It’s been a long and beautiful journey with the charming men of Bad And Dangerous or B.A.D. and their leading ladies. If you’ve followed this series from the beginning I’m sure you’ve shed tears and laughed with joy.
Just An Illusion by D. Kelly has changed the world of rock star romance for every reader and writer who loves to to fall in love.
This review is going to be pretty with a sprinkle of mess because I’m not ready to say goodbye to the series. We all know that all good things come to end at some point.
First, let’s hear what the author has to say. . .
Three things I never thought I’d be by thirty, yet all my daily reality.
This is not the life I would have chosen, but it’s the hand I’ve been dealt.
I love my daughter.
I loved Belle.
I’m not interested in more heartache.
Relationships are a thing of the past.
Until I meet her –
She’s the awakening I desperately need, but one I’m not sure I deserve.
Everything happens for a reason.
Time heals all wounds.
You’re too young to give up on love.
They say that, but they’re wrong.
My world crumbled when my fiancé died.
Then I met him –
He’s flawed in the same ways.
Broken in the same places.
Scared of the same things.
He looks at me like I’m his salvation.
And I want to be, but an open heart means risking a broken one.
Words fail me!
I’m not ready to let go!
My dear sweet Darren’s story has been written and a huge part of me was always drawn to Darren. There was always something special about him. I could never put my finger on, I still can’t, but I’ve felt it over the years.
I needed this book. I needed to know how Darren’s story ended. I know that sounds selfish but it’s a fact. Let’s just say that D. Kelly did not let me or her many other fans down.
You see, Darren lost the love of his life, Belle, in a tragic car accident. He had to say goodbye to her and face alone parenthood to their daughter Cadence when she was a baby. He was resigned to that. The pain of losing her was too much for him which made loving again an impossible task. He didn’t want it.
Haddie also lost the love of her life in a car accident as well. She was a shell of herself. She had no desire to love again and risk being broken all over again.
Two broken people, two broken souls, two broken sprites. That’s what they were.
“I know you’re scared, but we’re taking this leap together. From here on out, it’s you and me.” – Darren
Can I be honest with you? I didn’t want to like Haddie. I didn’t want any woman replacing Belle. It became obvious after a chapter or two that there was nothing I could’ve done to not care about her. Haddie was an amazing woman with a kind heart who was willing to at least try to find her version a happiness in a world that only brought her pain. She possessed a quiet strength that I believe lays within every good woman.
The best part of her was her body. She was a thick woman. She had some meat on her bones which I find very sexy.
I don’t want you to think for one moment this story is an open and close case where you know what’s going to happen because that’s far from true. The road the pair of them attempt to travel is filled with potholes and plenty of bumps in the road.
I shed a few tears, I laughed out loud, and I yelled for my husband to ‘come here’ so I could tell him what I just read. He even pretended to care! Most of all, I reveled in every aspect of Darren and Haddie’s story.
For all of those readers who miss the other members of B.A.D. don’t worry, everyone makes an appearance. Even my divine Noah. Cadence and little Noah are way too adorable as well.
Now for the two most import questions. . .
Will I read another book by the author? Hell, yes!!!! I look forward to it.
Do I recommend this book? I whole-heartedly do! I hope you pick up this series ASAP.
I didn’t get messy with this one. I kept it so pretty. That’s what happens when tremendous books are written.
If you haven’t read Just An Illusion Series, I highly recommend you do so in the following order.
Book 1-3 Combined
Books 1-5 Individually
Remember to follow all things messy. . .
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