Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Optical Illusion (Paint #1) by Emma Jaye

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From #1 Amazon Best Selling Author Emma Jaye,  the heart rending tale of the boy who couldn't sit still.

Smile, wiggle, lie, apologise, and run for the hills.
That's the formula Chris has used all his life, but this time, he has something he’s never had to lose before, a family that cares. The problem is, his new brother’s very edible friend isn’t fooled by his act. If his secrets are revealed, they won’t want him and he has nowhere else to go.
Thanks to a suicide bomber, ex-military police sergeant Jase Rosewood is back in the English countryside. His plans for quiet recuperation are ruined by the effervescent, go-go dancing twink who has everyone wrapped around his little finger. Luckily for the gullible Matt, Jase can smell a liar a mile away, and Chris Bacon, if that’s even his name, stinks to high heaven. Assigned ‘Chris-sitting’ duty while Matt's on honeymoon, Jase has a week to discover what is hidden beneath the bright camouflage. It's a job, just like any other, so why does it feel so different? 
Unfortunately, Jase isn’t the only one drawn to the boy who can’t stay still, but instead of wanting to reveal his true colours; they want to dull them forever.

My Rating - 4 stars!

Optical Illusion, by Emma Jaye, is quite the fun, crazy romance.

Jase returns home after being injured in the army and meets his friend's recently discovered half-brother, Chris. Chris, who is hyperactive, barely sleeps, and needs to constantly move has come to town looking for his father. His half-brother, Matt, doesn't trust him, and appoints Jase to watch over him. This is when the action takes off.

What follows is a crazy kidnapping by human-traffickers, drugs, and so much more, including Jase and Chris starting their relationship. Jase and Chris manage to find each other and seriously manage to change each other's lives for the better.

The writing style is extremely face paced, so much so that I actually had to put it down a couple times and start again when I knew I would have no distractions. This is one story that requires your full attention, or you'll surely miss a lot.

Chris has ADHD, insomnia, and dyslexia. Having a child that also has these issues, I am thrilled with how Emma Jaye handled this character. The writing style completely reflects Chris's hyperactivity, and you can completely feel the way Chris never stops thinking, wiggling and moving.

As we start to learn about Chris's past, you really start to understand Chris, why he runs away from any issues and his complete distrust of anyone. I love the way Jase comes to understand Chris and does his best to help him, as well as protect him from his self-destructive behavior.

To see a glimpse of how precious Jase is, check out what he tells Chris. 

'"I only want you to be the best person you can be.There's more to you than eye candy, and I'd like for you to see that, to see what I see one day."'

And, if you like hot sex scenes, you'll love how Jase becomes "Sarge" while they have sex. It is hot, with Chris loving that "Sarge" takes control. Even better is when "Sarge" takes control out of the bedroom, just knowing that Chris needs to be taken out of his mind.

Please be warned, this story contains a lot of dark issues and dark moments, but is happily infused with some great humor.

Having devoured Optical Illusion, I need to know what happens next! Thus, I am now off to start Black Canvas, book 2 in Paint series, by Emma Jaye. 

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