Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Author: S.A. Ozment
Heroes: Skylar Murphy/Aiden Moore
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He’s starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn’t want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he’s sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he’s straight.
At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can’t stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they’re happy together until a jilted fan joins forces with the arsonist to sabotage their future.
Review: Illusions is the story of an up and coming actor and a firefighter who also works a job as a waiter. It has potential right? Well, unfortunately, the story is in desperate need of a good editor, especially in terms of content. I’m just going to give a brief overview of what did not work for me and let it at that.
First off, there are multiple points of view, including the obsessed fan, Skylar the actor, Aiden the firefighter, the jealous older female lover, and last but not least, a disgruntled and angry childhood acquaintance. It was jarring, and the voices for the side characters were just over-the-top cliché.
I’m not a cliché person and that includes disliking an m/m romance book simply because there are girl parts and/or mf sex. I would never put down a book simply for that reason, but for me, this has to be written in well. If it’s going to be detailed, it has to serve a point in the plot, be emotionally distanced somehow and not make me lose feeling for the connection between the main characters. The author did not do this with this particular story, and in fact, Skylar has not only one, but two female lovers, one of whom he has a strong emotional connection with (stronger than his one with Aiden in my opinion).
And speaking of plot and characters, the plot is multi-faceted, yet not one part of it was really original or well-developed. There are four possible candidates for the villain in this book, and I believe the author was trying to keep you guessing, but it ended up just being too much.
Overall, I do think this story has room to grow into something better but certainly not without overhauling a good deal and really tightening up the plot and characters.
Overall Impression: It was ok, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*