REIVEWED BY JJ
TITLE: Optical Illusion
SERIES: Paint #1
AUTHOR: Emma Jaye
LENGTH: 333 Pages
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 was an awesome book! In addition to being hot, it had me in tears on many occasions. The story begins with a glimpse of Jace’s background. After being wounded while serving in Afghanistan Jace returns home to attend his best friend’s wedding and finds a pleasant surprise. His best friend has a brother he never known about. The long lost brother, Chris is really the star of this book and I loved him so much. In addition to being homeless and a go go dancer at a gay bar, he has a case of ADHD that keeps him buzzing constantly to the point where sleep is impossible for him. Jace and Chris seem like they’ll be perfect for each other, but before they get together tragedy strikes.
I’ve read a few of Emma Jaye’s books and though her main genre is not usually M/M, the one mostly M/M book I read from her (Before the Succubus) was extremely hot and one of my all-time favorites . So, I wasn’t surprised to find spectacular erotica in this book, but what did surprise me were the dark themes to include human trafficking and mafia-like activity. I guess I was expecting something lighter, but there was definitely enough seedy and dark things happening in this book to keep me on the edge. In addition to the plot twists and turns, Chris drew me in from the beginning. He’s so broken inside by the cards life has dealt him, but at the same time he’s unbreakable. He’s bubbly and full of life which is in no way an act for him. I loved that he refuses to take medication and it pissed me off whenever other characters try to force or trick him into taking them. Though this book ends in a cliffhanger, I was in no way disappointed. The first three chapters of book two are included at the end which was the perfect tie over. I’m already half way through the second book, which explains a lot of the mystery surrounding Chris and his origins. Overall, this book was a win for me. I recommend Optical Illusion to anyone who loves dark m/m themes, and m/m erotic romance.
RATING: I really liked it!
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