Just An Illusion – Unplugged by D. Kelly

5 ROCK STARS

Dee, we need to have a talk. You need to stop writing all these books that have me in my feelings for days. I can’t keep having these book hangovers. The struggle is fucking real. I’m not even kidding.

Just An Illusion – Unplugged by D. Kelly is what we have all been waiting for – Sawyer’s story. I knew it would be painfully beautiful, reading Sawyer’s words but I wasn’t as prepared for the emotions as I thought I would be.

I’m not going to be to messy. I’m going to keep this as pretty as I possibly can.

Let’s hear what the author has to say first. . .

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Synopsis

*Just an Illusion – Unplugged is book four in The Illusion Series. If you have not read Side A, The B Side, or EP, please turn around and go back to Side A. Trust me, you want to read this series the way it was intended – in order.*

Sawyer Weston is cocky and arrogant. With his sinful smile and sexy dimples, he’s gotten his way most of his life. Infamous for his one-night stands and moves between the sheets, the lead singer for Bastards and Dangerous has never considered relationships—until he meets her.
With her curvy body, sarcastic mouth, and uncanny ability to put Sawyer in his place, Amelia Greyson has captured his heart. She can see into his soul and knows what he truly wants from life. Sawyer has a problem, though—she’s dating his twin brother Noah.
Although he wants her with every breath he takes, Sawyer and Noah’s complicated history prevents him from making a move on her. 
Just an Illusion—Unplugged tells Sawyer’s story. Every thought, every feeling, are yours for the taking. Are you ready?

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Well, damn. Sawyer, why are you breaking my heart. You know I’m sensitive. Damn you!

If you are reading this review you already know that I will forever love Noah. I’m #TeamNoah for life, but Sawyer had me ready to switch sides. I was almost #TeamSawyer reading this book. But fuck, if Sawyer didn’t break my fucking heart. I knew he was strong and loyal but I had no idea how difficult it was for him, watching Noah and Mel’s relationship develop.

I’m not a twin, but I am a sister. I can’t begin to image what it would be like to watch my sister develop a relationship with someone I wanted to be with so badly. It would be the hardest thing in the world because I love my sister more than I love myself.

Just an FYI – If you fuck with my sister you fuck with me and trust me when I tell you, you don’t want to fuck with me.

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Even though being a twin had its annoyances at times, I’d never trade it for the world… Being half of Noah and Sawyer was my entire life…No one in the world knew me as completely as Noah did and vice versa. – Sawyer

What had me in my feelings the most was the strain loving Mel had on Sawyer and Noah’s relationship. I never doubted Sawyer’s love for his brother in the first three books, but I gained a new level of respect for Sawyer knowing how hard he fought for his brother. He was more selfless than I could have ever thought.

I love how D. Kelly focused on Noah and Sawyer’s relationship and how family ties are stronger than personal feelings. It’s a testament to how blood is thicker than water. You’ve heard the term, “Bros before hoes” I’m sure. Well, Sawyer and Noah are proof of how deep that statement is.

It was crazy to see the world through the eyes of those around Noah, Mel, and Sawyer. Even Noah’s best friend could see that Sawyer loved Mel yet never never felt like he had to chose between the twins.

“Regardless of how you both feel, she picked him, and I guess that’s where I’m at in this. I’m not on your side or his side, I’m on her side” – Wyatt

We all know how this story goes. We all know how it ends. I knew how everything would play but yet, I still felt like I was reading this story for the first time. Every word was new, every sentence was new, every emotion was new and I didn’t expect that.

If this didn’t do anything else, it proved to me that I was never reading Noah and Mel’s story, I was always reading Sawyer and Mel’s story.

D. Kelly, you outdid yourself. Thank you for sharing Sawyer’s words with me. I felt like I read this entire for the first time. That was an experience within itself. I heart you!

Let’s get to the big questions, yeah?

Do I recommend this book? Really? It is not obvious? I recommend that everybody and their mama reads this entire series.

Will I read another book by this author? There is nothing in this world that would stop me from reading another book by D. Kelly. The woman is fucking brilliant.

I kept it nice and pretty, like I told you I would. Now, I can’t promise you that Sawyer’s next book will be as pretty because that’s when we get to the hard shit. I guess we will have to wait and see what the fuck comes out of my load ass mouth.

TTYL, lover. . .

Follow all things messy. . .

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9 thoughts on “Just An Illusion – Unplugged by D. Kelly

  1. Ari says:

    I don’t why but I just haven’t read a single D. Kelly book yet. Reading your review, I feel horrified with myself. TBRing this shit right now babe!

    • prettygirlreading says:

      What! We are officially changing our relationship status to “it’s complicated” until you finish this series! JK!!!! You know I love ya! 🙂 I just adore her writing. This series was just amazing to me. I hope you like her books.

      • Ari says:

        You should disown me until I don’t finish reading this series lol. I’ll read it after I’m done with A Charm of FInches and This Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur. 😛

      • prettygirlreading says:

        OMG! You haven’t read, The Man I Love yet? I don’t know what in the name of unseasoned chicken I’m going to do with you! And you know black people love chicken. LOL!!!!! At least I know that you will suffer from book hangovers b/c each one of those babies are dope AF.

      • Ari says:

        I AM starting The Man I Love now. Calm your tits yo! I know Charm Of Finches rocks, and TMIL looks too delicious. We’ll meet again on the other side. Amen,

  2. Gayle Convey says:

    I’ve been waiting for your review and you didn’t disappoint. I loved this book! The fresh take on the story, was like reading it for the first time and I didn’t expect that. Dee is a brilliant writer and a wonderful person as well. Loved your review, as always. x

    • prettygirlreading says:

      Thank you! I’m always going to love Noah because he was my everything, but. . . reading Sawyer’s story gave me a new perception of the entire series. I thought I knew how this book was going to go but I was wrong. It was hard reading how much Noah and Sawyer’s relationship changed. I would be devastated if my sister and I became that distant. Even though they kind of find their way back to each other, it was still difficult. Dee shocked me. . .again!

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