Illusions of Love – Michelle Betham

Illusions of love

“Hollywood movie star India Walsh is moving on from her past. Or so she’d like to think. But, as she prepares to start shooting her new movie in Las Vegas – a movie which is to be directed by her ex-husband, Michael Walsh, the man responsible for making sure a great deal of India’s past needed to be left behind – her decision to make this movie means that those around her aren’t too sure that she can truly leave the past behind…

Dominic MacDonald is talented, insanely handsome, and Hollywood’s hottest property. With a habit of dating most of his leading ladies he has a playboy reputation that precedes him, but, as he prepares to head for Vegas to work alongside India Walsh on a new romantic comedy, he’s well aware that she’s one leading lady who may not be so easily swayed. But he’s determined to try. Because he needs to get close to India for a reason…

Meanwhile, India’s best friend Charley has finally moved on from a past she’s fought hard to put behind her. Now a successful beauty salon owner she loves her new role as an up-and-coming businesswoman. She’s happily married to Las Vegas hotel owner and movie producer Vince Maine, they have a beautiful daughter, and a life Charley adores. Until the past she’s tried so hard to forget catches up with her in a way she hadn’t even begun to imagine. A past that puts her bright new future, her marriage, and even the lives of everyone around her in terrifying danger…

As emotions take over, and more mistakes are made, events in all their lives slowly merge together, leading to one shocking and terrifying night that none of them will forget…”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price £1.90), it is the sequel to No Matter What which I reviewed here.  I was looking forward to finding out more about India’s life and I couldn’t wait to see where her crazy celebrity world would take me this time.

The prologue was dark and clearly indicated that someone wanted revenge – I came up with a few ideas as to who it might be and in the end it turned out that one of my ideas was correct (I do love being right :)).  The author then refreshed my memory of all the main points from the previous book and this meant that I quickly fell back into the storyline.  I was excited to find out what each of the characters were doing now, it kind of felt like I was catching up with old friends.

Dominic was an interesting new character, he had a secret that I couldn’t wait to be revealed and when it was I can’t say that I was too shocked because there had been a few hints.

The main characters were all taking part in a new movie which was being filmed in Vegas and the scenes on set made me laugh because it seemed that everybody was keeping an eye on everybody else – Michael was watching India, Reece was watching Michael watching India and so on.

The whole Jimmy Cash nightmare brought huge amounts of tension to the storyline and as that tension grew I felt more and more nervous about what his plans might be.

As with the first book India had lots of men who wanted to be with her, she was a very popular lady but throughout both books there was one particular man who I hoped she would choose – and yes I admit that I yelled at my Kindle on a few occasions willing her to choose who I felt was the right man for her.

A confrontation that I had eagerly anticipated since the first book didn’t go as I had expected and once again I found myself gasping in shock at what happened.  When the showdown finally did happen it was everything I had hoped it would be – intense, dramatic and emotional.

Towards the end I was holding my breath waiting to find out what had happened at the party – it was all revealed in the epilogue and let me tell you, it was very exciting!  The final few pages were perfect in my opinion and I actually shouted ‘YAY’ out loud causing my dog to start barking like crazy :D, it was a wonderful ending and left me with a big smile on my face.

The authors writing style was comfortable and captivating.  Michelle did a fantastic job of keeping me guessing, there were just so many twists and turns that kept me turning page after page.  I think this would work as a standalone read but I would recommend reading the first book to give you a more complete picture and a better understanding of the characters and their actions.  I could definitely see these books on-screen, whether that be as a movie or television series.

This book contained strong language and sexual scenes so if you are likely to be offended by this then it probably isn’t for you.

Filled with high drama and deception, this was another rollercoaster read that captivated me from start to finish.

To find out more about Michelle Betham visit her blog

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