Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cassandra's Review of Illusions by J.C. Thompson ~ BLOG TOUR ~

Title: Illusions
Series: The Club #1
Author: J.C. Thompson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2016
I'm the princess, at least that's what my family believes. In their eyes, I can do no wrong. I was tired of trying to be perfect, so I left. I moved across the country and opened Illusions with my best friend. It's not your average upscale nightclub. What happens behind the scenes is where I get to go from princess to vixen. I never ran into any of the gentlemen that came into Illusions in the real world. Until him. Now, I'm in serious trouble. Not only is he a repeat customer, but he is my brother's best friend and business partner.
The stress of opening the new office finally got to me. I'd heard about Illusions, an upscale nightclub, in the middle of town. I went for more than a drink and found the one woman I can't get off my mind. I'd give anything to see her again. Turns out that isn't too unlikely. I didn't expect her to be my best friend and business partner's little sister. They call her the princess, but to me, she is my kitten.
“You want a kiss that makes you feel like you are flying?” I ask, speaking barely above a whisper. 
“Uh huh,” she says. 
“I always thought that it would be the most romantic feeling to kiss among the clouds. Since I can’t fly, and I will never, and I mean never jump out of a plane, a kiss that felt like I was flying was as close as I was going to get,” she explains.
“How long have you wanted that?” I can’t help but smile. There is something about these innocent confessions that makes me want to be the romantic man that can give her what she wants. 
“Since I was a little girl. When I was little, I would lay out in the backyard and look up at the clouds. One day, when I was laying out there, I saw two birds flying together and I thought it would be the most amazing feeling.” Sighing, she snuggles in closer to me.


Illusions is book one in this series, and it does end in a cliffhanger. Overall, this is a fun and well-written story with great characters. I loved how Aly is the princess with her dad and brothers, all the while leading a secret life that would shock them all. I found it somewhat hard to believe that her brother who lived close by had no idea where she worked. Still, it was fun seeing her interact with her family regarding her job, especially with Cole in the picture. Cole is sexy and definitely has a sweet side. With the exception of his issues with his ex-wife, I really loved him, and I can see the potential for his growth in this series.

For the most part, I enjoyed Cole and Aly’s relationship, which definitely began in an unconventional way. My only two complaints were that I didn’t feel like there was enough build up to Aly’s declaration of love. It felt rushed. I would have also preferred to have it remain a secret from her brothers longer. Still, I recommend this fun and sexy 4.5 star read, and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Author JC Thompson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Where she currently lives with her high school sweetheart, two little girls, and five furry kids (3 cats and 2 dogs). JC loves to read romance, the smuttier the better. She is a self-proclaimed book addict that likes to get lost in a false reality anytime possible. When she is not getting lost in reading, she is getting lost in writing, or spending time with her family. 

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