will have to face once it does.
That is just a small description that I can come up with for two of the main characters in this story. And that is only a portion of what this story is truly about. I think that in the end what this story is truly about or at least in my opinion, is about accepting and dealing with what life throws at you. It is about accepting that not everything is in our control and that bad things happen but in order to move past the bad and have a truly happy future you have to accept help, and love of those around you. But most importantly, you have to love yourself and forgive yourself for the things that are not in your control and love for yourself for the things that are in your control but you mess up with them anyway. I believe that is a good summary of what this book is about. And more import I think it is a book about acceptance plan and simple.
This book ended in a huge cliffhanger and I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to read the next book. I cannot wait either because I know that it will be as good, if not better then this one. Such an amazing read that will totally suck you in and break your heart at the same time.
Definitely a book I will recommend to others.