Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Maeidesign and Photography
Release Date: June 21, 2017
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?
Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series
My Review – 5 Stars
Have you ever read a book or series that completely erases the memory of all other books before it—one that takes over every space in your mind so that you feel like the characters are a part of you, that their story is your story, and their every emotion becomes embedded in your soul? That’s what The Illusion series did for me. This was an emotional and memorable journey of self discovery, through heartbreak and loss, and the darkness that follows, as well as finding peace, love, and happily ever after against all the odds. D. Kelly poured her heart and soul out in this book, and I feel blessed to have experienced it.
It’s really hard to write a review for this type of book. There were so many surprises and unknowns in Mel’s life that I don’t want to give any of it away. So I’ll focus on my emotions regarding Mel’s story. To say I was an emotional wreck would be an understatement. I went from one extreme to the other from beginning to end. But I can tell you that all of the pain, crying, and devastation was worth it.
The author started in the present allowing us to finally learn a few details of what was currently happening in Mel’s life that brought her to writing her book and making some decisions about her life. By now you know what tragedy struck the BAD group. I can honestly say that I started bawling the second I began reading about the past. I have never cried so hard or so long for any characters in a book, and I’ve read some heart wrenching stories. You’re going to need a box of tissues, wine, a bottle of tequila (my personal favorite), chocolate, or whatever else makes you feel better during the small breaks you’ll inevitably need while taking this journey. And you’ll absolutely need to be alone. Other people don’t need to see you ugly cry. You will also likely need some Tylenol and a nap after finishing this book. I was emotionally drained for 2 days, puffy, itchy eyes and all. Have I scared you yet? LOL! And if you really want to get to the heart of the characters, listen to the music the author peppers throughout the story. It adds so much to the mindset of the characters.
I hated watching Mel and the others struggle with their loss, but I also loved it. I know that sounds strange, but it was important to see how they each dealt with their grief and were eventually able to come out on the other side. I especially enjoyed witnessing Mel’s growth. She had lost so much when her parents and grandmother died that I wasn’t sure Mel could ever move past her demons to find her way into the light. However, she had an amazing group of people around her to support her, love her, and push her out of her black hole. It was amazing to see, and I was thankful she had the BAD family to wrap their arms around her and hold her up. UGH! I wish I could say more!!! This book was everything I could have hoped for and more than I imagined it could possible be. To say that I’m elated how it ends would be an understatement. Thank you D. Kelly for bringing us such a beautiful and poignant tale.
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About the Author
D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.
Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.
A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website: http://www.dkellyauthor.com
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