The Rest Is Illusion (Valley Books Series)

Title: The Rest Is Illusion (Valley Books Series)
Author: Eric Arvin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 3rd Edition
Release Date: April 3, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy, gay contemporary romance, best friends, bully, acceptance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

3rd Edition

Magical realism meets coming of age as four Verona College students are thrown together by choice as well as circumstance. When their lives and loves are threatened by blackmail and violence, they respond by using all the means at their disposal—including some they aren’t even aware they possess. But will that be enough to prevent tragedy or even death?

Eric Arvin’s first novel is once again available, ready to set your heart racing and your mind reeling.

First Edition published by, Incorporated, 2006.

Second Edition published by Wilde City Press, June 2016.

Talk about a heart wrenching read. This book is not for those who want a light read. It is a book that is heartbreaking. There is hope in this read for some of the characters. There is the possibility of a new beginning for another character. There is truth for a character and finally the most heartbreaking of all is there is acceptance for one the characters.

This book revolves around 5 main characters. There worlds are intertwined with one another for different reasons. One of the characters is the one who binds them all. Dashel is the one that brought all these characters togther in one form or another. Sarah and Ashley are the ones that are Dashel’s best friends and accept him and support him no matter what. Even though Sarah knows that Dash is gay, she is still just a little in love with him but when he finally confessed to being gay o her that love turned into the type of love for another human being that ever lasting. Ashley and Dash have a special bond with each other that no one will be able to break. Dash accepted their friendship from the moment they met and never treated Ashley different because of the way he looks like most people do.

Tony is the one that Dash gave hope too. Because of Dash and getting to know him better and even falling in love with one another, Tony was able to accept that he was gay and not care what others thought of him. Dash gave something to Tony that he will probably never be able to explain to anyone else, he gave him the freedom to be who he is and live that way openly.

The final main character is the one in the end I felt sorry for the most, Wilder. Wilder is the bully that makes everyone ms life miserable and takes great pride in it. He made Dashels life miserable for a while until Dash took the power back. But the thing with Wilder is, he was the loneliest one of all of them. Dash had more love in his life then Wilder has ever known and in the end I think that is why Wilder was jealous of him. The thing is I think Dash would have given Wilder whatever he wanted and needed had he given Dash the opportunity too but Wilder never seen it or realized it. And in the end h me missed out because of it.

This is one of those books that you have read to understand why it is heartbreaking and why I was in tears even after reading it. I am not sure if there will be other books to follow this one up but I hope there is because I felt that there could be more story to these people. I just don’t feel like it is the end for them but I do not know that for sure. It is just how I feel.

This book may be heartbreaking but I felt it is a book that others need to read because I believe that it is some ways inspiring also. Again it has to be read to understand why I think it is inspiring. I hope to read more books in the future with these characters because I think it would be a good read.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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