Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Illusion by Ashley Beale Review

Ashley Beale
Stand Alone
Release Date: January 10th, 2014
Rating: 4-Groupie Stars

What if everything you thought you knew was just an illusion? 

Everything in Zoey's life was destroyed the day her fiance never made it home from the war. Now being a year later, and still dealing with the horrible tragedy, she makes a move to New York City for her job, hoping to finally start healing.

The last thing Zoey ever expects to find is someone she can feel so comfortable and happy with. Everything about Harvey draws her attention, and she can finally feel herself heal. There are times things seem too perfect, but she tries not to question it much as she holds onto the passion she has for him.

When everything unravels and Zoey is forced to face a truth she can't seem to grasp, she has to make a choice to finally move on, or stay lost in a world of illusion.

Sometimes life is simple, sometimes love is unexpected. Sometimes we're exactly where we need to be, when we need to be there.
Then sometimes everything we thought we knew is just an illusion.

This Contemporary Romance novel contains mature themes, graphic sex and language, and is recommended for readers, 18+ in age. 

I was given an ARC of this book in return for a honest review

This is the first book I have read by Ashley Beale, and it will not be the last. I really enjoyed this book. It was not at all what I was expecting. I knew that something was not right as the story went on, but I was not fully expecting the big bomb that is revealed.  This book is a romance, but it has so much more depth and issues involved. The book deals with PTSD, which is a very serious subject. The author did great research into the subject, and it really shows in her writing. 

The main character, Zoey, is only 27, but has already had a lot of tragedy in her life. She beat cervical cancer and lost the love of her life Kirt, a soldier who died in an explosion. After his death Zoey was in a very dark place and decided with her family's urging to transfer to the New York office of the magazine she works for. In New York she can hopefully move forward and start her future. There are many obstacles for Zoey throughout the book, but they all seem to make her stronger and help her to become the carefree loving person she was in the past. I do not want to give details into what those obstacles are because it will ruin the story for you. There are many twists and turns and the author does a great job on keeping you heavily involved. I had a hard time putting the book down. I loved the secondary characters. Her sister is hilarious and is a huge support system for Zoey. She gives great advice and has saved Zoey more then once. 

This book book made me laugh and cry ( have the tissues ready). There is a HEA and no cliffhanger (yay!). If you are looking for a book that pulls at your emotions, has a main character that grows tremendously, and shows that even though the past knocks us down we can still have a bright future then this book is for you. I will definitely be recommend this book.

Ashley Beale, 25, is an independent author from the beautiful state of Maine. She self published her first novel, Burning Attraction, in 2013, and since has published more via e-books.

Ashley is a mother of two, and together they love to spend time shopping, doing crafts, exploring, and of course being around family & friends. When they're in bed at night, Ashley enjoys herself a glass of wine while either reading or writing.

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